Archive for the ‘Meaningful Use’ Category

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.

Infographic: Executive Perspective on the Healthcare IT Landscape

December 6th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

The top healthcare IT priority of healthcare executives is implementing ICD-10, while the most significant barrier is a lack of staffing resources, according to a new infographic from Praetorian Guard.

This infographic illustrates highlights of a web-based survey that garnered responses from professionals representing nearly 600 U.S. hospitals. The infographic addresses health IT security concerns, budgeting and staff needs, meaningful use, and health insurance exchanges and investments.

Executive Persepective on the Healthcare IT Landscape

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Infographic: The Guide to the Future of Medicine

November 19th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Digital literacy is readily available to patients and meaningful use of social media is already in progress, while home diagnostic tools still need time to develop, according to a new infographic from Science Roll.

This infographic shows which stage of healthcare delivery and the practice of medicine is affected by emerging trends, whether the trends affect patients or healthcare professionals, and the practicability of trends and whether they are already available or not.

The Guide to the Future of Medicine

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HINfographic: New Players on the Value-Based Healthcare Team

September 2nd, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Healthcare reform is moving toward value-based reimbursement, which has created a mashup of care delivery and reimbursement models and a need to recruit some new talent.

Seventy-five percent of organizations offer some form of health coaching, and job postings for care transitions coordinators increased 40 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to a new HINfographic from the Healthcare Intelligence Network. This infographic describes a ‘roster’ of promising young players on the healthcare field, and some veterans whose recast roles support value-based healthcare.


Value-Based Healthcare Team

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Information presented in this infographic was excerpted from: Guide to Value-Based Reimbursement: Profiting from Payment Bundling, PHO Shared Savings, and Pay for Performance. If you would like to learn more about healthcare trends and forecasts in 2014, this resource explores emerging models of episode-based payments, physician-hospital organizations and physician bonus structures with advice and lessons from three successful healthcare executives.

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Infographic: The Future of E-Learning in Healthcare

August 30th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

E-Learning and electronic health records (EHRs) are playing significant roles in the healthcare industry driven by health reform legislation.

Although only 20 percent of U.S. hospitals had EHRs in 2010, healthcare practitioners that don’t adopt EHRs by 2015 will suffer significant cuts in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. A new infographic from AMVONET describes meaningful use standards, e-learning challenges, healthcare professional expectations for e-learning solutions, and more.

Future of E-Learning in Healthcare

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Infographic: HIT Meaningful Use

April 5th, 2013 by Melanie Matthews

More than 40 percent of all primary care physicians are using regional extension centers to achieve meaningful use of healthcare IT, according to an infographic released by HealthIT.gov.

Other data points highlighted in the infographic include the physician reported benefits of health IT, EHR adoption and the number of physicians who have or will apply for meaningful use incentives.

Health Information Technology --- America's Healthcare Providers are Using Health IT and EHRs

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