AMA and TMA Comment on ONC Patient Safety Plan

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The Office of the ONC has begun putting together a plan to look and find areas where electronic medical records can cause harm to patients.  Two agencies, the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association have made comments and suggestions.  iHealthBeat has done a nice job providing a summary of the recommendations made by each. Continue reading: AMA and TMA Comment on ONC Patient Safety Plan

AMA Asks CMS and ONC to Hire Outside Company to Review Stimulus Incentives

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The American Medical Association feels that an outside evaluation could give a better look as an outsider versus the internal processes to see if there are areas that require additional attention, modification and so forth. Continue reading: AMA Asks CMS and ONC to Hire Outside Company to Review Stimulus Incentives

AMA Offers Preparation Advice In Case of CMS Audits for Meaningful Use

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We don’t know exactly what may be required or if actual audits with hospitals and providers will take place, but as a precautionary measure the American Medical Association offers some guidelines and answers as to what you may need should an audit of your incentive funds take place.  Continue reading: AMA Offers Preparation Advice In Case of CMS Audits for Meaningful Use

Medicare End of Consultation Fees Provided Uptick in Medicare Spending–Not the EMR This Time

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With all the current discussions on medical records and coding, the American Medical Association today has a with a study to shed some light with a surprise change in billing with the removal of consultation fees.  Sometimes it may be hard to predict exactly how the math will work. Continue reading: Medicare End of Consultation Fees Provided Uptick in Medicare Spending–Not the EMR This Time

Accountable Care and the ACO will be “Glued Together With Technology”

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After the recent election, there is a certain buzz around Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and their projected impact upon Healthcare Reform.  The establishment of ACOs is part of the Affordable Care Act’s long and varied history.  The ideas behind the development of ACOS are drawn from the need to significantly reduce Healthcare costs, increase quality of outcomes and offset rising prices.  The proposed means of attaining these goals include incentive programs and meaningful technological integration.  These provider organizations, which are community-centric and operate heavily within the depleting government Healthcare programs, are seen as the most viable candidates to become ACOs.   ACOs are becoming defined as any one large organization, existing system or cluster of smaller organizations partnering as a networked, technology-driven care system with competitive and incentivized markets.  ACOs will be created around quality, cost control and tracking care outcomes.  These outcomes will be monitored and maintained by EHRs. Continue reading: Accountable Care and the ACO will be “Glued Together With Technology”

AMA Establishes New Principles for Accountable Care Organizations

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CHICAGO – New principles for the development and operation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) became American Medical Association (AMA) policy this week at the organization’s semi-annual policy-making meeting. ACOs are an emerging model of patient care designed to provide high-quality patient care in an efficient manner.

The AMA’s new principles emphasize that ACOs must be physician-led, place patients’ interest first, ensure voluntary physician and patient participation and enable independent physicians to participate.

“The AMA is committed to ensuring physicians in all practice sizes can lead and participate successfully in new models that allow them to provide the best care to their patients,” Dr. Wilson said. “For this to happen, significant barriers must be addressed, including a lack of resources, existing antitrust rules and conflicting federal policies.”

During a recent joint government agency meeting, AMA President Cecil B. Wilson, MD. testified that there should be enough flexibility for physicians in all practice sizes to participate in ACOs. Although ACOs and other models of patient care were recently authorized in the new health reform law, existing antitrust and fraud rules can make becoming part of an ACO difficult for physicians, especially those in small practices. According to the latest AMA Physician Practice survey, 78 percent of office-based physicians in the United States work in practices with nine physicians or less. A majority of those are in either solo practices or practices of 2 to 4 physicians.

The AMA is developing resources for physicians to help them make informed participation decisions about ACOs. Physicians can find the tools they need to successfully participate and lead new initiatives, like accountable care organizations, on the AMA Web site at: www.ama-assn.org/go/paymentpathways.

EHRtv Interview with Brett Furst, Vice President of Healthcare for Covisint

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At HIMSS10 in Atlanta, Eric Fishman, MD interviewed Brett Furst, Vice President of Healthcare for Covisint. Mr. Furst discussed Covisint’s web-based ‘cloud computing’ services. Covisint provides one uniform platform as a service to merge different applications within the ‘cloud’ to enhance interoperability and messaging of information pertinent to healthcare. Mr. Furst explained how Covisint’s ‘app cloud’ can help physicians assess lab data, disease registries, radiology/imaging, and other personal health information data. In addition, Covisint’s platform is also useful to health system administrators, with capabilities to capture data for revenue cycle management, as one example.  Dr. Fishman and Mr. Furst also talked about Covisint’s recent partnerships with the AMA and AT&T. With these partnerships, Covisint’s platform as a service will assist both the AMA and AT&T promote Health IT and their individual products/services.

Find the full video interview here: http://www.ehrtv.com/covisint-brett-furst-mar-2010/