AmericanEHR Blog

Clinician-Powered EHR Health IT Blog & Community

Follow AmericanEHR

Category Archives: Guest Editorial

A key part of MACRA, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has changed the way many providers qualify for Medicare reimbursements. Here is what you should know about complying with these regulations. Who Does it Affect? According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, approximately 600,000 providers fall under the requirements of MIPS. That…

Read More

Fear of the unknown is keeping many medical practices from joining Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) or Clinically Integrated Networks (CIN), or the IPA that is associated with them. All of these groups are actively trying to take on new types of contracts with payers, commercial and Medicare/Medicaid. They hear things like value-based payments, capitation, and…

Read More

In a value-driven world, achieving the triple aim of healthcare is of paramount importance to enhance care continuum. A major component of driving value in care is the patient experience which can be improved with smart strategies to engage patients. Ensuring that patients walk away from the hospital/clinic satisfied and with their needs fulfilled is…

Read More

Is it possible that despite significant efforts of your providers and groundbreaking innovation focused on improving healthcare quality and affordability, the cost of care in your facility just won’t slow down? Perhaps you have an optimized EHR, state-of-the-art health IT and dedicated providers, yet bringing down the costs requires focusing on little things we often…

Read More

Have you ever come across the story of Dr. Reed of MS Family Medicine Health care? The story where her consistent efforts to stay connected with her patients had helped them achieve not just their personal health goals but also improve their overall health status. The impact she created on her patient population was so…

Read More

As the transition to electronic health records continues, we’re beginning to see how the use of EHR software can transform the ways that care is provided, as well as the quality of that care. With increased adoption, EHR software is becoming an integral part of the healthcare experience for both providers and patients. In the…

Read More

A favorite criticism of EHRs is that they are glorified billing platforms, rather than clinical tools. Despite being sold to — and subsequently, by — the federal government as being healthcare’s ticket into the modern age, and to leveraging big data, EHRs haven’t so far facilitated the kinds of analytics initially touted as the new…

Read More

The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, or FHIR (pronounced ‘fire’), is a new term in healthcare that’s witnessing growing interest and spreading almost like fire. FHIR is the latest standard to be developed under HL7 and is expected to contribute significantly to improving patient care, countering the barriers to interoperability, boosting information sharing, and unboxing innovation…

Read More

In our tech-driven age, a new business model, known as software as a service (SaaS), has come into vogue. The premise is essentially to replace the cost of acquiring and maintaining hardware, licensing software, or trialing different digital solutions by more or less “renting” access to applications through subscription plans. It isn’t entirely unlike the…

Read More

Whatever we do in the healthcare space, it is eventually meant for the greater good of patients, which is why today the aim of modern healthcare is shifting towards value-based reimbursement and with that the process is getting modified accordingly. Gradually, patient-centric care is becoming prevalent. The current standards require enhanced patient experience, and that…

Read More

We know divorce negatively affects health. Stress correlates with, or even underlies, many of the top health risks Americans face, from depression to heart disease. Divorce is always stressful, so it is no shocker it can carry significant risk for the health of a couple going through proceedings. Conversely, we also know that divorce is…

Read More