Webinar: Keeping Community Hospitals Thriving & Independent

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Wednesday, June 24th, 12 p.m. ET

From coast to coast, community, rural, and critical access hospitals are facing industry change and asking themselves how they’ll survive as an independent organization—or if it’s possible at all. Is your hospital among them?

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Webinar: Where does it hurt? Common Physician Pain Points

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Where does it hurt

Join athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush for a special keynote address on common physician pain points, followed by an exclusive Q&A and expert-led sessions.

“Where does it hurt?” is a common question caregivers may ask their patients. But when was the last time that question was posed to the caregivers themselves? That’s exactly what Mr. Bush believes we, as an industry and as a country, need to do more often. At this special event, we’ll discuss these common pain points and industry challenges, with:

Do EMR and Practice Management systems really improve efficiency or was it a trick?

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New and seasoned Practice Managers and Physicians know that handling the day to day tasks of running a medical practice can be time consuming. Administrative tasks and responsibilities have increased with ever-changing government regulations, Medicare laws, and legal concerns.  Efficiency appears to be a losing battle, and stressful workflows take a toll on delivering compassionate patient care. A paperless office was presented as a time and cost saving endeavor that would lead to better patient care. Or was it a trick?

Sound familiar?

A polished representative came to the office to demonstrate their EMR, Practice Management, and Medical Billing system. You were convinced, “this is the solution, what a relief, Ah…!” Thousands of dollars and countless hours spent on implementation and training. Finally, the “go live” date arrived. Then, reality hit; the staff forgot how to upload documents, the doctor was in the exam room trying unsuccessfully to view an MRI with the patient, and you frantically tried to fix the issues. The workflow stopped as panic took over. You finally phoned customer support and you were placed on hold. “Ugh,” you began to question…”How much longer will the learning curve actually take?”  “Did I make the right system selection?” “Why did I try to improve efficiency?” “It really wasn’t that bad and where is that polished sales person now?”

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EHR Nightmare

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Throughout the past two years, I have rotated mainly through one system. To my dismay, it had been one of the worst as far as electronic health records (EHR) are concerned. Most days I observed the workflow, thinking “If they just did this, they would cut the duration of morning rounds in half.” Let us look past the point that I was usually bored out of my mind!
There was just so much wasted time in dealing with documentation and communication. We are in the digital age. It really shouldn’t be this complicated. I cannot imagine how frustrated the residents and attending physicians must have gotten during this nonsense. This part of the job, which is non-medical, has likely been the direct cause of many doctors’ burnout statuses.
Since I have limited exposure to other systems, I am curious to know if this was a well-below average situation or a fairly normal one (feel free to comment below).

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HITECH Framework At a Glance On How The Structure Is Organized

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Have you ever wanted a simplistic look at the framework of HITECH?  This is it which is from the website of the Health IT Dashboard where you can find all kind of statistical and other information as it relates to the adoption of medical records through the anticipated goals. Continue reading: HITECH Framework At a Glance On How The Structure Is Organized

Greenway Medical Prime Suite EHR First to Receive 2014 ONC HIT Certification

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Greenway was first out the starting gate for their certification as CCHIT just recently announced their ONC authorization shortly after the first of the year.  CCHIT’s new ONC program is open and accepting applications for testing.  The full press release with details is listed below: Continue reading: Greenway Medical Prime Suite EHR First to Receive 2014 ONC HIT Certification

Using EHRs in the Emergency Room With Higher Billings Does Not Always Indicate Fraud

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Fierce EMR today focused on a study of an analysis created by the New England Journal of Medicine that takes a deeper look in to why some of the medical billing today is growing.  In the news of late we have been reading about the government and others questioning the billing and coding of physicians with using electronic medical records. Continue reading: Using EHRs in the Emergency Room With Higher Billings Does Not Always Indicate Fraud

Latest Reports Are Showing About Half the Doctors in the US Are E-prescribing Via Electronic Medical Records

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This certainly makes sense in today’s era of everything being connected to be e-prescribing.  Going back in history just a few years there was a level of separation between EHRs and e-prescribing but not any more.  It would almost be a waste of time to use a medical records system and not include e-prescribing as the data all connects and make life easier.  Many doctors did start out with e-prescribing and then added their medical records system later.  Incentives have been in place since 2010.  Continue reading: Latest Reports Are Showing About Half the Doctors in the US Are E-prescribing Via Electronic Medical Records

Cerner Partners with Global Capacity to Offer “Cerner Skybox Connect”, A Private Cloud Based Network for the Healthcare Industry

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The full Skybox project is to be completed by the end of this year.  According to the press release Global Capacity approached Cerner with their cloud applications and Cerner determined it was a win-win for their clients and thus the partnership and the Skybox application was developed.  Continue reading: Cerner Partners with Global Capacity to Offer “Cerner Skybox Connect”, A Private Cloud Based Network for the Healthcare Industry

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”

Surescripts and e-prescribing for 2011

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EMR EHR eprescription health network

The New Year brings even more responsibility to Surescripts e-prescription network.  For those who aren’t aware of the expanse of their operations, Surescripts is the nation’s largest e-prescription data routing network—connecting pharmacies, physicians and insurance payers.  Continue reading: Surescripts and e-prescribing for 2011