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The Arkansas Department of Health, along with the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, the Arkansas Hospital Association, and Arkansas’ Medicaid program have partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2013.
Changes in Meaningful Use and EHR certifications are rapidly approaching. As these changes take effect January 2014, here are key pieces of information to help you transition to the next phase of MU.
Angie Walker is the office manager at the Randy D. Walker MD Clinic, a private family practice consisting of one physician, two licensed practical nurses and two medical assistants. Even though the practice has always been on an EHR, Ms. Walker felt the practice was in need of a workflow to ensure patients received recommended diagnostic tests and follow-up.
The staff physician and nurses agreed upon and established a set of guidelines for standard approaches for the practice’s ten most frequently seen conditions. The guidelines established specific diagnostic criteria and patient follow-up schedules, which the staff monitors on a weekly basis. By utilizing their EHR system to create patient lists, the staff is able to quickly recognize what patients are compliant in meeting disease management goals, getting required diagnostic testing and receiving necessary care. The non-compliant patients receive follow-up care based on the clinic’s established guidelines.
Ms. Walker believes that office managers are uniquely positioned to pioneer Health IT initiatives like Meaningful Use, and other initiatives designed to improve health care quality and patient outcomes. According to Walker, “The office manager is often the person in a medical practice that can be the most effective in leading practice improvements following EHR implementation.”
HITArkansas would like to congratulate Ms. Walker for achieving national recognition from the Office of the National Coordinator as a MUVer and a member of the inaugural class of Health IT Fellows.
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