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Encounter Options

Selecting encounter options sets up several defaults to aid in efficiency when creating a new encounter. Note that these are simply defaults and a user can override the information. Also, if the encounter is created from an appointment ticket number or enters a patient's name when creating a new encounter, all of the pre-existing defaults prevail and override these settings. 

To set encounter options

  1. Click Settings > Options > Encounter Options.
  2. Choose settings. See below. These settings will become the default for each encounter that is created.
  3. When finished, click Save.


  1. Providers: Select the default scheduling, rendering and supervising providers from the drop-down lists.
  2. Service Location: Select the default service location from the drop-down list.
  3. Time Format: Select the 12 hour or 24 hour time format. This will switch all encounters to the selected time format, and previously entered encountered will display in the converted format. 
  4. Procedure Lists:
  • Show procedure descriptions - Check this box if you want procedure descriptions to display on the procedure's grid of the encounter record.
  • Show diagnosis description - Check this box if you want the diagnosis descriptions to display on the procedure's grid of the encounter record.
  1. Copay: Check this box if you want to automatically bill the patient for missed copays. For more information on managing copays, see the Managing Copays feature guide.
  2. Encounter:
  • Show all encounters upon empty search on All tab - Check this box of you want all encounters to show on the All tab of the Find Encounter window.
  • Enable check codes upon approval - Check this box if you want the system to automatically perform code checking upon approval of an encounter without having to manually click Check Codes on the encounter form.
  • Enable the option to submit up to 12 unique diagnosis codes at the encounter level for each visit. Allows for up to four diagnosis codes per procedure line.
  1. Claim Formats: Select which claim formats you want to be available for the practice. Also determines which formats are available when selecting Default Encounter Format and Default Printing Format (below). Selecting both formats gives the option to users to change the "Claim Type" for a payer when creating new encounters.
  2. Default Encounter Format: Select the claim format that will be the default layout (and most commonly posted encounter format) when creating a new encounter.
  3. Default Printing Format: Select the claim format that will be the default (and most commonly printed encounter form) when printing paper claims. Note that this setting is simply a default setting for printing; the claim type is still designated by the payer. See also Print Paper Claims for information on batch printing for multiple claim types.
  4. Default Revenue Code: For UB-04 claims only. Select a default revenue code. Note that the revenue code may change depending on the service provided.
  5. Default Background Printing: For CMS 1500 claims only. Select the default claim printing option. Printing claims with background will enable you to print your claim with a black and white version of the CMS 1500 form. When printing claims without background, make sure to load your printer with the correct claim form.


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