The federal government fleshing out the details of a 10-year plan to put in place interoperability standards for electronic health records. This June, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT outlined basic policy building blocks in a vision paper.

Even if your practice is not participating in Meaningful Use, there are many reasons to implement EHR software and start using a patient portal to connect with your patients – the biggest reason being the positive impact these technologies can have on patient care.

Approved ClaimA medical claim is simply data – I saw this patient (patient demographics), on this day (DOS encounter data), they have this problem (coding), I did this for them (coding) and they have this insurance (insurance data).

Although board certification was once a lifelong credential, obligations mount for physicians to maintain their certifications throughout their careers.

I’ve been reading and writing so much about the long-term healthcare industry lately that I may have forgotten I write for Healthcare Informatics and not our sister publication, Long-Term Living.

Computer-assisted coding (CAC)—when paired with a credentialed coder—can help with faster coding of inpatient records without any reduction in accuracy, according to a recent study conducted by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation.

The AHIMA Foundation conducted the research study in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic to examine the impact of CAC on timeliness and data quality. It was published in an article in the July issue of theJournal of AHIMA.

The new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson, told a Senate committee last week that he needed $17.6 billion over the next three years to hire some 1,500 doctors, 8,500 nurses and other clinicians to reduce the unconscionably long waiting times that many veterans now endure before they are able to see a doctor.

Today's health care system has your practice in a financial vise. And with every turn of the handle, the growing pressure makes practice efficiency that much more valuable — and inefficiency that much more painful. Poor management practices that would have gone unpunished in the looser market of even a few years ago now cut right into your bottom line. More, they can cause staff, payer, patient and physician dissatisfaction. They can force you into a reactive posture and deprive you of autonomy.

Do you hate your electronic health record (EHR)? Or do you just barely tolerate it? Recent reports suggest that a large percentage of U.S. physicians would answer “yes” to one of those two questions. In 2011, we reported that only 38 percent of family physicians would buy their particular EHR again if given a chance. A survey released in February of this year by MPI Group and Medical Economicsreported essentially the same thing – 60 percent of family physicians would not purchase their particular EHR again.

22% of physicians are opting out of meaningful use, according to the 2014 Medscape EHR Report. The survey found that 16% said they will never attest to meaningful use requirements, and another 6% of participants said they are abandoning meaningful use after meeting the requirements in previous years, up 2% from 2012. Overall, 78% of participating physicians said they were attesting to meaningful use Stage 1(30%) or Stage 2 (48%) in 2014.