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Practice acquisitions on the uptrend July 10, 2013 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
Practice acquisitions on the uptrend
The number and value of physician medical group transactions has been on the rise over the last five years, and that pattern will likely continue as networks become the norm under healthcare reform, according to industry experts. Negotiating strategic governance is a key element of deals that last.
PCMH program yields $155 million in avoided costs July 10, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
PCMH program yields $155 million in avoided costs
A patient-centered medical home program operated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan delivered a 3.5 percent higher quality measure, a 5.1 percent higher preventive care measure, and a $26.37 lower per member per month medical cost for adults over a three-year measurement period through June 2011, according to researchers.
Are shorter shifts for interns dangerous? July 09, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Are shorter shifts for interns endangering patients?
As a new class of interns, who arrived July 1, begins treating patients in teaching hospitals around the country, a recent spate of studies questions whether rules mandating shorter shifts have made the situation worse.
ACP backs SGR repeal, blended payments July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
SGR repeal and blended payments backed by ACP
American College of Physicians President Molly Cooke, MD, urged Congress to consider the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform's recommendations, which are "aimed at reining in health spending and improving quality of care by fundamentally changing the way doctors are paid."
Practices reach paperless pinnacle July 09, 2013 | Diana Manos
Ambulatory practices reach paperless pinnacle
Bon Secours in Virginia is among the nation's first health systems to be recognized by HIMSS Analytics for having physician clinics attain Stage 7 of the EMR Adoption Model, which charts a path to a fully paperless medical records environment.
CMS proposes complex care payment July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS proposes payment for complex care management
Medicare only pays for primary care management services as part of a face-to-face visit. Under a proposed rule issued July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would make a separate payment to physicians for managing select patients’ care needs beginning in 2015.
Healthcare leads in industry job growth July 08, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
Jobs in the healthcare sector have grown faster than in any other industry, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs nationwide, accounting for a 22.7 percent employment growth rate over 10 years, compared with 2.1 percent employment growth rate in all other industries, the report found.
National health plans may be unavailable in some states next year July 08, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
National health plans may be unavailable in some states next year
New online marketplaces will begin selling health insurance to individuals in October, offering federal tax credits to help cover the cost of premiums to those who qualify. An outstanding question: In which states will national plans operate?

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The benefits of e-prescribing May 20, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
The benefits of e-prescribing
Using an e-prescribing system integrated with its EHR, East Lake Pediatrics in Trinity, Fla., not only cuts down on wait times for patients, but improves efficiency for physicians and staff as well.
5 stages to ACO maturity May 17, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
With recognition that "the path through accountable care is unknown," IDC Health Insights has launched a new Accountable Care Maturity Model, designed to help healthcare organizations gauge their own status and make strategic decisions for funding business and IT initiatives.
3 ways practices can empower staff May 16, 2013 | Amanda Guerrero - Contributing Writer
3 ways physician practices can empower staff
How do you engage employees and get them to feel committed to your practice? You do this by making sure that they are challenged, that they feel valued, and their role within your practice is important. Here are a few tips you can use to increase empowerment among your staff.
Breaking the cycle of 'Groundhog Day' May 15, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
How BI can break the cycle of healthcare's Groundhog Day
To ensure that your organization or practice is capturing and implementing the best data out there, Health IT Summit panelists proffered the following tips and tricks to navigating through challenges and coming out on top by wielding proper business intelligence.
OIG strengthens authority on exclusions May 14, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
OIG strengthens authority on exclusions
The Office of Inspector General has the authority to exclude from participation in Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs persons who "have engaged in fraud or abuse and to impose civil money penalties (CMPs) for certain misconduct related to federal healthcare programs." Providers who employ or contract with an excluded person retain substantial potential CMP liability.
How Is Your Website Feeling? May 14, 2013 | David S. Brooks - Vice President, Client Services, Doctor.com
David Brooks
[Sponsored Content] Today’s practice manager is responsible for an effective marketing strategy, especially involving the website and (more importantly) the dozens of social media platforms that patients use to find doctors. To help you make good decisions about your web marketing programs, here's a checklist of seven diagnostic questions to determine the health of your practice web site and web presence.
Double down on EHR and PQRS incentives May 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Double down on EHR and PQRS incentives
If you treat Medicare patients and bill for Part B services on the Physician Fee Schedule, you may be eligible for two incentive programs offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
How dates of service affect ICD-10 coding May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
How dates of service will affect ICD-10 coding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains how you would handle submission of a claim in October 2014 for a service you provided in September 2014.

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Telling a good story May 01, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
In some ways things are going about as well as could be expected with my new practice. The hard part has been that I have not been able to find tools to help me organize my business so it can run efficiently.
Sequester could doom funding for promising cancer research April 30, 2013 | Deborah J. Cornwall
Deborah J. Cornwall
In an environment where we are concerned about creating jobs, cutting research funding is not just shortsighted -- it is economically and morally wrong.
Email as a patient communications tool? Read before you hit 'send' April 29, 2013 | Cindy Thomas Wright - Physician Practice Marketing
Cindy Wright
Before you decide to open the lines to an email conversation, you should take a good look at the pros and cons of doing so.
Remote patient monitoring will lead value-based healthcare April 26, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
David Lee Scher
Remote patient monitoring, via technology, can be the door to better provider-patient communication, more meaningful office follow-up visits and increased caregiver participation.
ICD-10 challenges for medical practices April 25, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
ICD-10 challenges for medical practices
The following impacts need to be considered when developing ICD-10 transition plans.
Marrying the BYOD phenomenon to HIPAA compliance April 19, 2013 | Lindy Benton - CEO of MEA
Lindy Benton
Ultimately, the security and privacy requirements of HIPAA that are applied to "traditional" transmission methods of medical documents and images need to be applied to the mobile space.
What's wrong with ICD-10? April 16, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Abandoning ICD-10 implementation in the hope of a more perfect code set is like not leaving the house because you're waiting for a unicorn to give you a ride.
Administration extends rules for technology transfer April 15, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Jeff Rowe PhysBizTech
The government is loosening up regulations that prohibit hospitals from giving other practices medical record software that might then be used to refer patients back to the hospital.

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HealthLeaders-InterStudy, the leading provider of managed care market intelligence, finds that Aetna is adapting to the changing healthcare market by focusing on key markets and embracing the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model.
Connectria Hosting, a global managed hosting provider, has announced that EHR Pathway, a Health Information Technology and Consulting company, has chosen Connectria to host and manage its BizMed Toolbox software.
The American Medical Association and the latest U.S. Census agree there are approximately 1 million doctors in the country - one for every 313 individuals who may need any type of treatment. In addition to their medical responsibilities, HIPAA, and both extensive federal and state regulations, the vast majority of doctors face the same challenges as any small business owner - overhead, competition, insurance, employee issues and taxes. There is, however, one rather unusual difference between the local doctor's office or clinic and a furniture store down the block. If that storeowner donates a couch to a needy family, he gets a tax credit for its value. That's true in just about any industry. But, if a doctor treats someone unable to pay, even in an emergency, there is no similar credit.
In order to receive reimbursement for patient claims, U.S. healthcare providers must begin using a revised global system for classifying medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures by Oct. 1, 2014.  While more than two years sounds like plenty of time to implement a new system, the number of possible diagnostic codes will increase dramatically from 14,000 to 68,000, while the number of inpatient codes will increase from 4,000 to 87,000. Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., suggests steps that providers can implement ahead of the conversion deadline for a smoother transition.
WorkSmart MD, Inc. has announced its launch of medicalbillinghelper.com an educational website that helps physicians and community health centers (FQHC) improve their profitability and maximize medical billing revenue.
ZirMed, a preeminent provider of revenue cycle and information solutions for healthcare, today announced it has achieved full accreditation with the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program (HNAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). EHNAC's HNAP accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations.
Aetna Health of California routinely and illegally denies patients access to out-of-network doctors after selling them costly insurance policies that promise patients the right to chose their own physicians, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA), California Medical Association (CMA) and a coalition of health care organizations and providers.
Caradigm™ a Microsoft Corp. and GE Healthcare company, today announced continued strong growth within its install base of identity and access management (IAM) solutions for healthcare, with a record increase of nearly 50 percent in the number of active end users in the past 18 months. More than 858,000 healthcare professionals are using Caradigm's IAM portfolio, including Vergence, expreSSO and Way2Care, which is designed to make it easy for clinicians to rapidly and securely access patient data stored in multiple clinical applications.

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