Archive for August, 2011

Aug
30
2011

When it comes to receiving Meaningful Use incentives, the biggest concern most practices have is the cost to become compliant. According to a study by ‘Health Affairs’ published this month, 69% of those asked had concerns about the costs involved in demonstrating Meaningful Use. Close to half of the respondents (42%), wanted more information about the requirements of the incentive payment program or they were uncertain about what EHR system to purchase.

While full-featured EHR systems might suit some practices, others might be better off going with something that’s more middle-of-the-roadconsidering a stepping stone approach with a module EHRlike . Rcopia-MU from DrFirs.t is such a product. It Some module EHR’s allows doctors’ offices to achieve many of the Meaningful Use core objectives to acquire federal stimulus money. Plus, for offices who fall in that 42% who want to know more about the CMS payment program, there’s also AttestEasyinsure they follow the CMS payment requirements, there’s also AttestEasy. This It’s a service that walks a practice through the process of attestation, so they do not have to do it alone. Best of all, for those offices concerned with costs of Rcopia-MU and AttestEasy, our , practices average a 460% return on their investment in the first year alone with Rcopia-MU and AttestEasy.

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Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Aug
25
2011

Is the stress of understanding and meeting Meaningful Use requirements creating greater turnovers for physicians? HealthSystemCIO, an online-only publication targeted to healthcare CIOs, believes so. In a study released this month, they claim, “65% say their staffs are under ‘excessive strain” due to MU-related work.’” In addition, 50% say they had key employees leave during the past six months.

 

It’s more than just stress and departure that’s an issue for doctors though. The same study points out that over half of respondents (54%) haven’t been able to fill those open positions for at least three months. Not only are professionals leaving during a less than booming economy, doctors can’t find immediate replacements. Furthermore, half of those surveyed said they, “personally were experiencing an unsustainable level of strain from overwork, pressure and lack of adequate time off.”

 

So, is there a solution to eliminate Meaningful Use stress?

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About Irene Froehlich:

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Aug
03
2011

If you are trying to determine right now if you would meet the criteria needed for attestation, CMS has added a handy calculator to their site.

http://www.cms.gov/apps/ehr/meaningful-use-core-measures-professionals.aspx

Remember that to get paid for Medicaid for the first year, you do not need to achieve Meaningful Use, only purchase or upgrade to an ONC-ATCB Certified system like Rcopia-MU.

So far Medicare has paid out $5,094,000.00 and Medicaid has paid $28,028,755.67 to Eligible Providers!

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About Irene Froehlich:

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Aug
02
2011

DrFirst has recently partnered with the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) to help close “the digital divide” that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health (ONC) warned is preventing providers who treat minority patients from participating in various government health care IT initiatives.

Many NHMA and ABC members are small practice physicians who treat a growing number of under-served Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured patients. Often unaffiliated with major institutions, these doctors find it difficult to participate in federally-sponsored incentive programs which are intended to award providers up to $63,750 to help offset the cost of adopting healthcare IT. Traditional HIT applications require start-up costs that often put participation out of reach, leaving NHMA and ABC members and their patients without access to the benefits of “Meaningful Use” solutions. Partnering with DrFirst now gives both associations the lead in driving health care IT adoption rates among minorities.

DrFirst’s established reputation in this arena is attributed in part to solutions that are realistically priced and scalable for any medical practice. DrFirst solutions are created by doctors, for doctors, and designed for quick implementation with minimal training and little or no investment in additional IT infrastructure.

Are you a member of or represent a Minority Association or Ethnic Society? Interested in the benefits of Partnering with DrFirst? Place your comment below and we will reach out to you within 24 – 48 hours.

About Irene Froehlich:

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Aug
01
2011

DrFirst was honored in July to be one of four health IT vendors, in the nation, to receive Surescripts’ prestigious “White Coat of Quality” award in recognition of our consistent commitment to excellence in the electronic prescribing process.   The award recognized that DrFirst monitors and reports on quality metrics in an effort to promote continuous improvements, including raising overall prescriber awareness through focused training. Earning a White Coat award provides recognition to organizations which uphold the highest quality standards for e-prescribing in the healthcare industry. The White Coat award recognizes that our company has taken a step beyond simply providing technology. We are deeply committed to quality and safety as we continue to deliver top-notch products aimed at helping doctors get back to being a doctor first. What does this mean for you, those looking for an award-winning e-prescribing solution?

Start the conversation here by commenting below. We’d be happy to share with you the benefits.

About Irene Froehlich:

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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