ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Electronic health records
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.
It may get easier and cheaper to earn the incentive.
The authors summarize the results of the 2011 survey of AAFP member satisfaction with EHR systems, providing detailed results for several of the most popular systems.
Diagnosing illness and treating patients: There's just not an app for that.
It will do great things – someday. But what do you do until then?
The survey instrument for the 2011 FPM survey of physician satisfaction with EHR systems, fielded in the form of an article in the January/February 2011 issue.
The article argues that the right attitude is a major determinant of success in implementation of a new EMR system -- that while knowledge and adequate resources are crucial to success, the first requisites are "full commitment, extensive engagement, and the desire to see continual improvement."
The article explains the final regulations that govern how physicians may start to receive incentive payments in 2011 for the "meaningful use of certified EHR technology."
Don't just complain about your EHR system; help make it better.
The authors analyze data from the 2009 FPM Survey of User Satisfaction with EHR systems to identify factors such as practice size and user involvement in system selection that may influence satisfaction regardless of the EHR system used.