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Payment Adjustments Tool For eHealth Programs 07/02/14

This interactive tool helps practitioners determine their payment adjustments and reimbursements for each of the Medicare incentive programs. It shows what payment adjustments to expect based on past, current, and expected future participation in the following programs:

  • Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program
  • Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program
  • Physician Quality Reporting System

OpenNotes Toolkit 04/01/14

The OpenNotes Toolkit provides step-by-step strategies to help health care providers implement open notes in their health systems. The toolkit also offers tips for both patients and clinicians on maximizing the benefits of open notes.

The toolkit is divided into the following sections:

  • Why implement open notes at your institution?
  • How will open notes work for your institution?
  • What do open notes look like at other sites?
  • Tools for...
Health Information Privacy and Security: A 10 Step Plan 01/13/14

Health Information Privacy and Security: A 10 Step Plan is an online tool that helps health care providers and organizations meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements for protecting patient information in electronic health records. The tool provides practical tips in four areas:

  • Preparation
  • Risk analysis and action plan
  • Risk management
  • Meaningful use
Blue Button 07/01/13

Blue Button is a way for consumers and patients to get easy, secure online access to their health information offered by their doctors, insurers, pharmacies, or other health-related service. It provides patients with a highly visible, clickable button to download their health data so they can use it to improve their health and be more engaged in their health care.

This Web site provides more information about the Blue Button approach and offers guidance on how health care...

National Rural Health Resource Center: Health Information Exchange Toolkit 05/15/13

The National Rural Health Resource Center developed this Health Information Exchange (HIE) toolkit, which contains resources designed for rural providers including hospitals, health networks, and others.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • HIE policy matrix: Includes “policy models” adapted from the Connecting for Health Common Framework
  • HIE DIRECT guide: This guide to DIRECT connectivity standards is designed to...
Health Information Exchange Toolkits 05/09/13

This Web page from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) offers three toolkits that provide information about Health Information Exchange (HIE) organizations, networks, and initiatives at the local, regional, and State level. The toolkits can help providers build a solid foundation of knowledge around HIE and include overview summaries, concept information, implementation examples, and other HIE information and perspectives.

The following toolkits are...

Children's Electronic Health Record Format 03/06/13

The Children’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Format, for EHR system developers, provides information about critical functionality, data elements, and other requirements needed in an EHR system to improve quality measurement and collection of clinical quality data. The information helps address health care needs specific to the care of children, especially those enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The tool includes a minimum set of data elements and...

How To Implement Electronic Health Records 03/06/13

This tool provides a six-step approach for providers and physicians to implement an electronic health record (EHR) system in their practice. Each step provides process and outcome goals, and resources to help assess and determine if an EHR will help improve quality of patient care.

The tool is organized by the six steps and includes the following materials:

  • Step 1: Assess your practice readiness
    • Change management for EHR...
An Interactive Preventive Care Record: A Handbook for Using Patient-Centered Personal Health Records to Promote Prevention 09/18/12

This handbook for primary care practice personnel, leaders, and informatics staff provides practical guidance on the implementation of interactive preventive health records (IPHRs). Through a step-by-step guide, the handbook can help a practice apply an IPHR to promote chronic disease management by:

  • Using personal health records (PHRs) to promote prevention
  • Preparing your practice to use a PHR for promoting prevention
  • Implementing and sustaining the use of a PHR...
Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records 02/02/12

This online guide, for health care providers, information technology specialists, and system administrators, helps in planning and avoiding possible problems when implementing and using an electronic health record (EHR). Developed to provide practical, troubleshooting knowledge and resources for all types of health care organizations, the guide is based on the research literature, other practice-oriented guides for EHR implementation and use, research by its authors, and interviews with...

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