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AMA questions vendor readiness for ICD-10 – Government Health IT
Prominent among impending questions surrounding ICD-10 is whether or not technology makers will be ready, and the American Medical Association (AMA) is among the groups to most recently express this concern.
“While physicians will need upgrades to their software systems to accommodate the new code set, many may not receive them until well into 2014,” the AMA wrote on the AMA wire.
“At the same time, all physicians who will be participating in the electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use program will need to upgrade to Version 2014 certified software.”
Survey Says: EHR Incentive Program Is on Track – The Health Care Blog
The 2013 data from the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey are encouraging:

  • Nearly 80% of office-based physicians used some type of electronic health record system, an increase of 60 percentage points since 2001 and nearly double the percent in 2008 (42%), the year before the Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health Act passed as part of the Recovery Act in 2009.
  • About half of office-based physicians surveyed said they use a system that qualifies as a “basic system,” up from just 11% in 2006.
  • Almost 70% of office-based physicians noted their intent to participate in the EHR incentive program.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractors are doing a poor job of preventing billing fraud facilitated by EHRs, said the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a new report.
Without much fanfare or planning, scribes have entered the scene in hundreds of clinics and emergency rooms. Physicians who use them say they feel liberated from the constant note-taking that modern electronic health records systems demand. Indeed, many of those doctors say that scribes have helped restore joy in the practice of medicine, which has been transformed — for good and for bad — by digital record-keeping.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2014