Electronic Health Record (EHR)

Is Health Care Legislation The Only Reason For Electronic Medical Records?

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Is Health Care Legislation The Only Reason For Electronic Medical Records?

The health care legislation currently in the news is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare“. This health care reform act has an individual health care insurance mandate and an employer mandate, but it doesn’t mandate an EMR softare solution.

However, any health care provider who wants to participate in the Obamacare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), will need Electronic Medical Records to document the clinical aspects of the patient encounter and track encounters to ensure the provider gets credit for contributing to ACO objectives.

Electronic Medical Records Mandate

But the health care legislation that initially mandated the Electronic Health Record (EHR) / Electronic Medical Records (EMR) was the HITECH Act of 2009 (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act). Healthcare providers which accepting Medicare and Medicaid should already be aware of the 2014 deadline for EHR / EMR technology. Medical providers submitting Medicare claims, will begin getting zapped with penalties in 2015.

Is Health Care Legislation The Only Reason For Electronic Medical Records?

All Health Care Providers

Ignoring the Electronic Health Record mandate is not an option, even if you don’t send claims to CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) for reimbursement. Some great reasons below…

 

Primary Care to Specialist Referral Communication – 12 Reasons to go Electronic. (via ReferralMD Blog – The Business Side of Healthcare) Primary Care Physicians use referralsto supply additional opinions, order laboratory tests, or imaging studies. The variation in referral use and management is varied and is dependent upon several variables. Variables include patient characteristics…

 

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What’s The NFL Football News About Electronic Medical Records?

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Electronic medical records (EMR) software is probably the furthest things from your mind when you’re watching football. You’re concerned with the NFL scores and the players and your favorite teams.

After all this is your leisure time. You want to forget about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, electronic medical records / electronic health records (EHR) and HIPAA laws.

But If you are a health care provider, you’re probably never off completely. When there’s a NFL injury report, you probably wonder about the medical staff and the care that the players are receiving.

Well there is a relevant piece of NFL football news that is healthcare news as well.

What’s The NFL Football News About Electronic Medical Records? Read More

Can HIPAA Laws and HITECH Act Meaningful Use Be Helped By Hurricane Sandy?

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The goal of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is to improving health while adhering to the requirements specified in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act / HIPAA laws. Hurricane Sandy may exposure any deficiencies in complying with HIPAA laws and regulations.

HIPAA laws have been in effect since 1996. But until the HITECH Act, HIPAA laws had very little teeth. As a result of the HITECH Act of 2009, there are now financial and criminal consequences for HIPAA violations.

For years, large IT shops have been concerned with disaster recovery. HIPAA laws require similar contingency planning and risk management. The HIPAA Security Rule requires appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of electronic protected health information.

Enter Hurricane Sandy. Read More

EMR Software: What’s The Wisdom On EMR Software Implementation Success?

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One prediction is that 80% of health care providers will adopt EMR software by 2016. To get your HITECH Act electronic medical record systems to the point of success may take a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

Lots of hospitals and eligible providers have already implemented EMR software, attested to the stage 1 meaningful use criteria and have received money from the electronic health record / EHR Incentive program. “It was estimated that the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive program has paid out $5.58 billion to 110,650 physicians and hospitals through May 2012.”

Want to know some of the keys to successful electronic medical records adoption? Read More

Why Most Electronic Medical Records Software At Lazy Physicians Practices?

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Why Most Electronic Medical Records Software At Lazy Physicians Practices?

electronic medical recordsThe clock is ticking as the electronic medical records (EMR) software 2014 deadline is fast approaching.

Many Medicare physicians will implement electronic health record (EHR) systems by 2012 in order to qualify for the maximum payments from the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act Medicare EHR incentive program.

Medicaid physicians don’t have the same sense of urgency – they can wait until 2016 to begin electronic health record adoption. They can still qualify for the maximum EHR incentive payments of $63,750.

Who are the early EHR / EMR software adopters? Read More

Can Electronic Medical Records Reduce The Post-Holiday Cash Crisis?

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Have you gotten on board with electronic medical records?

The HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) has mandated electronic health record (EHR) technology, which is electronic medical records (EMR) on steroids.

If you can say “yes” to the electronic medical records software question, then you’ve likely invested money for hardware and software with very little return on your investment – so far. Read More

Are There Electronic Health Records Benefits Besides The EHR Incentive Program?

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The 2009 HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) mandates that Medicare and Medicaid health care providers adopt Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology. And the HITECH Act in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) has set up an EHR incentive program.

Electronic Health RecordsMedicare and Medicaid physicians and health care providers who qualify for the EHR incentive program, can receive up to $44,000 or $63,750 respectively. But they must implement electronic health record software and demonstrate meaningful use of their EHR software.

My prior article “Should Health Care Providers Get EHR Software in 2011?” talked about why you might want to jump on board with electronic health records before the end of the year.

But you may be wondering: Why you need to invest in electronic health record software at all? Read More

Electronic Health Record Software: What’s The Best One For Your Practice?

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If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid Physician and eligible provider, you know you need electronic health record software. And the clock is ticking, especially for Medicare providers. EHR Software

The HITECH Act / Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which is part of the ARRA Stimulus Bill, has funded an EHR incentive program, which rewards physicians and hospitals for electronic health record adoption. Medicare providers must adopt electronic health record technology by 2012 in order to be eligible to receive the maximum incentive payment of $44,000.

There are HITECH Act penalties for HIPAA violations. Read More

Should Health Care Providers Get EHR Software in 2011?

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Should Health Care Providers Get EHR Software in 2011?

Electronic health record / EHR software is mandated by the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act). The HITECH Act includes an EHR incentive program as well. EHR Software

To avoid forfeiting part of the HITECH Act incentive money, Health care providers need to get started with electronic health record adoption and demonstrate the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services / CMS meaningful use criteria by 2012.

Should health care providers wait until 2012? Read More

How To Get From EHR Software to 100% Electronic Medical Records?

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The move is on to adopt EHR software by hospitals and private practice physicians. And once implemented, Medicare and Medicaid health care providers must demonstrate meaningful use of their
EHR software.

EHR, of course, stands for electronic health record. So EHR software refers to electronic health record software or an electronic health record system. And the ultimate outcome of EHR software is to have all of a health care provider’s medical records in electronic format.

Health care providers are motivated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act and its associated CMS EHR incentive program. The HITECH Act mandates the transition to electronic health record systems and EHR meaningful use in order to take advantage of benefits like financial incentives .

One year after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set criteria for electronic health records, 70% of hospitals expect to meet the first phase of the Meaningful Use guidelines this year.

Yet, 78% expect to continue to treat patients using paper records for up to five more years despite the financial incentive for meeting these requirements and an electronic medical record’s (EMR) inherent promise of a paperless treatment cycle.

excerpt from “Iron Mountain EMR Scanning Survey Report

 

EHR softwareThe contradiction is shocking. But there is a simple explanation:  Even though hospital have implemented EHR / EMR software, they don’t instantly have 100% digitized electronic medical records.  A lot of scanning of old paper records has to take place first.

So the lesson for the private practice physician is that there is a process to get to a completely automated practice with no paper records. It takes time. Resources need to be allocated to the scanning process, and there is a cost associated with that.

Purchasing EHR Software is one step. Scanning is another. Providers have to be strategic about  their scanning activities.  And be Patient.

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