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Welcome to Smart Phone Health Care!!

Posted on January 24, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Thanks for visiting Smart Phone Health Care. We’re still putting everything together, but soon you will find all the latest and greatest gadgets and technology that you can use in Health Care. Yes, we’ll be covering the various smart phone apps for the iPhone, Android and iPad. We’ll also take a look at the other medical devices that can make physicians and patients lives much easier.

Come back soon to find all the great mobile technology that’s available for health care.

Meaningful Use Mondays – What’s a Patient for Meaningful Use Reporting?

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Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money.

To successfully demonstrate meaningful use, providers must report on all patients, regardless of payer.

The government describes the program as “payer-neutral” as it applies to patients. Even though providers elect to pursue incentives under either Medicare or Medicaid, they must meaningfully use their EHR in the same manner, and report the same data, for their entire patient population—private and self-pay patients, as well as those who are government-insured. While the descriptions of many of the meaningful use measures define their respective numerators and denominators as a subset of the provider’s patients, these distinctions are based on factors totally independent of payer status.

It is interesting that the government can impose requirements related to patients for whom it is not paying the bills. This says something about the broader purpose behind the legislation.

Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EMR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money.