EMR/EHR Archive

Adoption Rate of EHR/EMR Services are Steadily Increasing due to Meaningful Use Incentives

On July 17, 2012 the Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health Care Statistics (DCPNC), released a brief analyzing statistical data from office-based physicians in 2011. The brief found a five percent increase in physicians adopting EHRs from 2010 to 2011. Of the total amount of physicians adopting EHR, 50

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part V

Many providers have asked for information regarding the application process for participating in E-Prescribing. In fact, there is not a formal, onetime application. However, a provider (or practice, as the case may be) will not be entitled to a bonus unless he or she consistently represents – in the context of claim submission – that

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part IV

As previously discussed, there are three main requirements for earning a Medicare E-Prescribing bonus. During the prior blog we considered the first requirement, i.e., the use of a “qualified” E-prescribing system. Today, we will address the second of the three requirements. In order to qualify for a Medicare bonus, at least 10% of a provider’s

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part III

There are three primary requirements for earning a Medicare E-Prescribing bonus. Today, we will address the first of the three requirements, which is the consistent usage of a “qualified” E-Prescribing system. A qualified E-Prescribing system is one that: 1. Generates a complete medication list; 2. Allows the prescriber to select medications, transmit prescriptions electronically using the

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part II

One of the primary reasons for the current swell in interest in E-Prescribing is Medicare’s 2009 bonus. Section 132 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (“MIPPA”) (followed by the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2009) creates a bonus for providers who are successful E-Prescribers during 2009. The 2009

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part I

With increasing frequency, healthcare providers are giving serious consideration to the adoption and implementation of an E-Prescribing system. Some of the most often cited reasons include the following: enhancing quality of care, increasing practice efficiency, reducing medical malpractice liability (and premiums) and qualifying for governmental and commercial payer incentives. The following is noteworthy: An E-Prescribing

And the Survey Says: Active EMR Use May Significantly Reduce Malpractice Liability

A peer-reviewed article published today indicates that physicians who adopt and actively utilize electronic medical records (also known as “electronic heath records”, “EMR” or “EHR”) are almost 50% less likely to have a history of a paid medical malpractice claim. The survey, which was published in today’s issue of Archives of Internal Medicine concluded the

Technology as a Safeguard against Medical Malpractice Claims.

A growing chorus of health care industry experts, physicians’ groups, politicians and medical malpractice insurance carriers are urging doctors to adopt new technologies to reduce the likelihood and costs associated with medical malpractice. Most of this focus has been on electronic prescribing, medical practice management software and electronic medical records. Electronic Prescribing Sloppily written prescriptions

How to Earn Your PQRI Bonus

My last two blogs addressed the ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ aspects of PQRI (if you haven’t yet read them, you may want to do so prior to reading today’s blog). Today’s blog focuses on the issue of how a health care provider can obtain a PQRI bonus. You are not required to formally register in

Now is the Time to Get Ready for PQRI

As of July 1, 2007, providers must begin reporting information regarding certain quality measures (I’ll describe this in greater detail tomorrow). While the official kickoff for reporting activities is still months away, NOW is the time to make certain that you will be ready. If you are using an EMR, your new reporting responsibilities will