Practice Optimization

Why Optimize?

  • Improved quality, safety and efficiency
  • Financial incentives for optimizing
  • Future financial disincentives for failing to optimize
 Adopting an EHR system doesn’t end with implementation. Rather, a plan to develop your EHR functionality in the areas of quality improvement and workflow should be a component of every practice’s strategy!

 

Practice Optimization allows for the development of operational processes that create even better patient outcomes, greater provider satisfaction, and greater practice efficiencies.

Quality Improvement

Outcome reporting is the future of health care. With an EHR, your practice has a huge advantage in both increasing quality and also in reporting it. Participation in clinical quality initiatives such a Meaningful Use, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), and Clinician Recognition Programs allows providers to be recognized, and in some cases reimbursed for high quality clinical outcomes. Furthermore, maintenance of Board Certification may involve the review of patient data and implementation of a quality improvement plan.

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 EHR Optimization

Spurred by Meaningful Use incentives and the looming transition to value-based care, medical groups are rapidly deploying EHR systems. Yet, long after implementation, many continue to struggle with effective EHR use. This happens for many reasons.  For one, during training, and in the first few weeks of use, practices are frequently focused on using the new technology as opposed applying the technology.  Secondly, once accustomed to using the technology in the way that feels most comfortable, it is difficult to change behavior. Evaluation of workflows after system go-live is essential.  Evaluating people and process secures proper and sustainable utilization of the system by increasing staff satisfaction.

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Meaningful Use in 2014

Although medical practices have managed their way through major changes in the past, 2014 is a year when there will be a great deal to absorb in a short period of time. The biggest change facing meaningful users is certification. Beginning this year, all eligible professionals (EPs) will be required to use a 2014 Edition EHR, regardless of what Meaningful Use stage they are on. The new certification supports all stages of Meaningful Use and includes important updates that will set the ground rules for interoperability and patient engagement. Unfortunately, most of these changes won’t make Meaningful Use easier, which means understanding the impact that these changes will have on your practice is vitally important to your future success.

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