Patagonia Health Ready for New Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers are ChangingMedicare Identification Numbers for beneficiaries will be changing! Beginning April, 2018 Medicare will not be using the beneficiary Social Security Numbers as part of the identification numbers for medical claims. The new MBI (Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers) will be an 11 digit alpha-numeric ID. Medicare will be mailing new cards to the beneficiary addresses they have ... Read more...

Will Mental Health Providers get EHR Incentives? EHR Incentives for Behavioral HealthH.R. 3331, a bill to “amend title XI of the Social Security Act to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology” was introduced to Congress on July 20, 2017, by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui (D-CA). Additionally, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) ... Read more...

3 Ways (+1 bonus) EHR Data Helps Calm the Opioid Crisis Using EHR data to help kick the opioid habit  Coordinating patient information through EHR data, and shared among healthcare providers, leads to better, more focused care to patients.  A complete picture emerges of the various health aspects of each individual, including physical health and mental health.  In the case of licit opioid use (e.g. oxycodone) often it is physical health problems that initially warrants ... Read more...

EHR Customer Satisfaction: UPswing! EHR Customer satisfaction upbeatResults of the 2017 HEALTHCARE IT NEWS “EHR Satisfaction Survey” indicate a move in the positive direction for respondents in feeling that their providers and not only listening to their concerns but are also evolving their systems in responsiveness to user feedback – in other words, EHR customer satisfaction is on the rise.  “It is ... Read more...

In the Aftermath of Hurricanes, Your Choice of EHR Matters Names have meaning.  Names have value and communicate more than the syllables pronounced.  In the face of the weather which has pummeled the United States this past month, now these names have meaning:  Harvey.  Irma. Maria. And most recently, Nate.   Per the AMA “Morning Rounds” web news of October 5, 2017, “Damage from Hurricane Maria could ... Read more...

Is Your EHR Vendor Legit? The Top 4 things to Find Out. Today’s EHR market offers numerous options and tremendous variety in electronic health records software that it can be cumbersome to decide which vendor to choose.  Uncertainty can be due to any number of reasons, so this must be a big part of the discussion among your staff, prior to buying a new EHR.   First, the software’s ... Read more...