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eClinicalWorks and Epic Live with Interoperability between Systems Using Carequality Framework

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 14, 2015

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--eClinicalWorks® and Epic, two of the most widely used electronic health record systems (EHR) in the U.S., today jointly announce interoperability between the companies’ EHR systems using the Carequality framework. This real-time data transfer between the systems facilitates coordination of care between providers in various care settings and ensures they have more complete and accurate patient information at the time of care. Together, the two companies’ patient record exchange networks represent over 1,000 hospitals and 40,000 clinics that are ready to connect.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Interoperability, Epic EHR

How to Get Patients to Use the Patient Portal

by Nicole Laucks on January 16, 2015

While patient portals are not new, getting patients to use them is a common challenge. Whether your practice has had a patient portal in place for years or months, getting your patients to use it is what matters most. The importance is magnified as Meaningful Use stage 2 requires that 5% of patients must actively use the patient portal. Getting your patients to use the patient portal isn’t impossible. In fact, patients want to use your patient portal. They are demanding access to their health information and want to take charge of their health. It is up to you to teach them how to do it.

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Topics: EHR, Patient Engagement

Is Transcription the Solution to Physician EMR Documentation Challenges?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 17, 2014

With the transition from paper to electronic health records also comes the assumption that physicians would be better positioned to document better. The use of templates and structured data may satisfy the CIO but the physicians are facing a technology challenge. Physicians are continuously searching for the right EMR software to help them overcome the challenges of documentation while CIOs seek data to support internal and external clinical outcomes reporting.
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Topics: EHR, Practice Management, Transcription

Most Physician Practices Considering a Different EMR

by Nicole Laucks on September 3, 2014

Have you been wanting to pull the plug on your EHR software? You're not along. According to a new KLAS report, Ambulatory EMR Perception 2014: New Leaders Emerging as Market Shifts, more than 25% of large and small physician practices are considering replacing their electronic health record systems. KLAS interviewed more than 400 small and large physician practices about their EMR software solutions. Researchers found that many physician practices are considering replacing their electronic health records software. In fact 27% were considering replacing their EHR system while 12% wanted to replace their EHR but face financial or organizational barriers.

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Topics: EHR

New CMS Rule Allows Flexibility in Certified EHR Technology for 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 2, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule on August 29, 2014, that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Review New FAQs for the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 28, 2014

To keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, CMS has recently added three new FAQs to the  CMS FAQ system . We encourage you to stay informed by taking a few minutes to review the new information below.
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Topics: EHR, CMS

EHR Templates, Cloning, and Upcoding: Should You Worry?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 27, 2014

Electronic Health Records are designed to help practice’s save time, improve the quality of documentation, and ultimately provide better patient care.  However, some features of electronic health records could endanger your business and lead to False Claims Act violations.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Coding

Is 2014 the Year to Switch EHR Systems?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 24, 2014

With up to 23 percent of physician practices reporting they were trading in their current EHR system for a new brand system in 2013, what will 2014 bring? Eighty-one percent of survey respondents who indicated they were ditching their current systems said they were on track to replace their EHR within the next year; some 11 percent said they were unsure, according to the report.

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Topics: EHR

Electronic Health Records and the Data of Health Care [Infographic]

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 23, 2014

Are today's data science masters tomorrow's leaders in medicine? The transition to electronic health records represents a sea change for the medical industry as a whole. Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has said “In the next 10 years, data science and software will do more for medicine than all of the biological sciences together." Already, we're seeing results: electronic health records may reduce outpatient care costs by 3 percent, and some hospital systems have seen reductions in duplicate tests and adverse drug reactions, to the tune of half a million dollars. How does your state stack up when it comes to EHR adoption? Are radiologists more or less likely than psychiatrists to have transitioned to digital records?  And what is the difference between electronic health records and electronic medical records, anyway? In this infographic, datascience@berkeley explores the past, present, and future of these game-changing EHRs.

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Topics: EHR

3 Reasons You are Still Using Paper Charts at Your Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 22, 2014

Still thinking about switching from paper charts to an EHR for your practice? If you are like most doctors still using paper, you probably think an EHR is either going to come in between you and your patients or is just too expensive. The start-up costs and implementation can be daunting for some. However, hanging onto your paper-based ways may not be as beneficial for your practice.

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Topics: EHR, Patient Engagement, EHR Training

Black Book Names Top EHR Systems in 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 21, 2014

Hospitals have ranked their favorite EHRs in recent Black Book Study.  Black Book Rankings has revealed two reports identifying its top-ranked electronic health record systems for 2014.  With a client/user survey, Black Book Rankings investigated 611 EMR vendors utilized by 22,059 validated EMR users nationwide and an additional 10,727 respondents in pre-use, implementation, system decision-making or purchased but not yet installed status.  The rankings were compiled based on user ratings in 18 operational areas including training, integration and interfaces, reliability and support and customer care.

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Topics: EHR

Time for an EHR Switch: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

by Nicole Laucks on March 4, 2014

Considering switching to a more moder, easy to use,  EHR software? You're not alone. Many practices are switching from an outdated legacy EHR software to a new system that allows for things like device integration, mobile access, smart phone apps, and more. However, not everyone is having an easy time letting go of their out dated software. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself if you're considering switching to a new EHR software.

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Topics: EHR

CMS Launches New eHealth University

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 27, 2014

New eHealth University, A Go-To Resource for eHealth Programs

This week at HIMSS14, CMS launched eHealth University, a new resource that helps providers find information and materials on each of the eHealth programs in one location.

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Topics: EHR, CMS

Use New PQRS Interactive Timeline to Prepare for Upcoming Milestones

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 24, 2014

If you are an eligible professional or group practice participating in PQRS, CMS wants to make sure you are prepared for the many important program milestones that are approaching. To help you navigate these program deadlines, CMS has released a new PQRS interactive timeline that will help you identify key program dates for PQRS between 2014 and 2016, and direct you to related resources.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, PQRS

Less Than 10% of Physician Practices Ready for ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 10, 2014

Englewood, Colo., Feb. 4, 2014 – As the Oct. 1 compliance date to transition to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) approaches for physician practices, MGMA research released today indicates that overall readiness for implementation continues to lag. Less than 10 percent of responding practices reported that they had made significant progress when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation, up only slightly (from 4.7 percent) since June 2013, when MGMA previously conducted research to assess readiness levels. The new research includes responses from more than 570 medical groups where more than 21,000 physicians practice.

“The critical coordination that must take place between practices and their software vendor, clearinghouse and health plan partners is simply not happening at the pace required for a seamless implementation. Very simply, ICD-10 is behind schedule,” said Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, MGMA president and chief executive officer. “MGMA continues to advocate on behalf of members and provides tools and resources to help practice executives make the transition to ICD-10 more cost effective and less disruptive to their organizations.”

MGMA urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to immediately take action to help ensure that physician practices can successfully undertake such a massive transition, including:

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding

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