Archive for the ‘Meaningful Use’ Category

Infographic: Countdown to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

April 18th, 2016 by Melanie Matthews

The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 to streamline several of CMS's value-based programs including Meaningful Use, Physician Quality Reporting and Value-Based Modifier.

An infographic by SA Ignite highlights the basics on MIPS including eligibility, scoring, financial impact, qualifications, and exemptions.

One year after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began reimbursing physician practices for chronic care management services, Bon Secours Medical Group is now comfortable with the CCM reimbursement requirements and is reporting that it's unique approach to this revenue opportunity is ramping up nicely. And, the organization's approach to chronic care management reimbursement is helping to position itself for advance care planning as a new billable CMS event in the upcoming year.

During Physician Reimbursement in 2016: Workflow Optimization for Chronic Care Management and Advance Care Planning, a January 26th webinar, now available for replay, Robert Fortini, PNP, chief clinical officer for Bon Secours Medical Group, will provide an inside look at his organization's experience with CMS' chronic care management reimbursement this year and how they are leveraging this experience for CMS' newest billable event in 2016—advance care planning.

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Infographic: 7 Steps To Boost Patient Engagement

September 9th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Patient engagement is more than just a requirement under Meaningful Use – it's a long-term strategy for improving healthcare, according to a new infographic by eVisits.

The infographic lists seven key steps to boosting patient engagement.

How To Boost Patient Engagement

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Patient EngagementTransformational patient-centered models emerging post-ACA are designed to succeed with a core of engaged, activated patients, yet enlistment of individuals in chronic care management, telehealth and other health enhancement interventions continues to challenge the healthcare industry.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Patient Engagement documents strategies, program components, successes and challenges of engaging patients and health plan members in self-care from more than 125 organizations responding to the 2015 Patient Engagement survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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Infographic: Patient Engagement Through Online Portals

August 7th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

As physician practices gear up for Meaningful Use Stage 2, which requires physicians to promote and measure patient engagement, the role of the patient portal will become more important.

A new infographic by Nextech examines how practices can ensure their patient portal is set up for successful patient engagement.

Population Health Framework: 27 Strategies to Drive Engagement, Access & Risk StratificationFaith-based integrated delivery system Adventist Health is on a mission to improve population health status with a wellness-based approach it estimates will eventually net $49 million in savings.

Population Health Framework: 27 Strategies to Drive Engagement, Access & Risk Stratification walks through the elements of Adventist's population health management program that engages individuals to modify behaviors and prevent illness in the future.

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Infographic: HIEs Supporting Meaningful Use Stage 2

February 16th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

An increasing number of HIEs are supporting meaningful use stage 2 requirements, according to a new infographic by HIMSS.

The infographic looks at the percentage of HIEs able to support CPOE, patient reminders, secure messaging and data protection.

Health Care System Transformation for Nursing and Health Care Leaders: Implementing a Culture of CaringHealth Care System Transformation for Nursing and Health Care Leaders: Implementing a Culture of Caring features successful examples of how various units of the healthcare system can apply specific strategies to their inter- and intra-professional work, and how to engage and sustain authentic dialogue among and between stakeholders.

Health Care System Transformation for Nursing and Health Care Leaders: Implementing a Culture of Caring reflects the interests of such major stakeholders as patients and families, nurses, physicians and other primary and adjunctive care providers, ancillary service providers, administrators and managers, and all other individuals involved in the many aspects of organizational models and delivery of healthcare and human resource functions and outcomes.

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Infographic: CMS’ Quality Improvement Programs

December 31st, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Ninety-two percent of eligible hospitals and 75 percent of eligible healthcare professionals have received an incentive payment for meaningful use, according to an infographic by CMS.

The infographic also examines the progress on other CMS' quality improvement programs, including: ACOs; physician quality reporting system; ICD-10; and electronic funds transfer.

Physician Quality Rewards for Population Health ManagementHumana recently distributed $76.8 million in quality awards to approximately 4,700 physician practices through Humana's Provider Quality Reward programs. The program is designed to support providers where they are in their practices as they move through the continuum of care programs focused on the Triple Aim.

Physician Quality Rewards for Population Health Management a 45-minute webinar on December 16th, now available for replay, Chip Howard, Humana's vice president of payment innovation in the provider development center of excellence, shares how Humana's program supports physicians' transition from volume to value and helps them become successful population health managers.

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Infographic: Meaningful Use Audits

December 5th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Meaningful use audits could recover $33M in EHR incentives, according to data from the HHS published in a recent Health Security Solutions infographic. Although the precise reason for failure is not included in the dataset, there is reason to believe from strong anecdotal evidence that failure to conduct an adequate risk analysis is the most common reason entities fail their MU audits.

The infographic looks at both pre- and post-payment audits and which states have the highest audit failure rates.

Keys to EMR/EHR Success, Second EditionIn this revised second edition, nationally recognized expert Ron Sterling, president, Sterling Solutions, Ltd., has included up-to-date information on this daily-changing topic of Health IT. A new chapter on EHR and malpractice risk has been added, as well as detailed coverage of conversion issues for practices that have an old EMR. Also, new additions on ARRA and meaningful use will help many medical practices evaluate whether an EHR investment makes sense.

Keys to EMR / EHR Success, Second Edition starts with an overview of preparing the practice for technology. From there, Sterling helps the reader define requirements, choose the right system, get physician and staff buy-in, and take the system "live" as smoothly as possible. Sterling translates his experience into a step-by-step process any medical practice can follow with ease, from first considering an EHR, all the way through post-implementation training and updates.

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Infographic: Physician Adoption of Health IT

September 29th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Physician interest in mhealth is strong, according to Deloitte's 2014 Survey of U.S. Physicians. Access to clinical information is the most cited benefit of health IT by physicians, the survey also found.

A new Deloitte infographic looks at the difference between physician users and non-users of health IT, patient support of health IT and analysis of meaningful use.

Physician Adoption of Health IT

Transforming Health Care: The Financial Impact of Technology, Electronic Tools and Data Mining The healthcare technology revolution is just around the corner. And when it arrives, it will change and enrich our lives in ways we can only begin to imagine. Doctors will perform blood pressure readings via video chat and nutritionists will analyze diet based on photos taken with cell phone cameras.

Transforming Health Care: The Financial Impact of Technology, Electronic Tools and Data Mining combines healthcare, technology, and finance in an innovative new way that explains the future of healthcare and its effects on patient care, exploring the emergence of electronic tools that will transform the medical industry.

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Infographic: EHR Trends in Nashville

September 19th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Seventy-four percent of physician offices in Nashville have implemented electronic health records, according to a new analysis by Technology Advice. Nashville is often seen as a bellwether city for the healthcare industry and its EHR adoption rates mirror national estimates by the National Center for Healthcare Statistics.

EHR adoption rates and trends are analyzed in a new infographic by Technology Advice, which looks at office-based EHR usage, EHR satisfaction rates, top EHR providers, specialty EHR use and meaningful use attestation in Nashville.

EHR Trends in Nashville: Insights from an Emerging Market

Electronic Health Records: Strategies for Long-Term Success Electronic Health Records: Strategies for Long-Term Success is a comprehensive reference for the design, implementation, and optimization of electronic health records (EHRs). The authors offer a detailed road map for avoiding common pitfalls during conversion and achieving higher-quality care after system implementation. A glossary of important terms and references to additional resources are also included in the book.

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Infographic: Is Meaningful Use Helping or Hurting EHR Adoption?

May 30th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

Questions remain on whether or not incentives have directly encouraged electronic health record (EHR) adoption. Furthermore, while the numbers show EHR adoption is rising, satisfaction with EHRs fell 13 percent and dissatisfaction rose 14 percent, according to a new infographic from NueMD.

This infographic also identifies adoption trends, the use of incentives and potential obstacles to successful implementation.

Want to know more about EHR adoption? Electronic Health Records: Strategies for Long-Term Success is a comprehensive reference for the design, implementation, and optimization of electronic health records (EHRs). The authors offer a detailed road map for avoiding common pitfalls during conversion and achieving higher-quality care after system implementation.

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Healthcare Business Week in Review: Meaningful Use, Hospital Pricing, Telehealth, Health Insurance Marketplaces

December 20th, 2013 by Cheryl Miller

CMS has proposed delaying the start of Stage 3 of the meaningful use program for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, while the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has proposed adjustments to its certification process, according to a December 6th post on the HHS blog site Health IT Buzz.

Under CMS' revised meaningful use timeline, the start of Stage 2 has not been changed, but it has been extended through 2016; and the start of Stage 3 has been postponed, and will begin in 2017 for healthcare providers who have completed at least two years in Stage 2 of the program.

Whether this delay sways hospital executives looking at implementing an accountable care organization (ACO) remains to be seen. EHR utilization is among the reasons nearly half of the hospital executives recently surveyed have no plans to implement the care model in the near future, according to a new survey from Purdue Healthcare Advisors. The respondents, who were categorized according to their progress with meaningful use implementation, voiced concern about the technology, particularly its interoperability with other providers, and staff readiness and training. .

Interoperability of sorts is at the core of a qualitative study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), which focused on the effects of California’s reference pricing initiative to guide consumers to hospitals that provide routine hip and knee replacements below a certain price threshold. Researchers found that the cost of these surgeries ranged from as little as $15,000 to as much as $110,000.

While the initiative was effective in setting a threshold for hospital facility payments for both procedures and designating certain hospitals that met certain quality standards, whether it contributed to overall healthcare savings was debated in the study.

But sometimes the high cost is well worth it, as in the area of telehealth and telemedicine services, according to our latest market research data.

Despite the significant financial costs of remote monitoring technologies, adopters report impressive gains in medication adherence and care of remote and rural patients, as well as a decrease in health complications. Active users of telehealth and telemedicine also experience fewer hospitalizations, hospital readmissions, ER visits and bed days.

And speaking of technology, nearly 365,000 Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) in October and November, and enrollment in November was more than four times greater than October's reported federal enrollment number, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

The numbers reflect the technical improvements to HealthCare.gov, which has been unreliable since its launch in October. The open enrollment period is six months long and continues to March 31, 2014.

And lastly, don’t forget to take our current e-survey, Reducing Hospital Readmissions in 2013. Describe how your organization is working to reduce hospital readmissions by taking HIN's fourth comprehensive Reducing Hospital Readmissions Benchmark Survey. Respond by January 3, 2014 and receive an e-summary of the results once they are compiled.