Another Positive of Empowering NPPs: Higher EHR Adoption Rates
December 31, 2015 02:54 PM
A new study is out showing that providers that empower nurse practitioners and physician assistants have a higher rate of adopting electronic health records. The study, “EHR Adoption Among Ambulatory Care Teams,” was published in the American Journal of Managed Care and is available here. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) continues to advocate for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578/H.R. 1342), to allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify home health plans of care. The new study provides additional evidence in support of empowering NPPs.
“This research found that, after controlling for other practice-level characteristics, there were strong associations between the employment of [NPPs] and EHR adoption,” the study stated. “Three-fourths of practices that employed an [NPP] had adopted an EHR compared with 60% of practices without these staff members. In addition, practices that employed [NPPs] were more likely to have EHRs that had high-level functions promoting communication (eg, managing clinical notes, viewing laboratory results and x-rays) and patient safety (eg, electronic prescribing), when compared with practices not staffed with [NPPs].”
The study found that providers that employ at least one NPP were “9% to 12% more likely to have an EHR that had advanced functionalities.”
The study provides more evidence regarding the positives of empowering NPPs. NAHC recently completed a survey on the role of NPPs in home care, and released a report on the findings of the survey in support of the legislation (to view the report, see previous NAHC Report article here).
The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act is a top priority for the home care and hospice community as more and more Medicare beneficiaries rely on NPPs as their primary care provider, especially in rural regions of the nation.
The legislation currently has 43 bipartisan cosponsors in the U.S. Senate, and 169 bipartisan cosponsors in the U.S. House. Please click here to see the list of Senators who have cosponsored the bill, and here for the list of Representatives who have cosponsored the bill. If any of your members have not yet cosponsored the legislation, please use NAHC’s Legislative Action Center to request that they to do so.
Stay tuned to NAHC Report for additional action alerts and updates regarding this legislation.