Evaluating Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs) for Pediatric Practices

Clinically Integrated Networks or the acronym, CINs, are quality focused organizations that negotiate with payers to provide potential additional payments to providers based on established criteria. This criteria is usually a shared savings based criteria or a HEDIS-based quality improvement metric. A CIN can be one Health System or a Health System and independent practices…

COVID – 19 Impact on Pediatric Practices after One Year of the Pandemic

It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly altered how pediatric practices engage with patients. While the changes were significant, pediatric practice leaders and owners learned how to optimize the situation. The wearing of masks and social distancing in the winter of 2020-2021 helped…

How Pediatric Practice Dashboards can enhance the financial and clinical performance of your Practice

A well-designed pediatric practice dashboard can help a Pediatric practice owner and/or administrator enhance the clinical and financial performance of their Pediatric practice.     Well defined financial and clinical dashboards present both data and information to determine an overall financial score and clinical score.   The data and indicators within a Pediatric practice dashboard…

TeleHealth Implementation for Pediatric Offices with less than Seven Pediatric Providers

Implementation of telehealth at outpatient pediatric offices prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was limited due to a number of factors.  These factors included:   limited insurance coverage, limited pool of patients willing to pay out of pocket for telehealth services, complexity and cost of starting a telehealth operation.   There was much investment into telehealth companies…

pediatricXpress EHR system by PhysicianXpress, Inc. received an enhanced ONC certification on December 10, 2020

Summary of PediatricXpress EHR ONC Certification The pediatricXpress EHR system (version 20) by PhysicianXpress, Inc. received an enhanced Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) certification on December 10, 2020.  The current ONC certification for PediatricXpress includes 36 certification criteria as well certification on eight (8), Pediatric-focused, Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs).  Currently, the pediatricXpress system is…

Review of the December 1, 2020 ONC Conference titled “Accelerating APIs in Healthcare”

On December 1, 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator  (ONC) Health IT sponsored a conference titled “Accelerating APIs in Healthcare:  A Year in Review and Momentum for 2021”.    The ONC develops the HealthIT policy and road map for the future of the United States.   When developing the HealthIT road map, the leaders…

Evaluating Total Value when Selecting a Pediatric EHR System for a Small Pediatric Group

The approach for evaluating an EHR for a Pediatric practice can vary depending on a few factors.  For instance, a Pediatric Super group with over 50 Pediatricians will have different on-site resources such as a large IT team, Revenue Cycle Management and Admin team.  This blog article is focused on factors to consider for a…

21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and Information Blocking

On March 9th, 2020, the Health and Human Services (HHS) released a press bulletin related to the 21st Century Cures Act for interoperability between Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems as well as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).   This work by the ONC is a step forward to further enhance patient ability to have their data…

Some Advantages of Leveraging a Cloud-Based Vs. Server-Based Pediatric E.H.R. for Independent Pediatric Groups

Cyber criminals target small businesses with inadequate or “dated” security.   Most independent Pediatric Practices are small businesses with less than ten Pediatricians plus support staff.  When choosing an E.H.R. for a Pediatric Practice, the leaders/owners should evaluate cloud-based E.H.R.s vs. an E.H.R. on a Server.   This article is to compare the security, management…

2020 Annual ONC Technology Forum: Interoperability and APIs

The annual Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Technology Forum is a two-day conference that includes participants from academics, IT managers/leaders and team members of Health Systems, payers and E.H.R. Companies like PhysicianXpress, Inc.     Physician Xpres, Inc. participated in the 2020 ONC Technology Forum this year on August 10th – August 11th.  The…