Has your orthopedic practice adopted an EHR yet? If not, you should reconsider. With EHR technology at the center of change in healthcare reform, it will be hard to be sustainable and competitive on paper records.
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Top Ten Reasons to Adopt EHR Technology Now!
I’ve made it this far
without an EHR,
so why would I need
to adopt one now
gWant some specifics? Read on!
EHR technology is the center of change in
It enables the new clinical data management and reporting required
to build and sustain pay for performance reimbursement.
It’s also the enabling technology required for the collaborative care
of patient populations and to grow new healthcare delivery models,
such as Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Accountable
Care Organizations (ACOs).
Accountable care requires the power of clinical data sharing. And
that can’t happen without robust, integrated, EHR technology.
Mandatory ICD-10 compliance
begins October 1, 2015.
ICD-10CONTAINS MORE THAN
ICD-9CONTAINS MORE THAN
Ensure your EHR is ICD-10 ready.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) says that after
the compliance date, claims not using ICD-10 diagnosis and inpatient
procedure codes cannot be processed.
You won’t get paid
unless you’re ready.
Haven’t started MU yet?
Your loss. Literally.
Getting paid incentives by the federal government
isn’t the only reason to adopt EHR technology.
But it’s a good place to start.†
What are you
More than $13 billion in EHR
incentive payments have already
been made to over 259,000 eligible
professionals and hospitals since
the program started.
$5,000per eligible professional
If you DID NOT attest
for MU Stage 1 last year
$15,000per eligible professional
If you DO NOT attest
for MU Stage 1 this
If YOU DO begin
this year you’re eligible to
$39,000per eligible professional by the
end of the program
Above is based on the Medicare EHR Incentive Program [start this year to avoid the 2015 medicare penalties.]
Without an EHR, it might be
tough to stay in business.
Healthcare reform is permanent.
EHRs are central to healthcare reform.
Here’s what you won’t be able to
do without a certified EHR:
• Comply with government regulations
• Analyze data to negotiate better contracts with payers
• Share clinical data locally, regionally, nationally
• Receive Meaningful Use incentive dollars
• Participate in collaborative care models
Get an EHR or get stuck!
An Orthopedic Practice in Kansas
transcription costs by over
per physician annually
per full-time physician
operating costs by
An Orthopedic Practice in California
A/R days from
An Orthopedic Practice in Florida
staff by two full-time employees in
Look at some of our clients’
Reality check: Electronic management
of healthcare is inevitable.
On the regulatory front, healthcare reform is driving it.
In every industry digital transformation is unstoppable
and ubiquitous. Healthcare will comply.
Why is healthcare going electronic? The two primary drivers are government-led healthcare reform
(HITECH ACT) and the pressing need to improve care quality and health outcomes while reducing costs.
The healthcare industry is going digital. We’re on our way and we’re not turning back!
American Medical News/amednews.com
“Decisions doctors must make to avoid Medicare penalties”
By Charles Fiegl, amednews staff. Posted Nov. 12, 2012
A physician’s decision not to report Medicare quality
measures or participate in paperless prescribing and
health record programs in 2013 will be a costly one
in the long run.
Even when using a paper template,
handwriting can still be illegible and
placement of checkmarks can be
And that’s just the beginning:
• Paper charts can only be accessed
by one person at a time
• The data isn’t structured; it can’t
be shared electronically
• Paper records are expensive to
copy, transport, and store
• It’s difficult to analyze a paper
• Paper records can easily be
destroyed or lost
• It’s hard to ascertain who has
viewed the chart, when, and why
• Paper records can take up
practice space that could be
• It’s more difficult to collaborate
with other providers
• There’s more potential for
patient safety issues
You can’t have a quality, leading-edge
reputation without an EHR.
Sure, there’s more to earning a reputation as a quality
provider than a state-of-the-art EHR system. But it’s
hard to prove, sustain, or polish that reputation if
you’re still pushing paper. Good things happen
with an EHR on board.
• You’ll see a better bottom line
• Clinicians, support, and billing staff embrace
• You can see more patients and improve care quality
• Patients engage and communicate in a whole new
way through a web portal
• Collaborative care becomes easier
EHRs help tame the audit process. You’ll code
better to earn the maximum allowed.
And because your documentation
is in order, you’ll be paid accurately
and faster for the care you and your
colleagues provide, every day.
Your passion is caring for patients. EHRs contribute
to higher quality patient care:
• Improve patient outcomes and safety
with better information and collaboration
• Make better decisions using alerts,
reminders, prompts, pop-ups, and
• Enhance patient engagement
and compliance to treatment
plans with better education
See a real difference.
Get patients more involved
in their own care.
Not only is demonstrating patient engagement part
of MU Stage 2, but these days, patients want it.
Patients want to be more involved in their own healthcare. They can connect and communicate
with your office using a patient portal, available as part of the robust, certified EHR solution —
that you’ve correctly decided you must have.
Go ahead. Get a great EHR and include
patient portal. Your colleagues are.