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

EHR Incentives Reach $9 Billion States CMS–Over 177 Physicians and Hospitals

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There’s more data to be captured from this recent report in Healthcare IT News,  but you have to consider the move to electronic medical records a real success and with current economic times the figures show the support of the government has been a tremendous asset. Continue reading: EHR Incentives Reach $9 Billion States CMS–Over 177 Physicians and Hospitals

Hospitals Looking to Purchase “Patient Flow” Software to Work with EHRs As Overcrowding and Delays of Service for Patients Increases

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This is an element that to date has not been highlighted substantially, but we stand to hear a lot more about Patient Flow Software in the future.  As hospitals merge, go out business, etc. the number of hospitals in the US is not rising.  I can’t remember the last time I read about a “new hospital” opening other than new building or facilities being constructed for existing hospitals.  Continue reading: Hospitals Looking to Purchase “Patient Flow” Software to Work with EHRs As Overcrowding and Delays of Service for Patients Increases

Meaningful Use Is Not Just for the Large Vendors, Smaller Vendors Servicing Rural Areas Have Several Attestations And Are At the Top of the List

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This is an interesting article from Modern Healthcare and what a surprise to Computer Programs and Systems of Mobile, Alabama in the number one position for the largest number of hospitals using a complete EHR system with attesting.  It’s amazing that the company takes over first place from Epic which has almost become a household name with larger hospitals across the US.  Read further to see how Cerner and Meditech ranked in their respective areas.    Continue reading: Meaningful Use Is Not Just for the Large Vendors, Smaller Vendors Servicing Rural Areas Have Several Attestations And Are At the Top of the List

Hospital and Community Physician EHR Partnerships

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There is an interesting article posted on healthleadersmedia.com about how hospitals can extend their HIT infrastructure to community physicians. This could substantially assist smaller practice physicians in adopting EHR systems. In addition, this connection between hospitals and physicians practicing in the local communities supports interoperability and health information exchange, both major issues on the ONC’s agenda. However, the author of this article warns that before offering community physicians EHR software as a service, risks should be considered. The author suggests that for this partnership to work, hospitals should consider five basic requirements:

  1. Make HIT a priority.
  2. Be up-front about the risks.
  3. Establish a dedicated team focused on outreach.
  4. Decide what services you are truly capable of providing with this model.
  5. Offer advice on infrastructure.

Read the entire article here.