Quality of Care Archive

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

Anthem BCBS of Indiana Climbs On Board the Pay-For-Performance Bandwagon

Medicare implemented its Physician Quality Reporting Initiative,which is also known as PQRI. Doctors who satisfied the quality of care and reporting requirements under PQRI received bonuses equal to 1.5% of their 2007 reimbursements. A very limited number of small to medium size practices have opted to participate in PQRI due to the onerous reporting requirements

Medicare to Stop Paying for Certain “Never Events”

Beginning tomorrow, Medicare will no longer provide reimbursement for certain newly added “never event.” In particular, Medicare will refuse to provide reimbursement for the following conditions: Surgical site infections following certain elective procedures Legionnaires’ disease Extreme blood sugar derangement Lung collapse (Iatrogenic pneumothorax) Delirium Ventilator-associated pneumonia Formation/movement of a blood clot (Deep vein thrombosis/Pulmonary Embolism)

Broad-based Coalition Demands Immediate Passage of Healthcare IT Legislation

Earlier today, Health IT Now!, a coalition of more than 175 businesses, non-profit and patient groups, urged Congress to “pass federal legislation that promotes the widespread adoption of health information technology in the remaining weeks before Congress adjourns.” In particular, Health IT Now!’s September 9th letter to Congress asks Congress to adopt legislation that includes

North Carolina to Publish Data Regarding “Confidential” Med Mal Settlements

Under a new North Carolina regulation, details regarding North Carolina medical malpractice settlements will soon be posted online for patients to view. Confidential out-of-court settlements have long been the option of choice for medical malpractice defendants in North Carolina and elsewhere. However, if the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners gets its way, North Carolina

E-Prescribing Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

Regular readers of this blog will recall our recent discussion concerning the new ‘carrot’ of a 2% bonus that is being offered to electronic prescribers by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”). Perhaps you will also recall our blog regarding the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (“DEA”) efforts to make E-prescribing more attractive by eliminating

Significant Health Law Developments

During the last twelve months, we’ve seen significant developments in health law. At today’s opening session of the annual meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association, we took stock of many of these developments, which include the following: Medicare Cuts Saga Continues to Unfold. On June 30th, we witnessed the latest chapter in the Medicare

CMS Proposes Doubling the Number of Non-reimbursable Hospital-Acquired Conditions

My August 13, 2007 blog discussed CMS’ then-groundbreaking move to deny reimbursement for seven hospital-acquired conditions including pressure ulcers, hospital falls, certain catheter-associated infections, air embolism as a result of surgery, leaving an object in during surgery, providing incompatible blood or blood products and mediastinitis following coronary bypass surgery. CMS has now announced that it

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