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Five factors to look for in a certified EHR specialist PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:13

As the demand to certified electronic health record specialists (CEHRS) continues to escalate, healthcare organizations will have to take additional steps to ensure that potential candidates are right for the job. For starters, try quizzing them on a few common acronyms: HIPAA, HITECH, PQRI, MU. If they don't know what these jumbles of letters stand for, they may not be right for the job. 

EHR employment readiness requires training and knowledge of the healthcare industry and health information technology, Lena Feygin, executive vice president of New York City-based Alameda Services, told Healthcare IT News.

"We often see one or the other, but it isn't sufficient, said Feygin, who is also director of business development for Alameda, a consulting and training organization that specializes in workforce development and EHR training.

During the next decade, job growth for medical records and health information technicians is expected to grow more than 20 percent, according...

Mostashari backs Stage 2 delay to 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:07

Farzad Mostashari, the national health IT coordinator, said that he agreed with the conclusions of the Health IT Policy Committee for delaying until 2014 the start of stage 2 of meaningful use, essentially signaling to the industry that federal policymakers will follow the advisory group’s recommendation.

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HHS must address confusion over EHRs, Meaningful Use, group says PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:06

The Department of Health and Human Services should consider Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentives and Meaningful Use in its retrospective review of existing regulations, the American Hospital Association (AHA) urges in a letter to HHS Kathleen Sebelius. 

When the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs were introduced, hospital leaders were excited about the opportunity to be rewarded for adopting health information technology. However, the rules set out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) "are overly complex and confusing--leaving many hospitals concerned about their ability to meet the programs' demands," AHA writes.

Simplified regulations that recognize how health information technology is actually acquired, used and implemented are "needed for these programs to fully succeed and for hospitals to be able to meet the national goals of an e-enabl...

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HealthIT, EHRs: Front-of-mind among practice administrators PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:00

Two of the five top issues of concern among practice managers focus on electronic health records: participating in CMS' Meaningful Use EMR incentive program and electing and implementing an EMR system, according to a new survey (albeit a web-based survey). FierceHealthIT

Symantec, Allscripts partner on privacy and security PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 08:51

Symantec has introduced the new Allscripts Privacy & Security Risk Assessment. The tool automates the paper-based process of assessing a medical practice’s privacy and security risks and is designed to help physicians qualify for federal incentives for EHR adoption.

Physicians applying for Medicare and Medicaid incentives under ARRA must demonstrate that their practices meet the security requirements under the meaningful use Stage 1 criteria and conduct a privacy and security risk analysis under HIPAA guidelines.

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