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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Earlier today, the Supreme Court held that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional.  However, the Court also stipulated that the while the Medicaid expansion is constitutional, the federal government cannot withhold existing Medicaid funds from states who choose not to comply with the ACA provisions that expand Medicaid coverage in their…

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A recent meeting at the White House brought together physicians at the vanguard of electronic health record system adoption and usage to discuss their broad range of experience, in particular their past successes and their current pain points. The discussion covered a vast range of issues: the absence of interoperability, poor usability, lack of needed…

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The following is the text of a press release from CMS/ONC: More than 100,000 health care providers paid for using electronic health records CMS and ONC surpass 2012 goals for EHR adoption and use More than 100,000 healthcare providers are using electronic health records that meet federal standards and have benefitted from the Medicare and…

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On June 12, Dr. Peter Basch published an article on Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care in which he highlights the challenges of clinical documentation as well as a report “Paper Cuts” by the Center for American Progress (in which Dr. Basch was a co-contributor). He highlights a not unexpected but disconcerting estimation that “Physicians…

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As Electronic Health Records, patient portals, and mobile access to online healthcare information becomes more prevalent, physicians need to consider whether they need an online identity to promote their practice, retain their patients, and remain competitive in an increasingly online world. Many physicians question whether they should spend their limited time on medical practice websites,…

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The following is text from an email received from CMS regarding the eRx: Quality Reporting Communication Support Page Now Available for Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Payment Adjustment Hardship Exemption Requests In 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program, which is a program that uses incentive payments…

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Implementation of EHRs requires tremendous investments of time, energy, and — of course — money. Many physicians and other healthcare professionals have raised concerns about whether the introduction of an EHR into clinical practice creates more malpractice risk than it reduces. On the positive side, here are some examples of features/functions that most people would…

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A significant percentage — some estimates as high as 85% — of the information needed to care for a patient at some point crosses enterprise boundaries. IT systems that use national data standards for information exchange make it easier to maintain a complete patient story. The Health Level Seven International (HL7) data standards organization recently…

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The World English Dictionary defines “Zero Sum Game” as a “contest in which one person’s loss is equal to the other person’s gain.” Healthcare systems in most countries are facing aging populations with a growing prevalence of co-morbid chronic diseases. These individuals are complex and costly to care for, a situation that is at odds…

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