Archive for January, 2012

Jan
24
2012

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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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Jan
06
2012

In a perfect world, healthcare providers would reach to the bookshelf and pull out a copy of “Attestation Made Easy”. It would guide providers through the ins and outs of attesting to Meaningful Use (MU) of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, and would return to practicing medicine.

Unfortunately there is no such book. But attestation can be made easy by understanding the fundamentals of EHR and seeking the appropriate providers to implement it.

In 2009, congress passed the Health Information Technology Economic and Community Health (HITECH) Act, establishing guidelines for medical practices and hospitals for adopting and utilizing electronic health records by the end of 2015. To ensure that providers and hospitals weren’t just installing EHRs but using them in a way that actually improved patient outcomes, HITECH established the criteria for Meaningful Use (MU) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was tasked with validating MU.

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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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Jan
06
2012

It’s a fact that e-prescribing can save a practice valuable time. And time is money. But does your practice realize just how much money in e-prescribing incentives is available? Are you aware of how much a financial penalty your practice might suffer if it does not switch to e-prescribing?

In 2008, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, better known as MIPPA, established a series of incentives and penalties designed to encourage medical practitioners to switch from prescribing medications with pen and paper to filing prescriptions electronically. The theory behind MIPPA is simple: medical facilities will operate more efficiently and waste less money when switching to e-prescribing. At the same time, e-prescribing can help doctors avoid errors such as prescribing the wrong dosage with the result of improved patient outcomes.

The good news is that a growing number of providers have gotten the message that e-prescribing is the way of the future. Whether it’s a desire for MIPPA’s financial incentives or an equally strong desire to avoid penalties, according to Surescripts, in November 2011,52% of office-based physicians reported they were e-prescribing.  In September 2010, only 32% of office-based physicians reported e-prescribing.

If your practice does not fall in the group of e-prescribers, you are missing out on simple and easy to obtain federal incentives designed to increase adoption. The incentives are decreasing over the next two years:

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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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