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Do You Even Qualify For the ARRA Money?

We continue to get daily calls and requests for information about the ARRA funding.  We were even told by a potential client that they went with a well-known (but little liked) vendor now in order to maximize their ARRA $$, even though the money itself may be a mirage and they don’t even know what …

Swine Flu Coding and Other Interesting News

Buried, which seems to be my status since August.  Some interesting items:  An official study indicating that the use of an EHR can improve primary care and supports the Medical Home model.  This is something our clients have known for 25 years.  Again, the MGMA tells us that “Medical practice revenues fall.”  At first, I …

Experts Review CCHIT and Stimulus Package

About a year ago, I shared a piece from softwareadvice.com about CCHIT (on whose Child Health Certification committee I serve).  I found their original response pretty well balanced, so I now pass along their followup to the piece.  I won’t go through it like I did last time, as my points haven’t changed much, but …

More About The Stimulus Package and Pediatrics

I don’t like to think about the blog on weekends – hey, we’re busy preparing for Nowruz! – but I saw this post from Dr. Russell Libby and had to share it.  I wish I had thought to do a similar calculation, but the credit goes to him: No question about the “new” math.  If …

Stimulus Package and Pediatricians

I’ve had a lot of surprisingly hopeful emails hit me referring to all the “free money” docs expect to get as a result of the Obama stimulus package.  Put your cynical hats on, folks, because if you think that the HIT-driven stimulus money as it’s designed right now is going to benefit you or your …

CCHIT Public Comment Period (Important For Peds)

As you may know, I am on the CCHIT Child Health Workgroup.  My participation is related, I believe, to my criticism of the certification and it’s misuse.  But if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem, so there I am on the workgroup itself.  I think I am the only committee …

CCHIT and OSS

With the Obama administration arrival only a few weeks away, the discussion about CCHIT’s long-term viability is starting to heat up.  Even though I am on the Child Health Workgroup and appreciate the effort and intelligence of the civilians working with me, I still have grave concerns about the process and it’s effect on EHR …

Fun with CCHIT (New Child Health Certification Criteria)

CCHIT has announced the new optional Child Health Certification Criteria. Click on the link, read the PDF, get a sense of what hoops the pediatric EHR world is going to have to jump through shortly. I have been critical of the CCHIT certification process before. My position hasn’t changed: CCHIT certification is misused and misunderstood …

5 Ways Physicians Can Profit from Using an EMR

Back in March, I reacted to a piece from softwareadvice.com about CCHIT certification and even though I ripped through it honestly, I think they were appreciative of the coverage and sent me a reference to a new piece: 5 Ways Physicians Can Profit from Using an EMR. I’m on vacation this week, so I don’t …

More Practical CCHIT Information

After my original posting about CCHIT and pediatricians, I heard from a number of folks off-line. I had the beginning of an excellent conversation of someone associated with the AAP’s effort to promote pediatric-specific features within the CCHIT process, but vacations, snow days, and fire alarms intervened. I hope to get back to that conversation …