Category Archives: Interoperability

Recent Headlines from State Association Newsletters & National Healthcare Publications

CMS Will Conduct Focused Surveys in 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that they will conduct focused surveys in certified nursing facilities nationwide in 2015. The focused surveys will review MDS 3.0 coding and staffing levels using record review, observations, and interviews with staff and residents.

CMS piloted the focused survey earlier this year, surveying five facilities in each of five states, including Minnesota. The pilot focused on the resident assessment processes in more detail than the annual surveys.  Findings from the pilot included inaccurate staging and documentation of pressure ulcers, lack of knowledge regarding the classification of antipsychotic drugs, and poor coding regarding the use of restraints. All but one of the 25 facilities had deficiencies cited by the surveyors.

OIE 2014 – A Wealth of New Information

Continuous innovation has always been a hallmark of Optimus EMR.  At our upcoming 2014 Optimus Information Exchange, October 1-2 in Tampa Bay, Florida, customers will once again learn about exciting new developments within the Optimus system. Following is a brief overview of some of the topics to be covered:

  • Deficiency Free Surveys: Be prepared for more than just the State Survey with tips and ideas to help manage your data and software so it’s not managing you.
  • Interoperability: Customers will learn about the next generation of Interfaces. CCD, RHIO, Clinical Data interfaces and more.
Optimus CPOE module

CPOE System – Integrated & Efficient

Just imagine: It’s the 17th of the month and the MAR’s and TAR’s have been sent to the pharmacy to be printed. In the 10 days before they come back, I have at least 100 new orders that will have to be manually written on the new orders sheets – ugh! I also have to do a double check on each and every resident’s orders just to make sure that they are correct. And how do I accomplish this? By pulling paper charts, one at a time, painstakingly going through each and every order, writing them in on the new MAR, plus calling the physician, because, hey here’s 2 orders that he didn’t sign. That in addition to documenting in the nurses notes, faxing the new order to the pharmacy, and writing the new order on the PO sheet. What a lot of paperwork!

Optimus EMR Interoperability

Interoperability in Long-Term & Post-Acute Care

According to the Office of the National Coordinator (“ONC”) the purpose of interoperability in Health IT is the following:

Interoperability ensures that health-related information flows seamlessly from General Practitioner, to Specialist, to Hospital, to Post Acute Care and to Patient. In other words, the patient’s information follows the patient regardless of geographic, organizational, or vendor boundaries. Specifically, Interoperability refers to the architecture or standards that make it possible for diverse electronic health record (EHR) systems to work compatibly in a true information network.

With these purposes in mind, the following types of sharing are most important in LTPAC: