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All Things EMR

Community Enables Providers to Collaborate and Share on Patient Portal Adoption & Charting Efficiencies


Allison Dahl, Product Innovation ManagerHere at athenahealth, the mantra of Teach and Learn has become infused in everything we do, and our clients are contributing to this education right along with us. With such a diverse client base — independent physicians, specialists, group practices, hospitals, large health systems, community health centers — we sometimes see different solutions to the same challenge. What if these experiences and approaches could be shared — talk about a real instance of teaching and learning.

This past spring we launched an online community (on the cloud, of course) for physicians, practice managers, nurses, you name it, to share their … Read more


Meaningful Use | Patient Engagement

How We Met Difficult Meaningful Use Stage 2 Measures While Improving Care


http://www.athenahealth.com/_img/blog/headshots/PeterMasucci.jpgHeading into 2014, we knew we had our work cut out for us at our practice: We’d be attesting to Meaningful Use Stage 2 and transitioning to ICD-10 all within the same year. And since ICD-10 preparation was starting 10 months out from the transition date, as recommended, we knew we needed to tackle Stage 2 the first quarter of 2014, so we could really focus on ICD-10 needs closer to the October deadline (which has now been delayed of course, but that’s another blog post…)

Having successfully survived Stage 1, we were optimistic about meeting Stage 2 … Read more


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How Hospitals Will Thrive and Win


As utterly terrifying as it is to have recently published my ideas on health care in a book – nailed them to the mast with an uncomfortable permanence – there have also been many surprising upsides. I’m just coming off a whirlwind two-month roadshow of keynotes and panel discussions structured around the themes of the book that has left me humbled and inspired. There was the moment speaking at Boston Children’s Hospital where tears flowed as I told the story about Morgan, a girl suffering from an auto-immune disorder, who posted a YouTube video asking her care team not to … Read more


Analytics & Research | Healthcare Policy & Reform

ACAView: Medicaid Gap Widening Between Expansion and Non-Expansion States


Iyue Sung, Director of Core AnalyticsIn measuring the effects of health insurance coverage expansion as part of our ACAView initiative with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), an important factor to consider is state policy towards Medicaid expansion.

The intention of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to expand coverage through two mechanisms: 1) People with moderate incomes could gain coverage through the exchanges, often encouraged by subsidies; and 2) those with lower incomes could gain coverage through an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to include groups that had not traditionally qualified for Medicaid.

For many years, states had widely varying Medicaid eligibility rules, with some states … Read more


Analytics & Research

Data Drives Insight into Value-based Care Decisions


Anne Meneghetti, MD, Executive Director of Medical Information, Epocrates, an athenahealth companyHow many times have you experienced the angst of finding out that a patient never filled a prescription because of personal finances? How often have you seen a patient go without treatment while prior authorization hurdles were being worked out? Practices are spending more time than ever before on affordability issues like these.

We recently surveyed 70 clinicians about their biggest affordability challenges. Topping their list of responses was the lack of available information on actual drug or procedure costs for patients, cited by 43% of respondents, while patient inability to afford care was listed second, by 28% of those … Read more


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