Are administrative tasks holding you back?
The importance of pay for performance programs may be overshadowed by well-intentioned efforts to move practices to a streamlined value-based care system while adhering to time constraints within a patient visit. How clinicians use their clinic time has implications regarding quality of care and is the basis of physician payments.  It is argued that an average clinician spends a significant amount of time on the administrative tasks necessary for reporting quality measures, but these efforts do little to improve patient care or guide patients to adequate healthcare decision making.
One solution to this conundrum is to provide more advanced applications that combine the experience and systems of the EHR with 3rd party outcomes management vendors. CMS qualified registries have the experience and the technology solutions that can be leveraged together with your EHR to offer visibility into your quality performance. Leveraging a 3rd party for their experience creates a more robust and efficient patient care management framework, which could truly bring the patient back to being more important than the paperwork.
One concept is a point of care system that compares the patient in the room against all possible value-based care reporting requirements and lists all gaps in care that are considered “open” or “incomplete”. This would allow practices and clinicians a far more efficient pathway toward managing critical patient outcomes. The most successful practices employ a productive approach to reduce the sometimes-frenzied approach to managing care while also reporting for pay-for-performance models. Individuals choose the healthcare profession in order to help people. Practices and Clinicians should not face the burden alone of improving their patient’s health in the last five minutes of each visit. There are integrative solutions and consultation services available that will reduce this burden and give you back the critically important facetime with patients. Time that truly serves the objective of improved quality of care.
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