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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?
Care coordinators vital to PCMH success July 08, 2013 | Janet Duni, RN, BSN, CCM, MPA - Director of Care Coordination at Vanguard Medical Group
Care coordinators essential to PCMH success
At Vanguard Medical Group of Verona, N.J., four care coordinators across three locations, have helped the practice improve outcomes and maintain the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition it first earned in 2009.
Physicians calling for less imaging July 03, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
Study finds physicians calling for less imaging
A new study from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute shows that the number of physician visits by patients 65 years of age or older resulting in an imaging exam trended downward from 12.8 percent in 2003 to 10.6 percent in 2011.
ACA coverage requirement extended July 03, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Employers get an extra year to implement ACA coverage requirement
The Obama administration on July 2 announced a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act's requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees offer coverage to their workers or pay a penalty. Workers whose employers do not offer coverage, and now have an additional year to do so, will be forced to go to health insurance exchanges to get coverage.
Narrative data put docs on high wire July 02, 2013 | Zach McCartney - Contributing writer
Narrative data put docs on high wire
Healthcare, which has always been based on the doctor-patient interaction, is nearing the end of Stage 1 meaningful use, and as the industry increases its reliance on electronic health records, it faces a new challenge.
Patient influx challenges work-life balance July 02, 2013 | Rodney J. Moore - Contributing Writer
Patient influx expected to challenge work-life balance
Healthcare professionals are not necessarily more susceptible to being workaholics than other professionals, but reimbursement cuts and changing requirements due to the Affordable Care Act have forced the industry to do more with less. The ability to contribute long hours and demonstrate value is at a premium.

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How Is Your Website Feeling? May 14, 2013 | David S. Brooks - Vice President, Client Services, Doctor.com
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[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.
How to optimize your EHR May 08, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In his session at the Health IT Summit in Boston on May 7, Larry Garber, MD, outlined these steps as imperative to achieving success with any EHR system, drawing upon experience and even the institution of marriage to cement for practice managers a meaningful strategy into an EHR future.
Deadline looms for 2014 eRx adjustment May 08, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
June 30 deadline looms for 2014 eRx payment adjustment
Individual eligible professionals and group practices participating in the Group Practice Reporting Option must successfully report as an electronic prescriber before June 30, 2013, in order to avoid a 2014 payment adjustment for professional services covered under Medicare Part B's Physician Fee Schedule.
Adapting to meaningful use May 06, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Adapting to meaningful use
One of the biggest challenges of meaningful use is getting acclimated to the change in workflow, according to Mike Jordan, MD, of East Lake Pediatrics P.A. in Trinity, Fla. Even though the practice has been using an EMR since 2004, staff still had to adjust to how they were using the technology to meet meaningful use.
EHRs and mobility: Right from the start May 01, 2013 | Samantha McCollough - Marketing Manager at iDatix
EHRs and mobility: Getting it right from the start
The key to successful EHR and mobile adoption is that it is done through the right approach. Read on for three essentials to getting started on a positive track.
Aligning with vendors on ICD-10 readiness April 30, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Aligning with vendors on ICD-10 readiness
In an electronic update issued April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offered the following list of questions that will assist you in assessing your vendor's capabilities in preparation for the ICD-10 transition. The agency also provided tips for keeping communications open during the process.

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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
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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.
Collaborators April 12, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
My patients want me to succeed because that success will mean better care for them. So I've asked them to get involved in a "brain trust" that will help build my health records system.
Help for physicians in planning for the ICD-10 transition April 08, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Physicians will be a key part of making the ICD-10 transition successful. This post focuses on helping doctors become more comfortable with the new code sets.
Waiting for Theoden April 05, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
I guess I am just a perfectionist, expecting everything from a record, but why do I have to settle for an EMR by choosing the one that is "the least aggravating?"
Is it innovation or improvement? April 03, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Either improvements or innovations can result in minimal or spectacular improvements in outcomes.
CMS ramps up incentive program audits April 02, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Any provider who receives a letter from Figliozzi & Co., a certified public accountant firm based in Garden City, N.Y., and selected by CMS in April 2012 to conduct audits associated with the EHR incentive programs, should reply as soon as possible.
5 ICD-10 challenges that may surprise healthcare providers March 28, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
In addition to learning new medical codes and buying new technology, healthcare organizations will challenges in several areas.

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VigiLanz(R) Corporation, a leading digital health care software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider headquartered in Minneapolis, forecasted today that demand for real-time, clinical decision support surveillance systems to manage inpatient and outpatient populations served by health care providers across America will rapidly increase, as a result of the decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In an MDLinx (www.mdlinx.com) survey of U.S. physicians with ownership of practices of ten physicians or less, 26.4 percent reported that given the financial environment, they could foresee closing their practices within the next year. MDLinx, a web property of M3 USA (http://usa.m3.com), is the nation’s leading specialty physician portal.
A new ICD-10 financial impact analysis tool and comprehensive ICD-10 financial impact consulting services are the latest additions to the full suite of ICD-10 transition planning solutions offered by 3M Health Information Systems. The new software and services are designed to help healthcare organizations analyze the reimbursement impact of ICD-10 in order to identify and target critical revenue and operational impact areas for improvement.
Navigant Consulting, Inc. subsidiary, Alleviant, LLC, a broad-based physician billing and collections company with a strong client base, assists large integrated physician organizations to drive financial performance.
SPi Healthcare, the leading integrated revenue cycle and clinical documentation improvement firm, today announced that Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC), to whom they have provided medical billing services since 2002, is continuing to expand its relationship to include more providers for SPi Healthcare to service.
Billian's HealthDATA, a leading provider of U.S. health market information and research services, has announced the expansion of its physician market coverage in an effort to offer healthcare suppliers greater insight into the opportunities and challenges faced by physicians working on the front-lines of healthcare.
athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and care coordination services to medical groups, announced today that Medford Medical Clinic, a provider of diversified medical services, will implement athenahealth’s services to drive quality across practice management, patient communications, and patient care.
Physician income growth slows in 2011 June 20, 2012 | Industry Release
Physician compensation growth stagnated in 2011, according to a recent survey of physicians and healthcare providers conducted by The Medicus Firm, a national physician recruiting firm. Conversely, nurse practitioners and physician assistants reported increased incomes in 2011 as compared to 2010.

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