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Departments: EHR Contracts Done Right
Consider both your practice’s needs and the long-term viability of the technology when selecting an EHR system.
Columns: What's In A Note?
The dictum “to write as long as possible” has become the norm for some physicians. Quality, not quantity, should be our goal.
A T2T Solution; Patients React to Rheumatology’s Identity Crisis
Departments: Rheum With a View
This month we’re going to look at the literature through the lens of that childhood game of “animal, vegetable, or mineral” (having 20 questions to guess which), and some thoughts about relocating to Southern California (I’ve no idea what category that would belong to).
Features: Chaos Control
Ten years have passed since the U.S. was attacked on September 11, 2001, and six since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. While disasters of this magnitude are rare, hundreds of smaller-scale disasters occur every year, including tornadoes, blizzards, fires, earthquakes, airline crashes, and chemical spills.
From the College: Meaningful Use and Patient Engagement - Supporting eHealth Literacy
It is no surprise that understanding health information and navigating the U.S. health system can overwhelm even the savviest patients with advanced literacy skills. Data from the National Adult Literacy Survey suggest that nearly 50% of all adults have problems understanding many aspects of healthcare, including prescriptions, appointment slips, and health education materials.
While only a healthcare provider is actively encouraged to interface with an electronic health record (EHR), patients of all kinds—and rheumatology patients in particular—are increasingly getting the chance to participate in their care using all things electronic: pads, portals, kiosks, and phones to make an appointment, renew a prescription, participate in research, or see a doctor remotely. The technological blue sky, it seems, is no longer the limit.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (Meaningful Use) provides for eligible physicians who demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology to be eligible to receive up to $44,000 in Medicare incentive payments over five years or up to $63,750 in Medicaid incentive payments over six years. But what does it really mean to achieve “meaningful use” for the EHR Incentive Program, and what will your practice need to...
From the College: Practice Page
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a new audit program: the Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) Audits. During the past year, CMS started to implement this program to wrestle with the large problem of fraud and abuse.
From the College: Pearls for Medical Record Standards
A medical record contains documentation of a patient’s medical history and care. These records include a patient’s entire history with personal and confidential information. Every medical record should have accurate and precise documentation to support diagnoses, justify treatment, and make sure that there is a connection for continuous care among healthcare providers.