Archive for October, 2009

"Doctors EMR Quarterly" Newsletter Announced

Friday, October 16th, 2009

MyEMRChoice.com Announces New, Doctor Friendly EMR Resource

myemrchoice.com announced today that it will launch a quarterly online newsletter named Doctors EMR Quarterly. The publication will provide factual information surrounding Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption by physicians, also known as Electronic Health Records (EHR).

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) calls for every US physician to migrate from paper based medical records to EHR by 2014. Currently, incentives are in place to urge doctors towards implementing an EMR system. To qualify for funding from the ARRA, the EMR choice made by a physician must show “meaningful use” as defined by the Certification Committee for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). A final definition of “meaningful use” EMR is due out in 2010, pushed back from Q3 2009. Such information is an example of information that the Doctor’s EMR Quarterly will provide.

“The move from a paper based medical record to EMR presents many challenges to physicians, not only technical” said Douglas Wallace, Executive V.P. of Business Development for MyEMRChoice.com. “This move from paper to electronic requires an entire rewrite of the approach to documenting the doctor-patient encounter. Changing years’ worth of habits and standard operating procedures for the medical staff may frustrate the whole process of implementation” says Mr. Wallace. “In addition, there is a lot of misinformation and confusion related to time frames, incentives, penalties and expectations of what an EMR does for the doctor, patient and government entities”, continued Wallace.

The Doctors EMR Quarterly will provide updates on EMR initiatives from CCHIT, Health and Human Services (HHS), the HITECH Act, P4P and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Include are initiatives such as Physician Quality Reporting Initiatives (PQRI), “meaningful use EHR”, Health Information Exchanges (HIE) and other timely information. Also included will be clarification on product benefits/drawbacks, such as web based ASP and stand alone client/server EMR applications.

“Doctors want to focus on delivering the highest level of patient care possible, not be bogged down by moving timelines, requirements and making their choice from one of 300 EMR vendors” said Wallace. “Doctor’s EMR Quarterly will quickly focus on facts, report extensions, and cut through the misperceptions associated with regulatory EHR initiatives. All of the moving parts to EMR adoption are overwhelming. We’re here to give these physicians a break”, said Mr. Wallace.

The Doctors EMR Quarterly will appear free on the company’s website, http://www.myemrchoice.com/, or by request from physicians and medical organizations.

myemrchoice.com connects physician to solid, proven healthcare technology solutions. Their mission is to match physicians with EMR/EHR and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) delivery solutions with minimal disruption to providing patient care. To find out how myemrchoice.com has helped match physicians and successful solutions, visit http://www.myemrchoice.com/.

What is "Meaningful Use" EMR, and Who Qualifies?

Monday, October 5th, 2009

What is a “Meaningful Use” Electronic Medical/Health Record (EMR/EHR) and Who Qualifies for Funding of this Health Information Technology?
Overview:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has enabled the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide financial incentives for eligible provider professionals and hospitals who adopt “meaningful use” Electronic Health/Medical Record (EHR/EMR) technology. Incentive payments begin in 2011 and gradually decrease through 2014. Starting in 2015, providers are expected to have adopted and be actively utilizing a certified EHR in compliance with the “meaningful use” definition or they will be subject to penalties.

The focus on meaningful use EMR is a recognition that better health care does not come solely from the adoption of technology itself but through the exchange and use of health information to best inform clinical decisions at the point of care.

So who’s an “Eligible Provider Professional”?

“Eligible Provider Professional” is broken out in the following ways:

Medicare (CMS):
A physician as defined in section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act,which includes the following five types of professionals:
Doctor of medicine or osteopathy
Doctor of dental surgery or medicine
Doctor of podiatric medicine
Doctor of optometry
Chiropractor

…and for Medicaid:
Physicians, Dentists, Certified nurse-midwives, Nurse practitioners

Physician assistants (P.A.’s) who are practicing in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) or Community Health Centers (330’s) that incorporate by a physician assistant.

“Meaningful Use” Defined:

A final definition of “Meaningful Use” functionality for EMR/EHR is due out in Spring 2011, followed by a 60-day period for public comment and amendments.

EMR Power Ranking

Monday, October 5th, 2009

EMR “Power Ranking”
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 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.