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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The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

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Today we hear from Dr. Edmund Billings, Chief Medical Officer from Medshpere systems.  In short he is addressing some different points of view regarding the recently released Rand Report.  Medical records have changed many times since the beginning states and what have we evolved to?  It has been stated many times on the web that the progression of medical records has been leaning more toward the insurer or payer side of the coin and the doctor asks some questions in this area and has a couple ideas open for discussion. Continue reading: The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

ONC Names 4 Groups to Certify EHRs in 2014

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Today in Government Health IT it was announced the ONC has already set up 4 vendors for the Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.  The names will look familiar as they were also in on Stage One which makes sense. Continue reading: ONC Names 4 Groups to Certify EHRs in 2014

A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

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Today we are featuring an opinion piece written by Edmund Billings, MD, CFO of Medsphere.  The company has been in business since 2002.  The company markets an EMR that was converted from VistA to OpenVista.  They  took the original system from the Veteran’s Administration and created a commercial version of the software suitable for use outside the VA. Here’s a short description of what they do followed by his article about the the high costs of Healthcare IT systems today.  Continue reading: A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

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Medscape today carried a quite an depth look at what’s ahead for Meaningful Use part 2 and lays out some of the areas to where confusion and and stumbling blocks stand to occur.  The article begins with speaking with a doctor who is currently using eClinical Works EMR and how he is already using a patient portal. Continue reading: Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

HHS on ACOs: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

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The following is a piece of an upcoming review we will be releasing  on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  It deserves a expidited mention in that it is slightly overdue…

The HHS is also taking cues from industry thought leadership.  The CMS is moving to take an additional and different approach to solving some of the quandaries currently extant in Healthcare. The most recent step in CMS’ involvement in reform is the establishment of The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations (CMMI).  This specific organization will be undertaking research and workgroups focused on “patient outcomes” and “community care models.” They are even taking public comments at the moment.  This center will perpetuate new efforts toward the development of ACOs in addition to finding ways to approach Medicaid and Medicare from new directions and analysis.  There is an expressed interest in the speed and pace of the solutions development as an underlying layer of the CMMI strategy.

Introducing the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation – and innovations.cms.gov

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By Don Berwick, M.D., Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

We have been given a great opportunity – under the historic Affordable Care Act – to create the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Continue reading: Introducing the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation – and innovations.cms.gov

AMA Establishes New Principles for Accountable Care Organizations

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RE-POST FROM: http://www.ama-assn.org

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.

Medrium Awarded Electronic Health Record (EHR) Module Certification by Drummond Group

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MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — (http://www.myprgenie.com) — Medrium, Inc., (www.medrium.com), one of the nation’s top independent medical healthcare information technology companies, has received an EHR module certification deeming the electronic health record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Medrium’s product is tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program and the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“This is an important milestone for Medrium. We are proud to announce that Medrium is awarded this EHR module certification status by Drummond Group. Medrium’s Complete Practice Management is a Web-based integrated solution with three primary components: Practice Management, Clinical Management, and Billing. Due to its Web-based infrastructure, Medrium is able to offer its fully integrated platform, for less than most standalone products,” says John Mortenson, President and CEO of Medrium.

“With this certification in hand, we can confidently partner with provider organizations in their quest to achieve meaningful use and qualify for incentive funds under ARRA. More importantly, we know that we are on the right path toward realizing all that is possible with EHRs — and, therefore, helping to move clinical care to new levels.”

Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus money upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology — a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

Medrium, which met the requirements for EHR module certification, is one of the nation’s top independent medical healthcare information technology companies. The company offers a Complete Practice Management (CPM) and Physician Billing service. Medrium’s platform, which is built using true Web-based technologies, takes advantage of cloud computing and can offer its CPM services at a lower price while providing greater functionality. In addition, using the healthcare industry’s most dynamic infrastructure, Medrium’s open platform is accessible from any browser, on any computer, tablet, or smart phone.

“The need for EHRs in the United States healthcare system has been acknowledged for many years. Drummond Group is proud to work with leading healthcare vendors and help them offer certified technologies to health providers across the country. With more than ten years of software testing experience carried out in several industries, we are confident in our ability to offer an effective and cost-efficient testing process to the healthcare industry,” says Ric Drummond, CEO of the Drummond Group. “The snowball effect could mean great things for clinical care in our country. We can help IT vendors certify their EHR systems — vendors can then help providers implement the EHR solutions to achieve meaningful use and receive incentive funds — and ultimately providers can leverage the systems to improve clinical care across the nation.”

Medrium’s Complete Practice Management is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

About Medrium

Medrium, (www.medrium.com) one of the nation’s top independent healthcare information technology companies, offers through a single platform, its Complete Practice Management and Physician Billing solutions. Physician Billing is a full service revenue cycle management solution that offers the strength of a national company with a personalized, local focus. Medrium drives physician revenues to new levels by automating medical billing and optimizing payment for hospital based physicians and large medical groups. Medrium’s Complete Practice Management is SaaS based integrated solution with three primary components: Practice Management, Clinical Management, and Billing. Due to its Web-based infrastructure, Medrium is able to offer all three products, fully integrated, for less than most standalone products.

With corporate offices in Morristown, New Jersey, Medrium also maintains operations centers in Bakersfield, California and Newark, Delaware. For more information about Medrium, visit www.medrium.com.

About Drummond Group

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors to certify EHRs for use by providers that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com.

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Ingenix’s V.P. Strategic Initiatives: Kim LaFontana and the Ingenix Expert Physician Advisory Board “Gets Docs to Meaningful Use Fast”

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EHR Scope had some time to catch up with Ingenix’s Kim LaFontana about the recent announcement of Ingenix’s independent physician advisory board.  The purpose of the board is to “design solutions that will meet real-world needs.” Kim was very thorough in describing the challenges and successes of the current electronic health records industry and Ingenix’s ONC-ATCB certified CareTracker EHR solution.


“Using technology in your office should not impede your cash flow, should not slow clinicians down and it should not prevent you from having information. It’s a radical change to your world and the workflow, but what our teams have been focusing on, as we have introduced CareTracker EHR— is how to do it in a way that actually works for the physician and makes them feel like they are delivering better, more efficient care”.  –Kim LaFontana

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