- “Meaningful Use” really means “Government Abuse” of your practice
- Your EMR Software was written by programmers who have no idea how a real practice should function
- Software solutions alone do not make a practice efficient or profitable
- Everyone in your practice HATES your shiny new expensive software, especially the physicians
We believe that we have the solution for your buyer’s remorse! Let’s go over each of these points in detail before we explain how we can do better.
Meaningful Use Equals Government Abuse
My practice manager (who is also my Pediateq/PaperCutPro® partner) participates in some online listservs for practice managers. The recent chatter there is that now that the first year of ‘meaningful use’ is closing, it is time for all those who participated (i.e. taken the government’s incentive money) to belly up to the bar and provide all the reports that confirm they are in compliance. The other practice managers on the listserv were taken aback by the several hundred pages of regulations and numerous reports that the government required. The physicians simply took the government incentives to participate without carefully counting the costs.
If the full letter of the government regulations are not met, then the incentives will be collected by the government immediately. What physicians and practice managers have done in their limited focus on the government moneys is to willingly put the ring in their own nose by which the government will now dictate how they practice!
What is to be done! We strongly suggest that all physicians reconsider their decision to participate. We recommend they return the government funds immediately. Otherwise they will enjoy the tyranny of the governmental medicine, which will be ten times worse than corporate medicine for local practicing physicians. Painful as this step may be, if not done immediately physicians may never extricate themselves from the government gorilla if they continue on.
Do As I Say, Not As I Do!
Almost all practice management and electronic medical records software is written by non-medical programmers. Even if they have been involved in practice to some degree, they are not physicians or even practice managers. They have a poor understanding of office efficiency and do not design their solutions to improve the practice.
PaperCutPro® was written by me. I am an actively practicing Pediatrician with almost 30 years of experience in medicine and computers. My practice thrives because of my software solution. It is as important to me as it is to our clients that it always be the best. My practice is the proving ground for research and development as well as active care of my patients.
A Solution Is Not Only About Software
Early on when I and Linda Fabre, my practice manager and now partner in Pediateq consulting, began offering PaperCutPro®, it was obvious that software alone could not be the answer. Any practice that is successful and profitable must join good practice policies with good software. We only offer our software as part of our practice managing consulting services.
We expect anyone using our software and service to duplicate our practice success! We are successful and so we believe our clients will be successful. Not only will staff and physicians enjoy taking care of patients, but the practice will be more profitable without the government’s ‘meaningful use.’
“I Love This Software”
In our first beta test site, we installed the PaperCutPro® software and implemented the Pediateq practice policies. The new nurse practitioner coming to join that Pediatrician began training on the PaperCutPro. She had used it several years ago when she was previously employed with my former partner and me, though PaperCutPro® was not the powerhouse of features it is today. Much had been added since her previous experience.
Her first comments to me was that she loved the software! She too had the experience of several other EMR’s that had flooded the market because of the government’s meaningful use program. She too experienced buyer’s remorse of sorts and longed for what she had used before when she had worked for me.
Practice First, Profit Concerns Second
The breadth of features had so widened in my software, that that nurse practitioner was bowed over at how thoroughly she could document the patient exams. The ability for her to customize things with the new Template Manager is her favorite feature!
Supporting documentation is most critical to justify the charges behind the exam. PaperCutPro® makes this easy, quick, and rather painless. Changes to medical records are automatically documented in the exam’s change log. Charts to not have to be ‘checked out’ for use for that reason.
PaperCutPro® and Pediateq consulting is not just for Pediatricians! Because all of medicine uses the standard history and physical format, any primary care or specialty field will be well served by the software. Our consulting services are built on principles and policies that are applicable to all as well.
My practice manager tells me that our practice policies along with the PaperCutPro® software save us about $75,000 annually! That is real money compared to the government incentives. My focus is not on staying financially viable, but on the children I care for!
How You Can Get The Government Gorilla Out Of The Room!
Our Pediateq consulting services and PaperCutPro® software are available on a first-come first-served basis. We will provide client references as well. For an evaluation at no costs, please contact my office at 678-583-9071 and ask to speak with Linda Fabre. We can provide you with a tour of the facilities and to see the software and policies in action.
Clients need only provide the Macintosh hardware. We don’t use Windows for security and other reasons which we can discuss in detail when you tour.
We provide the server hardware and get the initial practice clients set up. All practice data is hosted in our data center and all backups and updates are included in the monthly use fees. The monthly cost for Pediateq consulting and PaperCutPro® software is very reasonable and affordable at $1,200 for up to three providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants).
Ron Smith, MD