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The Joint Commission Presents its Animated Speak Up Series

Posted on June 6, 2011 I Written By

Produced by The Joint Commission, these entertaining 60-second videos are intended as public service announcements. They air on The Joint Commission’s YouTube Channel, as well as other venues.  The Joint Commission’s award winning Speak Up program features brochures, posters and buttons on a variety of patient safety topics. The national program urges patients to take a role in preventing health care errors by becoming active, involved and informed participants on the health care team.

While these videos aren’t in line with most of the stuff we post here, it is an interesting use of social media to promote better healthcare.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the videos here.

Relief May Be in Sight for Some Penalty-Threatened ePrescribers – Meaningful Use Monday

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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.

Some physicians—most notably, surgeons and pain-management specialists—have expressed concern that they will be unfairly subject to the 2012 ePrescribing penalties, based on the fact that their opportunities to ePrescribe are limited by the nature of their practices. The Proposed ePrescribing Rule published in the Federal Register on June 1 offers a potential remedy for these providers.

 The rule, which amends the (MIPPA) 2011 ePrescribing rule, affords providers several new arguments they can use to request a “hardship exemption” from the 2012 penalties. (These are in addition to the already existing reasons, i.e., rural areas that lack high speed internet access and/or rural areas that lack pharmacies that accept ePrescriptions.) The new justifications include:

      1)   Inability to ePrescribe due to local, State, or Federal law, (i.e., providers who predominantly prescribe controlled substances).

      2)   Inability to count the ePrescriptions towards the Medicare incentive program, (i.e., providers who predominantly prescribe post-surgery—visits that are not included in the specified CPT denominator codes.

How does this relate to Meaningful Use Monday? The rule also reconciles the EHR (meaningful use) incentives and the Medicare ePrescribing incentives to some extent, in an attempt to harmonize the differing ePrescribing requirements and eliminate duplicate work for providers. (See “Meaningful Use, ePrescribing, and PQRS: Need for Harmonization” and “Meaningful Use Measures: ePrescribing.”) The Proposed Rule accomplishes this through two provisions:

      1)   Providers who successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2011, which includes ePrescribing, would be exempt from the 2012 ePrescribing penalties. (Note, however, that these providers will be trading the 1% 2011 ePrescribing bonus for avoidance of the 1% 2012 penalty.)

      2)   ePrescribing software that is ONC-certified would be deemed also certified for the purpose of the Medicare ePrescribing program.

If you’d like to submit a comment to CMS on this proposed rule (file code CMS-3248-P), you can do so by July 25.

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. Check out Lynn’s previous Meaningful Use Monday posts.

Are Smartphones Killing PC’s?

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This isn’t directed totally at healthcare, but does address some things that I have talked about in the past.  It does make some interesting points about the power of smartphones compared to computers of the past.  I don’t think PC’s are as much on the way out as the author of the article, but I definitely think smartphones are just at the beginning of their growth.  They mention in the article that PC sells are still increasing though at a slow rate.  There are just too many things that are more convenient on a PC that they will be around for a long long time.  I would like to see more interface between the two but even what exists already is pretty convenient.