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6 Questions You Must Ask Your EHR Vendor to Optimize your EHR for MACRA

Posted by Suzanne Prasad

Optimize EHR for MACRA - What Does it Mean?

What is MACRA?

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) marks an entirely new era in physician reimbursement—one characterized by quality, cost containment, and population health management. MACRA essentially shifts Medicare payments from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance that rewards participation in risk-bearing payment models.

To participate in MACRA, physicians must choose one of the following two tracks:

  1. Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APM)
  2. Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

The choice that physicians make today will affect their payment beginning in 2019. Physicians participating in MIPS will see a sliding-scale bonus or penalty ranging from 4% in 2019 to 9% in 2022. The bonus or penalty derived from 2017 data is based on a composite score that includes these components: Quality measures (60%), advancing care information (25%), and clinical improvement activities (15%). Physicians participating in APMs will see a bonus of 5% of Part B professional services payments between 2019 and 2024.

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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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Top 7 Otolaryngology EMR Software Features to Guide Your Investment

Posted by Alok Prasad

EMRs don’t exist in a vacuum: their usefulness is dependent upon optimal integration within the medical practice. Because each organization and specialty has its own unique demands which exist outside the ent_emrparameters of basic EMRs, the ability to customize continues to be one of the most important features. This is particularly applicable in the field of otolaryngology where the right kind of workflow can vastly enhance productivity and profitability while the wrong kind can be a significant impediment to quality of care. There are many available EMR choices today, and identifying the one that will best meet the needs of your patients, equipment, procedures and other factors can be a challenge. Here are some things to look for when deciding on the best ENT EMR software for your otolaryngology practice.

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Patient Portal - 5 Tips To Increase Patient Engagement

Posted by Alok Prasad

 How Patient Portal Increases Patient Engagement?

Patient portals increase communication between providers and patients and can even improve the quality of care that patients receive. This technology that provides patients with 24-hour secure online access to their health information is also an important part of Meaningful Use Stage 2, which focuses on patient engagement and education. Stage 2 requires providers to engage at least 5% of their patients through the portal in order to receive financial incentives. Portals help providers meet important Stage 2 requirements, such as the following:

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5 Tips for Good Patient Engagement while Using an EHR Software

Posted by Alok Prasad

How to Engage With Your Patients While Using EHR?

Electronic medical records offer a number of efficiency and accuracy benefits for physicians offices, but a new study shows tech tools can also reduce patient engagement when not used correctly. During the study, researchers from the University of Wisconsin and Northwest University analyzed 100 doctors visits that involved physicians accessing patient data through electronic health records. Researchers noted that physicians looked at the computer screen for one-third of the visit. The patient also looked at the screen more, even though researchers pointed out that the patients didn't always know what they were looking at.

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Meaningful Use and Patients: More Connected Than You Think

Posted by Alok Prasad

As a physician, achieving meaningful use for your EMR system is essential to its success within your practice. However, meaningful use involves more than just making sure you're using all of the components of your electronic medical records. A more broad definition of "meaningful use" is coming to the surface, which includes being able to provide patients with the types of services they're requesting. In short, patients want to be engaged, and regulations are changing in such a way to allow that to happen.

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