INTEGRIS Health (OK) will deploy athenaCollector, athenaCommunicator, and athenaClarity for its 300 physicians.
PeaceHealth Medical Group (OR) begins its Epic go-live at its Florence clinics.
The AMA board of trustees issues a report that looks at the how patient-physician communication is affected by the use of computers in the exam room. The study finds that a physician’s attitude toward the computer has the biggest impact on a patient’s perception of exam room computing: “The more positive they perceived their doctors’ attitudes toward the computer to be, the more likely respondents were to indicate a preference for computer use.” The board recommends that the “AMA encourage physicians to incorporate questions regarding use of computers and EHRs in patient-satisfaction surveys to provide feedback on how their own patients experience the use of computers in the examination room.”
NextGen Healthcare will integrate PDR Network’s drug information technology with the NextGen Ambulatory EHR platform.
NCQA releases the names of over 100 NCQA-Certified Content Experts on PCMHs who have demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the requirements for PCMH recognition and are interested in providing expertise to practices seeking NCQA PCMH evaluation.
McKesson expands its McKesson Gives Back Program nationwide and will provide up to 100 selected physicians with the McKesson Practice Choice EHR/PM program.
Kaiser Health News profiles two independent physicians who are experimenting with innovative practice techniques and business models in hopes of improving clinical outcomes and preserving healthy incomes. Thomas Bellavia, MD (NJ) has invested about $300,000 since 2011 to train staff and purchase equipment to transition to a medical home model that involves a team of doctors and nurses providing treatment. He claims the transformation has led to higher insurance reimbursements and an increased emphasis on preventative care. Meanwhile Mark Holthouse, MD (CA) has opted for a concierge model that limits his clinic to 400 patients and offers alternative services such as acupuncture and fitness coaching. Patients pay a monthly fee of $220 for basic services in addition to what their insurance pays. Holthouse contends that patients are spending less on medication and hospital fees and feel providers are giving them time and quality care.