Category: EHR

09 Apr 2016

5 insights from your EHR data

Statistics show that over 50 percent of all medical facilities have successfully transitioned towards implementing an electronic health record system. While implementing EHR may mean streamlining operations and going paperless, the process tends to become mechanical and many look at it as mere data entry over time.

Practices are unaware of the enormous amount of data they produce every day. Capturing vitals, physical exams, systems reviews and checking/prescribing medications are all forms of generating data. Typically, an EHR is an archive of data which, if used to its potential, can lead to interesting insights.

Here are five insights you can acquire with your generated data:

1. Population breakdown: The analysis of patient type that forms your patient pool. It is the means for distinguishing your patients as per gender and age. Mapping your patients against their corresponding BMI values helps to track how healthy (or unhealthy) your patients are.
2. Diagnosis chart: The top 10 diagnosis among patient population. This will help determine the most and the least occurring conditions.
3. Condition number: The number for patients who have less than or more than two medical conditions.
4. Drug report: A report of the top drugs prescribed by you and the drugs that required the most substitution.
5. Risk profiles: Maintaining risk profiles of your patient population and sorting patients based on low, medium and high risk profiles. The patients falling in the high risk pool may need a more personalized medical approach.

Healthcare organizations are pushing towards risk-sharing payment models where reimbursements are tied to quality of care instead to quantity. By adopting EHRs, we may just be scratching the surface of something bigger in the years to come. Technology will continue playing a greater role and having analytical insights will empower precise medical judgments.

09 Apr 2016

Meaningful Use: Stage 2 – What lies ahead?

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More than 50% of the medical fraternity has transitioned towards adopting electronic health records. As the second stage of Meaningful Use certification is upon us, let’s take an overview of what’s happening in the Meaningful Use EHR program.

A look back
As of May 2013, more than 297,000 health care providers received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. In May 2013, CMS announced that more than half of all eligible health care providers had been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. More than $9.1 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments have been made between May 2011 and May 2013. More than $5.6 billion in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments have been made between January 2011 (when the first set of states launched their programs) and May 2013.

A look forward
On September 4 2012, CMS published a final rule that specifies the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. All providers must achieve meaningful use under the Stage 1 criteria before progressing to Stage 2.

Timeline
EPs can begin Stage 2 demonstration in the calendar year 2014. EPs demonstrating Meaningful Use since 2011 will meet 3 consecutive years under Stage 1 before advancing to Stage 2.

Objectives
Stage 2 retains the Stage 1 core and menu structure for Meaningful Use objectives. EPs must meet 20 measures (17 core and 3 of 6 measures).

Reporting period
All EPs regardless of their stage are only required to demonstrate Meaningful Use for 3 months in 2014.

Clinical Quality Measures
EPs must report 9 out of 64 measures. All Medicare EPs must electronically report their CQM data to CMS. All Medicaid EPs must electronically report their CQM data to their state.

View the entire list of Meaningful Use: Stage 2 measures here.

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