Ridiculous Study of the Week: EHR Investment

This will blow your mind. A recent study found private practices are less likely to maintain EHR technology than clinicians in other care settings, such as hospitals or group practices.

And now some more:

Ultimately, researchers found 49 percent of independent physicians successfully attested to meaningful use at least once during the program. Comparatively, 70 percent of the physicians that integrated with group practices or hospitals attested to meaningful use.

Furthermore, about 50 percent of independent physicians that attested to meaningful use between 2011 and 2013 also attested in 2015. This finding indicates more independent physicians left the meaningful use program as years went on than those who had integrated into other practice types.

Now why do you think all this is happening? Could it be that EHR’s are expensive, don’t add much to patient care, and they basically are a time suck?

Yeah, that may be it

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: EHR Investment

  1. Michele
    August 6, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I’d like to know how many independent physician practices got screwed out of their bonuses by third part audits hired out by CMS to recoup money back for the slightest errors ( like the wrong date by one day on one page). This happened to us (long story of being ripped off by everyone involved including our EMR that was “certified” but totally inadequate, and the REC we paid to “help” put MU in place then afterwards told us they do not support our EMR, the hours of staff time and IT expense, only to be told we must pay back the “bonus “) . Happened to others I know in private practice too. Biggest scam in medical history. We lost over $100K and took us 5 years to pay off that debt

  2. Pat
    August 6, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    If EHR’s were universally a good idea, they wouldn’t need to have been mandated.

  3. Martha C.
    August 6, 2019 at 8:33 am

    I work as an RN in a large cardiac clinic system that is associated with a large corporation/hospital system.

    The physicians are over whelmed in this setting. Not by their very sick patients, but by the many hours spent typing on a computer, struggling with a poorly constructed EHR. Way worse than when the clinic was physician owned and operated. If you can afford a scribe, great, otherwise you’re screwed!

    I can’t count how many times I’ve wished for a paper chart when talking to patients and other offices, “Need the patient’s insurance information? Hold on….”. Getting basic information takes click after click.

    Newer physicians have never even handled a paper chart and have no idea what they’re missing. It’s like paradise!

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