Key Points: Back in 2000, the Institute of Medicine came out with a report that astonished everyone. Nearly 100,000 people die each year from medical errors of all kinds, including medication errors. Six years later, the IOM released a report specifically on medication errors and again astonished everyone: According to the IOM, 1.5 million Americans are injured each year and 7,000 die from medication errors. This is simply unacceptable.
Pastor PN et. al. Chartbook on trends in the health of Americans. Health, United States, 2002. National Center for Health Statistics. 2002. The chain pharmacy industry profile. National Association of Chain Drug Stores. 2001. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. MEPS Highlights #11: distribution of health care expenses, 1999. NACDS estimates.
Key Points: So it have been six years since the IOM’s first report and the question is have we made any progress? Unfortunately, not enough. With over 3 billion prescriptions written every year; even though we have the technology to make this problem go away, less than 1 in 5 of the nation’s practicing physicians regularly use electronic prescribing While many of the large academic medical groups like our own group at Texas A&M have already adopted electronic prescribing via an electronic health record, 50% of physicians are in small groups with 1 to 10 physicians lack the resources and the time to adopt a standard e-prescribing solution.
CMS has provided over $100 million in funding to state Medicaid programs to help them encourage prescribers to adopt e-prescribing. STARK - At the federal level, regulations released in 2006 now allow free donation of e-prescribing hardware, software, and related services to prescribers by hospitals (to members of their medical staff), by a group practice (to their physician members), and by Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.
Patricia L. Hale, MD, PhD, FACP Deputy Director Office of Health Information Technology Transformation New York State Department of Health E-Prescribing Overview: What Works; What Doesn't and How Do We Implement It? HIMSS 09 Physicians' IT Symposium: Closing the Gap: From Implementation to Safety & Quality Saturday, April 4, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Review the positive and negative points of e-Prescribing
Discuss implementation of e-Prescribing
Examine the challenges of implementation
Source: The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (IOM). Slide used by permission from SureScripts More than7,000 Americans Die Annually From Preventable Medication Errors More than 1.5 Million Americans are Injured Annually by Preventable Medication Errors
Only 20% of prescriptions are electronically prescribed with 80% still handwritten
Most electronic prescriptions are still sent by FAX
Sources: eHealth Initiative, 2004 and: Center for Information Technology Leadership, “The Value of Computerized Provider Order Entry in Ambulatory Settings,” 2003. National savings from universal adoption of electronic prescribing systems could be more than $27 billion
Rx InterOp >150,000 Certified EMR Users *”Large” is defined as > 20 physician FTEs in one study with 39% adoption and >50 in two another studies with 47% and 57% adoption respectively. Sources: Jha et al, Health Affairs, 10/11/06; MGMA, 2005; CDC/NCHS Nat’l Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2005; HSC Community Tracking Study, 2006; Forrester, 2003; SureScripts estimates, 2006 Practice Size Best estimates for ePrescibing or EMR adoption based on high quality surveys (%) All 24 Small 7-16 Large* 39
Difficult to absorb cost including system cost and decreased productivity
Can have connectivity issues and difficulty obtaining skilled IT support
No leverage with health plans or pharmacies resulting in decreased opportunity for optimum data flow
No opportunity for dedicated staff to maximize success or take advantage of other incentives like P4P and PQRI
*Stand alone e-Prescribing start up and ongoing cost estimated at $1000 - $3500 per physician per year for software plus hardware etc **EMR initial and ongoing yearly costs estimated at $20-25,000 initial and $3000 per year per physician for software plus hardware etc *** Stand alone e-Prescribing ROI calculated using savings estimates for time savings due to automated refill requests and decreased phone calls resulting in decreased staff time **** EHR ROI calculated using savings estimates from e-Prescribing plus decrease chart pulls (staff time) and decreased transcription costs References: MGMA survey 2007, 2008; Medical Group Management Association, “The cost of administrative complexity,” MGMA Connexion, November/December 2004; “Evidence on the Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology”. May 2008. Congressional Budget Office Practice Setting Practice type Prescriptions and Refills/day/ prescriber Stand Alone e-Prescribing* length of time to achieve +ROI*** EMR** approximate length of time to achieve +ROI**** Rural Small 1-5 Docs Primary Care 40/60 3-5+years 3-5+years “ Specialty 20/40 2-5+ years 2-5+ years Rural Large 10+ Primary Care 40/60 2-3+ years 2-4+ years “ Specialty 20/40 1-3+ years 2-4+ years Urban Small 1-5 Primary care 40/60 2-3+ years 2-4+ years “ Specialty 20/40 1-3+ years 2-4+ years Urban Large 10+ Primary Care 40/60 1-2+ years 2-3+ years “ Multispecialty 20/40 0.5-2+ years 1-3+ years
Beginning January 1, 2009, Medicare offers physician payment incentives of 2% for using e-prescribing in 2009 and 2010, with this amount declining slightly over the following three years.
Those physicians who do not adopt e-prescribing for Medicare by 2012 will start seeing their Medicare payments incrementally reduced, up to 2% annually beginning in 2014.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services may make an exemption on a case-by case basis if significant hardship can be demonstrated.
Health plans offering Medicare Part D drug programs must begin supporting e-prescribing by May, 2009.
The Secretary has the authority to update the codes of the electronic prescribing measure in the future. The legislation refers specifically to the electronic prescribing measure currently in the 2008 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) (measure #125)
CCHIT certification is required for both “free standing” e-prescribing and EHR products
The stimulus package includes $36B in health IT funding from the federal government through Appropriations and Incentives E-Prescribing and ARRA Appropriations for Health IT & HIE New Incentives for Adoption
$2 billion for loans, grants & technical assistance:
HIE Planning & Implementation Grants
EHR State Loan Fund
National Health IT Research Center & Regional Extension Centers
New Technology R&D
New Medicare and Medicaid payment incentives to providers for EHR adoption
$20 billion in expected payments through Medicare
$14 billion in expected payments through Medicaid
~$34 billion in gross expected outlays, 2011-2016
$4.3 billion for broadband & $2.5 billion for distance learning/ telehealth grants
Directs ONC to invest in telehealth in frastructure and tools
Directs the new FACA Policy Committee to consider telehealth recommendations
Broadband and Telehealth Comparative Effectiveness
$1.1 billion to HHS for CER
Establishes Federal Coordinating Council to assist offices and agencies of the federal government to coordinate the conduct or support of CER and related health services
HHS to establish interoperability standards by the end of 2009 to guide HIE development MIPPA and ARRA Timeline 2009 Setting of standards enables the building of HIE infrastructure to practically and usefully implement standards to achieve interoperability to comply with Medicare and Medicaid incentive payment requirements for HIE interoperability State grant monies begin flowing from HHS to develop technical, privacy, governance and financing frameworks necessary for HIE to take shape...likely 09/10 2011 Medicare and Medicaid ARRA incentive payments begin, presuming HIEs have come online 2016 Medicare and Medicaid ARRA incentive payments give way to penalties on providers for failing to adopt HIT 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015 MIPPA e-prescribing incentives begins MIPPA e-Prescribing incentive payments give away to penalties
Uses EHR in a meaningful manner, which includes electronic prescribing as determined to be appropriate by the HHS Secretary
Uses EHR that is “connected in a manner” that provides for the electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of health care, such as promoting care coordination (in accordance with law and standards applicable to the exchange of information)
Submits information on clinical quality measures and other measures as selected and in a form and manner specified by the Secretary
Medicare Health IT Physician Payment Incentives 2011 is first year 2012 is first year 2013 is first year 2014 is first year 2015 is first year 2011 $18,000 2012 $12,000 $18,000 2013 $8,000 $12,000 $15,000 2014 $4,000 $8,000 $12,000 $15,000 2015 $2,000 $4,000 $8,000 $12,000 0 2016 $0 $2,000 $4,000 $8,000 0 TOTAL $44,000 $44,000 $42,000 $35,000 0
Physicians receiving Health IT incentive payments under Medicaid are eligible for up to approximately $64,000 over a five year period if they can demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHRs in their practice. Eligible Provider Percent Match/ Limit Medicaid Share Limit Amount Independent physician 85% net average allowable costs >30% $25,000 for purchase $10,000 for operations/maintenance Max of $64,000 in 5 years Pediatrician 85% net average allowable costs >20% $16,667 for purchase, $6,667 for operations/maintenance Max of $51,200 in 5 years Nurse mid-wife 85% net average allowable costs >30% $25,000 for purchase $10,000 for operations/maintenance Max of $64,000 in 5 years Physician Assistant if is lead clinician at RQHC or FQHC 85% net average allowable costs >30% of patient population are “ needy individuals ” By determination of the Secretary Nurse practitioner 85% net average allowable costs >30% $25,000 for purchase $10,000 for operations/maintenance Max of $64,000 in 5 years Hospital owned clinician practice 85% net average allowable costs >10% $25,000 for purchase $10,000 for operations/maintenance Max of $64,000 in 5 years FQHC or RQHC-based practicing physician 85% net average allowable costs >30% of patient population are “ needy individuals ” $25,000 for purchase $10,000 for operations/maintenance Max of $64,000 in 5 years Third-party sponsoring entity supporting EHR implementation 85% of net allowable costs; third-party entity can keep 5% of funds as pass-through >30% $25,000 for purchase $10,000 for operations/maintenance Max of $64,000 in 5 years
Consider starting e-prescribing this year to take best advantage of Medicare incentives as they will decrease starting in 2011 and Medicare reimbursement will decrease in 2012 if you are not e-prescribing.
Evaluate your patient population to see which of the programs you may qualify for
Evaluate your practice setting for decision on what type of product to implement and potential resources for support
Be sure any potential vendors for either e-prescribing stand alone products (Medicare MIPPA e-prescribing program only) or EHR products are current year CCHIT certified.
Carefully evaluate any potential vendor to be sure they meet other restrictions. For ARRA incentives it will be critical to be sure your vendor is prepared for potential further requirements by HHS and ONC for capabilities to meet the “meaningful use” criteria.
Be sure your billing system will be prepared to handle Medicare electronic prescribing specific codes and possible new codes required for ARRA incentives.
Electronic Prescribing for the Medical Practice: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask , Patricia L. Hale, PhD, MD, FACP, Editor www.himss.org/bookstore and also the e-Prescribing resource center on the HIMSS web site at: http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_eprescribing.asp
E-Prescribing - A Clinicians Guide - e-Health Initiative 2008 http://www.ehealthinitiative.org/assets/Documents/e-Prescribing_Clinicians_Guide_Final.pdf
E-Prescribing and health information technology . Davis, Ronald, 2008. American Medical Association. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/18579.html .
National Progress Report on E-Prescribing . 2007. SureScripts. http://www.surescripts.com/pdf/National-Progress-Report-on-EPrescribing-1.pdf.
For more information on the Medicare incentive program: PQRI Toolkit - http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI/31_PQRIToolKit.asp and for MIPPA- http:// www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3200
Evidence on the Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology. May 2008. Congressional Budget Office, page 17. http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/91xx/doc9168/05-20-HealthIT.pdf
Physicians' Experiences Using Commercial E-Prescribing Systems - Physicians are optimistic about e-prescribing systems but face barriers to their adoption. - by Joy M. Grossman, Anneliese Gerland, Marie C. Reed, and Cheryl Fahlman - Health Affairs April 6, 2008
The HIMSS E-Prescribing Task Force will continue to develop:
“ tip sheets” for providers on how to incorporate E-Prescribing solutions into the medical practice
HIMSS E-Prescribing interactive Wiki www.himsseprescribingwiki.pbwiki.com
Comments and recommendations on e-Prescribing issues such as CCHIT certification, definition of “meaningful use” criteria, etc.
HIMSS will leverage Virtual Conference and Exhibition programs to highlight E-Prescribing and provide education updates .
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