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EMR Mandate Delay, Patient Focused EMR, and Guaranteed EHR Benefit

Posted on October 27, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.


This article makes some interesting points about the challenge of EMR. However, I don’t think there’s any shot that the EHR train is going to slow down. At the best there might be a delay in meaningful use stage 2. Although, that could be unlikely as well. P.S. There is no EMR Mandate.


Not true. It takes GREAT EMR design to do that. The regulations are just brutal and don’t focus on the patient.


It’s always beautiful for me to find someone tweeting a blog post I created 4 years earlier. The content is still quite good. Reminds me that I need to finish my EHR Benefits series.

Coder Academy Teaches ICD-10 – Is Your Org Ready?

Posted on July 8, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

We’ve been writing about the coming ICD-10 deadline for a while including when the ICD-10 deadline was delayed another year. Every sign I’ve seen says that ICD-10 won’t be delayed anymore. The rumblings are starting to come out that many healthcare organizations aren’t ready for ICD-10.

In response, to this, I found it interesting that the TrustHCS Academy has put together a program to train coding professionals on ICD-10. I expect many medical coding professionals will be interested in this type of class. ICD-10 is one thing that could really benefit from a training class like this.

I recently was part of a discussion where an Epic EHR consultant was saying that EHR had been mandated and everyone should get on board or else suffer the consequences. I quickly corrected him that there is no EHR mandate. In a rare moment, he apologized for his mistake and agreed there was no EHR mandate. Then, he asked an interesting question, “Is ICD-10 a mandate?”

I guess in its purest form, ICD-10 is not a mandate. If you’re ok practicing medicine with only cash pay payments, then I guess you could choose not to use ICD-10. However, if you want to get reimbursed, then ICD-10 has been mandated.

I thought it would be interesting to see if your organizations will be ready for ICD-10 by the deadline. Vote in the poll below, or click Yes or No to share your organization’s ICD-10 readiness.