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  1. Keener Lynn
    January 13, 2013

    Article is ‘DEAD ON THE MARK”

    J. Keener Lynn, FACMPE

  2. Charles Beauchamp
    January 15, 2013

    As a physician who is going “against the grain” (ie “hospital owned” to private practice” rather than in the opposite direction) I have the following model of action to become part of a patient centered rather than exploitative ACO:

    1) Establish my rural practice in my house at a very low cost, including asking some of my patients who volunteered to help with construction.

    2) Employ myself, a front desk person and a Medical Assistant with backups

    3) Establish Telemedicine links to needed specialties (rheumatology, pulmonary, cardiology) AND use physician social networks (eg, Sermo, MedLink Neurology Forum) for informal networking

    4) Use LabCorp as a reference lab with negotiated discounts on high yield labs for one of the practice’s centerpieces: preventing stokes, heart attacks, renal insufficiency, onset of diabetes and diabetes complications. Likewise have a systematic literature scan process using EMBASE rather than PubMed for enhancing the testing and intervention effectiveness of the practice’s goals

    5) Embed in the practice’s patient education, instruction and self-care facilitation expertise in efficiently discussing and following up on patient-centered discussions

    6) Embed in the practice’s counseling activities the ability to counsel patients about which Part-D plan to choose and which health insurance plan to purchase (minus Medicare)

    7) Use a general internist centric and concept driven EMR as the practice’s EMR and optimize its functionality for delivering efficacious brief interventions

    8) Participate in community groups (eg, Rotarians) and recruit community leaders interested in enhancing the value of care that is being delivered to the community

    9) Intersect with the state’s evolving HIE and structure information collection so that disease classification information can be transmitted to an HIE capable of accepting that information. Constantly improve the practice’s ability to collect disease classification information and include that information within the practice’s concept driven EMR.

    10) Code reponsively with the help of a viable clinical concept parser, emphasize patient communication, use evidence and experience to follow-up on disease classification information by using efficacious brief interventions and systematically track outcomes while emphasizing 24 x 7 continuity of outpatient internal medicine care.

  3. John
    January 15, 2013

    Charles,
    I love the different approach. The question I have is how many doctors are going to take these type of unique approaches to healthcare and breakaway from the strong trend towards hospital owned practices?

    I’d love to hear which EMR you’ve chosen to use and how it’s gone for you.

  4. Charles Beauchamp
    January 16, 2013

    There are very few doctors who will go in this direction unless they are very seasoned, very passionate and very persistent.

    The trend toward “hospital owned physicians” will last as long as the hyperprofits last because of “facility codes” and that, I predict, is not much longer.

    The EMR I am using is Welford Chart Notes programmed by a very seasoned, very passionate, very persistent and excellent general internist, Charles Welford. It has customizable vocabulary, synonym thesaurus, clinical concept parser, rule base for 500 separate rule sets, intersects with Instant Medical History (Primetime Software) / Dynamed / Up-to-Date, QMR (out of date intersection, however). The clinical concept parser, for example, recognizes concepts (e.g., medication names, problem names, allergy designations…) in the clinical note and allows for the semi-automatic filing of those data into appropriate bins (i.e., Medication List, Problem List, Allergy List….etc). It is by no means a panacea to the EMR doldrums that are omnipresent but at least one does not traverse mindless menus to get at documentation points.

  5. Jean Antonucci
    January 18, 2013

    Fascinating
    I use Welford x 7.5 yrs in just such a setting Learned much through Ideal Medical Practices impcenter.org
    I have superb quality low er use low re admits low cost data.
    Although in the current environment, without hospital subsidy, with FFS, with specialist garnering wages of 500,000+ a yr in my locale, I suffer financially.
    Meaningul use should have used their money to buy us all out and put us on one simple emr so every doc could talk to every other doc and lab.Duh

  6. Charles Beauchamp
    January 18, 2013

    Thanks Dr. Antonucci for the impcenter.org pointer.

    That is the kind of organization primary care physicians need to support and in which to participate and learn.

    Noticed from their 2012 Annual Meeting that EMR’s were compared.
    It is an organization well worth joining and sharing expertise.

    Your point concerning the money being wasted in Meaningful use is apropos, to say the least.

    The money wasted in the VA/DOD interface debacle, HIE Tower of Babel; EMR/EHR implementation cost overruns & productivity plunges, Meaningful Use amidst plan proliferation / obfuscation of care and primary care rationing by inconvenience…etc would have paid for the implementation of an EMR / EHR / HIE that was primary care physician centered and clinical outcome productive.

    As with you I think it is productive to participate in a “bottom-up” fashion (e.g., Ideal Medical Practices) while pushing the cost-effectiveness of this approach upon politicians who must come around to supporting this approach for $ reasons.

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