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Where are the EDR cheerleaders when I need them? On Tuesday May 31st, I’ve got a show to put on!

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Where are the EDR Cheerleaders?

Every now and then I still come across EDR vendors on the internet who would mislead naïve dentists about their product to make a sale. Today, I held FirstEMR representative Robert Evans accountable for self-serving misinformation he posted on EMR and HIPAA forum. (My dad would be proud that I told him “Get that garbage out of here!”). Then, remembering my manners, I invited Mr. Evans to please call into The Whole Tooth Blogtalkradio program on May 31 to further discuss the future of EHRs in dentistry. Unfortunately, because of things like the reflexive “garbage” statement, I don’t think he’ll show.

I try my best to be “collegial,” but I simply cannot pretend unethical sales techniques are acceptable in my neighborhood, and I want to help my friends easily recognize them… so what if I have a little fun.

http://www.emrandhipaa.com/emr-and-hipaa/2010/11/18/emr-stimulus-q-and-a-emr-stimulus-money-and-dentists/comment-page-1/#comment-133132

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Thanks for your response, Robert Evans.

As I read your list of 6 rationalizations for electronic dental records here on the EMR and HIPAA forum , it occurred to me that you haven’t had a chance to read my detailed post on this thread from November 22 (Number 14) in which I de-bunked 28 similar myths – substantially including your 6. But since I never tire of doing this, let’s once again go through the details of a popular national blunder in dentistry you and other well-intentioned stakeholders in the HIT industry were sucked into.

“My personal background is medical administration and operations.” That would explain your misconceptions about EHRs in the unique field of dentistry.

For your first mistake, you say “Dentists can qualify as eligible providers for ARRA incentives” You really should have gone on to explain that for a dentist to qualify for the stimulus money, 30% of his or her practice has to be from Medicare/Medicaid. Since you surely should have known that, to fail to mention it could easily be interpreted as deceptive.

This is just a guess, but I’d say less than 10% of the dentists in the nation in private practice would make it on that qualification alone even if it made business sense to accept government money and the expensive demands that come with it. Since you are in the EHR business, you may have more accurate figures on that. What’s more, our grandchildren’s money will be gone long before the stimulus makes it to dentistry. You should already know that as well.

“All of our clients, including Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Implant Surgeons and more are extremely pleased that they made the transition “ All of them, Robert? Really?

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This ME-P forum right here is full of stories about disappointed providers – perhaps other than your clients – who are finding huge problems with the transition. De-installations are far too common. It seems like a while back it was close to 30%. Then again, since you are in the business, you probably have more accurate figures for that as well.

Even the stimulus money isn’t sufficient subsidy for physicians to realize a return on investment in EMRs. And virtually nobody is interoperable as planned. That means the office tools you sell raise the cost of healthcare rather than lower it. What’s more, physicians stand to benefit from interoperability much more than dentists regardless of stimulus money. And if a dentist can’t expect ROI from an office tool, it’s called a hobby.

By the way, have you looked at the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements that stand between dentists and disappearing ARRA money? Well-meaning outsiders with plans for the common good just don’t realize that someone has to enter every piece of irrelevant detail about dental patients that CMS requires in order to receive full payment.

It’s a trap, Robert. And it’s not very well hidden. Dentists don’t take candy from strangers.

The Benefits

“The benefits to your office are numerous and too many to mention here; but, please take into account the following”:

1. Never having to worry about compliance issues, as we are 100% compliant with all standards and formats that CMS is mandating.

– You are 100% scary. As long as a provider stores or transmits electronic PHI he or she clearly must be concerned about HIPAA compliance issues. What’s more, as a Business Entity for the dentists you serve, if your computer system is hacked or someone on your end otherwise fumbles or steals 500 or more of a dentists’ patients’ PHI, all of the dentist’s patients must be notified of the danger of identity theft. In addition, federal law stipulates that news of the data breach must be broadcast as a press release in the dentist’s local media. This can easily bankrupt a dentist… You just had to know about this before today.

Your compliancy claim is not only wrong, but it is irresponsible and unethical advertising. You are not 100% compliant. Since the Rule is intentionally vague, nobody is. Get that garbage out of here!

2. Greatly reduce or even eliminate human error. Some offices have brought back billing into their control and terminated the outsourcing.

– Are you kidding? Eliminate human error? Someone put you up to this didn’t they. And “outsourcing”? Once again, this is misleading and irresponsible information, Robert. What about keystroke errors? Only frustrated vendors wish computers would replace human intelligence.

3. Facilitate lab and prescription orders. Offices using e-scribe services are already on board into accepting the benefits of an EMR.

– So does this mean that when the lab delivery person comes to my office to pick up plaster models of a patient’s teeth, the prescription for the restoration must be sent separately by email instead of inserting a short hand-written note in the package… with the relevant patient’s models?

– I don’t sign enough prescriptions to make e-prescribing worth it. I really, really don’t. So how expensive would you make dental care?

4. Simple and efficient scheduling. The reception and schedulers are not tied to the telephone, fax and charting tasks as well as insurance verifications.

– That’s never before been a significant problem. Dental offices were run surprisingly efficient for decades before computers were around. Since dentistry is intricate handwork, the bottleneck in dental offices isn’t the front desk. It’s the dentist.

– What’s so wrong with telephone and fax, by the way? One doesn’t have to be a HIPAA-covered entity to use those tools.

– As for insurance verification, is the EDR intended to help the patient or the insurance company?

5. No fumbling for charts, paperwork, etc. (significant cost savings)

– Prove it.

6. Gain 15+ hours per week, back!

– Where did find this chunk of information? Please don’t insult us with wild, irresponsible statements to improve sales of your product. That would be unethical.

“Again, there are too many to list here, but contact me anytime for a quick on-site or online demonstration and let us prove to you that FirstEMR is the most appropriate solution to meet your required EMR needs.”

eDR Mandate? 

Did you intentionally say my “required” EMR needs? You wouldn’t be implying that EMRs are somehow “mandated” in dentistry are you, Robert? That would be called a rookie mistake and you would be about a year behind information published in the ADA News, which was wrong to mislead members on this point in 2008.

http://www.ada.org/5348.aspx

Rather than contacting you for a quick on-site or online demonstration, I’ll do you one better. I am to be interviewed on “The Whole Tooth” blogtalkradio on May 31 concerning the future of EHRs in dentistry. It promises to be an unprecedented discussion about the obscure topic, and is certain to be educational to thousands of dentists who have been misled for years about HIPAA and EDRs.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thewholetooth

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When the time comes, a telephone number will be provided for live questions. I invite you to call in, Robert, and we can discuss EHRs in dentistry before an audience of around 15,000.

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Yesterday, Don Fluckinger, Features Writer for SearchhealthIT, posted “Blumenthal: Building national health network could take decades”

“When Dr. David Blumenthal was national health IT coordinator, he focused on 2015, the HITECH Act’s original target date for meeting meaningful use criteria. Now that he’s back in civilian life, he’s taking a longer view of the initiative to create a national health network triggered by the HITECH Act’s cash incentives to physicians and hospitals using electronic health record (EHR) systems.”

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Even though Fluckinger assures us that post-ONC, Blumenthal is still a “HITECH Act champion,” I’m not so sure. Perhaps in spirit only!

A Multi-Decade Project?

Last week, Dr. Blumenthal was the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts annual health IT conference. According to Fluckinger, he told the audience that building a secure, national, interoperable health information system “was always going to be a multi-year, maybe even multi-decade project.” That’s not what I remember. I remember being told that if I didn’t purchase a network-ready EHR for my dental practice by 2014, I wouldn’t be paid by insurance companies.

What Happened?

So, what happened to President Bush’s 2004 Executive Order of “interoperability (even with dentists) by 2014”? Is it too soon to say that he failed? So who is going to tell the thousands of HIT stakeholders who have been attracted by the smell of stimulus billions? Blumenthal?

Assessment 

I can only imagine that now that Dr. Blumenthal left his job as head of the ONC for a new job as a health policy professor at Harvard School of Public Health, the openness of life outside government makes him uncomfortable with the lame talking points he once pushed as part of his job, without cracking a smile.

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According to Bill Crounse MD of Microsoft,

clinical medical groupware is a new and evolving model for the development and deployment of health IT platforms and applications, the characteristics of which include use of the Internet and the Web as a platform, explicit design for health data exchange and online communication among providers and patients/consumers, a modular or component architecture upon which applications can be aggregated to meet specific clinical and workflow tasks; while allowing interface standards and protocols for data exchange to emerge in a market-driven manner.  

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Clinical medical groupware applications can be distributed as software-as-as-service, and are intended to support today’s mobile health care environment by supplying the right information, at the right time and the right place.

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Advocates of the clinical medical groupware approach are not limited to software developers and technologists, but also include practicing physicians, executives and managers from health care provider organizations and care management companies, patient advocates, and leaders in life sciences, home monitoring, and medical device manufacturing firms.

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Webinar on Doctors and the Economic Stimulus Package

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Recently, we caught up with Houston Neal – of Software Advice – who thought our ME-P readers would like to see their new podcast on eHR stimulus funds. In-as-much as they are still hearing from doctors who want to know how to take advantage of the stimulus, they’ve teamed up with the Chairman of HIMSS to help answer questions via webinar. The final clip is now live on the blog.

And the Question … Is?

After talking with hundreds of physician practices each month, their biggest question seems to be: “What does the economic stimulus package mean for me?”  

Of course, practices understand that up to $45 billion is allocated to provide incentive for physicians to adopt eHRs. However, many questions remain about how and when providers will receive stimulus funds.

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The podcast, with Justin Barnes Chairman of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association and Vice President of Greenway Medical Technologies, seeks to answer these questions. The original presentation was delivered last week; however you can view the entire webinar here, as well.

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  • How the stimulus money will be paid out
  • What it takes to qualify for funding
  • Which specialties qualify for funding
  • How “meaningful use” is defined
  • What constitutes a “qualified EHR”

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Doctors versus Retail Bankers

Understanding Modern Reality

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Doctors often carry notoriously heavy debt loads. Beyond the costs of a medical education are substantial costs for equipping, launching and staffing a practice. Technology changes fast these days and capital is required frequently. And, the era of eMRs, ARRA, HI-TECH and Obama-Care is upon us!

“I‘m a Banker – I’m Here to Help”

Unfortunately, retail bankers are now very conservative by nature; and the liquidity squeeze and financial meltdown of 2008-2009 makes credit even more difficult to obtain. It may be increasingly difficult to borrow money, especially since modern bankers know that a medical degree is no longer the guarantee of a steady and high income that it once was in the past. As more than one banker has often opined to me,

“We don’t usually loan money to doctors who really need it.”

Nevertheless, the more business a physician does with a bank, the better the terms that can be obtained; even thought hey may also not have a clue about what the practitioner can do to better compete in the managed care arena.

Why Big-Banks Hate Customers

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Some bankers do have a good concept of local community politics however, for those not familiar with a practice venue. They frequently can provide references to more focused advisors, and bankers generally do not charge a fee for their advice. But, banks selling products are doing so according to their governing regulations as “prudent experts” under ERISA, and are not necessarily held to a fiduciary standard in any broader sense.

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