Author: Michael Burger

Meaningful Use – Lost in Translation

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant Back in the beginning of the Meaningful Use Incentive Program for Electronic Health Records (EHRs), I was a product manager working at an ambulatory EHR …

EHR Blamed for Ebola Death. REALLY?

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant Last week, a headline caught my eye:  “Report Finds EHR Contributed to Dallas Hospital’s 2014 Ebola Issues.”  The report is written by an independent panel …

Proposed Changes in MU’s Attestation Periods: Will They Drive Meaningful Change?

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant How do you spell relief? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) apparently hopes that proposed changes in Meaningful Use (MU) attestation periods will …

DERF-a-Palooza at NCPDP

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant The February meeting of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) ePrescribing and Related Transactions Workgroup 11 will be a real DERF-a-Palooza, with some …

Does formulary decision support improve patient compliance?

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant Policymakers, payers and providers view health information technology (health IT) as a tool to help improve patients’ medication compliance, among its many benefits. This is important …

Why Physicians Will Take the Meaningful Use Penalties Rather Than Participate

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant Another Meaningful Use (MU) attestation deadline is here. If the past is prologue, physician attestation rates will continue to be much lower than expected. This …

MU3 and WIIFM – Have we missed the boat?

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant On March 11, the Health IT Policy Committee endorsed the Meaningful Use Workgroup’s recommendations for Meaningful Use Stage 3.  The Workgroup’s initial proposal was scaled …

Could 2014 Be the Year of the MU Fizzle?

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant The “carrot and stick” design of the Meaningful Use (MU) EHR incentive program was created to incent physicians to adopt EHRs (the carrot) with a …