April 23, 2014 | Edmund Billings, MD | ICD-10, 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
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
October 07, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records
The best EHRs are focused on helping physicians take care of patients, with Meaningful Use and ICD-10 derivative of patient care and documentation. More
July 23, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Mobile/Wireless
The word ‘innovation’ gets bandied about with such frequency in healthcare analyses these days, you’d think it had some kind of magic transformational power. More
June 06, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s long-awaited (in health IT circles, anyway) decision on the Department of Defense’s core health IT system has been made. The VA’s VistA system is out as the... More
May 10, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
A question: What is the opposite of health IT return on investment? The answer: Unintended financial consequences, or UFCs, for short. More
April 09, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Policy and Legislation
In these politically polarized times, Americans expect Republicans and Democrats to disagree on every detail right down to what day of the week it is. This is especially true in the posturing hurly-... More
February 14, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Meaningful Use, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
Anyone who understands the importance of continuity of care knows that health information exchange is essential. How are we supposed to cut waste and duplication from the healthcare system and truly... More
January 23, 2013 | Edmund Billings, MD | Electronic Health Records
What a week! First the disgraced cyclist confession and later the baffling college-football-player-and-his nonexistent-(dead)-girlfriend story, with the RAND report sandwiched somewhere in between.... More