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PBMs promote savings in Part D June 04, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
A report released recently by Medicare Trustees clocks Part D plan costs at 13 percent lower than anticipated for 2012 and beneficiary premium payments at 14 percent below previous projections. Such dips are representative of considerable savings, most likely due to Medicare Part D plan tools such as preferred pharmacy networks and generic alternatives, a PCMA report argues.
EHR usability issues still confront docs June 04, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
EHR usability issues still confront physicians
As of early 2012, only 9.8 percent of the physicians surveyed were meeting meaningful use standards, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Among doctors meeting the standards, using computerized systems for management tasks were difficult, according to researchers.
Results mixed in coverage expansion test June 04, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Mixed results in coverage expansion experiment
Health researchers found that extending coverage to low-income, childless adults in Wisconsin corresponded with a decrease in preventable hospitalizations -- but also increases in outpatient and emergency department visits.
Physicians likely to use mobile EHR apps June 04, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
Physicians highly likely to use mobile EHR apps
A new survey by research firm Black Book Rankings reveals that a modest 8 percent of office-based physicians use either a mobile device for electronic prescribing, accessing records, ordering tests or viewing results. However, 83 percent indicated they would immediately utilize mobile EHR functionalities to update patient charts, check labs and order medications if available to them via their EHR.
Consumers check online to assess docs June 03, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Consumers consider online reviews when assessing doctors
Other patients' comments are becoming increasingly important to consumers looking for a doctor, according to research from Vitals, a website that compiles doctor reviews and quality information from public sources. Results of the Vitals report, released May 29, show that 51 percent of people now use consumer ratings sites as a source of information.
ACP aims to improve physician payment June 03, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
ACP lays out ways to improve Medicare physician payment
The American College of Physicians responded on May 31 to a Senate Finance Committee request for recommendations on how to improve the Medicare physician fee schedule and fee-for-service system.
HHS seeks feedback on HIPAA audits June 03, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
HHS seeks feedback on HIPAA audits
The Department of Health & Human Services, through its Office for Civil Rights, will be surveying healthcare entities audited last year through the HIPAA Audit Program to better gauge the efficacy of the audits, in addition to the entities' perspectives regarding the process.
4 roadblocks to EHR implementation May 31, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
If you were a healthcare provider and all you did was read press releases, you'd be tempted to think that transitioning to a new EHR involved little more than opening the package and plugging in the contents.

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How to succeed with an email newsletter February 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Healthcare newsletter marketing programs provide a cost-effective way to reach out and keep in touch with both patients and referring providers on a regular basis. To help providers understand industry best practices for a newsletter marketing campaign, Steve Klinghoffer, president of WPI Communications, summarized 6 keys to success.
Increasing patient portal adoption February 07, 2013 | Gary Hamilton - President and Founder, InteliChart
Some providers approach patient portal technology as a mere step to attaining Stage 2 compliance when, in fact, it can be an effective care management and communication tool. To promote adoption, practices must dispel misconceptions around patient portals and embrace the many benefits beyond Stage 2 compliance that the technology provides.
Ban these 10 phrases from the workplace February 06, 2013 | Darlene Price - President and Founder, Well Said Inc.
Without a doubt, top leaders and managers use specific words to achieve success. At the same time, however, certain words and phrases should be avoided at all costs in today's workplace. Here's a list of the top 10 words or phrases you should purge from your vocabulary.
3 ways health IT helps combat the flu February 06, 2013 | Ahmed Mori - Content Writer, CareCloud
As a physician or office manager, it's important to ensure your patients - particularly those in high-risk groups - are protected against any risks associated with the flu. But since you're a veteran, you know accomplishing this is often a logistical nightmare. Here are some ways IT can help.
5 basics of a smart BYOD policy February 05, 2013 | Benjamin Harris - New Media Producer
Mobile devices are firmly established within medicine, with recognition that BYOD can be cost-effective and time-saving in many settings. However, the security and stability required by medical applications pose tough questions for any healthcare organization pondering this option. Brent Lang, president and COO of Vocera, offered the following touchstones of a smart BYOD policy.
3 reasons to improve staff nutrition January 31, 2013 | Joy Gendusa - CEO of PostcardMania
Better nutrition leads to better overall health and better quality of life. That's why you should make a special point to emphasize nutritional importance with not only your patients -- but with your staff as well -- in order to operate at your absolute best in your medical practice. Here are three good reasons to get started, along with practical suggestions that won't cost a lot to implement.
4 ways to makeover your marketing January 30, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
With 2013 barely out of first gear, the time to make improvements to certain practice stratagems remains, ever-presently, in the now. Here are 4 steps physicians can take to catapult practice image to the next level.
CMS adds and updates EHR Incentive Program FAQs January 28, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Jan. 24 added two new questions/answers regarding the EHR Incentive Programs to the agency's FAQ website. CMS also updated four FAQs on the site. Here's a recap of what has been added.

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5 big developments for digital health in 2013 December 31, 2012 | David Lee Scher, MD
The time is right for some gelling of the ingredients of digital health.
So you want to work for a startup? Answer these 4 questions first December 27, 2012 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
To get a job with an early-stage company, you will need to reassess where you are, where you want to go and how you want to get there.
ICD-10 metrics: Which numbers you need to track December 20, 2012 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
The only way you're going to know if medical coder productivity is going to drop after ICD-10 implementation is if you start tracking key metrics now to make sure you have some sort of baseline.
Leveraging clinical data to improve patient care and the bottom line December 12, 2012 | Jacob Margolin - CEO of Clinigence
While both clinical and claims data have valid uses in the industry, robust and complete clinical data can paint a fuller picture of the health of a given patient population.
Rep. Honda's bill won't ease us back from the healthcare cliff December 10, 2012 | David Lee Scher, MD
The term 'fiscal cliff' is familiar to most Americans and many outside observers of this periodic political posturing around the need to address hardcore financial issues facing the country. If both political parties hashed out their differences and came to a (very) hypothetical agreement of significantly higher taxes, markedly reduced spending (including modest cuts to Medicare providers and Social Security), with a plan that would be estimated to decrease the deficit to almost zero, there would still be a large elephant in the room: rising healthcare costs.
Rerum novarum cupidus December 07, 2012 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
The ability to spot opportunity and pursue it is the core competence of entrepreneurs. It applies to physicians working in private practice, a company trying to get an idea to market, a non-profit with a social mission, or the growing ranks of doctors working for hospitals or hospital chains.
Medical billing software: It’s time for an upgrade December 06, 2012 | Kate Webster - Contributing Writer
New software makes billing to both insurance companies and customers more efficient and easier to organize, not to mention more convenient for your patients.
Health insurance is expensive December 04, 2012 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
Bloomberg highlights the challenges many of the newly insured will have in paying for coverage, even with the substantial subsidies available to those with lower incomes.

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The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability, today announced results from the largest physician survey conducted to date on the future of health care in America. More than 5,000 physician members within The Doctors Company organization responded to the independent survey, and the overwhelming indication is that concerns surrounding a shortage of health care professionals may be exacerbated by current physician sentiment regarding the profession. Specifically, nine out of 10 physician respondents indicate an unwillingness to recommend health care as a profession. In addition, 43 percent of respondents indicate that they are contemplating retiring within the next five years as a result of transformative changes occurring within America’s health care system. A copy of the Future of Health Care Survey is available on The Doctors Company Knowledge Center.
ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in cloud practice management, medical scheduling software and billing applications for medical practices, and digiChart, Inc. have announced the integration of ADP AdvancedMD's practice management (PM) solution with digiChart's electronic health record (EHR) for OB-GYN practices. This integration signals an extension and deepening of the companies' existing relationship. digiChart is a Nashville-based provider of EHR and practice management solutions exclusively for OB-GYN practices.
Hello Health Inc. secures $10M in financing February 29, 2012 | Industry Release
Hello Health® announced today that it has raised $10M in a combination of common and preferred shares, and issuance of convertible debentures through its parent company, Myca® Health.  This equity capital was privately funded by a select group of investors.
Nuance Communications, Inc., has introduced from HIMSS 2012 two Clinical Language Understanding (CLU)-powered solutions, Dragon Medical 360 | M.D.Assist and Dragon Medical 360 | QualityAnalytics.  These language understanding solutions are purpose-built to assist healthcare enterprises battling the pressures of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use, and working to overcome healthcare’s challenge with “big data” – the ability to collect, process, interpret and then utilize information.
MedTech Media, publisher of the award-winning brands Healthcare IT News and Healthcare Finance News, announced that it will launch PhysBizTech, a multi-platform, online publication for small and medium sized physician group practices on February 6, 2012. PhysBizTech will help physicians and practice managers leverage technology to make the most of business and clinical opportunities in the 21st century.
iPractice Group Becomes Gold Status Partner with Greenway January 26, 2012 | Industry Release
On Jan. 3, iPractice Group announced that it has become a “Gold Status” partner of Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., provider of the PrimeSUITE software solution featuring integrated electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability functionality.

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