Healthcare Reform 2018
Lots of new regulations go into effect 1 Jan about what additional data must be recorded for every patient visit and about how it is to be formatted. Our group has to purchase an entirely new Electronic Medical Record system in order to be in compliance for 2018. We have already been very busy preparing new templates to meet the new requirements. “Go live” is the end of the month. That is when the real fun will begin.
Most of the new reporting requirements are about conditions I do not treat. Therefore, their utility in treating the issues for which I am seeing the patient will be limited. We hope that some day the public health information potential of the additional data can be realized. But first we need to be able to share data across systems. Even within the ACO we belong to, that is challenging.
We hope to have things under control in early 2018.
Jay Ginther, MD