EHR User Groups: The Benefits of Group Learning Whenever you read of identified “best practices” of successful EHR implementation, one of the key ingredients is always “extensive staff training” and “practice makes perfect”. However, various EHR vendors provide different levels of training.   There are various models of training used by EHR vendors including: Basic, remote training (over the web) including self-help videos. Though cost effective ... Read more...

The benefits of an EHR from the patient’s perspective Information is power. In this world, we are now used to having access to all our information on tip of our fingers. We have access to our financial information updated frequently. By knowing our finances, we can plan our expenses much more effectively. Similarly, with the federal mandate for adoption of Electronic Health Record, consumers ... Read more...

Electronic Health Records: What works for Title X EHR? Making the shift to Electronic Health Records (EHR), has vast benefits for both providers as well as patients. However, as with any new process, the transition is often wrought with trial and error, and finding things out the hard way, whether it be a Title X agency or any other type of health care center. ... Read more...

Coding Productivity During ICD-10 Transition Matters. Practical Resource for Local Health Departments As the October 1st ICD-10 changeover date quickly approaches, people are on edge about what to expect. While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have added flexibility in the claims audit and quality reporting processes, the problems remain about other issues, mostly the readiness factors (i.e. coder ... Read more...

What is Health Information Exchange and Why is it Important for EHR use? Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have become a very important and integral part of the healthcare system. Despite the initial hesitation to switch to the EHR, overwhelming majority of organizations which have switched to EHR cannot imagine going back to paper. EHRs improve efficiency and increase reimbursements while improving patient care. As providers become more fluent ... Read more...

Three key steps to get EHR incentives for local health departments. Do not miss out. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) EHR incentives for eligible entities, like local health departments, are quite easy to get. For Medicaid, Eligible Providers (EPs) (MD, NP or certified midwife, providing direct patient care, qualify) can get the EHR incentives. Each EP can get a total of $63,750 over a period of six ... Read more...