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Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended on February 17 that variances in requirements be ironed out for two key programs . The GAO directed this urgent request at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in reference to the Meaningful Use incentive program and the penalties that will soon be applied under the electronic prescribing…

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Social media in healthcare is big! By that I mean big in terms of its impact on patient behaviour and expectations of their healthcare providers, and big in terms of how broad reaching and pervasive the social media phenomenon is. Social media can be applied to numerous aspects of medical practice. It can be used…

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The following information comes directly from an email I received from CMS. I have copied/pasted it directly here for AmericanEHR users for ease of reference: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a new listserv about the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The listserv will provide timely, authoritative information about…

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Selecting an EHR system is an intimidating process and one that can have a large impact on a practice’s long-term success. While AmericanEHR Partners provides you with a number of resources to help you with this process, you may feel you need more assistance. Here are a few options to consider if you find yourself…

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Are you struggling with the meaningful use metrics? Wondering what are the Core Set and Menu Set options? What does a clinical summary after a visit need to include (#13)? When does an electronic copy of health information need to be supplied and within how many days(#12)?  What CDS rules count for clinical decision support…

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The February issue of Health Affairs has an interesting report about physician attitudes to personal health records. The authors, Matthew K. Wynia, Gretchen Williams Torres, and Josh Lemieux, based their conclusions on a survey of physicians done in 2008–2009. The abstract, available on the Health Affairs website, includes the following conclusion: “64 percent have never used…

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Dr. David Blumenthal will be stepping down as National Coordinator for Health IT per Kaiser Health News. Dr. Blumenthal has been in the position since March 2009 when he left Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital to join President Obama’s Administration. Reports indicate that Harvard faculty must return within two years to preserve their tenure. The past…

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At the end of December 2010, URAC announced the release of a Patient-Centered Health Care Home Toolkit. URAC describes the PCHCH as: “…an interdisciplinary clinician-led team approach to delivering and coordinating care that puts patients, family members, and personal caregivers at the center of all decisions concerning the patient’s health and wellness. A PCHCH provides…

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Earlier this week (1/31), NCQA released the PCMH 2011 recognition program. In full disclosure, I was a member of the NCQA Advisory Committee for this program. From the press release: “Federal ‘meaningful use’ language is embedded in PCMH 2011 evaluation standards, reinforcing incentives for practices to use health information technology to improve quality. The standards’…

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Excerpt Feb 1, 2011 — ACPHospitalist, John Schumann, M.D. “Depending on your viewpoint (and the pertinent issue), government regulation either snarls the wheels of commerce and chokes American competitiveness OR enables us to live productive, happy, equitable and safe lives. [As Oprah says, “Live your best life …”] Medicine is full of regulations. For the…

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