Report Demonstrated that EHR improves care for patients in Medical Home

A report titled "Centering on the Patient: How Electronic Health Records Enable Care Coordination" found that using care coordination enabled by electronic health record (EHR) resulted in numerous process improvements for patients with Type 2 diabetes and heart disease in a medical home. Overall, the project demonstrated improvements in care planning, provider-patient communications, intra-office coordination, more advanced use of EHRs, enhanced patient coaching, improved referral process to specialists, expanded nursing role and more user-friendly information for patients.

Study Demonstrates that Docs and Patients are Ready for Online Communication

The Intuit Health Patient Engagement Study, conducted in April, found 95 percent of doctors want their patients to fill out medical and registration forms online before their appointment. When Intuit Health asked patients about filling out forms and the registration process, 81 percent said they'd like to move this task online too.

Patient Education Information from Med Line Plus

MedlinePlus Connect is a free service of the National Library of Medicine that lets health organizations and health IT providers link patient portals and EHRs to MedlinePlus, an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients and health care providers.

EHR Developers can integrate Medline Plus into EHR software and into patient portals to connect directly to patient specific educational information about the medical conditions and medications.

Medicare as a Secondary Payer

The GAO (Government Accountability Office) released a report today that outlines Medicare's responsibility and how claims are handled when a Medicare Beneficiary is involved in an unexpected incident such as a car accident. This report can help you to understand the proper method of billing and payment when you treat Medicare beneficiaries who fall into this category.

The report can be viewed at http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d11726thigh.pdf

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