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

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

Electronic Medical Records Are the New Normal

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By now we all know this is true that is this the new normal,but a little reminder doesn’t hurt once in a while to re-address the benefits as well as the processes of implementing one. Continue reading: Electronic Medical Records Are the New Normal

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

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

Aprima Medical Software Rescue Plan Working Well With Former Allscripts MyWay EMR Clients

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As we had reported back in November this turned into a legal battle that was finally settled between the 2 companies.  Allscripts offered free upgrades for clients to the new system which is considered an “upgrade” where as Aprima came up with their conversion system to make the transition easier for current users.  As you can read one office only had the MyWay system installed for a couple months when they received the notice.  Continue reading: Aprima Medical Software Rescue Plan Working Well With Former Allscripts MyWay EMR Clients

New York Congressman Calls for Expanded Use of Electronic Medical Records

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Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this week about the importance of electronic medical records and cites how during the Sandy hurricane that patient care kept going during the natural disaster. Continue reading: New York Congressman Calls for Expanded Use of Electronic Medical Records

What Makes Up an EHR Template Relative to Reimbursement; CMS To Begin Reviewing

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Medical record templates have been in and out of the news quite frequently today.  All medical record templates for one are not the created equally.  Which templates are the “so called troublemakers”?  We may see some additional complexities develop here since this seems to be an area where the discussion has lead to capturing bigger dollars when billing. Continue reading: What Makes Up an EHR Template Relative to Reimbursement; CMS To Begin Reviewing

Adoption of EHR Technologies With 66% Meeting Core Objectives, ONC Report

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Below is one of the charts included in the ONC report giving an update on where the incentives and attesting stands today.  It is broken down into several components but the one listed below gives the story in a short visual version. Continue reading: Adoption of EHR Technologies With 66% Meeting Core Objectives, ONC Report

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

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