Most states are creating new Health Information Exchanges as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. States and the information exchanges set the requirements for data that is being required and collected. Most agencies are now handling patient care through electronic records, rather than the old paper filing systems. They are also collecting and reporting data related to diagnosis codes, care provided, quality benchmarks, etc. In many cases, community providers need to purchase new software and train staff, and the costs are rather substantial.
The benefit is that we will continue to save a lot of trees. The drawback in a number of states may be that it becomes increasingly difficult for smaller community based providers to pay-to-play.
Policies that regulate these activities and provide transitional funding will be needed in order to ensure successful transition and the maintenance of robust community systems.
Anne Hays Egan, New Ventures Consulting
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