Role of Insurance Companies in EMR

I get quite a few emails on this blog from various people. Lots are asking questions. Others rip something I said. Others say thanks for writing. In fact, that connection is one of the best reasons to blog. Well, someone asked the following question and I thought I’d open it up for people on this blog to comment about what they’ve seen, heard, experienced, or think should be done by insurance companies to promote EMR. Here’s the question:

Is there any role for insurance companies in this whole EMR area? Afterall, if quality of care can be increases and costs reduced, how can insurance companies encourage or help pay for EMRs?

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

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  • Insurance companies need to report quality measures on HEDIS (http://www.ncqa.org/tabid/59/Default.aspx) and it’s a pretty laborious process to get all the data. They employ an entire cottage industry of temp-nurses that do chart chases to doctor’s offices copying all medical records necessary to get the outcome data. EHR’s in a standard format will eliminate this need very quickly.

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