Thursday, June 28, 2012

JAMA: PCMH at federally funded health centers cost more

Unfortunately savings related to hospitalization, ER visits, medications and patient work productivity were not addressed. SV
Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 to affirm the Affordable Care Act with Individual Mandate

Individual Mandate treated as a tax.
Tell us what you think about the ruling. sv

Link to 193 page decision
GAO Report: Majority of Medicare Physicians are using EHRS

Cudos to the ONC! Since the inception of the incentive program, the number of physicians documenting E/M codes with an EHR has doubled. Now let's get Interoperablity and Lab data exchanged hammered down. SV

Use of Electronic Health Record Systems in 2011 Among Medicare Physicians Providing Evaluation and Management Services

They found that 57 percent of Medicare physicians used an EHR system at their primary practice location in 2011. Twenty-two percent of physicians first began using EHR systems to document E/M services in 2011, the year that CMS commenced its incentive program. Additionally, three of every four Medicare physicians with an EHR system used a certified system to document E/M services. Finally, although many EHR systems can assist physicians in assigning codes for E/M services, we found that most Medicare physicians manually assigned E/M codes.



Tuesday, June 19, 2012


June 30 2012 will be the last day NCQA will be selling the 2008 PPC-PCMH survey tools.

Thereafter, only the 2011 survey tool will be available.

(HINT:2008 is easier) SV


Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Linkedin Password Breach

Here's a link to the Linkedin Blog.
Consider changing your passwords. SV