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Electronic health records
A few simple changes can help you focus on your patient instead of your EHR.
As virtual visits become more popular, physicians should consider their value and what it would take to provide them.
Letting minors view their health records online means finding a compromise between patient privacy and parental rights.
Portals can benefit your practice and your patients, but you have to get them using the technology first.
Some physicians and patients have been reticent to embrace online portals, but the changing nature of health care will accelerate the process.
Changing your EHR could lead to greater practice satisfaction – or not. The results of this survey may surprise you.
Spend a few minutes responding to the survey, and you can help hundreds of colleagues - and just maybe win yourself an iPad Air.
July/August 2014 Issue
EHR Dissatisfaction: Is It Time to Switch Your EHR? [From The Editor]
A new FPM survey will explore why physicians change EHRs and whether doing so increases their EHR satisfaction.
Physicians will face several significant challenges in 2014, including Meaningful Use Stage 2, ICD-10, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Having a helpful electronic health record vendor will be key to navigating the Stage 2 and ICD-10 issues, but physicians also need to educate themselves on the coming changes. Anxiety about these changes, as well as the ACA, will affect both physicians and patients, at least for a while. Preparation is essential. Although it's going to be a challenging year, physicians and their office staff can get through this and be better off on the other side.
Physicians who have completed Stage 1 meaningful use criteria face a new round of regulations in 2014 to remain in compliance. Stage 2 includes both brand-new rules as well as continued monitoring of existing criteria, many of which have been expanded or changed from optional to mandatory. These changes will require significantly adjusting many work practices and likely mean additional or updated technology. Attached tables detail the new Stage 2 requirements and the timetable for when incentives for participating in the program end and penalties for non-compliance begin.