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Identifying, selecting and installing EHR systems

Identifying, selecting and installing EHR systems

The successful deployment of an EHR is too hard and too important to be "part" of someone's job. An organization must make the commitment to having full-time staff leading the implementation supported by consultants in the short term.

How to do it ... Implementing an EHR system

Deciding on, preparing for and implementing electronic health records requires a great deal of time, patience and collaboration. But a carefully executed implementation will reap dividends years down the road. Experts offer providers their best personal advice for smooth, effective EHR acquisition, installation and use.

Referrals at risk

Referrals at risk

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Interoperability for technology solutions is crucial for long-term care providers.

MatrixCare now compliant with ONC 2014 criteria

MatrixCare version 6.6.2, an EHR product from MDI Achieve, is now compliant with ONC 2014 criteria and was certified as an EHR module by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, the company announced this week.

Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis uses AlixaRx system to reduce antipsychotics, earning the SNF a top McKnight's tech award

Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis uses AlixaRx system to reduce antipsychotics, earning the SNF a top McKnight's tech award

From reducing off-label use of antipsychotics to better antibiotic stewardship, medication management is at the forefront of today's long-term care challenges. And Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis is in the vanguard of facilities tackling this challenge in innovative ways. For this, the skilled nursing facility received top honors in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology awards.

CAST releases EHR final product

CAST releases EHR final product

LeadingAge's Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) released its updated online EHR selection tool to help providers choose a system.

Providers who embrace Electronic Health Records have advantage in partnerships, expert says

Providers who embrace Electronic Health Records have advantage in partnerships, expert says

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Long-term care providers shouldn't be afraid to ask questions and drive the conversation with vendors when purchasing an electronic health record system, according to an industry expert.

CAST updates EHR whitepaper, matrix

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Selecting an electronic health record should soon be easier for long-term care providers. LeadingAge's Center for Aging Services Technologies recently announced the upcoming release of a whitepaper and selection matrix covering selecting an EHR.

CAST announces updated EHR whitepaper; online tool to follow

LeadingAge's Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) announced the upcoming release of a whitepaper and selection matrix on selecting an electronic health record (EHR). The updated whitepaper became a topic of discussion at the 2013 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Summit this week in Baltimore.

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EHR problems are "worse than we know," a new report from the ECRI Institute contends. Transitioning from paper to electronic health records is creating problems, and "we're only now beginning to understand the extent," says ECRI's Karen Zimmer. "Mistakes are bound to go unnoticed for months or even years." The ECRI report documented 171 health IT problems that caused or could have caused patient harm.

'Targeted' EHR upcoding audits on the way

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will undertake targeted audits focused on upcoding in electronic health records, according to Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Government will increase EHR upcoding audits, Tavenner says

Government will increase EHR upcoding audits, Tavenner says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will undertake targeted audits focused on upcoding in electronic health records, Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said Tuesday.

EHRs tied to better treatment of high-risk heart patients

EHRs tied to better treatment of high-risk heart patients

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Doctors' letters sent after employing electronic health records led to a higher prescription rate for cholesterol-lowering medication and lower long-term cholesterol levels for patients with high-risk cardiovascular disease, according to Northwestern University medical researchers.

American HealthTech earns federal government's 'meaningful use' stamp of approval

American HealthTech announced its electronic health record software has received meaningful use certification from the federal government.

Long-term care providers should be eligible for EHR incentives, providers stress

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Federal health officials need to offer long-term care providers incentives to adopt Stage 3 Meaningful Use criteria for electronic health records, a provider group recommended.

Long-term care providers should be eligible for EHR incentives, providers stress

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Federal health officials need to offer long-term care providers incentives to adopt Stage 3 Meaningful Use criteria for electronic health records, a provider group recommended.

Use of electronic health records by post-acute providers improves care transitions, experts say

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Long-term and post-acute care providers aren't eligible for federal meaningful use incentives for electronic health records, but failing to pursue EHRs would be unwise, experts stress.

CAST offers free tools for making electronic health record selections

CAST offers free tools for making electronic health record selections

LeadingAge's Center for Aging Services Technologies has released several free tools designed to help operators identify electronic health records products that might meet their needs. The portfolio includes an online tool for identifying products that meet an organization's requirements and an accompanying whitepaper that guides organizations through an interdisciplinary planning for EHRs process and defining the needed specifications. "LeadingAge members have long told us of their struggles to understand which EHR products they should consider implementing," said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., LeadingAge senior vice president for technology and executive director of CAST. "We are very pleased to have partnered with vendors who agreed to contribute information about their products' capabilities according to a defined set of functionalities. This has enabled us to create a selection matrix that covers the landscape of EHR products build an online EHR Selection tool that is both thorough and user-friendly."

MDI Achieve upgrading On-Line Advantage clients to Matrix

Software giant MDI Achieve announced it will upgrade all existing On-Line Advantage clients to MDI Achieve Matrix, its Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution. On-Line Advantage has been available for more than a decade, but will be retired by next May. "Our commitment to providing clients with robust technology means we are constantly evolving our product offerings," said Marc Brunet, President and CEO.

Electronic health records: Clearing up confusion about federal implementation deadline

Electronic health records: Clearing up confusion about federal implementation deadline

There is no federal mandate for nursing homes, home health programs or residential living facilities to implement electronic health records (EHR). Hence, the upcoming federal deadline for EHR implementation does not apply to providers of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC).

Survey: Providers say electronic health records improve care, but culture of paper is embedded

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The majority of healthcare professionals believe that electronic health records improve patient care, but most are still using paper records, a new survey says.

Online expo concludes today

Online expo concludes today

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The capital landscape for long-term care continues to rebound, which is good news for operators looking to expand in 2012 and beyond, analyst Michael Hargrave told McKnight's Online Expo participants Wednesday.

McKnight's Online Expo starts today!

McKnight's Online Expo starts today!

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A record-breaking number of participants have signed up for the 6th Annual McKnight's Online Expo, the largest online trade show for the long-term care community.

Two days to go: CMS moves EHR deadlines

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Within the last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed back crucial electronic health records implementation deadlines.

Survey: E-prescribing systems on the rise in nursing homes

Survey: E-prescribing systems on the rise in nursing homes

Most facility operators responding to a new survey say that their next technology-related purchase will be an e-prescribing system. That's according to findings relayed in yesterday's McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast, "Surveying the technology landscape."

New privacy rule would require providers to track patients' records better

The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a new rule that would expand healthcare provider requirements for tracking patient health records and allowing patients greater access to them.

Electronic health records are still inadequate, council finds

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report Wednesday calling on the Obama administration to develop a more efficient electronic healthcare records system.

AHA asks Sebelius to scale back meaningful use requirements

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the American Hospital Association said it has found that hospitals have significantly less flexibility when it comes to demonstrating 'meaningful use' of electronic medical records.

Four state Medicaid programs receive EHR matching funds

Medicaid programs in four states will receive stimulus funds for planning activities to implement electronic health record incentive programs.

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