Successfully implementing HIT into an office practice can bring improvements in both quality of patient care and practice profitability. The implementation guide offers a nontechnical view of the steps necessary for the successful introduction of HIT with an emphasis on the needs of smaller practices. This publication will walk you through the process of acquiring and learning to use HIT.
Chapter 1 Introducing Health Information Technology
Chapter 2 Why Now?
Chapter 3 American Recovery and Reinvestment ActMeaningful UseMedicare and Medicaid IncentivesPrivacy Provision
Chapter 4 Is the Practice Ready for HIT?EHR Readiness ToolThe Impact of Workflow Redesign
Chapter 5 Which Product Is Right for Your Practice?Determining Your Technology NeedsBest-of-Breed Vs. Fully Integrated SolutionsAssessing Software
Chapter 6 Open Source SolutionsAdvantages and DisadvantagesCertification Issues
Chapter 7 Making the SelectionNarrowing the ChoicesSite Visits and Vendor Demonstrations
Chapter 8 The Request for ProposalRFP Format and Content
Chapter 9 Budgeting and Financing for HITBudgeting for HIT AcquisitionGetting the Most Return on InvestmentObtaining Help and Financing Options
Chapter 10 Creating the ContractContract Review Checklist
Chapter 11 Moving Forward: ImplementationThe Vendor's RolePlanning for Implementation
Chapter 12 Health Information ExchangeHIE Models
Chapter 13 Meeting Meaningful UseStages of Meaningful UseAttestationAudits
Chapter 14 Using Technology to Engage PatientsTools for Patient Engagement
Chapter 15 The Law and HITAntikickback and Stark RulesTechnology Liability Exposure and HIPAA
David D. Marcus, MBA, PhD is a Nashville-based writer, seminar presenter, and consultant on physician payment and health policy issues. Before founding Physician Payment Resources in 1998, Dr. Marcus headed TMA’s Department of Health Care Financing, where he developed nationally recognized physician advocacy and education activities to guide TMA’s membership in adapting to the growth of health care payment plans and the evolution of Medicare reimbursement. His writings have appeared in AMNews, Texas Medicine, The Journal of Practice Management, and in numerous TMA publications on physician payment and health policy. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Lubrano, PhD is the founder and owner of Protis I.T. Solutions. For nine years, Protis has provided information technology consulting and support for professional service firms in Texas. Dr. Lubrano specializes in office automation and electronic health record selection and deployment for medical practices. He works exclusively with TMA Practice Consulting as its technology expert. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and earned his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Jennifer Murray, MHA worked in health care administration for more than eight years for organizations such as the Texas Medical Association and St. David’s Healthcare Partnership. She now offers business and technical writing services to health care and medical companies as the founder of her own company, JGM Business Services, Inc. Ms.Murray has coauthored articles in Texas Journal for Rural Public Health and Journal of Health Administration Education. She has written for organizations such as Seton Healthcare Network, Premium Health Products, and the Comprehensive Breast Center of Arizona. Ms. Murray holds a bachelor of science in biology and a master of health care administration, and is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. She can be reached at jengmurray[at]gmail[dot]com.
Shannon Vogel has been at the Texas Medical Association since 1999 and is director of the Health Information Technology Department, which provides advocacy, education, and resources for Texas physicians. Ms. Vogel is a Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) fellow and serves on the board of the Austin chapter. She received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from St. Edward’s University in Austin and a master’s degree in health informatics through the School of Biomedical Informatics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She can be reached at shannon.vogel[at]texmed[dot]org.
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
TMA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.
TMA designates this activity for 3 credits in ethics and/or professional responsibility education.
Course ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, participants should be able to: (1) Discuss the efficiency and quality benefits of an electronic health record system; (2) Evaluate their practice with a needs assessment to determine EHR readiness in terms of financial and operational variables; 3) Summarize necessary steps for contracting, selecting, implementing, and maintaining an EHR system; and (4) Describe the federal EHR incentive program and steps needed for meaningful use achievement.
Target AudienceThis course was developed for physicians, practice managers, and administrators considering adoption of an electronic health record system.
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