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

An Audit of EHR Records reveals Identity Theft.

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Cannon Tubb , a nurse in Colorado, has been indicted on 90 charges of attempted theft, identity theft and theft of medical records related to his work at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton and St. Anthony North in Westminster, according tp 9 News. Hospital Officials report he that looked up demographic information on at least 74 patients . An audit of electronic medical records found Tubb violated hospital policy and accessed patient information for reasons unrelated to treatment.

E H R and Malpractice.

Every certified E H R software package has auditing built into the program. This auditing feature keeps track of every time a chart is written to, edited, or looked at. By reviewing the audit trail you can see who has done what in a patient’s medical record and when.

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