Archive for September, 2011

Sep
27
2011

The CMS released a video response to their attestation directive. It’s a tutorial designed to explain, step-by-step, the registration process for meaningful use incentives. Explaining registration in video format can be helpful, but sometimes the office demands of a busy practice make viewing it in its entirety rather difficult. The current video takes the viewer through the information CMS needs for registration like name, location, field of medicine, etc. It also points out how to set the password and how to make changes in case some information was incorrectly entered..

However, understanding the registration process might not be the complicated part for some practices. The difficulty is what comes next – understanding and tracking the Meaningful Use objectives and the attestation process. CMS published the rules and objectives on their website in an effort to guide practices, but even the most seasoned veteran may find Meaningful Use to be a bit of a “monster”.

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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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Sep
27
2011

How big of a role does uncovering patient medication history and medication management mean in an acute care setting? Knowing a patient’s medication history faster, electronically managing medications throughout their inpatient stay, and electronically prescribing discharge instructions all contribute to a higher quality of care that greatly reduces adverse drug events – some of which can be fatal. The great news is more medical providers are taking advantage of electronic tools than ever before.

According to Surescripts, the nation’s e-prescribing network, prescription histories delivered to prescribers grew from 81 million to 230 million, 2009 to 2010, respectively. Today, caregivers can have access to more than 200 million patient records, in real-time, 365 days a year. The country is getting medically ‘connected’ at a phenomenal rate, which is incredibly useful for the hospitals that are taking advantage of it.

When an acute care facility has electronic medication history in place, it provides that facility with valuable patient information in seconds. By offering physicians a more complete picture of a patient’s current medications provides faster / better decisions that can save lives.

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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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Sep
23
2011

There’s good news this month for critical access hospitals (CAHs). The Obama administration is offering loans so CAHs can catch up to their urban contemporaries through modernizing their health IT systems. Over 1,600 CAHs across the country will be able to apply for the loans. Not only will this improve patient safety and quality of care, but will allow many rural CAHs to qualify for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Meaningful Use incentives.

Currently, most CAHs are in rural environments with limited financial resources that prevent the adoption of new technology. With this health IT funding plan, the federal government has three goals:

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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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