Orthopedic group meets meaningful use while dictating
6/19/2013 10:24 AM
St. Cloud Orthopedics in Sartell, Minnesota earned $342,000 in Medicare incentive payments by successfully meeting meaningful use while dictating. As the article in the June 2013 issue of AAOS Now details, David L. Kaus, MD and practice administrator Bill Worzala reviewed and refused point-and-click, templated EHR systems due to the productivity impact. Instead, they chose to employ a hybrid approach, which uses a combination of dictation and templates to automatically populate discrete data within the EHR. With this approach, physicians aren't required to keep clicking during patient encounters to create the documentation, but rather, can keep the focus on productivity while helping us attest to meaningful use.
The core tenet of the HITECH Act is “meaningful use,” which ultimately facilitates quality patient care by ensuring the collection of complete, accurate, and easily accessible information. However, achieving this state should not disproportionately tax the physician – an ideal EHR data entry method should support HITECH Act goals while also maintaining physician efficiency and workflows. By leveraging the workflows that are most natural for physicians, you can get the most out of your EHR and boost adoption rates. The tools will become more comfortable to use, the process more efficient for your providers and the overall process more effective.