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The late-breaking regulations for electronic health records require practices to get up to speed quickly.
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.
The author describes the basics of patient registries, how they are used, and how they can improve quality and efficiency when used to help manage chronic illness care.
This is a case study in which Excel was used to do preventive care or chronic disease management and what lessons were learned. It will include a blank copy of the Excel spreadsheet that readers can download from the FPM Web site.
The article will describe strategies for improving the care of patients with chronic diseases, including how to secure physician buy-in of the chronic care model and how to sustain improvements in patient outcomes.
The article continues a series on one group's participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's chronic care quality improvement project. This article explains how a practice can identify its patients who have diabetes and organize that information into a registry.