Amazing Charts Introduces Population Health Solution for Independent Practices

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (PRWEB) November 13, 2018

Amazing Charts, a leader in delivering usable and affordable solutions for small practices, will now provide a Population Health solution for its users to manage the overall health of their patient list. With the change in the healthcare landscape from a fee-for-service model to value-based reimbursement, being able to get a view of the overall patient population to help close gaps in patient care is vital.

“Your EHR is adept at tracking an individual patient, but moving forward, providers need tools to analyze the practice as a whole,” said Russell Keene, Executive Vice President of Amazing Charts. “AC Population Health gives practices the ability to collect and analyze data, which will allow them to provide better patient care and will also help the bottom line.”

Practices can choose to utilize four modules within the AC Population Health solution, which include tools that can help practices to:

  • Identify and close patient care gaps
  • Achieve Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs)
  • Improve patient engagement and communication
  • Handle Chronic Care Management (CCM)

“Missing CQM goals or failing to detect gaps in time when you haven’t seen certain high-priority patients can hurt the delivery of care and also hurt the financial outlook of your practice,” said Ben Scharfe, Director of Client Support of Amazing Charts. “Having a Population Health tool allows you to take action.”

The AC Population Health tool allows practices to identify patients that are higher risk or have chronic conditions and to proactively engage those patients via automated messaging, which will help in providing better patient outcomes, a better care experience, and better financial results.

Amazing Charts is offering free webinars on these topics, which clinicians and administrators can register for here: amazingcharts.com/webinars-and-live-events/. To learn more about AC Population Health, visit amazingcharts.com/population-health/.

About Amazing Charts

Amazing Charts was founded in 2001 by a practicing family physician familiar with the challenges independent clinicians encounter on a daily basis. Amazing Charts consistently ranks as a top EHR for ease of use and remains an affordable option for small practices. The Amazing Charts family of products (also including AC CareTracker, AC digiChart, AC Clinix, and AC MEDfx) provide independent physicians with solutions for EHR, Practice Management, Billing/RCM, Population Health, and more. For more information, visit amazingcharts.com.

Amazing Charts Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Amazing Charts, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems for outpatient practices. The first license for Amazing Charts EHR was sold to a primary care physician on February 26, 2002. Since that time, the company’s products have been licensed by more than 11,000 healthcare providers in over 7,000 independent medical practices.

“I switched from paper charts to Amazing Charts in 2002,” said Wendell Wheeler, MD, a pediatrician with two offices in Chicago. “Over the past 15 years, the affordability and usability of Amazing Charts has helped me stay independent and deliver health care services to children living in working-class urban neighborhoods where quality pediatric care is urgently needed.”

“The longevity of Amazing Charts is due to our consistency in providing affordable and easy-to-use software for independent, physician-owned practices,” said John Squire, president and COO of Amazing Charts. “In an industry marked by consolidation and holding physician data hostage, Amazing Charts has been an island of EHR stability for the past 15 years, which has resulted in very high retention and satisfaction for both customers and employees.”

About Amazing Charts

Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 11,000 clinicians in over 7,500 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 275,000 clinicians since 1995. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

Amazing Charts Makes Five Predictions for Health IT in 2017

Topics include telemedicine, financial creativity, patient access, MACRA’s unintended consequences, and EHR interoperability

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – December 01, 2016) – Amazing Charts, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems for physician practices, today issued five health IT predictions for 2017.

#1 Telemedicine will no longer be futuristic. Contrary to popular belief, telemedicine does not necessarily mean live video conferencing with a physician halfway across the country who lacks a full picture of the patient’s health status. Patients would rather receive “low tech” remote care from a local primary care physician they already know.

Telemedicine happens whenever an EHR system adds to a patient’s clinical chart the messages, pictures, or videos sent securely via smartphone. Use of smartphones for telemedicine will further increase with the introduction of add-on hardware for real-time collection of biometric data such as temperature, blood pressure and pulse.

This trend will be fueled by the expansion of reimbursement for non-face-to-face services. Medicare’s new billing code for Chronic Care Management is just one example of how the future of value-based care is not about 15-minute office visits, but instead keeping patients out of the office with follow-up phone calls about medications and answering patient questions via text.

#2 Practices will focus on reengineering patient access. As part of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is designed to encourage providers to expand patient access with “practice improvement activities,” such as same-day appointments for urgent needs, longer office hours, and after-hours clinician advice.

Physicians also want to shift the responsibilities such as appointment scheduling from the office staff to the patient. Delegating that type of chore to the patient saves the staff time; and, patients not only don’t mind doing the work, they perceive value in self-service options that give them total control.

While tablet-based patient intake solutions have not become widespread because the hardware is costly and requires complex systems integration, simple web forms and PDF attachments can get the job done just as well.

#3 Physicians will get financially creative. A host of factors is pushing independent physicians to be more financially creative. These include the frustrations of making claims to insurance carriers, the new Medicare fee-for-value payments creating uncertainty in gauging reimbursement levels, and burnout with the “corporate medicine” model of seeing dozens of patients each day for lower fees.

One example of financial creativity is the direct care model which establishes a financial relationship between patient and provider, cutting out the middleman of insurance payers. This model includes concierge and direct primary care, where patients become members who pay a fixed monthly fee for unlimited care. There are also a growing number of cash-only practices for walk-in and urgent care.

Beleaguered small practices under financial stress are also looking for novel ways to generate cash. The new rules allowing reimbursement of telemedicine and other non-face-to-face services will encourage physicians to bill for activities they were already doing for free, such as phone calls with patients to discuss medications.

#4 Physicians will opt out of Medicare thanks to MACRA. Like all well-intentioned laws, The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will have unintended consequences. Some providers in small independent practices will either opt-out of Medicare entirely, or decline to accept new Medicare patients if they currently fall below the threshold for exemption (less than $30,000 in Part B billings or 100 Part B patients).

To ease small practices into MACRA, the Final Rule issued by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relaxed many of the requirements for 2017. By 2018, however, MACRA starts to impose more financial risk and stricter reporting requirements with less clarity around the return on investment. Small practices might just drop Medicare altogether and transition to a direct-care practice based on cash, membership, or a hybrid (see prediction #3 above).

#5 EHRs will become more interoperable. The next certification cycle from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) positions the EHR as a secure repository, allowing certified ancillary tools to be “snapped” into it. This will be driven by a new Application Programming Interface (API) called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). FHIR is a more granular way to exchange data without the rigid workflow of traditional Health Level Seven International (HL7).

Providers will benefit from the broader choice of technology solutions that can be used alongside the EHR to improve overall outcomes. Amazing Charts is currently developing a FHIR API to connect our EHR with other best-of-breed vendors for solutions such as population health management. This way small practices can leverage their investments in EHR systems to the maximum extent possible.

Furthermore, MIT researchers have proposed a cryptocurrency-backed system (like Bitcoin), called MedRec, for managing medical records that use the Ethereum blockchain. It is a novel, decentralized record management system for EHRs that uses blockchain technology to manage authentication, confidentiality, accountability, and data sharing.

About Amazing Charts

Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 7,100 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 275,000 clinicians since 1995. Visit www.amazingcharts.com for more information.

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