Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) meaningful use (MU) program is approaching quickly and includes drastic changes from the relatively simple Stage 1 requirements. But many eligible professionals (EPs) and their practices haven’t even started preparing for the new requirements, often electing to postpone Stage 2 readiness efforts until their vendor delivers a Stage 2-certified product.
Your organization has invested in a high-priced EHR system. Now, what exactly is your investment doing for you? In the current healthcare climate, organizations cannot afford to spend time, effort, or money on programs or systems that do not provide a competitive advantage or improve performance. While transitioning to an EHR satisfies regulatory and legislative mandates, organizations of all sizes also have a tremendous opportunity to maximize their IT investments and improve provider performance through metric-driven optimization. Continue reading
If your organization has completed a thoughtful analysis and determined that your incumbent system cannot be optimized, the next challenge is to plan and execute a successful replacement EHR implementation strategy.
The Game Plan
Replacing an EHR system is often more complex than implementing the original one. It’s critical to invest in up-front planning to define the business and end-user needs, implementation approach, data migration method, and technology integration strategy. To vet these areas, organizations should consider four components: Continue reading
Like many healthcare IT (HCIT) vendors, eClinicalWorks (eCW) hosts an annual conference where users come together to experience the latest trends in HCIT and get a firsthand look at the new functionality and enhancements in store for the coming year. This year’s eCW conference took place on October 11–14 in San Antonio, and the sold-out event most certainly proved that everything is bigger in Texas.
The spotlight was on the V10, the latest software release, which boasts over 500 new features, including myriad improvements, mostly stemming from suggestions for V9. Some of the most notable changes include Continue reading
EHR implementation is not for the faint of heart. It’s time-consuming, challenging, and expensive – and not the sort of thing an organization would repeat unless absolutely necessary. As we saw in our post last week, though, replacement is sometimes the most sensible option. Here we’ll describe how to learn from the past and make EHR replacement a success. Continue reading
Are you prepared?
December 31, 2013 – mark it on your calendar, if you haven’t already. That’s when the Stark law exception and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) safe harbor, which enable donation of electronic health records (EHRs) to eligible providers, are set to expire. Continue reading
Up until a few years ago, electronic health records (EHRs) were optional for the majority of healthcare organizations. Today, organizations are eligible for incentive payments – and ultimately, are subject to financial penalties – according to increasingly challenging adoption criteria. Continue reading