Archive for September, 2009

EMR "Power Ranking"

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

MyEMRchoice.com to Collect, Share Electronic Medical Record Data

MyEMRchoice.com, llc. an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Sales and Business Development Service based in Doylestown, PA has outlined an ambitious initiative for collecting and sharing data on Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) to be shared with physicians and healthcare organizations.

Switching from paper based records to Electronic Health Records is a key component to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), as well as the program for Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH). The Federal Government and ARRA stimulus funding has called for adoption of Electronic Health Records by 2014, with financial incentives to quicken adoption of EMRs and penalties for physicians that hesitate or do not comply.

“A vision for healthcare automation has been put into motion, but there are a lot of blurred lines and misinformation”, says Douglas Wallace, Executive V.P., EMR Business Development. “In addition to EMR adoption timeframes, financial incentives and ‘meaningful use’ requirements, making a choice between hundreds of EMR vendors and dealers is simply overwhelming. We hear the confusion and frustration each day in our conversations with visitors to http://www.myemrchoice.com/”, says Wallace.

MyEMRchoice.com will continue to collect information from “early adopters” of EMR systems to provide insight to EMR systems and expectation levels. Criteria will include such factors as user satisfaction, ease of use, support, Return on Investment (ROI) and timely compliance with regulatory functions such as CCHIT (Certification Committee on Health Information Technology) and PQRI (Physicians Quality Reporting Initiative).

The new initiative, named the “EMR Power Ranking”, aims to provide EMR information free from misconception, entrenched relationships and “pay to rank” policies. “The bottom line to the EMR Power Ranking is getting an answer to the question ‘are you happy with your EMR or not, and why?”, says Wallace.

MyEMRchoice.com connects physicians to healthcare technology solutions and assists healthcare providers in fulfilling their vision for outstanding patient care. To learn more about how MyEMRchoice.com can assist your practice, visit www.MyEMRchoice.com.

Don’t Worry…‘Meaningful Use” EMR Criteria will be Basic

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Don’t Worry…”Meaningful Use” EMR Criteria will be Basic

By Doug Wallace, Executive VP, Business Development Solutions, MyEMRChoice.com

The Office of the National Institute for Healthcare Information Technology plans to implement a basic level of initial functionality for ”meaningful use” of Electronic Health Records systems to determine who will receive Medicare and Medicaid incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA 2009). The “meaningful use” criteria will then be refined in the 2013-2015 timeframe.

Basically, an EMR system will demonstrate “meaningful use” if the EMR system is able to send and receive data with CMS. The big thing for adopting EMR by 2011 is that you actually purchase this equipment and start using it.A final definition on “meaningful use” is not expected until Spring 2010.

For more, visit www.MyEMRChoice.com. “All we do for you is…Everything.”

Electronic Health Records: Considerations Large and Small

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Electronic Health Records: Considerations Large and Small

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is pushing for adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMR)/Electronic Health Records (EHR) for every physician by 2014. The sooner a doctor complies, the more financial incentive she will receive.

Unfortunately for physicians, a time frame for EMR is established, with little else to go on.
There are hundreds of EMR systems to select from, and a doctor can expect a call from most of these software vendors. This puts the “time saving” benefit of EMR immediately into question.
And just what is the EMR to do? To qualify for funds, an EMR system must show “meaningful use”. The final definition of “meaningful use” will not be firmed up until Spring-Summer 2010.
Other considerations which can cause apprehension include the complete overhaul of a paper based workflow, cost, multiple EMR evaluations, and the selection of a web based or Client Server platform. Also, be sure to fully understand how your existing patient data will be converted into the EMR system.

The list continues. In making a choice of EMR systems, one must consider the longevity of the EMR vendor, provisions related to switching from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and guarantees for upgrades to remain compliant. Also looming on the horizon are Personal Health Records (PHR), smart phone applications, and open source EMR initiatives. And by the way…is now the time to consider outsourcing of your billing operations? Several Revenue Cycle Management services can provide an approved EMR at a low cost in exchange for your business.

Creating On-line patient portals for scheduling, education, registration, reminders and communications should be considered prior to making a choice of an EMR system. A patient/practice portal can deliver immediate gratification and encourage all staff members as to the benefit of the new EMR technology. Electronic Prescriptions are a must. And, do not overlook the need to slowly scan and convert your existing paper charts into a digital format.
And, for those physicians that are retiring prior to the 2014 deadline for EMR compliance consider this: Selection of an EMR can serve to increase the value of your practice, maintain and gain more patients, provide value of a fully trained staff and allow you to be eligible for the current maximum financial incentives.

More and more, we are hearing from patients that want the convenience provided by Electronic Health Records. Already, EMR vendors are providing “on-demand” access to patient records on-line or through a portable thumb drive and other small devices. In the words of more than one patient, ‘If a doctor does not offer patients the convenience of an EMR, I will go to one who does”.

Docs, EMR Vendors benefit from Legislative Action

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Physicians and Electronic Medical Record Vendors to Benefit from H.R. 3014
Measure will provide funding under the Small Business Act

(Doylestown, PA) The push for adoption of Electronic Medical and Health Records (EMR/EHR) was assisted on June 24, 2009 by the drafting of House Resolution 3014 which will “provide loan guarantees for the acquisition of health information technology by eligible professionals in solo and small group practices”.
The measure should serve to overcome a consistently cited barrier to adoption of EMR by doctors…cost.
Sponsored by Congresswoman Kathleen Dahlkemper and co-sponsored by seven other members of the House of Representatives, the bill seeks to amend the Small Business Act to allow loan guarantees so eligible professionals in solo and small group practices can purchase health IT such as Electronic Medical Records (EMR) that demonstrates “meaningful use.” A final definition of “meaningful use” is due by spring 2010, developed by the Certification Committee for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).
“The two major factors causing doctors apprehension to adopting EMR are cost and the disruption of moving from established paper based record keeping to an electronic format. H.R. 3014 can well serve to ease the burden of the financial portion, and we fully urge physicians, patients and EMR vendors to call on their Representatives to pass this legislation” said Doug Wallace, Executive V.P. of MyEMRChoice.com.
The full text of H.R. 3014, as well as its status and updates can be viewed by visiting http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3014 or www.MyEMRChoice.com.
MyEMRChoice.com, llc connects physicians and technology solution providers through a in depth analysis of a medical practices needs, provides current information on issues facing the US healthcare system and monitors issues relevant to healthcare technology.

EMR Financial Aid by H.R. 3014

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Healthcare Information Technology and Electronic Medical Records (EMR), courtesy of House Resolution 3014

The US Congress, returning to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, September 8, will most certainly focus on the developing storm of healthcare related issues and its many moving parts. One particular piece of legislation that should get a quick pass, if there remains any business-sense on Capitol Hill.

H.R. 3014, introduced by Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) and co-sponsored by seven Democratic members of the House of Representatives, seeks to amend the Small Business Act to allow loan guarantees so eligible professionals in solo and small group practices can purchase health IT such as ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS (EMR) that demonstrates “meaningful use.” A final definition of “meaningful use” is due by Spring 2010, developed by the Certification Committee for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has earmarked $18 billion of the adoption of Electronic Medical Records by physicians by 2014. Estimates hold that nearly 25% of the $2.4 billion US healthcare system is wasted through inefficiencies caused by current paper-based medical record keeping.
If passed, the Small Business Health Information Technology Financing Act, which calls for loans of up to $350,000 for solo practitioners and $2 million for small group practices, would be overseen by the Small Business Administration. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports the bill, which was referred to the House Committee on Small Business. Representative Dahlkemper chairs the Subcommittee on Regulations and Healthcare.
H.R. 3014 is a measure that offers financial leverage for small practices to offset upfront costs for EMR hardware and software, training, office reengineering and workflow disruption. It’s an easy bill for the House, Senate and President Obama to get behind.
The two major factors causing doctors apprehension to adopting EMR are cost and the disruption of moving from established paper based record keeping to an electronic format.
To qualify for “meaningful use” of health IT, providers’ IT systems need to be doing data collection in 2011. Reimbursement bonuses under the ARRA of 2009 begin in 2011, as well. Doctors are encouraged to adopt EMR now, and the single practitioners and small practice physicians need the immediate help that H.R. 3014 can provide.