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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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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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Writing in the New York Times last week (December 13), Milt Freudenheim reported that errors generated from electronic health records are of sufficient concern that the Institute of Medicine created the Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information to examine the issue. According to the article, the Food and Drug Administration has received over 250 voluntary reports…

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Electronic prescribing is the term used to describe the electronic exchange of prescription and medication history information, computer-to-computer, between prescribers, pharmacies and insurance payers/pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Prescriptions are prepared using certified E-Prescribing software run through a computer, EHR, or mobile device (such as a handheld mobile device) and then electronically transmitted through a secure…

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Many practices continue to be confused about the Physician Self Referral Law (Stark) and the federal Anti-kickback law related to electronic prescribing as well as electronic health records systems.   The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 8, 2006. Below is a summary of the key provisions the American College of Physicians…

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be holding two free events:   Date: August 10, 2010 Conference Title: Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Specifics for Eligible Professionals Conference Call Time: 2:00 -3:30 p.m. ET Target Audience: Individual Practitioners To register for the call participants need to go to: http://www.eventsvc.com/palmettogba/081010  Date: August…

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via www.cms.gov Buried on the CMS site explaining Meaningful Use is a great Tip Sheet responding to some key questions that we’ve been hearing from physicians.  This document is worth reviewing – and you should to get the complete details. However, here are some highlights from the document: 1. Eligible Professionals (EPs) who participate in…

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The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) just published an Issue Brief entitled, “Even When Physicians Adopt E-Prescribing, Use of Advanced Features Lags.”  Since 2009, Medicare has offered financial incentives for successful e-prescribing physicians (see ACP’s summary of the E-Prescribing Incentive Program here and resources on AmericanEHR Partners here). The amount available for 2010…

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There are many comments about the EHR Incentive Program final rule (released on Tuesday) now being posted on the internet.  Here’s a couple of summaries from HealthcareIT News, Wall Street Journal Health Blog, the AMA statement, and, in full disclosure, ACP’s statement.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has an “official site” for…

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Published by Falls Church, VA based Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) – A new report(.pdf) lists the top ten challenges that practices must address to meet Stage 1 meaningful use criteria. Authors: Walt Zywiak, Jane Metzger, Michele Mann describe the following 10 challenges: Capture the Data Establish Effective Workflows to Reinforce Data Entry (Including Medication Reconciliation)…

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