The devil you know

The devil you know I’d recently heard a practice manager talking about their EHR and Practice Management system. We talked about the EHR they’d selected and what they thought of the setup, and then I asked which practice management (PM) system they were using. They responded that they’d been using the same PM system for…

8 mistakes that make EHRs less effective

8 mistakes that make EHRs less effective So you’ve done due diligence, made deliberate purchasing decisions, and – thanks to smart planning and strategic teamwork – your rollout was near-flawless. Congratulations. You’re the proud owner of an electronic health record system. But is your staff now using it to its fullest potential? Too often, providers…

Removing borders in HIE

Removing borders in HIE A handful of healthcare groups are trying to tackle the immediate challenges of data exchange across state lines. By partnering with HIMSS and IHE USA, the Interoperability Workgroup, or IWG, aims to bolster its testing and certification program for electronic health record and health information exchange vendors, helping ensure more reliable…

Ebola and HIPAA: How to comply

In emergency situations like the Ebola crisis that reached American soil this fall, do covered entities need to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule? New guidance put out by the Department of Health and Human Services sheds light on how exactly organizations are expected to adhere. Be sure of one thing: The privacy rule still…

How EHRs can assist specialty practices with federal directives

Federal healthcare initiatives tied to reimbursement, which invariably apply to all healthcare providers, tend to mean equal pain for unequal gain to specialty practices. Specialists usually offer a higher rate of elective services and are therefore less dependent upon payer revenue, yet must transition to ICD-10 if they bill any payers at all. Similarly, though…