About Jason Meaux

Jason offers 15 years of experience in healthcare information technology (IT), encompassing both practice management and electronic medical record systems. He has focused his practice on IT strategy, project/program management, system selection/implementation, and organizational change management. He also has experience performing revenue cycle assessments, assisting with contract negotiations, and developing financial models of system costs/benefits. At ECG, Jason manages a team of consultants, serves as the internal project director for our Healthcare IT practice’s project management engagements, and is the firm’s Epic expert. In addition, he also leads ECG’s Project Management Affinity Group. Previously, he worked for Epic Systems Corporation as a Software Developer Team Lead for the Resolute Professional Billing and EpicCare Ambulatory products. Jason has also worked at the University of Washington as the EpicCare Implementation Manager and Architect. He has obtained certifications in Epic’s Resolute Professional Billing and EpicCare applications and is also a NextGen Enterprise Practice Management (EPM) Certified Professional. Jason is a board member of the Washington State Chapter of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). He has a master of business administration degree from the University of Washington and a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Six Common Misunderstandings About the Value of HIT

We have all heard the musings of IT professionals about how health information technology (HIT) is the reason for all things good, or how they have built the most elegant system and users will flock to it.  Unfortunately, end users don’t always see it that way.  This disconnect between the perceived and actual value of IT can often lead to larger communication and change management issues.  To avoid this disconnect, both IT and operations leaders need to be aware of the most common misconceptions regarding the value of HIT: Continue reading

What the Future Holds for Cerner and Siemens Customers

Background

On August 5, Cerner announced that it would be acquiring Siemens AG’s Healthcare Information Technology business unit.  The blogosphere quickly lit up, with various experts weighing in on the long-term impact of the acquisition.  More importantly, existing and prospective Cerner and Siemens customers began to wonder what the implications would be for them.  We will discuss three scenarios and the impact of each on these customers. Continue reading

The Impact of the Sustainable Growth Rate

On February 6, a bipartisan, bicameral proposal was announced to replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and create new physician payment mechanisms.  The SGR was enacted as part of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act and linked physician fees to growth in the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).  The original approach was intended to control costs.  But if volume grows while per capita GDP slows, as has been the case over the past decade, then the formula calls for rate cuts – at a time when the total cost of providing patient care is increasing. Continue reading

ICD-10: Where to Start

October 1, 2014, marks the compliance date for ICD-10.  Since the government first announced the move to ICD-10, healthcare organizations have experienced a familiar range of emotions – anger, anxiety, bargaining, denial.  Most organizations are finally moving into the acceptance phase.  However, despite the compliance date being moved from 2011 to 2014, many organizations either haven’t made much progress on their implementation plans or haven’t started making one yet.  Based on a recent study by the MGMA, less than 5% of practices reported making significant headway when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10.  This gap poses significant risk, considering that ICD-10 can affect both short- and long-term cash flow and overhead costs if not mitigated appropriately.  To that end, preparing for the change to ICD-10 now is essential.  The obvious first question is, “Where do we start?” Continue reading