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Expect States to Take Control of Health Reform
By:SWilliams - - 07/09/2010

46 states face budget shortfalls. Can they afford health reform? Read More..


Health Reform, Is Your Company's Plan Grandfathered? Be careful.
By:ReadyConsultant - - 07/07/2010

Employers who offer health coverage have many new requirements to understand related to the recently passed Affordable Care Act. Most of the major changes do not become effective until January 1, 2014 particularly given the "grandfathered" status. However, maintaining this status may be more difficult and costly than most realize. Losing the grandfathered status could make the new reform rules effective as early as September 23, 2010. Reviewing a white paper titled "Understanding Grandfathered Health Plan Status: A Guide for Employers and Huma...Read More..


What's Next for ONC's Agenda with EHR's, Certification and more?
By:DWillcutts - - 01/21/2010

Information Week's recent interview with ONC's Dr. David Blumenthal provided some interesting insights into what is next and who is out there to help providers realize these goals. Where are the meaningful use guidelines? What about the certification process and who will be certifying? And is there enough talent in the marketplace to make this happen? Read More..


NHIN Re-thought? ONC's Dr. David Blumenthal is re-envisioning
By:DWillcutts - - 01/21/2010

The six year effort by the government to create a National Health Information Network through efforts such as RHIOs is getting a fresh look. Is there practicality coming out of Washington? Or is this another twist in the road to a far off dream? At first glance, having a focus on smaller providers' ability to share data locally seems wise. Hmmm... has anyone every heard that health care will always be local! Read More..


Sentor Grassley Keeps focus on Health IT Systems Liability and Confidentiality
By:DWillcutts - - 01/21/2010

Senator Grassley (R-IA) has followed up a Fall letter sent to ten Health Systems vendors with a group of letters now directed at their clients. The Senator continues to be concerned with system vendor's efforts to both limit liability to themselves as well as create "gag orders" on the sharing of information regarding the performance of installations. His focus is particularly on the purchasing process, implementation and how problems/issues are tracked, reported and shared. He is highlighting the sometimes challenging process of evaluation of...Read More..


Reform Legislation Aside, ICD-10 Could Be Health Care's Biggest Challenge
By:SWilliams - - 01/20/2010

Grassroots upheaval risks impacting the flow of dollars between buyers and sellers of health care services. Read More..


2010 Promises High Demand for Healthcare IT Professionals
By:TWillcutts - - 01/19/2010

As 2010 begins, the rush to meet new standards for electronic health record (EHR) technology has healthcare CIOs hiring more IT staff and the federal government offering various forms of financial incentives to spur readiness. 16% of healthcare CIOs plan to increase hiring in the first quarter of 2010, according to a report in Information Week . A recent Robert Half Technology phone survey reveals that healthcare CIOs were almost four times more likely to propose adding new IT staff than the total sample of CIOs surveyed across all industries....Read More..


New Threats to Medical Privacy: The Challenge of Securing Electronic Health Records
By:TWillcutts - - 01/09/2010

The Obama administration's new standards for electronic health record (EHR) technology promise a quantum leap in administrative efficiency and patient care, but many worry the new paradigm could expose patients to identity theft and other privacy breaches. One of the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 is to get electronic medical records on file for every American by 2014, effectively amassing a database of every American's most sensitive personal information. The benefits are considerable: an ability to quickly...Read More..


$640 Million for Regional Extension Centers... What are they and How will they effect you?
By:DWillcutts - - 01/04/2010

$640 million will get you 70 centers each serving a minimum of 1,000 "priority primay-care providers" for the initial two year period. How this effects you? The anwer depends on what role you play in the EHR stimulus program. If you are a provider these RECs are intended to be an unbiased support center for your EHR selection and implementation. If you are an EHR vendor the RECs view of your product may determine your sales in this critical period. If you are a consultant these centers may become a source of leads. Read More..


EMR System vs. EMR Software
By:ReadyConsultant - Alok Prasad - 01/03/2010

You will often find most EMR vendors as well as Physicians using EMR System and EMR Software interchangeably leading the readers to believe that they stand for the same product. In fact, as explained below, they are quite different and in fact EMR Software is one of the components of an EMR System. The term "system" originates from the Greek term syst¯ema, which means to "place together" and defines a system as an integrated set of interoperable elements, each with explicitly specified and pre-defined capabilities, working seamlessly to perfor...Read More..


OASIS C knocking: Are you geared up for it?
By:ReadyConsultant - Angela Martin - 12/31/2009

All those home health agencies wishing for a Christmas miracle of delayed OASIS C implementation are in for some disappointment as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is going ahead with the January 1 implementation of OASIS C . As such, home health agency clinicians will face a number of OASIS C hurdles, which may not be helped by the guidance issued by CMS. Read More..


HHAs and 10 percent outlier cap: Minimize the risk
By:ReadyConsultant - Angela Martin - 12/31/2009

There are tough times ahead for home health agencies affected by the 10 percent outlier cap. Here’s how you can lessen the policy’s impact on your agency: You need to find out right away if your payments will be limited, recommends Abilene, Texas-based financial consultant Bobby Dusek as the 10 percent per agency cap will start applying immediately in January. Read More..


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Meaningful Use Stages 2 and 3 in the works

The Health IT Policy Committe - the federal advisory committee responsible for making recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT - is meeting Wednesday (9/22) to beging drafting requirements for Stages 2 and 3 of Meaningful Use, as reported by Healthcare IT News. Eligible health care providers will need to meet Stage 2 requirements by 2012 to qualify for EMR incentives.

9/21/2010 4:06:00 AM
Healthcare Costs Expected to Increase by 11% in 2011

A new survey by Aon Consulting is anticipating healthcare costs to rise between 10.5 and 11% in 2011, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review. Health care reform laws are expected to add 2%-5% to costs over the next three years.

9/17/2010 4:53:00 AM
Worried about EHR impact on efficiency? How will you measure it?

People on the front lines of care tend to immediately jump to the very reasonable concern that implementation of a new EHR will destroy productivity and hurt patient relationships.  Studies have come out suggesting otherwise, however I suspect that will provide small comfort to a physician’s practice....

9/10/2010 10:01:00 AM
Steps to Choosing an EHR - excerpt from a Vendor Site

We see many web sites and articles from software vendors and consultants.  The quality can be pretty varied but we often see some pretty good stuff.  We ran across this list of “12 (Relatively) Easy Steps to Choosing an EHR or EMR” and thought we should highlight it.  The advice is pretty simple and straight forward.  A practice can use this as a ...

9/10/2010 8:27:00 AM
EHR Drivers - the Frost & Sullivan report is interesting but perhaps things are more straight forward?

A recent Frost & Sullivan report predicts the EHR market will double from $1.3 billion to $2.6 billion between 2009 and 2012 before market saturation occurs and revenues level off at $1.4 billion. Information Week spoke to one of the authors of the report and highlighted what they felt are the drives of this change. While I think the points are valid they seem on the one hand a bit obvious and on the other they perhaps miss the larger pictu...

9/1/2010 7:01:00 AM
Would Most Hospitals Fail to Meet Meaningful Use?

How far does the industry need to go to get to "Meaningful Use"? 

8/31/2010 7:05:00 AM
50,000 Extra Employees Needed For Meaningful Use Criteria

In order to meet the Meaningful Use criteria required to get government incentives for EMRs, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT is estimating that an additional 50,000 IT employees are needed, according to a report from Fierce EMR.

8/27/2010 12:06:00 PM
C Suite Leadership Critical to Success of EMRs

Although IT will certainly play a major role in developing and implementing Electronic Medical Record technologies, the projects must be led by the C Suite. That is the recommendation of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executive's "Meaningful Use" guide for CIOs, as reported by Information Week.

8/26/2010 12:15:00 PM

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