This article by Craig B. Garner and Jessica Weizenbluth, Health Care’s Adventures in Wonderland: Provider Agreements for Electronic Records, was first published in February 2016 in California Health Law News.
“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
Y93.J1: Activity, piano playing
Today’s health care provides its own spin on the word “complex,” while at the same time forging possible paths to what may be “unwinnable” scenarios. For the modern physician, the universe within which he or she exists requires updated definitions for words such as “complex” and “challenging,” especially as that “perfect storm” also known as health care reform continues to age. Somewhere in between the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (“PQRS”), the Physician Value Based Payment Modifying Policies (“VBP”) and tenth revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (also known as ICD-10), physicians find themselves still struggling to adopt electronic health records (“EHR”) in practice.
As technology continues to evolve, there remains a general landscape with which those in the health care field must familiarize themselves. Even from this challenging vantage point, providers still have opportunities to bolster their position and practice their craft as they continue down the digital path and adopt an EHR system for which the Federal Government established incentive payments. … Read more →