Category Archives: Electronic Health Record (EHR)

7 Ways to Maintain Patient Interaction in the Age of the EHR

A common criticism of EMR (electronic medical records) use in medical practices is that it causes doctors to become less engaged and impersonal.  This causes frustration for all parties – patients and physicians – because doctors didn’t sign up for … Read Full Post

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What We’re Reading – CMS Creates New Tip Sheet to Help Specialists Meet Meaningful Use

Navigating through all the information and requirements to meet meaningful use, and to successfully complete the necessary attestation, can be confusing and – at times – complicated for many providers. This tip sheet gives a full introduction of the EHR … Read Full Post

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Do EHRs Contribute to Coding and Payment Inaccuracies?

Many providers have touted the electronic health record (EHR) as the magic bullet to improve billing accuracy.  However, according to the Center for Public Integrity, “Medicare regulators also acknowledge they are struggling to rein in a surge of aggressive — … Read Full Post

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Is Your HIPAA Program on ‘Auto-Pilot?’ Security Rule Requires Continuous Oversight

Most healthcare providers automatically think about privacy issues when the HIPAA law comes to mind and seem to have gone on ‘auto-pilot’ when it comes to protecting privacy.  It’s not uncommon to see offices being mindful of the visibility of … Read Full Post

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What We’re Reading – The Forces of Nature and Lost Medical Records

After news of the 125 tornadoes that touched down in the Midwest this weekend, I recalled an article published about Joplin, MO, entitled “Lost medical records complicate Joplin hospital’s tornado recovery.” This article details how tornadoes that ripped through Joplin … Read Full Post

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‘Meaningful Use’ for Physician Practices: Is It Worth the Trouble?

The foundation of the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is to improve quality of care.  Facilitating documentation, enhancing provider communication and focusing on indicators that produce better outcomes necessitate an electronic solution for most providers.  To achieve this, CMS … Read Full Post

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What We’re Reading – Docs need more EHR training, survey suggests

A recent study conducted by AmericanEHR Partners found that physicians need at least three to five days of training to feel comfortable using their electronic health-record system. With two weeks or more of training, the “ease of use” ratings increased. … Read Full Post

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What We’re Reading – 80% of Americans Fear Converting Health Data into Electronic Form

As our country moves more rapidly into the widespread adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs), fear of improper access of their healthcare data or misuse of the information.  Of the people surveyed, 80% of Americans expressed concern about converting medical … Read Full Post

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What We’re Reading – Medicare Pilot Project for Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation

CMS is launching the Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD) pilot project for providers to submit medical documentation in electronic fashion when responding to requests from Recovery Audit Contractors.  The new system is expected “to reduce provider costs and cycle … Read Full Post

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