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Top 3 EHR Compliance Risks - How to avoid Auditor Scrutiny?

Posted by Suzanne Prasad

EHRs provide physicians with many benefits; however, there are also compliance risks inherent in the technology. Physicians must be aware of these risks and take steps to address them, said Sandy Giangreco, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, RCC, CPC, COC, CPC-I, COBGC, coding compliance audit senior manager at CHAN Healthcare, and Kim Huey, MJ, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO, independent coding and reimbursement consultant.

Giangreco and Huey both spoke during the 88th annual American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) convention held October 16-19, 2016 in Baltimore, MD.

This article addresses several compliance vulnerabilities that Giangreco and Huey discussed and provides tips on how to mitigate risk.

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4 Tips to Optimize Your Small Practice EHR - Making Your EHR Work

Posted by Suzanne Prasad

EHR Optimization for Small Clinics

Your EHR investment should produce results for your small practice—better patient care, increased provider productivity, fewer process redundancies, lower operating costs, and improved revenue cycle management. While small practice EHRs are designed around the unique needs of these groups, there are many steps you can take to optimize policies and processes within your system to make it work to its full potential. Want better results from your EHR? Try these four tips.

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What Keeps EHR Implementation Teams Awake at Midnight? - Guide to Better Sleep

Posted by Suzanne Prasad

Address Potential Issues Before They Confront You

Major workflow disruptions are every practice manager's greatest nightmare and a poorly planned EMR implementation offers many opportunities to fail. Before you schedule your go-live date, familiarize yourself with the common pitfalls of EMR implementation and take steps to avoid them.

Most catastrophic implementation issues can be traced to one of four areas: Leadership, workflow, training, and infrastructure. What follows below is a closer look at each potential problem area with recommendations  to identify and get in front of them before they occur, ensuring a smoother transition.

Let us talk about couple of these areas briefly.

For more details, feel free to download our exhaustive guide on EHR Implementation for small practices.

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5 Top Post EHR Implementation Strategies For Hugely Successful Transition

Posted by Alok Prasad

Post EHR Implementation Strategies

Just because your practice has survived the EHR go-live doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear. To fully reap the benefits, practices must continually evaluate their goals and needs, improve workflow, and leverage the analytics power inherent in the technology. This article provides several questions that practices must answer as they enter the post-implementation phase of the EHR transition approximately 3-4 weeks post-go-live.

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Are You Asking the Right Questions to Ward Off EHR Related Malpractice Lawsuits?

Posted by Alok Prasad


Have You Ever Asked Yourself These Questions Regarding EHR Implementation?

We all know the tragic story of Thomas Duncan, the Texas patient who died of Ebola in October 2014. According to the Washington Post, the healthcare system that runs Texas Health Presbyterian initially said that a nurse had not shared Duncan’s travel history with the entire medical team, releasing a statement saying that his travel history was not visible to both the doctor and the nurse in the hospital’s electronic health records (EHR).

This case has led providers to ask many questions:

  • How does the EHR affect workflow and internal processes?
  • What information in the EHR is visible to providers? How does this compare with a printed version of the record?
  • What level of risk do providers absorb when using an EHR?
  • How can the technology be adapted or adjusted to ensure compliance and avoid medical malpractice lawsuits?
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Are You Reaping The Rewards After Implementing EHR Software?

Posted by Alok Prasad

EHR Implementation Rewards

Electronic health records (EHR) sometimes get a bad reputation due to the high cost of implementation as well as the operational challenges they pose. However, it’s important to note that many physicians have EHR_Rewardssuccessfully incorporated EHRs into their practices and are reaping the benefits from this powerful technology.

HealthIT.gov has published a variety of these success stories on its Web site. We’ve compiled some of the most important takeaway points pertaining to small practices and solo practitioners. Consider the following innovative ways in which practices are using EHR technology to improve care.

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EHR Replacement - What Challenges Must You Be Prepared For?

Posted by Alok Prasad

The decision is made; it’s time to replace the EHR system, but how difficult will the transition be and what are the issues should you be aware of? EHR Intelligence states that implementing a replacement system can actually be much more complex than just the initial installation. Why? Because providers have a better understanding of what they want, so they create a laundry list of needs that didn’t exist the first time around.

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5 Easy Ways to Maximize Use of Your EHR System After Implementation

Posted by Alok Prasad

According to a study from Baylor Health Care System and the Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement, it takes approximately 134 hours per physician for medical practice end-users to prepare for the launch of an EHR system. That's on top of around 600 hours of implementation work by a core team. With so much time spent implementing an EHR system, medical practices want to get maximum value from the end product without added expense.

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How Important is Workflow Mapping to Successful EHR Implementation?

Posted by Suzanne Prasad

EMR & Medical Billing Best Practices Series: #5

What's the first thing you do as you plan a trip to a new destination? Most people look at a map or consult Google directions. You want to know how to get to the destination, but you'd also like some information about how long the trip will be and where you might stop along the way. There's a reason GPS is so popular -- most people like the security of a map.

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6 Essential Questions to Ask an EHR Vendor Prior to an EHR Selection

Posted by Suzanne Prasad

EMR & Medical Billing Best Practices Series: #4

Organization is an essential component of a successful medical office, and we've spent the last two weeks discussing how organization in billing and scheduling processes saves you time, money, and headaches. As the push for electronic health records continues, small medical offices and clinics are beginning to make the shift to EHRs. Organizing your expectations prior to EHR selection ensures you choose a service that meets the current and future needs of your practice.

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