Electronic health records

November/December 2013 Issue
How to Survive an EHR Meaningful Use Audit [Feature]

As part of the meaningful use program, which awards financial incentives to physicians for use of electronic health records (EHRs), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is instituting random audits of incentive recipients. Practices facing these audits are advised to use a combination of careful record-keeping practices, close consultation with EHR vendors, and good relations with the auditors themselves to meet their record requests and avoid any penalties.

July/August 2013 Issue
HITIOS: Why Cynicism Is Helpful When Working With Health IT [The Last Word]

Beware the tendency of health information technologists to grossly underestimate the time and effort required to update and operate their products.

May/June 2013 Issue
Making EHR Notes More Readable [Opinion]

A filtered display would make notes easier to read, assimilate, and use.

May/June 2013 Issue
HIPAA Again: Confronting the Updated Privacy and Security Rules [Feature]

Author explains final "omnibus" rule released from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 17 that it said would strengthen patient privacy protections, give patients greater control over their health records, and beef up the government’s ability to enforce the regulations.

January/February 2013 Issue
Secure Messaging: Myths, Facts, and Pitfalls [Feature]

The author describes her clinic's experience with secure patient-physician messaging, including findings about levels of patient interest in the service, successful and unsuccessful attempts to encourage use of the service, and an assessment of its overall success.

November/December 2012 Issue
The 2012 EHR User Satisfaction Survey: Responses From 3,088 Family Physicians [Feature]

The authors summarize the results of the 2012 survey of AAFP member satisfaction with EHR systems, providing detailed results for several of the most popular systems.

September/October 2012 Issue
Five Reactions to a New EHR [The Last Word]

If your initial reaction isn't positive, hang in there. You're not alone.

May/June 2012 Issue
FPM Survey of User Satisfaction With EHR Systems [Feature]

The survey instrument for the 2012 FPM survey of physician satisfaction with EHR systems, fielded in the form of an article in the May/June 2012 issue.

January/February 2012 Issue
How to Avoid Conflicts Between Your New EHR and Your Old Billing Company [Feature]

The author points out several ways that a new EHR system may disrupt billing and collections -- e.g. disrupting relationships with an external billing company or entailing a change in practice management system -- and suggests tactics for keeping the transition smooth and still taking full advantage of all the features of the new system.

September/October 2011 Issue
The EHR Incentive Program: Consider Waiting for Next Year [Opinion]

It may get easier and cheaper to earn the incentive.

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