Friday, July 27, 2012

California Physician Adoption of EHRs

A recent report by the California HealthCare Foundation, showed that 71% of physicians responding have an EHR in their main practice location.   That's great news, right?  Now for the bad news--only 30% of those physicians can meet 12 Stage 1 Meaningful Use objectives.

The study found that only 37% of the physicians plan to apply for either the Medi-Cal or Medicare incentives.

While the physicians may not meet the requirements (or choose to apply) to receive the $44,000 in incentive money, most physicians are happy with their EHRs --35% of respondents said they were very satisified with their EHR, 38% were somewhat satisfied.  The study found a link between the functionality available in the EHR and physician satisfaction.

The study provides recommendations for outreach to physicians by DHCS to help physicians meet the requirements for the Medi-Cal incentives.

Friday, July 6, 2012

What's New on HCC U?

We've updated the Risk Score Calculator on the Tools page, so you can display 2013 risk scores.   You can view the calculator here.

In addition, we've updated the presentation explaining the new requirements for the Annual Wellness Visit.  There's also a form, and the ICE Health Risk Assessment form, to help you document the patients' Annual Wellness Visit.

That's it for now.  If there are new tools you'd like to see on HCC University, you can contact us at

Thursday, July 5, 2012

What's New On HCC University

We've posted an updated list of Payment Year 2013 (2012 DOS) diagnoses in the CMS HCC model on the Tools Page.  You can download the Excel file here.

In addition, we've updated our Risk Adjustment 101 presentation.  You may want to use it in training new staff.  It's on our Training and Presentations page.