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Doctors reveal financial struggles July 16, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Docs bare all hope, struggle in survey contemplating financial futures
Overall, most study respondents agreed that due to a ramping up of costs, HIT adoption and ACA proximity, financial management challenges have been exacerbated as of late. In fact, seven out of ten physicians (67 percent) picked ACA as the top perpetrator of rising healthcare costs from a lengthy lineup of money miscreants.
Steep climb to ICD-10 readiness July 16, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Practices face steep climb to ICD-10 readiness
According to the Physician Practice ICD-10 Readiness Survey from medical claims clearinghouse Navicure, only about 19 percent of practices have established an ICD-10 transition plan. More likely, your practice status falls in line with the 54 percent of respondents who have either not yet started preparing for ICD-10 or who feel like their plans are not on track to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline.
Costs capture provider mindsets July 15, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Costs capture provider mindsets across care delivery spectrum
Current results to an annual, nationwide Provista survey attribute the most purchasing power in the healthcare industry at this moment to those who pursue cost reduction methods, highlighting once more the ongoing compulsion to budget buff across care realms.
PAHCOM and CMS continue ICD-10 collaboration July 15, 2013 | Denise Buenning - Deputy Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Robert Tagalicod - Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Karen Blanchette - Director, PAHCOM
PAHCOM and CMS continue ICD-10 collaboration
The Professional Association of Health Care Office Management and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have been working together to address the impact ICD-10 will have on small physician practices. The organizations will be offering a series of informational webinars and in-person training sessions to help you prepare for the ICD-10 implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014.
HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster July 15, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster
A project that will help patients and providers access health information in the event of a hurricane or other widespread disaster involves collaboration between HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the health information exchange programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Healthcare hiring spree in full swing July 12, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
With hospitals and practices rushing to meet federal mandates and IT developers struggling to stay competitive, healthcare providers and technology vendors alike are looking to employ new talent, according to HIMSS Analytics' first-ever health IT workforce survey.
Fee schedule rule affects EHR program July 12, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Proposed fee schedule rule affects the Medicare EHR Incentive Program
A proposed rule released July 8 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains changes to physician quality programs for calendar year 2014. What's not immediately evident within the document is that it contains additional options for eligible professionals to report clinical quality measures.
Cloud EMR keeps practice on cutting edge July 12, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Cloud-based EMR keeps small practice on the cutting edge
Deanna Boyette, MD, of Boyette Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Greenville, N.C., opened her own practice three years ago with the goal of being digital. Since going live on a cloud-based EMR, the practice has qualified for two years of incentive payments and is preparing for Stage 2 of meaningful use.

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Moving from volume to value June 05, 2013 | MedAxiom
Practices face pain of 'moving from volume to value'
In an interview published with permission from MedAxiom's "2013 Perspectives: A Year in Review" report, Cathie Biga, CEO of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, explains that penalty phases mandated by several federal regulations have already begun kicking in, with actions and data submitted from prior years already impacting practices' revenue streams. The trend will continue from this point on.
Why small practices should embrace social media June 05, 2013 | Amanda Guerrero - Contributing Writer
Why small practices should embrace social media
Small physician practices stand to gain from social media interaction, despite their patient communication and marketing efforts being carried out in a scaled-back way. Whether your practice chooses to start with a single profile on one social media network or go big with accounts across multiple platforms, here are three areas in which social media outreach can help you succeed.
6 paths to more efficient RCM June 03, 2013 | Kevin Fuller - New Media Producer at MedTech Media
To keep bottom lines healthy, organizations are turning to a process called lean revenue cycle management. John Gallagher, account manager of Simpler Consulting, helps organizations utilize this efficient form of management. In this article he describes the benefits of putting the process into practice.
Learning resources available on MSSP May 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers a program to help providers participate in accountable care organizations to improve quality of care for Medicare patients.The agency offers several options for Medicare fee-for-service providers who would like to learn more about the program.
EHR design: Moving beyond paper May 30, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
EHR design: The key to moving beyond paper
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association showed instead of properly using their EHRs, primary care practices were using 10 out of 11 previously identified paper workarounds. If we're supposed to be in the midst of the EHR revolution, what happened? Here's a look at how a well-designed EHR helps a practice in key areas.
Practices unresponsive to ICD-10 transition May 29, 2013 | Colette Weston - Manager, Product Management and Business Solutions, ADP AdvancedMD, Michael Bearnson - Product Analyst and Leader of the ADP AdvancedMD ICD-10 Initiative
Many practices unresponsive to ICD10 transition
Many in the provider community seem unresponsive to the ICD-10 transition planning message -- especially the smaller private practice, whose staff is often under-resourced and over-committed. Here's why you should get started now by appointing a person to head up your ICD-10 planning process.
Independence in 'committed polygamy' May 29, 2013 | MedAxiom
Mark Victor
In an interview published with permission from MedAxiom's "2013 Perspectives: A Year in Review" report, Mark Victor, MD, FACC , of Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia describes the unique agreements his practice maintains with a handful of the 20 hospitals throughout the Philadelphia region where they work -- while stubbornly remaining independent.
EHR incentives open to CAH II physicians May 22, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CAH II physicians can attest for up to $39,000 in EHR incentives
Physicians who assign their reimbursement and billing to a Critical Access Hospital under Method II may participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program as eligible professionals, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CAH II physicians can begin submitting attestations in 2014.

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Acknowledging shortage from all sides May 16, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
And although the attention is warranted, concern for the MD trade has seemingly left other occupational staples also in need of personnel supply — such as nurses — without much oversight.
Carl Natale
I have to wonder if practice isn't a compelling enough reason for medical offices of all sizes to try dual coding.
More trouble May 14, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
I want my patients to see as few doctors, be sick as infrequently, and be on as few drugs as possible. I hope to wage an all-out assault on "more."
How to get the biggest ROI on your marketing communications dollars May 13, 2013 | Cindy Thomas Wright - Physician Practice Marketing
Cindy Thomas Wright
Putting dollars toward building on a solid brand is much more efficient, for example, than having to spend resources on undoing inappropriate messaging or bad public relations.
What if the healthcare cost crisis solves itself? May 10, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
David Williams
Health plans tend to follow Medicare rates and do little to independently establish and negotiate price levels.
Comparative analytics: The future of business intelligence in healthcare May 09, 2013 | Brian Fugere - Chief Operating Officer, RemitDATA
Brian Fugere
Comparative analytics solutions leverage the concepts of business intelligence but contextually compare that data against peers and other benchmarks.
Accelerators should kill companies, not create them May 06, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Throwing resources primarily at startups and not scaleups is a prescription for persistent failure.
Oncologists get serious about drug prices May 03, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
David Williams
The federal government has done almost everything possible to make sure cost-effectiveness and overall costs are ignored in policy-making. Those closer to the action know better.

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Business Valuation Resources (BVR) and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) are pleased to announce The AHLA/BVR Guide to Healthcare Valuation, Third Edition, edited by renowned healthcare valuation thought leader, Mark Dietrich, CPA/ABV.
CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR) and medical billing software and services, today announced that Doctors Access, Inc., a nearly 20 year old practice management company and a division of iPractice Group, has entered into a unique partnership with CareCloud. Through this agreement, Doctors Access will utilize CareCoud’s platform in its new cloud-based practice management offering, Doctors Access Pro™, which will be made available to the approximately 500 current users of the Doctors Access practice management software.
Panasonic, a provider of document imaging and scanner solutions, introduced the KV-S1046C document scanner, ideal for small and medium-size physician practice settings, including reception areas. The feature-rich device has a fast scanning speed of 45ppm*, and is capable of scanning documents of various sizes and thicknesses, helping reduce the number of devices needed to digitize data.
Colorado Beacon Community partner Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) will be part of a project to re-envision the role of behavioral health in primary care. If it succeeds, the effort could transform the nation's approach to behavioral health by better integrating the delivery of behavioral and physical health care.
AmeriHealth NJ has announced that Michael Zollenberg has been promoted to vice president of provider network operations
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in healthcare terminology management, today announced that MDeverywhere, a provider of physician revenue cycle management services, has selected its Language Engine (LE) and provider friendly terminology (PFT). MDeverywhere will integrate the HLI software with its Web-based charge capture software to make it easier for clinicians to record diagnoses and problems, while supporting standardized terminologies such as SNOMED CT and ICD-10.
DocuTAP, a provider of electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) software, is going global this summer with an implementation of a custom EMR system for Sanford World Clinics in Ghana, Africa.
On the heels of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leading medical news site for healthcare professionals MedPage Today releases the findings from a survey of physicians, Today's Physician: Managing Change. The survey uncovers insights into physicians' points of view and demonstrates their ever-increasing interactions and usage habits with digital technology.  Plus, it offers advice on how marketers can better engage this increasingly over-scheduled and difficult to reach audience.

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