Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 first outlined the incentives providers would be able to receive for "meaningful use" of certified electronic health record technology, hospitals, physicians and other healthcare organizations have been gearing up and trying to figure out what the law will mean for them.
Those that are farthest along in the journey toward meaningful use are not necessarily the usual suspects like large integrated systems. Just ask Darrel Morris, the CEO of Drumright Regional Hospital, 40 miles west of Tulsa, Okla. Drumright is proof that even a small, rural critical access hospital can take the lead in implementing meaningful healthcare information technology improvements.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The bar chart below shows the proportion, by graduating class, of OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates currently practicing in Oklahoma. The average rate for physicians graduating in the 1970s is 47%, followed by 46% for graduates from the 1980s, 55% for 1990s graduates, and 60% for those graduating in the 2000s. The rate for 2010 graduates is 64%.
Data source is the American Osteopathic Association's Physician Masterfile.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
UnitedHealth Group examines the distinctive health needs of America's rural population, and how well the health care system is currently able to respond. The report presents new data on rural care quality; on the views of people living in rural areas; and what their physicians see as the major challenges to overcome. Select this link or click the image to view the entire report.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
CLAREMORE — Holly Cauthron is a second year medical student at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a graduate of Broken Arrow High School, Southern Nazarene University, and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Holly recently completed a three week Summer Rural Externship at OMNI Medical Group, where she worked under Dr. Gary Steinbrook. She chose to complete this program to learn more about rural practice in Oklahoma and as a requirement for the Rural Health Option program.
Holly plans on practicing in a rural area after graduation and completion of residency.
The Summer Rural Externship Program is coordinated by the Oklahoma Area Health Education Center (OKAHEC), a division of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Rural Health. OKAHEC is a community-state-federal partnership established in 1984 at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The distributed offices of OKAHEC, located in the four quadrants of the state, facilitate a regional approach to multidisciplinary and community-based health professional recruitment, education, and training.
OKAHEC’s central goal is to improve access to health care by improving the quality, distribution, and supply of primary care providers in rural and underserved communities, and to reduce disparities in access to health care between Oklahoma’s rural and urban populations. More information about OKAHEC is available at ahec.okstate.edu.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted on its website answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. The FAQs include questions such as:
- For the 2011 payment year, how and when will incentive payments be made?
- What cost report data elements are used in the EHR incentive payment calculation for Medicare Subsection (d) Hospitals?
- How are Medicare EHR Incentive Payments Calculated for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)?
- What costs can be included in the Critical Access Hospital’s Medicare EHR incentive payment?
- To meet the meaningful use objective “capability to exchange key clinical information” for the EHR Incentive Programs, can different providers of care share EHR technology and successfully meet this objective?
Monday, July 11, 2011
The map below shows the rural clinical rotation sites available to medical students at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. These sites are critical components of the school's mission to educate and train primary care physicians for rural Oklahoma. Every medical student at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is required to complete 4 months of rural clinical rotations prior to graduation. Click here for more information about rural medical education at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.