Entries by CM

The Effects of the Stark Law on Healthcare Administrators

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently informed Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMSS), that the Physician Self-Referral Law – perhaps more commonly known as the Stark Law – burdens providers administratively and hinders the exchange of health data and coordination of care unnecessarily. Instead, HIMSS […]

What the 2019 Global Security Budget Looks Like for Healthcare

Security concerns are on the rise, especially in healthcare with system violations occuring at an alarming rate. A recent report put out by research firm Gartner estimates the world will spend over 124 billion dollars on information security in 2019. That’s 12.4 percent over last year. A certain amount of that will go to protect […]

What Does the Change to Value-Based Healthcare Mean for Orthopaedics?

As digitization marches forward, so does the change from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare. Much like the change in focus of most businesses, the changes in healthcare look to shift the focus from providing services for a fee to focusing on delivering the most value to the patient. But what exactly will that change look like […]

What are the Proposed MIPS Changes in the 2019 Quality Payment Program?

When rules to the program you use to provide better care change, it’s frustrating trying to determine what they mean and how they’ll impact your ability to continue providing quality care for your patients. With the recent MIPS changes for the 2019 Quality Payment Program proposed rule, there has been a lot of confusion about […]

Top 5 Ways an EHR Implementation Specialist can Help Your Office

The implementation of electronic health records (EHR) is often met with resistance. Not so much from a lack of acceptance, but rather from a lack of training and knowledge. Healthcare employees tend to find themselves excited to reap the benefits of using EHRs, however, many of them are unfamiliar with the technological side of operating […]

Better Integrated EHR Systems Can Reduce Physician Burnout

A recent study of over 15,000 physicians found that 2/3 felt burned out from their work, with nearly a third admitting that they were more easily exasperated, less engaged and less friendly with their patients. An additional 15% felt they would make mistakes with patients that they would not normally make, including 5% that had […]

Cost-Cutting Practices Include the Integration of EHRs

Electronic health records (EHRs) have undeniably revolutionized the healthcare industry. Studies have shown the use of these digital records is improving the quality of care physicians are providing to patients and it’s also bringing about cost-cutting advantages on a two-fold basis. It takes the ability to seamlessly integrate EHRs into a medical practice’s overall operations […]

Tips for Integrating EHR Systems and Practice Management Systems

Electronic health records (EHR) have a clinical focus while practice management software focuses on the administrative side of operating an orthopedic practice. Being that the two are not centered around the same functions, you can see how both are vital to the operation of any medical facility. If you have one but not the other, your […]

How Will Enhancing Your EHR System Impact Cybersecurity?

There’s a delicate balance in EHR systems today between protecting information for patient privacy and HIPAA, and making that information available for patient convenience and care team communication. With the growth of features and advancements in EHR technology, cybersecurity must be considered to ensure that the increased availability of patient data doesn’t compromise patient privacy. Here’s […]

Understanding Interoperability and How It Has Revolutionized Healthcare

The federal government put into action a decade-long plan that includes incremental improvements that result in the establishment of a nationwide learning health system, according to EHRintelligence.com. This plan was put into effect several years ago, with the primary goal being to improve healthcare interoperability. How is this level of integration supposed to be established? What are […]

The Latest Summer 2018 Medicare Updates You Need to Know About

Keeping up with the latest Medicare changes can seem like a task that never ends. Once you get familiar with the most recent changes, new ones roll out. As a provider, however, it’s pertinent that you stay up to date with these changes to ensure your practice is operating with the utmost compliance. Many practices […]

How Electronic Health Records Can Improve Patient Engagement

Did you know issues relating to medication adherence cost the economy $300 billion? Even worse is that this issue alone is one of the primary causes for patients being readmitted to medical facilities. On the upside, however, a large percentage of physicians have adopted the use of basic electronic health records. This has helped reduce medication […]

It’s 2018: Electronic Health Records 10 Years Later

Back in 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act started dishing out funds to be used by healthcare providers. These funds were intended to help them implement electronic health record systems. As a result, we have seen a great improvement in quality of care and patient outcomes. Health care providers were […]

How Do EHR Systems Fit Into an Overall Strategy for Digitization?

Though the implementation of EHR into your practice has added a new level of technology, the process of adding and improving EHR systems is only one small part of the digitization process. But what exactly is digitization and how will the full process help you free up more time to spend with your patients and less […]

CMS Releases 4 Resources Designed to Help Providers Navigate Federal Requirements

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released four resources designed to help guide the actions of eligible clinicians who want to participate in the agency’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). These initiatives — which include three fact sheets and list registries for MIPS data reporting — aim to ease the transition as clinicians implement the requirements […]

New Rule Reflects CMS Intention to Overhaul Meaningful Use Program

In an attempt to improve communications between providers and patients, promote interoperability through flexibility and make EHR access easier for patients, CMS released a new rule on April 24, 2018. This reflects a strong intention by the agency to overhaul the meaningful use program, in service under the name Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs from its […]

What Are The Basic Features Of A Quality EHR System?

Whether you’re just starting out or upgrading your current electronic health records (EHR) system, the process of finding the right software to get the job done can seem like a daunting task. What should you look for? What basic features do you need to keep your practice running smoothly? How can you use advanced features to […]