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Physician's Practice, commentary by Owen Dahl, FACHE, LSSMBB
(July 30, 2013)
There are three things in life that are certain: death, taxes, and change — especially in the healthcare world. Whether or not the Affordable Care Act fully sees the light of day, there are many aspects of healthcare reform that will continue to affect our world. Reimbursement models will change, with fewer fee-for-service plans and more "bundled" payment options. Payment will be based more on delivering optimal patient outcomes and utilizing evidence-based treatment protocols.
(July 25, 2013)
More than 30 bills aimed directly at EHR use have been introduced since the new session began in January. In addition, while not a proposed bill, you've got lawmakers asking the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General to extend the legal protections allowing EHR donation programs, which otherwise would sunset at the end of this year.
(July 22, 2013)
EHRs are an effective tool in the fight against infectious diseases, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Automated immunization reporting using EHR data helped speed the collection of vaccine data and allowed public health agencies to assemble a clearer picture of at-risk populations. EHR reporting also reduced the amount of paperwork involved in immunization tracking and freed clinical staff to pursue other tasks.
(July 17, 2013)
The crowded field of electronic health record vendors likely will be slashed to less than half by 2017, or by the implementation of Meaningful Use Stage 3--whichever comes first--according to a new Black Book Market Research report. Most vendors are likely to go out of business, merge or be acquired, according to the survey of 880 EHR consultants, analysts, managers and support team members.
(July 17, 2013)
Like any health IT project, Meaningful Use is a continual process of planning, implementing, reporting, and then starting the process all over again. For eligible providers already having demonstrated meaningful use in the first phase of the EHR Incentive Programs, the challenge of ensuring continued success is found in how well they transition from Stage 1 to Stage 2 Meaningful use.