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Essential Elements for Physician Practice PFP Success: Key Steps in EHR Selection and Implementation, an Audio Conference on CD-ROM
Essential Elements for Physician Practice PFP Success: Key Steps in EHR Selection and Implementation, an Audio Conference on CD-ROM
Essential Elements for Physician Practice PFP Success: Key Steps in EHR Selection and Implementation, an Audio Conference on CD-ROM
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Essential Elements for Physician Practice PFP Success: Key Steps in EHR Selection and Implementation, an audio conference on CD-ROM, provided a road map for physician practices on selecting and implementing an electronic health record (EHR) that supports quality reporting for success in pay-for-performance programs and recoups the initial investment.

Listen to some pre-conference comments from our audio conference presenters.

A growing number of physician practices are evaluating whether the investment in an EHR will pay off through additional incentive payments from pay-for-performance (PFP) programs, especially in light of CMS' recent physician voluntary reporting program that promises an incentive payment for physician practices that report their quality measures.

During this 90-minute audio conference on CD-ROM, industry experts Dr. Joel Diamond, medical director of Diamond, Fera and Associates, and Dr. James R. Morrow, vice president and CIO, North Fulton Family Medicine, provided physician practices with the key factors to consider when deciding to implement an EHR, along with the critical steps to a successful EHR implementation.

You will get details on how to:

  • Determine whether your practice will recoup its investment in an EHR through PFP programs;
  • Start the selection process;
  • Avoid the pitfalls in vendor selection;
  • Select an EHR that includes the functionality to support PFP programs;
  • Differentiate between various EHRs and the elements needed for successful PFP programs;
  • Formulate an implementation strategy for an EHR system for PFP participation;
  • Overcome the barriers to EHR implementation; and
  • Realize a return on investment.


Dr. Joel Diamond, medical director of Diamond, Fera and Associates, explains how concentrating on people rather than IT and engaging the medical leadership and the rest of the staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for successful hospital implementation of an electronic health record -- a lesson that can be applied to physician practices:

It's normal for physician practices adopting EHRs to fear a loss of data, says Dr. Jim Morrow, vice president and chief information officer of North Fulton Family Medicine in Georgia, but there are technical safeguards such as those in place at North Fulton that can greatly diminish this worry:


CEOs, CFOs, medical directors, strategic planners, physician practice management executives, medical management directors, PHO and IPA leadership, chief information officers, information technology executives, analysts and consultants.

Available in three formats

  • CD-ROM for computer play
  • CD-ROM for stereo play
  • On Demand version accessible online

Please note the stereo version ships as two CD-ROMs, whereas the .mp3 version ships as one CD-ROM.


Dr. Joel Diamond

Dr. Joel Diamond is a partner at Diamond, Fera and Associates family medicine, Pittsburgh. He also serves as chief medical informatics officer (CMIO), as well as chairman of the Physician Advisory Board at UPMC St. Margaret Memorial Hospital.

He has implemented an inpatient electronic health record, including 100% adoption of Computerized Physician Order Entry, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, St. Margaret Memorial Hospital. This was one of the first successful community hospital installations in the United States. He also serves as the electronic health record liaison to the UPMC Health Plan.

Dr. Diamond is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also president of Associates in Technology, a professional services firm that assists healthcare organizations with clinical information technology, specifically electronic medical records (EMR).

He is well-known throughout the healthcare industry as an authority in the areas of EMR implementation and physician engagement, as well as strategic planning and patient safety improvement. He lectures frequently throughout the country. Dr. Diamond has been recognized numerous times by Best Doctors Inc. as one of the nationís leading family physicians.

An alumnus of Syracuse University, Dr. Diamond graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Honor Studies in 1983. He graduated from medical school at the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Syracuse, in 1988. In 1991, he completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, where he also served as chief resident.

Dr. James R. Morrow

Dr. James Morrow is the vice president and CIO of North Fulton Family Medicine, a 10-doctor, four-location family practice in metro-Atlanta. Winner of the HIMSS 2004 Davies Award for Implementation of HIT in Primary Care, he has presented to national audiences on numerous occasions, including the HIMSS Annual Conference and the American Health Quality Association.

Dr. Morrow was recognized as the 2006 Physician IT Leader of the Year by HIMSS at their Annual Conference in New Orleans in February, 2007.

Recently, he was appointed as a commissioner to the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) and also serves HIMSS as a member of the Ambulatory Davies Selection Committee, the Ambulatory Information Systems Steering Committee, the Katrinaís Phoenix Task Force, and is currently chairman of the Practice Leadership Task Force. Dr. Morrow serves on the board of directors of the Medical Association of Georgiaís Institute for Excellence. In 2005, he founded a healthcare consulting firm, Healthcare Quality Technology & Research, Inc. and is developing clients involved in the implementation and advancement of healthcare information technology.

Dr. Morrow attended Clemson University for his bachelorís and masterís degrees, attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed his residency in Family Medicine in Anderson, S.C.

Publication Date: March 21, 2007
Number of Pages: 90 Minutes of Audio
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