Monday, July 11, 2011

Four New State Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Launched in July

On July 4th, the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program launched in Arizona, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. This means that eligible professionals and eligible hospitals in these four states will be able to complete their EHR Incentive Program registration at the state level and receive incentive payments. More information about the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program can be found on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Basics page of the CMS EHR website.

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Shortage of Physicians, APNs, PAs Predicted for 2025

July 11, 2011 — Advanced practice nurses (APNs) and physician assistants (PAs) are frequently touted as the solution to the physician shortage, but there will not be enough of all 3 professionals combined to meet the nation's healthcare needs in 2025, according to a study published in the June issue of theJournal of the American College of Surgeons.
Lead author Michael Sargen, a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and coauthors write that although the United States needs to expand the workforce of these 3 types of "advanced clinicians," healthcare personnel with less training must assume more patient care responsibilities, especially as more Americans gain insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Job Updates 07/10/2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Avoid Medicare eRx Penalties: CMS Gives Second Chance

Did you miss the June 30 deadline for implementing e-Prescribing (eRx)? If so, you were to receive a 1% penalty on all Medicare payments in 2012. It is too late to code 10 visits with G8553, attesting to eRx for those patient encounters.
However, CMS will give you a second chance. If you implement and attest to meaningful use of an EMR in 2011, then you may avoid the penalties altogether. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed just such a revision to the eRx portion of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. If adopted, as is fully expected, then you need full implementation of an EMR certified for Meaningful Use before October 1, 2011. This benefit is in addition to the $44,000 per physician in the EHR Stimulus program.

Strong post-war growth potential opportunity for Pak investors

Islamabad: (July 06 )--Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister for Industries and Commerce of Sri Lanka on Wednesday said his country aims to boost economic, trade and commercial ties with a genuine friend like Pakistan.

He said that Sri Lanka is Pakistan’s biggest trading partner in Saarc outside India and we share common perceptions on many regional and global issues.

Speaking to business community at FPCCI, Capital Office, Bathiudeen said that the current bilateral trade volume stands at $338 million which can be increased with the help of private sector.

He said that balance of trade has always been in favour of Pakistan which is contributing to economic development of a brotherly country.

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan Jayalath Weerakkody, Raza Khan, Chairman Coordination, FPCCI, Hameed Akhtar Chadda, VP, ICCI, Tauseef Zaman, Shahid ur Rehman, government officials as well as businessmen of both countries were also present on the occasion.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

E-Prescriptions Just as Error-Prone as Paper Scripts

July 1, 2011 — Government and the healthcare industry have placed big bets on digital technology, and electronic prescribing in particular, for the sake of patient safety, but a new study reports that the error rate with computer-generated prescriptions in physician offices roughly matches that for paper scripts: about 1 in 10.
However, results from the study, published online June 29 in theJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association, are not as damning as they may initially appear. Error rates varied widely depending on the type of e-prescribing software used, with some programs outperforming pen and paper. In addition, software improvements could eliminate more than 80% of the mistakes, most of them involving omitted information.
In 2010, an estimated 190,000 physicians were electronically prescribing, the technical term for transmitting scripts directly to a pharmacy computer, according to a pharmacy industry group called Surescripts. That number does not include physicians who create a prescription with computer software and then either fax it to the pharmacy or give patients a printout.