Physician News Briefs
Providence Health plan pays doctors for e-visits
Providence Health Plan has become what is thought to be the first Oregon health insurer to begin reimbursing doctors for e-visits – consultations with patients via e-mail rather than in person. Under the repayment plan, Portland-based Providence gives the doctor $40, $10 of which the patient pays. The reimbursement, which Providence began offering in January, is not available for Medicaid or Medicare patients.
AAFP endorses credentialing service
The American Academy of Family Physicians endorsed Universal Credentialing DataSource. The service from the not-for-profit Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) streamlines the credentialing data submission process for physicians. AAFP is encouraging family physicians and their staff to adopt the online service to ease the administrative burden. Already, more than 85,000 physicians nationwide participate in the free service, which was developed by the nation's leading health plans.
CareDecision launches e-prescribing initiative
CareDecision Corp, the developer of patent-pending Wi-Fi PDA technologies for e-health and EMR applications and a provider of technology and products to the lodging and satellite media industries, and CareGeneration, Inc., a leading distributor of pharmaceutical products and a division of Kelly Co. World Group, Inc. (Kelly), agreed to the structure of a sweeping e-health initiative for America's medically uninsured. The initiative will involve the distribution of CareDecision's MD@Rx PDAs to an expected 20,000 physicians, who will use these units and other CareDecision technologies to electronically prescribe medications for the medically uninsured.
OpenEMR gains traction with new adopters
OpenEMR, an open source electronic medical record and practice management application, has been adopted by two medical clinics, while three additional medical practices announced pilot programs toward an implementation. OpenEMR is an open source application licensed under the GNU General Public License, with no user or license fees. A full download of the software for use on a Linux server can be found in the downloads section at OpenEMR.com.