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ACA impact evades most employers February 20, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
According to a survey released by the Willis Human Capital Practice — a unit of insurance broker Willis Group Holdings — more than half of employers have not calculated the cost and impact of healthcare reform on their benefit packages for employees, even though most employers want to avoid cost increases for their group health plans.
Survey finds discontent among EHR users February 20, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
After polling some 17,000 active EHR adopters, Black Book Rankings found that as many as 17 percent of medical practices could be switching out their first choice EHR by the end of the year.
Cleveland's the site for Innovation Center February 20, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
Between the innovation center itself and its accompanying exhibition floor, the complex will occupy a total of 25,000 square feet on the fourth level - the entire top floor - of the Global Center for Health Innovation, which will house other big-name healthcare leaders and charter tenants, among them Cleveland Clinic, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, University Hospitals and Philips Healthcare.
Consumers challenged on premiums February 19, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Consumers cannot objectively compare health insurance premiums prior to application because insurers base their initial rates on the healthiest applicants, and for many these rates would not apply, according to analysis released Feb. 19 by insurance-comparison website HealthPocket.
CMS reports Medicare savings with DME program February 18, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
Medicare patients can anticipate paying considerably less for their diabetes and other products starting in July when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expands its competitive bidding for durable medical equipment (DME) and mail-order program. However, the DME industry continues to point out problems.
Healthcare’s new mindset February 18, 2013 | Suzette Jaskie - President and CEO, MedAxiom Consulting
As the healthcare system pursues the reduction of 30 percent of its cost out of the system -- providing better quality care at a lower, leaner price point -- integrated health systems must partner with physicians to be successful.
Feds get healthy return on fraud recovery February 18, 2013 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
The federal government recovered $4.2 billion in healthcare fraud judgments, settlements and other proceedings during 2012, the Departments of Justice and Health & Human Services reported last week. According to the report, the return on investment for the recovery program over the last three years is $7.90 for every $1 spent.
Deadline arrives for state HIX partnerships February 15, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
States face another Affordable Care Act deadline Feb. 15 -- their last chance to work with the federal government in setting up new online health insurance marketplaces that open for business Oct. 1.

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Managing chronic conditions through automated patient engagement April 03, 2012 | Benjamin Littenberg, MD - CMO at Patient Engagement Systems.
The more physicians can enlist, partner and work together with chronic-condition patients, the greater the likelihood that they can increase care plan adherence and impart the behavioral and lifestyle changes that are key to improving clinical outcomes. By engaging patients, physicians can minimize avoidable emergency visits, hospitalizations and readmissions, placing them in an excellent position to collect bonuses for meeting quality metrics or share in savings.
Keep a watchful eye on 5010 claims denials while stepping toward ICD-10 readiness April 02, 2012 | Joseph Degati - Chief Technology Officer, Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
Daily vigilant monitoring of claim denials for all payers is the most precautionary way to reduce risks in revenue, as well as ensuring ongoing dialogue with billing system vendors, payers and clearinghouses regarding claim denials and corrective actions.
5 ways to prevent a health data breach April 02, 2012 | Geoff Webb
Although breaches at large healthcare providers tend to grab the most headlines, even smaller practices need to be on guard to prevent malicious attackers or simple human error from exposing their protected information.
How to engage your Facebook visitors and get them to Like you March 15, 2012 | Lonnie Hirsch - Founding Partner, Healthcare Success Strategies, Stewart Gandolf, MBA - CEO, Healthcare Success Strategies
What motivates people to "like" a company, brand or association on Facebook? There's no absolute formula, but here's our take on survey data -- and six useful tips -- as insight for healthcare marketing professionals.
Are your financials in need of a checkup? March 02, 2012 | Kirk Simpson - CEO of Wave Accounting
No one opens their own practice with the intention of getting buried in financial administration and paperwork. In an ideal world, healthcare providers focus on quality care rather than worrying about compensation structures, outstanding accounts receivable and tax deductions.
How health systems approach physician compensation February 27, 2012 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
Physician compensation can be one of the most challenging aspects of formulating a business plan when healthcare systems and practices align. But success in this area often comes from keeping things simple, transparent and straightforward. Here are some of the approaches organizations take to achieve successful physician compensation plans.
Tackling the overwhelming: Planning tips for IT implementation projects February 23, 2012 | Ken Bradley - Vice President, Strategic Planning, Navicure
With the HIPAA 5010 conversion drawing to a close and the ICD-10 transition in flux, it may seem like physician practices are spending considerable time and effort preparing for, engaging in, and responding to large-scale system upgrades. These kinds of multi-faceted implementations can be daunting, particularly if a practice tries to address their many parts simultaneously.
The care and feeding of your inbound referral pipeline February 22, 2012 | Lonnie Hirsch - Founding Partner, Healthcare Success Strategies, Stewart Gandolf, MBA - CEO, Healthcare Success Strategies
In physician marketing, direct referrals into the practice often represent a large and significant segment of new business development, which, regrettably, is often a neglected part of the doctor marketing plan. Here are seven guiding principles to keep a referral pipeline flowing.

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