The role of EHR vendors during the transition to value based care

The transition away from fee-for-service and to value-based care holds promise for improving the level of healthcare quality provided to patients, but it also encompasses a number of challenges for independent physicians. The shifting healthcare environment has presented providers with changes involved in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its potential replacements, and now the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the requirements around Merit-based Incentive Payments (MIPS).

When the independent physician takes advantage of the tools available in an electronic health record (EHR) solution, however, the transition to value-based care is made a little less painful. The choice of an EHR system can make a huge difference in the provider’s journey toward complying with regulations and providing quality care to patients.

The EHR vendor should be capable of guiding the independent physician not only through the software setup and usage but, as emphasized in a recent article in Becker’s ASC Review, the vendor also “needs to provide regulatory advice, guidance and training in support of the practice’s success. This is a cost-effective alternative to hiring an outside consultant service and/or relying on internal personnel.”

Elation Health’s Clinical First EHR gives independent physicians the freedom to focus on their patients by assuming the burden of their practice’s technology needs, helping them stay up-to-date with the latest policy requirements, and supporting their overall business viability.

In fact, in March of 2017, Elation’s Clinical First EHR was recognized as a top-three, Best in KLAS EHR in the Small Practices category. Specifically, the Best in KLAS summary states:

“Elation delivers a stunningly easy-to-use EMR backed by the guidance and assistance providers need to navigate changing regulations that can sometimes be overwhelming for the smallest practices.”

Every year, the health IT industry looks to KLAS, a leading health IT research firm, to recognize the EHR systems that are performing best in serving the needs of their customers. Elation is dedicated to aiding small practices to succeed, strengthening the patient-physician relationship and enabling phenomenal care.