Patient Engagement: More Than Portals

Patient Engagement: More Than Portals

Studies show that patients who feel empowered as decisionmakers in their own care feel more satisfied with that care and tend to have better outcomes. It’s also good for business: Engage patients, and they’re more likely to stay with your practice. The biggest challenge to patient engagement might not be access to health information, but shifting the attitudes and expectations of both clinicians and patients. Patients may already expect to have more of a say in their care. They’re paying...

If Meaningful Use Is the Question, Cloud EHR Systems Are the Answer

To say that Meaningful Use has been controversial and difficult for medical practices to navigate would be vastly understating the situation. In early November, the American Medical Association (AMA) and 111 medical societies sent a letter to Congress expressing dismay over CMS’s decision to move ahead with Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, given the “widespread failure” of Stage 2. The associations cite the fact that only 12% of physicians have been able to successfully participate in Stage 2, despite more...

Updated Meaningful Use Rule – What Docs Should Know

When it comes to the EHR incentive program, physicians and medical professionals are required to follow strict standards; however, recent rules have made slight adjustments that are providing a little flexibility for medical professionals. The meaningful use rule allows eligible physicians to extend their original technology and make gradual changes rather than trying to meet strict guidelines without enough time to transition into the newer standards. The Flexibility Benefit The meaningful use rule ensures that eligible physicians have a greater...

A Growing Number of Physicians Opt out of Meaningful Use

A small but growing group of physicians is saying “no” to meaningful use (MU) attestation. This number includes six percent of the physicians who have met the requirements in prior years and an additional 16 percent who do not plan to attest, according to a Medscape report. They are looking for other solutions, counting on the ability to make up for the reimbursement penalties they might receive by finding a system that works more efficiently. The physicians who report that...