Healthcare News May 29, 2013

  • HIMSS Analytics Recognizes Three-State Group of Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7 Award

    CHICAGO (April 11, 2013) – Since 2005, HIMSS Analytics has tracked progress of electronic medical record implementation with its EMR Adoption Model? (EMRAM) for hospitals. Now, HIMSS Analytics announces that 54 Essentia Health ambulatory clinics, located in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have reached Stage 7 on The Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM).

    Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory facilities can review the implementation and use of IT applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

    Stage 7 ambulatory facilities:

    • Deliver patient care without the use of paper charts;
    • Use their EMR and patient portal to drive patient engagement, and thus, improved health status through better health maintenance;
    • Use their vast database of clinical information and evidence based practice guidance to improve  outcomes using business intelligence solutions; and
    • Are able to share patient information through private and public health information exchanges (HIE), which improves communications, speeds up appropriate care delivery, and ultimately, reduces unnecessary consumption.

    The validation process confirms ambulatory facilities have reached Stage 7 with a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and a Chief Medical Information Officer with ambulatory deployment experience to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.  Visiting a representative ambulatory clinic or clinics that deployed the same EMR applications and software, the validation team conducts both a comprehensive system overview and an analytics review to ensure improved health status indicators and understanding of the effectiveness of their patient engagement strategy.

    “Having a common electronic medical record that spans our integrated delivery system is a key strategy for Essentia Health.  As we focus on changing models of care, quality initiatives and new payment models, our EMR has been instrumental in allowing Essentia to adapt quickly to these trends,” says Dennis Dassenko, Chief Information Officer, Essentia Health System.

    “Rich ambulatory health IT tools and real-time analytics have provided operational and clinical leadership the opportunity to change care models as we become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  It also allows us to improve patient care by closing care gaps and improving quality metrics,” says Thomas H. Wiig, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Essentia Health.  “Patient involvement on care councils and at medical section meetings has provided valuable feedback about optimizing our secure patient portal and other patient care tools, and adds to our goal of increased patient engagement.”

    “Essentia operates in a paperless environment using its fully deployed, multi-specialty EMR as the backbone for its comprehensive analytics program, which is tied to a patient engagement strategy resulting in improved health status in asthma care and congestive heart failure,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Serving a wide geographic area over several states, the Essentia clinics have adapted their program to fit a complex environment. With improved documentation, the claims denial rate has plummeted from the mid-teens to only 1 percent.”

    As the current data on the A-EMRAM indicates, as of March 30, 2013, HIMSS Analytics has recognized only:

    • 1.10 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 6; and
    • 0.9 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 7.

    An explanation of each stage appears on the HIMSS Analytics website. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the A-EMRAM.

    About HIMSS Analytics

    HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit for more information.

  • Ingenious Med Now Has 25,000 Users

    Provider of nation’s largest physician performance solution automates charge capture to enhance quality of care, maximize revenue

     ATLANTA. Apr. 11, 2013 – Ingenious Med, the largest multispecialty charge capture and physician performance solution, announced today it is has 25,000 charge capture users in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities.

    “Health systems are looking for a unified time-of-care solution that captures and holds all charge capture data,” said Ingenious Med CEO Hart Williford. “Ingenious Med was founded by physicians who recognized the importance of automating the processes. The end result is a streamlined physician workflow solution that delivers demonstrable ROI for the health systems.”

    Ingenious Med’s award-winning impower software allows physicians to use mobile devices to perform time-of-care charge capture for both inpatient and outpatient services. The cloud-based solution provides real-time data that can boost physician efficiency, enhance quality of care and increase billing accuracy.

    The company emphasizes three main points that set it apart:

    1.      With a 95-percent adoption rate, Ingenious Med offers a physician rounding platform that is easy to use and useful to physicians.

    2.      The capability to use impower for both inpatient and outpatient services across 30 different specialties means health systems can implement only one charge capture solution to cover all their needs.

    3.      Since the software can increase physician productivity and allow clients to bill more accurately, Ingenious Med can maximize revenue in hospitals, clinics and practices.

    “Our multispecialty charge capture solution is versatile, easy to use and provides a wide range of benefits for our clients,” said Williford. “As proud as we are of our product, we are constantly updating and developing it in order to continually provide more value to our users.”

    About Ingenious Med

    Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning platform that automates the activities of inpatient and outpatient physicians. Ingenious Med automates the revenue and charge capture processes for nearly 25,000 users in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. Ingenious Med’s Physician Rounding Platform is the nation’s largest multispecialty charge capture and physician performance solution in the healthcare industry today. The mobile and cloud-based, charge capture and analytics platform provides real-time data that helps hospital systems and physician groups improve physician productivity and efficiency, enhance quality of care, maximize revenue, increase billing accuracy and ensure compliance. For more information, visit or call 404-815-0862.

  • A tough few months to implement ObamaCare

    A tough few months lie ahead as the Obama administration implements the president’s healthcare law. The Hill’s Bob Cusack and Elise Viebeck sit down to discuss the challenges as the IRS, which is responsible for implementing large portions of the law, faces its own challenges. 

    Read more on The Hill.

  • GOP floats permanent ‘doc fix’ bill

    House Republicans moved forward Tuesday with their effort to permanently repeal Medicare’s payment formula for doctors.

    Overhauling the payment system is a long-standing priority for the powerful doctors’ lobby and for members of Congress. Both are frustrated by the constant string of expensive, temporary patches to the system and want to pursue a permanent fix.

    Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee released a legislative proposal Tuesday that would end the current system and give doctors the option of gradually transitioning into a new, more coordinated model for medical care.

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