Editor’s Note 12/2/2016: In October, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued MACRA’s QPP Program’s final rule, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017. Allscripts is committed to helping healthcare organizations stay ahead of these upcoming requirements. Read more here: MACRA 101: We have the final rule for the QPP…now what? The Medicare Access and CHiP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law by President Obama in April 2015 with overwhelming bi-partisan support. The bill includes many changes, and arguably the most critical impact is the introduction of a new payment model that will affect all providers starting with the 2019 payment year. Unfortunately, many in the healthcare industry have a false sense of security: while 2019 is the official start date for the new payment models, 2017 will be the performance year that determines 2019 payment adjustments. Be […]

Will you be joining us in Las Vegas, Nev., U.S.A. for HIMSS 2016? Whether you’re a client, a partner or simply interested in learning more about what Allscripts has to offer, be sure to stop by the Allscripts Booth at HIMSS 2016 (Booth #2612).You’ll have the opportunity to hear from Allscripts thought leaders, meet with clients and see live demonstrations of our solutions. Here’s a sample what you can expect to find from Allscripts at the booth: 1.The Power to Innovate: Learn more about the latest innovations in health care, such as precision medicine, best practices for usability and advice from industry-leading clients. At the Allscripts booth, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Joel Diamond, chief medical officer of Allscripts Precision Medicine, twice on the topic of how genomics and precision medicine enable providers to deliver tailored treatment […]

Near the end of 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) published its final rule for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR), a bundled-payment model for hip and knee surgeries. CMS has signaled that there will be more of these programs as the industry shifts from fee-for-service to value-based care. Unlike other bundled-payment models, this program is not optional. In 2014, more than 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries received a hip or knee replacement. Post-acute care, such as skilled nursing or physical therapy, follows many of the hospital stays for these patients. Homecare can be an important contributor to ensure the patient is not re-hospitalized during this period. CJR goes into effect January 15, 2016 and is applicable on April 1, 2016, when the first model performance period begins. There has been a lot of discussion about what the CJR rule […]

I love the phrase “liberate the data” and what we are doing to accomplish that lofty goal. But if we liberate the data – with appropriate security and auditing – what problems would it help solve? There are three big reasons to liberate healthcare data: #1 – Give patients access to their own healthcare data. Of course you want to be able to see what’s in your medical records. For most of us, we have data in multiple physicians’ systems. You should be able to review them just like you can review your credit report. If there is a mistake, such as a missing allergy or discontinued medication, you can fix it. If you want to share your information with a relative or trusted friend, or donate data to a clinical repository for research, you should be able to do […]

2016 is an important year for the healthcare industry, as clinicians look to Health IT organizations to deliver the innovation and insights they need to provide smarter care. Interoperability, precision medicine, actionable data – these aren’t just buzz words, these are the key drivers that will shape health care. Created for healthcare professionals, our magazine, Continuum, features industry insights and Allscripts client success stories. In the 1Q 2016 issue, you’ll find: Executive Insight: Taking the Lead – President and Chief Financial Officer Rick Poulton discusses how Allscripts Open architecture will help providers manage population health. Untethered: CIO Bill Phillips and University Health System – How one client combines Allscripts solutions to achieve better clinical results, earn millions and improve operational efficiency. Get Smart: Allscripts Analytics dives into big data to improve outcomes – General Manager of Allscripts Analytics Marty McKenna discusses […]

Fraser Health Authority (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) uses multiple clinical systems to deliver patient care to more than 1.6 million patients annually. Connectivity across care settings is important, as is connecting with provincial repositories of clinical data. Fraser Health recently used Allscripts dbMotion™ Solution to achieve a milestone in its progress toward better connectivity. As of January 2016, Fraser Health clinicians can query the Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS) for patient lab test results. The first pilot group includes 650 clinicians, and the capability will eventually be available to 15,000 users over the next several months. Clinicians can access test results from other providers, which will help enable more complete clinical information at the point of care and reduce unnecessary test duplication. The change is simple for the user. From within the dbMotion document domain there is now an additional […]

Our client, SA Health, is progressively implementing the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS)*, an electronic health record (EHR) for South Australian public hospitals and health services which has been designed and configured by SA Health to align with its business model. Check out the videos produced by SA Health, which feature clinical and administrative staff sharing their experience using EPAS and talking about how it has changed the way they deliver patient care. The new system places South Australian public hospitals and healthcare sites at the forefront of advancements in eHealth. Several quotes from the videos attest to how EPAS is changing the way clinicians deliver patient care: “There will be continuous information available for clinicians about their patients at any site across SA Health…It is a system that will always be evolving. So it’s not locked in concrete, just […]

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When your mission is to take care of hearts, all other tasks pale in comparison – especially billing. Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group (CCMG) has served patients in the greater Los Angeles area for more than 50 years, establishing it is the oldest cardiology practice in the community. Like many physician practices, CCMG was facing challenges such as rising costs, declining reimbursements and evolving government standards – all while providing high-quality care for patients. Also, like many independent practices, CCMG managed the revenue cycle in a silo. Allscripts RCMS was able to help our client drive more revenue into the practice while simultaneously drive costs out of the practice. As a result, Allscripts solutions helped establish a linear relationship between collection outcomes and costs, giving the organization visibility into problem areas. Engaging with a trusted partner to help manage revenue has […]

Editor’s note – Learn the basics in  A beginner’s guide to FHIR. The article below answers additional frequently asked questions about FHIR. Clients are asking good questions about FHIR and what it means for them. Here are a few that we’ve received about the emerging interoperability standard: How does FHIR relate to the API requirement for 2015 certification? To achieve 2015 certification, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) requires EHRs to be able to retrieve patient data using APIs. ONC did not specify FHIR as a requirement for the API certification, categorizing FHIR in the 2016 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory as piloted with low adoption. However, ONC’s documentation reflects FHIR in its phrasing and direction, so it’s clear that ONC is generally supportive of the evolving standard. How do FHIR Resources compare to Clinical Document […]

With today’s technology options, it surprises me how many physician practices still hand clipboards to their patients at registration. New applications can not only get rid of paperwork, they can help practices collect better data and more payments during the check-in process. Phreesia, one of our certified partners in the Allscripts Developer Program, helps practices increase collections, verify eligibility, reduce paperwork and increase patient engagement – all at the point of service. Phreesia supports integrations with Allscripts Professional EHR™, Allscripts TouchWorks® EHR and Allscripts Practice Management™ (and coming soon with Allscripts Payerpath™). Here are eight benefits of digitizing the patient intake process, according to Phreesia and Allscripts client Barry Oursler, Director of Clinical and Business Systems at Chesapeake Urology, the largest urology practice in the Mid-Atlantic (U.S.A.): High satisfaction rates, even among older patients. According to Oursler, the notion that […]