Archive for April, 2013

I See Your Online Ad! Too Bad I’m Not Clicking or Buying Anything From You

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Online media and advertising may be a mainstay for many hosted and web based EHR systems, but most of the delivered content falls on deaf ears.

Most marketers know that half of their advertising does not work. The problem is figuring out which half. It is like the giant billboard for a restutrant I pass going to and from work everyday…it has been there for years. Problem is I never set foot in the place.

This cash drain and sales meeting buzz kill can be remedied by having the immediate ability to control the content delivery to every physician in the US as well as the patients/consumers whos health data populate the many EHR systems available today. Did you know that this solution exists and its network is ready to assist anyone taking the time to explore the opportunity?

Anyone interested in finding out more or seeing a demo can contact My EMR Choice (www.MyEMRChoice.com). This patented, high demand solution will appeal to sales, marketing, CFOs, CIO and investors. We look forward to assisting you.

Updated EHR Meaningful Use FAQs Issued April 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

(CREDIT HealthData Management)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated two new frequently asked questions about the electronic health records meaningful use program. They cover incentive payments affected by the budget sequestration and how providers should handle attestation when they switch EHR vendors during the program year:

Question: Will incentive payments earned in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive programs be affected by sequestration?

Answer: Incentive payments made through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are subject to the mandatory reductions in federal spending known as sequestration, required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postponed sequestration for 2 months. As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013. Under these mandatory reductions, Medicare EHR incentive payments made to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be reduced by 2%. This 2% reduction will be applied to any Medicare EHR incentive payment for a reporting period that ends on or after April 1, 2013. If the final day of the reporting period occurs before April 1, 2013, those incentive payments will not be subject to the reduction. Please note that this reduction does not apply to Medicaid EHR incentive payments, which are exempt from the mandatory reductions.

Question: For the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, how should an eligible professional (EP), eligible hospital, or critical access hospital (CAH) attest if the certified EHR vendor being used is switched to another certified EHR vendor in the middle of the program year?

Answer: If an EP, eligible hospital or CAH switches from one certified EHR vendor to another during the program year, the data collected for the selected menu objectives and quality measures should be combined from both of the EHR systems for attestation. The count of unique patients does not need to be reconciled when combining from the two EHR systems.

If the menu objectives and/or clinical quality measures used are also being changed when switching vendors, the menu objectives and/or quality measures collected from the EHR system that was used for the majority of the program year should be reported,

PharmEHR Summit a Great Event

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Philadelphia, April 17, 2013

The PDR Network held its third annual PharmEHR summit here yesterday. The heavy turnout consisted of professionals in pharmaceuticals, Electronic Medical/Health Records, Healthcare Information research and many others. This was by all measures an outstanding event.

Some of our favorite takeaways:

EHR systems today are like comparing pay phones to today’s smart phones

EHR implementation can decrease practices productivity for the first 6 months. Benefits do then become evident.

Patient portals for communication with patients are imperative, but can lead to too much unwanted and unnecessary chit chat from patients/consumers. Think of it as your “friends” on Facebook that post too much. Chief focus is Appointment reminders, demographic changes and compliance in patients taking their meds.

Stimulus kicked HIT/EMRs to front stage, but please make my EHR easy to use!

Healthcare needs a Grand Unified Theory, just like physicist seek to link gravity, strong nuclear, electromagnetic and weak interactive forces (OK, that one is mine).

Evidence Based Medicine is beneficial yet still evolving

Physicians must be careful of how they communicate with patients on the latest social networking tools and sites

Physicians want “pharma features” in their EHR system

MU Stage 2 requires that 10% of patients can view, download and transmit their EHR info (VDT). Wonder if the government will provide stimulus payments to 10% of US patients/consumers to buy an new laptop?)

“Free” EHR systems with a business model based on advertising. (Comments from investors are welcomed, especially from investors in such companies)

The jury is still out on “Couponing” …on the spot concierge service to provide patients.

Vendors of Electronic Health Records (400+ representing more than 1000 certified systems) know that half of their advertising does not work. Problem is they don’t know which half. But banner click rates are crazy low.

Cooperation among all players is evident. Interoperability is the key.