As it prepared to transition to a new EMR, Saint Luke’s Health System needed the ability to actively monitor specific revenue cycle KPIs and establish benchmarks to keep revenue on track–both during and after the migration.
The current state of interoperability is not unlike Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." In the history of clinical medicine, we have more interoperability than ever before — more electronic data is flowing in more places for more purposes. Yet, there's also more frustration about the state of interoperability leading to more attention across our industry and our country than ever before.
Complex, multi-phased EHR-EMR conversions often present opportunities to introduce new systems and technologies that lie outside of the system—including revenue cycle management. But what may appear to be an upgrade to a system that is better matched to the new EHR isn’t always that.
You’ve heard the horror stories, now learn how making clinical and financial data “inseparable” can help ensure a smooth migration that doesn’t derail the revenue cycle. Providers can help ensure that clinical and financial systems are in sync by applying five simple strategies for maintaining healthy revenue during an EMR transition.
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control reported that nearly 80% of healthcare providers had implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system. Industry leaders believe that the ability to digitize data at the point of care is an important—and necessary—step toward the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Triple Aim: improving patient experience and population health while lowering costs.
As the healthcare industry continues to undergo a significant evolution, one area ripe for change is today's prescribing environment. Examining current trends can help us understand how digital prescribing may evolve over the next one to three years: the ongoing adoption of health information systems and related reinforcement of standards and connected information flow offers opportunity to transform electronic prescribing while improving patient access and lowering care costs.