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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Below is the content of an email I received on Friday, 3/25 from CMS: Medicare Attestation Begins on April 18. Are You Ready? Attestation for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program begins on April 18, 2011. In order to receive your Medicare EHR incentive payment, you must attest through CMS’ web-based Medicare and…

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Below is a copy/paste from an email received through the CMS listserv about the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program. Aside from some necessary formatting changes,  I have not altered it from the original.  It was received today at 9:00 am EDT. 2011 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Reminder — Avoiding the Adjustment In November, the Centers…

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The EHR Incentive Program was envisioned by Congress as a way to improve healthcare and reduce the cost of care. Many groups, including ACP, have a fundamental belief that new care models should be patient centric. The requirements for Meaningful Use include several measures that are meant to directly affect how clinicians interact with their…

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Join us at the end of April for a webinar that will focus on Change Management Strategies in the Small Medical Practice. Building upon the successful AmericanEHR webinar series and supported through sponsorship funding provided by Hewlett-Packard, this event will bring together a change management expert and a physician who has gone through an EHR…

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As Meaningful Use becomes a more accepted concept and practices move towards outcomes-based performance measurement, one of the dependencies that is gaining more prominence is the usability of the EHR during the visit. What is the secret in becoming an effective user of an EHR and how long does it take before the system no…

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As practices migrate from paper records to EHRs, there are millions of paper charts that need to be partially or completely digitized and archived or incorporated into EHRs. What are the principles and guidelines that practices should follow in terms of scanning and archiving paper records? The advantage of the EHR is that once a…

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Special Open Door Forum 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Programs Date & Time: Tuesday March 22, 2011 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET Conference Call Only Dial: 1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 51772165 Note: Capacity is limited so dial in early. You may begin dialing in as…

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An article today in the American Medical News continues the coverage of the disconnect between the HITECH incentives for EHR adoption/meaningful use and the CMS e-prescribing incentive program. This post supplements prior blog entries on AmericanEHR (here and here). We are covering this again today because of the impending deadline of June 30, 2011 to…

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With the launch of the Apple iPad2, a shot has been fired across the bow of other manufacturers to keep up with the market leader. As the incumbent leader, the success of the iPad has been felt both by consumers and industry alike. But Apple is not alone, with many other vendors selling tablets including…

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Once you have selected an EMR, signed your contract with the vendor, and scheduled a date to implement the system, the real hard work begins. Implementation can be a smooth and streamlined process if you are well prepared or it can be disruptive and difficult. Preparation and attention to detail are the keys to success….

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Dr. Karen Bell, Chair of the Certification Commission (CCHIT) posted an entry to the EHR Decisions site earlier this week summarizing the results of a survey about stages 2 and 3 of meaningful use. Of the MU objectives felt to be problematic, nine were identified as being too aggressive by most of the respondents: Syndromic…

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