May 27, 2015 | Edmund Billings, MD | Meaningful Use, Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation
Continuity of care or accountability of care is unlikely without Medicare Shared Savings and Meaningful Use health IT incentives for mental and behavioral health providers. More
April 30, 2015 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
What would you call a physician who sewed up a patient’s wound without addressing the behavioral health issue that led to the injury? We might cynically label the doctor disinterested or inattentive... More
March 31, 2015 | Edmund Billings, MD | Cloud Computing, Interoperability
What's the technical solution for the health IT interoperability challenge? Do you know? You probably should. Chances are you interact with it frequently. More
February 10, 2015 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Interoperability
In anticipation of House of Cards Season 4, and with all due respect to the show's creators, I think real life is giving us a perfect plotline that includes politicians, corporate interests,... More
January 20, 2015 | Edmund Billings, MD | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
A show of hands: Who believes depression or bipolar disorder have no impact on the severity and treatment of a patient’s diabetes and COPD? It's an idea no practicing physician would support.... More
December 09, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Meaningful Use, Interoperability
Interoperability is the current health IT buzzword because it's the essential ingredient in creating a system that benefits patients, doctors and hospitals. Almost everyone in healthcare is... More
October 30, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Policy and Legislation, Interoperability
Take a step back from the challenges that surround health information technology interoperability and you will recognize that market forces and a desperately fragmented healthcare system make... More
September 22, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records
As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn't focus on the broader... More
September 03, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Network Infrastructure, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
Is healthcare a business? In the United States, the question has been asked time and again but never satisfactorily answered. It's starting to look like Americans won’t be able to duck the... More
July 24, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records
So, why is VistA CPRS the preferred choice? In a word, design. The VA built the system with two design goals: improved patient care and rapid adoptability. More
July 01, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Without a doubt, the death of American veterans as a result of the VA waitlist debacle is tragic and unacceptable. The Obama administration must move quickly and deliberately to fix the underlying... More
June 10, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Over the last few weeks, access to VA healthcare for veterans has been all over the news. At the same time, the DoD is moving to procure a replacement EHR system. More
May 13, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
Why politics, parity and performance requirements mean behavioral health hospitals should adopt now. More
April 23, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | ICD-10 & Coding, Policy and Legislation
Did you hear the one about the CMS administrator who was asked what it would take to delay the 2014 ICD-10 implementation deadline? An act of Congress, he smugly replied, according to unverified... More
December 10, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | ICD-10 & Coding
Let me concede from the outset that, in this blog post, I lean toward the negative: dire predictions, worst-case scenarios, a bit of doom and gloom, etc. But I ask you, oh gentle, patient reader, how... More