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Monthly Archives: January 2012

GE purchased MedPlexus in 2010 in order to provide a cloud-based EHR targeted at small practices. Now, less than two years later, GE has announced that it will no longer support Centricity Advance after June 30, 2012. Multiple postings on the web describe this change. Here’s the story from InformationWeek Healthcare. This decision was made,…

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A number of enhancements to the EHR Ratings are now available. AmericanEHR Partners uses a five point rating scale to report EHR satisfaction ratings across 12 categories including Satisfaction, Overall Usability, Support Experience, and nine others. Until now, it has not been possible to compare an EHR product rating to a benchmark measure. With the…

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For most medical practices, a local hospital interface that allows patient information to be sent and received can be a great benefit when trying to proactively coordinate and manage patient care. In an effort to improve patient care and reduce health system costs, new care models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient Centered…

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Templates are an EHR functionality that can either enhance or inhibit clinical documentation. If templates work right, they are a terrific benefit to users of EHR systems; however, templates must be easy to create, modify, and customize. Some users are very happy and others very dissatisfied with their EHR’s ability to manage templates. Over the…

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The American Medical Association (AMA) just released a new online program addressing health IT and workflow redesign. The topics covered, through 3 modules lasting less than 10 minutes each, include electronic prescribing, pre-visit planning, and point-of-care documentation. The program is nicely produced. It includes video/audio, transcripts of the content, and links to resources. This post…

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest statistics on Medicare & Medicaid payments to eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals (through December 31, 2011). These data are reported here. Through 12/31/2011, payments were as follows: Medicare Only providers: $331M Medicaid Only providers: $362M Medicaid/Medicare Hospitals (Medicare payment): $1.0B Medicaid/Medicare Hospitals…

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A data set released January 13, 2012, by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology provides some insightful information on the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in terms of Electronic Health Record systems that were used for attestation in 2011. The data can be analyzed by state, provider type, provider…

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E-Prescribing use has been increasing, especially with the imposition of the Medicare penalty for the failure to e-prescribe under MIPPA, and the Meaningful Use incentive program. For those not familiar with the e-prescribing penalty I suggest that you read Deadline to Submit Hardship Exemptions to Avoid the 2012 e-Rx Penalty Extended. You still have six…

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The HIMSS12 Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place February 20–24, 2012, in Las Vegas. To register for HIMSS12, please click on this link: HIMSS12 Registration Housing is open and reservations can be made by clicking on this link: Hotel Reservations or by calling (877) 517-3038. Visit AmericanEHR Partners at Booth #13

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HealthIT.gov just published an article by Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, in which he reviews the progress made in the past year. Just to restate some of the milestones in 2011: the start of Meaningful Use in January; the Direct project in February; Consumer Health IT Summit in September; and the doubling…

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EHR product ratings have just become more personal. It is now possible to filter AmericanEHR Partners’ Top 10 Rated EHRs and product ratings by practice size for 40 different EHR systems that have been rated by more than 3,000 verified clinicians (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners). EHR rating data can now be filtered for the…

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