Contents tagged with ehr
Do EHR mandates exist?
It depends. What is your definition of a mandate? You do not have to use an electronic health record in your practice, but if you don’t, Medicare penalties will be incurred … more
What you need to know about pre- and post-payment EHR audits
By David Nilasena, M.D.Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Southwest Region
An eligible … more
Stage 2 of the electronic health record incentive programs: Building from Stage 1
By David Nilasena, M.D.Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Southwest Region … more
E-prescribe by June 30 and avoid penalties
Medicare physicians must report e-prescribing on at least 10 unique Medicare encounters using G-code G8553 by June 30, 2013 to avoid a 2 … more
Provide patients clinical summaries to help meet meaningful use
One of the most difficult meaningful use measures that practices must meet is the one requiring them to give patients a clinical … more
By Troy Fiesinger, M.D.
TAFP President, 2012-2013
When we walked into the dentist’s office, my kids ran straight up to the computer to check in for their appointments. This was my first time to take them to the dentist, as my wife usually drives them. My son and daughter quickly entered their names on the touch screen, grabbed books, and took their seats. Freed from manually registering patients, the front-desk clerk monitored patient flow and welcomed everyone to the clinic with freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.
Later that day, I went to my doctor’s office where I signed my name on a clipboard and patiently waited in the lobby as patients have done for decades. His office has the same electronic medical record as mine, but his clipboard system has not changed in decades. My clinic has an electronic medical record with a web portal and secure patient e-mail, but our patients still queue at the front desk to give their information to a clerk. At the gas station, I swipe my credit card and fill my gas tank without talking to another human being. At the airport, I walk up to the kiosk, insert a credit card, and print the boarding pass for the flight I checked in to the night before. We expect businesses to adopt the latest customer service technology and embrace their use while we keep our clinics in the technological dark ages, suspiciously questioning each new innovation. We complain about the inefficiencies of our EMRs but are slow to adopt innovations to improve the efficiency and ease of our patients’ visits to our offices. Are we so focused on our frustrations that we forget our patients?more
Medicare EHR incentive program: Learn about payment adjustments and hardship exceptions
By David Nilasena, M.D., chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid … more
Feb. 28 is Medicare EHR attestation deadline
Physicians participating in the Medicare electronic health record incentive program have until Feb. 28 to complete their meaningful … more
Texas Medicaid EHR incentive program: 2012 participation deadline is March 16
For eligible professionals, or EPs, who are participating in the Texas Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) … more
HHSC introduces electronic learning tools on EHR incentive program
HHSC presents computer-based learning tools to help explain the Texas Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) … more