3 ways to ensure a successful EHR switch

There have been numerous reasons that eventually lead hospitals or providers to take the decision to “jump ship” and switch to a new EHR solution but this switch is more like a divorce you gain some and you lose some. There are factors of data migration, integration and most importantly cost. Here are 3 ways that would ensure a successful Switch EHR. Define your objective: Know what you need!

You need to know what is your objective and you need to define metrics that will determine your judgment. You can only know what to ask only if you know what you want! Not only present consideration or objectives to be catered it is important that future needs also be anticipated. You need to think about your organization’s goals and find a solution that will help you achieve them. Is your primary goal meaningful use attestation? Is it to eliminate all paperwork? Improve quality of care? Enable your caregivers to access patient information more quickly? A combination of these things? Make a list…

How Useful is Outsourcing Medical Billing for a Small Practice?

Medical billing is a necessity if your practice wants to get reimbursed for services provided. If you’re a small practice with only a few physicians, and having trouble deciding how to go about your practice’s billing, here’s some tips to help you decide if outsourcing medical billing is the right option for you.
Your options
First, you need to know who you can outsource to.  Some of the most common outsourcing options are professional medical billing companies, your Electronic Health Record (EHR) and practice management vendor, at-home specialists and practice management companies.
Focus on the practice
A small healthcare setting such as your practice cannot afford to keep a large medial office staff at its disposal. Your limited staff is probably overworked as it is. Even if they aren’t, it might still be extremely difficult for them to divert all their efforts towards billing, and moreover, they might not have the necessary know how and skill to optimally manage this service. Thus,…

How Your Practice Will Benefit from the Endocrinology EHR

Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions are designed in such a way as optimize efficiency and to decrease costs for providers. There are numerous different, customizable EHRs to cater to practice-specific needs. The Endocrinology EHR is one such option, which allows endocrinologists to simplify and enhance their practice’s functioning.
These customizable EHR’s provide simple solutions including those to accelerate the documentation process, track reports and facilitate online prescriptions. There are numerous benefits of these EHR for both physicians and patients. The system amalgamates the complete healthcare care delivery process, consequently boosting the healthcare experience for both parties.

Customizable templates and single screen information: Several pre-defined and customizable templates including those for performing physical exams and entering patient information will allow your practice to get to the workflow right away and also for faster data entry.
 You can make impo…

Ready for EHR Software?

You need to make sure that you have everything ready if your practice is trying to implement EHR software. If you have issues in communicating with your current EHR software vendor, you need to make sure that there is one specific person in the organization who is overseeing the implementation and hence knows about each and every little detail about the software.

Before it is actually supposed to go live at the practice, make sure that you test the EHR software beforehand. Before the actual starting date, initiate the use of EHR software throughout the office a couple of months.

Analyze the occurred problems in the first place and take control of your previous problems caused by paper-based records.
It is crucial to keep asking relevant questions from the vendor about issues that you feel you might have to face with the software, and get answers on how they think these issues should be resolved. Putting in place someone who will coordinate with the vendors and solve issues at the w…

Benefits of cloud-based health IT systems

Health IT adoption continues to grow at a rapid rate but with that, the costs are on their way up too. A recent data from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), medical practices’ annual expenditures for every full-time physician on IT costs have increased from $15,211 in 2008 to $19,439 in 2012, showing an increase of 27.8%. However, health IT is largely benefiting from the power of cloud to move beyond client-based technologies. Thankfully, cloud-based EHR, practice management and medical billing services are helping physicians mitigate the rising costs of health IT in these ways.
Low start-up costs Instead of spending a huge sum of money up-front on expensive hardware or software in the server-based model, the cloud-based solutions require virtually no start-up costs because of their ability to use any current system with a browser and a working internet connection.
No IT staff required With the server-based model, hardware and software are housed in your practice, requi…

Four reporting features your PM needs

Practice Management systems provide numerous benefits to medical practices. They help improve revenue cycles with features such as payer rules intelligence, streamline operations and promote engagement through patient portals.
The true power Practice Management systems reside in their ability to report well. Generating reports on practice operations can reveal performance trends and show areas that need improvement. However, when it comes to reporting, not all PM systems are equal.
Here are four characteristics that your PM must contain if you would like to generate reports that help you stay on top of your finances.

Customizable: Every PM software has its own set of reports which you should be able to access in a matter of a few clicks. However, the best PM systems allow users to create customized reports that show what you want to see. Some of the performance metrics that you would want to track are: ·Gap between date-of-service and date billed ·Time-of-data-entry per patient ·Time-o…

CMS looking to recover improper payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking to recover all the improper payments made through its Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Electronic Prescribing Incentive (eRx) Program.

This was revealed in a notice published in the Federal Register. Problems such as data integrity, rejected and improper payments are the main cause of this step by the CMS. It plans a four-year project to skim through its records and will look for ways to avoid such issues in the future as well.

“Data submission, processing and reporting will be analyzed for potential errors, inconsistencies and gaps that are related to data handling, program requirements, and clinical quality measure specifications,” the notice reads.

CMS plans to survey 400 group practices, registries and vendors every year and interview a select number about the programs. Since the publication of the notice, there will be a 60-day comment period that will end on May 16.

e-Prescribing has continued to g…