The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a notice of its plan to create a centralized database to help providers determine if public health agencies and registries' readiness to receive patient data from certified electronic health record technology.
States may be expanding the role of nurse practitioners to ease the looming physician shortage, but electronic health record documentation habits and other actions may impede the ability to utilize them fully, as well as lead to faulty EHR billing, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Professional Nursing.
Scribes can help physicians input data into electronic health records, freeing the doctor to pay full attention to their patients, according to an article in the New York Times. There are about 10,000 scribes working in hospitals and medical practices in the U.S., according to the article, and demand is growing.
In an email sent to staff at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services this morning, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that Karen DeSalvo, who currently serves as the City of New Orleans Health Commissioner and Senior Health Policy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, will be the next National Coordinator for Health IT. FULL STORY
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a security risk analysis tip sheet to help eligible providers conduct security risk analyses, required not only pursuant to HIPAA's security rule, but also to meet both Stages 1 and 2 of Meaningful Use.
The healthcare industry already has experienced several unintended issues related to electronic health records, many of which involve patient safety and upcoding. But as implementation of EHRs begins to mature and providers step up integration in response to health reform, there will be additional unanticipated operational and business problems involving EHRs that will arise. Health law attorneys Michael Kline and Elizabeth Litten with Fox Rothschild in Princeton, N.J., shared some of these forthcoming problems in a recent exclusive interview.
What's going on with the Veterans' Administration (VA) these days? The VA, with its vast electronic health record system, seemed ahead of the curve. It was a trendsetter, spearheading patient access to EHRs with the adoption of its MyHealtheVet access pilot. It increased veterans' access to mental healthcare by launching a videoconferencing program. Veterans, who have long suffered with overcrowded emergency departments, understaffing, and other problems in accessing care, finally were getting an innovative, sophisticated health benefit. Until they weren't. Now it seems that the VA has gone rogue on us when it comes to EHRs.
The bulk of spending on the joint EHR proposed by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs went to support service contracts in 2012, according to a new report from the Interagency Program...
I'm never surprised when readers comment on my editorials, either on the FierceEMR website or to me personally. I try to address timely, thought-provoking topics that give readers pause, as well as the opportunity to weigh in. But I was a bit surprised when a news story I wrote last week about a study published in Health Affairs quickly generated comments. The study predicted, based on its analysis of electronic health record literature, that if just 30 percent of community-based physicians fully implemented health IT in their offices, the demand for physicians would decrease 4 to 9 percent. Evidently, the gains in efficiency claims in this study hit a nerve, with commenters strongly disagreeing with this conclusion. What I also was expecting--and haven't seen--was comments on the other conclusion of the study: that EHRs will cause significant physician job loss.
EHR and e-health use will "dramatically" impact the amount and type of physician services needed in the future, according to a new study in the November issue of Health Affairs.