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Key Dates for the EHR Incentive program in 2011

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Dec 27, 2010 12:48:00 PM

It’s not too early to begin marking your calendars with these key dates for EHR incentives that have been released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, EHR

New Study: EHR Use Increases Physicians Total Revenue

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Nov 1, 2010 12:34:00 PM

According to a report released this week by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), medical practices that use electronic health record (EHR) systems earn substantially more revenue than those practices that use paper-based record systems. The report surveyed 1,324 primary care and specialty practice members of MGMA in 2009. To read the full report titled, “Electronic Health Records Impacts on Revenue, Costs, and Staffing: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data” please click here.  

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Topics: GroupOne, EHR

Initial EHR Certification Bodies Named

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Sep 1, 2010 12:23:00 PM

Key step in national initiative toward adoption of electronic health records

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, EHR

EHR subsidies could begin in May: CMS

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Jul 28, 2010 12:18:00 PM

The money could begin flowing from Medicare to providers for the purchase of electronic health-record systems as early as May 2011, a CMS official said today.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, CMS

Meaningful-use regulations released

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Jul 13, 2010 12:14:00 PM

The CMS and HHS' Office of the National Coordinator issued their much-anticipated final meaningful-use information technology regulations that hospitals and physicians must follow to tap into some $27.3 billion in financial incentives authorized by the stimulus act.

Providers appeared most interested in learning whether the CMS would modify a proposed rule mandating an all-or-nothing, “pass-fail” approach dictating that, in order to receive a subsidy, doctors must meet, in its entirety, a list of 25 requirements and hospitals must meet a similar list of 23, and the CMS appeared to have been receptive.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, EHR

Peninsula Regional Medical Center Selects eClinicalWorks EMR Solution

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on May 4, 2010 12:03:00 PM

Award-winning Medical Center Implementing eClinicalWorks EMR System and Electronic Health eXchange for Employed and Affiliated Providers

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR

House Passes Bill To Create EHR Loan Program for Physicians

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Nov 24, 2009 11:54:00 AM

House Passes Bill To Create EHR Loan Program for Physicians

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved the Small Business Health IT Financing Act and sent the measure to the Senate. The bill would create a Small Business Administration loan program to help physicians purchase electronic health record systems. Last week, Sen. John Kerry introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Rutherford Daily News Journal.

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Topics: GroupOne, EHR

Third time's the charm: Committee accepts Meaningful Use criteria

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Aug 17, 2009 11:44:00 AM

By Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

EHR Procrastinators could face series of tighter standards

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Jun 17, 2009 11:38:00 AM

There may soon be one more incentive for hospitals and physician offices to buy and install electronic health-record systems on or before 2011. The added push could come from the prospect of increasingly higher thresholds of initial federal eligibility requirements for EHR subsidies under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to discussions at Tuesday's meeting of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee.
A work group of that committee delivered its first draft of recommended definitions of " meaningful use" of EHRs, a standard that providers must meet to qualify for subsidy payments estimated at $34 billion to be handed out by Medicare and Medicaid. The work group recommended instituting a series of increasingly complex meaningful-use requirements between 2011, the first "payment year" of the subsidy program, and 2015, the final year payments will be made before financial penalties for not adopting begin.
During those discussions, Anthony Trenkle, director of the CMS' office of e-Health Standards and Services, said the requirements will not be "tiered" based on when the provider adopts an EHR after 2011. Instead, whatever meaningful use standards are applicable for the year the provider applies for an EHR subsidy are the standards that provider must meet, regardless of whether it is the provider's first year of EHR implementation.
A 10-day public comment period is now open on the work group's initial recommendations. Trenkle said the CMS hopes to have a final definition of "meaningful use" to put out for a 60-day comment period later this year, with final rulemaking not expected until early next year.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, GroupOne, EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Local eClinicalWorks Server vs. ASP Hosted Solution

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on May 7, 2009 11:17:00 AM

If you are an ASP client and you are considering the purchase of a local eClinicalWorks server for your practice, you owe it to yourself and your patients to read this.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, EHR Training

Using Private Records for Public Health Goals

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Dec 30, 2008 9:55:00 AM

For Dr. Harvey Benovitz, who graduated from medical school in 1962, it is as profound a shift in the way he treats patients as advances in diabetes drugs.

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Topics: GroupOne, EHR

Hospital-integrated medical groups exceeding benchmarks

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on May 21, 2008 9:12:00 AM

By Lisa H. Schneck, MSJ

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Topics: GroupOne, EHR, Hospital Networks