MGMA In Practice Blog
The decision to move to a new EHR system or optimize your current one can be complicated, but there are ways to ease the process. Carolyn Hartley, president and CEO, Physicians EHR, Inc., Cary, N.C. offered ways to determine your readiness for a new EHR system in her session “7 symptoms of a troubled EHR implementation and what to do about it”
at last month’s MGMA 2013 Annual Conference.
Medical professionals are taking a new approach to patient compliance with new data tools and techniques that encourage patient engagement in customized care plans. The process, called population health management (PHM), yields quick patient results, which may be why it’s gaining acceptance in medical groups of all sizes, according to MGMA data.
The ability to get patient health records when and where you need
them sounds simple. Using health information exchanges (HIEs) to make
that a reality is anything but simple. Questions abound about what
data is shared, how it is used and protected, what it costs
(practice-HIE setup and monthly fees for connecting with the HIE) and
whether all providers in the community will use it.
Should you switch to a cloud-based EHR? Here are some considerations to
help you make the best decision for your practice and patients.
Robert Tennant, MA, MGMA Government Affairs senior policy advisor, suggests practice professionals ask critical “what if” questions
to ensure they identify potential threats and develop a plan to
mitigate possible problems. Here are three common “what if” scenarios
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