Author: Michael Burger

EHRs Are Not a Magic Bullet

  By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI Electronic health records (EHRs) are taking a lot of heat these days. Lloyd Minor, M.D., the dean of Stanford University’s School …

EHRs Offer Ready-Made Tools for Population Health Management

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant Providers need tools for population health management (PHM) for reimbursement as well as reporting on metrics for related activities and quality improvement. While most physicians …

Do We Need a National Patient Identifier?

By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI Interoperability continues to be top of mind for industry pundits and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). …

Improving Care Quality using ePrescribing: CancelRx

Electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) is ubiquitous, but there is still room for improvement. Many, including RAND researchers, put the CancelRx transaction at the top of the list, because of its implications for …

5 Ways the AMA’s 21 Prior Authorization Principles Impact Electronic Health Records

By Michael Burger Recently a multi-stakeholder consortium led by the American Medical Association (AMA) published a white paper entitled “Prior Authorization and Utilization Management Reform Principles.” This paper identifies 21 …

Surescripts Unveils New Patient Record Locator Service

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant Patients typically get care and treatment from many doctors and in many places, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies and urgent care clinics. Doctors wish they …

Recent Regulations Continue Promotion of ePrescribing

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant The federal government continues to keep its foot on the gas to further the adoption and effectiveness of electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) through the rulemaking process.  …

Integrating EHRs and PDMPs: How Vendors Can Get Ahead of the Curve

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) were created in 2002 as a tool to help address the growing problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion. PDMPs …

Extraneous ePrescription Notes: Best Addressed by the Sender

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant A study was published recently in the JAMA (link here) titled, “Analysis of Prescribers’ Notes in Electronic Prescriptions in Ambulatory Practice.” The study found a …

I-STOP? Maybe not.

 By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant When passed in 2013, NY’s I-STOP legislation was touted as a bellwether for patient safety, EHR adoption and interoperability. The law requires prescribers, effective August, …