Archive for December, 2011

Dec
30
2011

Meaningful Use is one of the most talked about components of the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Unfortunately it’s also one riddled with myths, rumors and misunderstandings.

Essentially, Meaningful Use (MU) is an incentive program established by HITECH and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). MU provides financial incentives to Medicare and Medicaid providers who have implemented an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system and demonstrated its use in a meaningful way to improve patient outcomes.

It is a complicated program of which the final implementation is being sorted out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Here are some of the most common myths:

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Dec
22
2011

It is an inevitability that many attempting to delay. Electronic health records (EHR) are not going away. The deadline to take full advantage of the financial incentives available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for incorporation and proving Meaningful Use (MU) is approaching.
It’s not too late to identify the right system for your practice. It’s important to note, however, that you must prove MU in 2011 or 2012 in order to receive the maximum payout of up to $44,000. Those providers practicing in under-served or rural areas are eligible for up to $48,400 in Medicare reimbursements.

The following table shows the reduction in Medicare reimbursements by delaying adoption of EHR and proof of meaningful use.

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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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Dec
20
2011

Running a prison is not inexpensive.   A 2011 Financial Times article reported that states spend $50 billion a year on correctional facilities—the second largest expense the second-largest expense, right behind Medicaid. In that article, findings revealed it costs more than $44,000 per year to incarcerate a person in California—equal to spending a year, including room and board, at Harvard.

It’s important for prison officials to do everything possible to save money.  One approach is to implement electronic health records and do away with the old-fashioned pen-and-paper system. Electronic health records save states money and assists in enabling better care for inmates.

First, consider the cost savings. According to a report by CIO|Insight magazine, a study of 14 medical practices found it took an average of two-and-a-half years to recoup the costs of transitioning patient health records from a paper-based to an electronic system. Once the pay-back period ended, the practices enjoyed $23,000 in annual savings, mostly from increased efficiency and reduced staff hours.

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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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Dec
19
2011

The shift from paper-based prescribing and medication history methods to an electronic medication history system is of immeasurable value to not only the patient and medical staff, but to those countless individuals involved in the scramble that often occurs during a hospital admission. While the common denominator among both patients and healthcare professionals is a focus on the final positive patient outcome, that final determination relies heavily on the speed and accuracy of those first few moments when a patient is admitted to the hospital.
According to a 2007 study by the Department of Health and Human Services, it is estimated that deaths as a result of paper-based medication errors reach nearly 7,000 annually. Transitioning to an electronic medication history system has the potential to prevent 2 million missteps and resulting adverse drug events a year, as well as a total annual savings of over $20 billion.

Each second is precious and costly during an emergency. Consider two patients with identical situations including medical histories and symptoms. The only difference? One has MedHx electronic medication history. The other does not.

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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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Dec
06
2011

In 2011, Medicaid began reimbursing for the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Many providers have been hesitant at installing complete systems and overhauling their entire practices, but there are ways to take advantage of the incentives and the benefits provided by EHR.

Providers who can prove adoption, implementation, upgrading, or Meaningful Use of certified EHR technology may be eligible for up to $63,750 in Medicaid reimbursements if their state has chosen to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

As of now, only 24 states are participating, but many are scheduled to begin in the near future.

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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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