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ONC details EHR headway July 01, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
ONC details EHR headway in report to Congress
Despite current challenges -- costs, workflow and usability concerns for some physicians, and exchange limitations for some hospitals -- the National Coordinator for Health IT's office said in a report to Congress that the stage is set for long-term progress.
ACOs strike it hot in healthcare June 28, 2013 | John Andrews - Contributing writer
The hottest letters in healthcare right now are A, C and O. And while together they stand for accountable care organization, industry analysts say providers need to look beyond the acronym in their efforts to build a new business model.
Claims challenges expected to persist June 28, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Claims-resolution challenges expected to persist
Ahead of ICD-10, medical practices predict an increase in reimbursement collection burdens, and "a more rapid acceleration is expected as new reform measures take effect," according to athenahealth's newly released PayerView report.
Senators examine EHR effectiveness June 27, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Senators examine EHR effectiveness
Electronic health record systems can play a positive role in driving quality outcomes, but the technology still misses the mark in some regards, according to testimony from four industry officials on June 26 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
New Physician Compare site debuts June 27, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Redesigned Physician Compare site debuts
New information provided on government portal includes specialties offered, EHR capability, board certification and hospital affiliation.
RCM market to reach $14.6B by 2016 June 26, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
According to a Frost & Sullivan report, the market for revenue cycle management systems is expected to make -- and, for all intents and purposes, has already made -- huge bounds between now and 2017.
Operating costs cause execs' grief June 26, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Operating costs provide physician execs with the most grief
The sixth installment of Medical Practice Today has come to pass courtesy of MGMA-ACMPE and this year's 1,067 executive responders, who shared their current struggles and adjustments during times of intense industry progression, under intense legislative pressures.
MU not quite as meaningful as hoped June 26, 2013 | MedAxiom
MU not quite as meaningful as hoped
According to Mike Mytych, president and founder of Health Information Consulting, it has been harder than expected for practices to adapt their workflows to meet meaningful use criteria. Nonetheless, the medical industry has made substantial steps toward universal adoption of EHRs.

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6 tips for better data security April 29, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
When it comes to privacy and data security, healthcare entities face tremendous exposure to regulatory violations and monetary damages. William Tanenbaum, partner at New York-based technology law firm Kaye Scholer LLP, offers 6 recommendations that can help ensure better data security.
3 tips for getting your PHR to stick April 25, 2013 | Stephen Snyder - President of MTBC
3 tips for getting your PHR to stick
Although patients want online access to their records and the features that come with PHRs, getting patients to actually adopt the technology and use it in a meaningful way takes upfront planning. The good news is that it is possible. Here are three tips for your practice to consider when implementing a PHR to increase its "stickiness" with patients.
Getting ready for emerging care models April 25, 2013 | Andrew Pashman - Director of Business Development, VitalHealth Software
Getting ready for emerging care models
There are a number of things physician practices can be doing right now to prepare to participate in value-based care delivery models. Preparation falls into three areas: people, processes and technology. This article will focus on the foundational technology layer or "table stakes" necessary to participate in these new delivery models.
How an EHR helps with practice efficiency April 23, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
How an EHR helps with practice efficiency
At East Lake Pediatrics in Trinity, Fla., the practice's electronic health record streamlines operations in a number of areas. From providing fast access to patient charts to preventing duplication and unnecessary visits, here's how the practice's EHR keeps patients and staff happy.
What to do after a security breach April 23, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
What to do after a security breach
Implementing practices to avoid a medical data breach greatly reduces the risk of encountering one. In the event that you do, however, you need to be prepared to take action that lessens the repercussions from patients, the public and, of course, HIPAA.
CMS and ONC to host session on coding April 22, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS and ONC to host session on billing and coding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will hold a meeting May 3 to discuss the effect of EHRs on care quality and provider efficiency, as well as coding challenges facing clinicians and hospitals. The event is free and open to healthcare providers and HIT vendors.
12 ways to deal with entrepreneurial stress April 19, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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Congratulations, Doctor. You have finally taken the bull by the horns and started your own business. Entrepreneurship is a tough business and, according to recent data, the success rate of startup companies is about 25 percent. Given those odds, what can you do to deal with the stress of entrepreneurship? Here are a dozen suggestions.
A balanced approach to data security April 18, 2013 | Diana Manos
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Organizations need to weigh compliance and security concerns when assessing regulatory mandates such as HIPAA. Larry Hurtado, CEO of Digital Defense, a risk assessment firm in San Antonio, Texas, offers several tips on how to improve your security culture.

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10 reasons why doctors make great entrepreneurs March 25, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Conventional wisdom has it that "doctors are lousy buinesspeople" and, what's more, they should just take care of patients and leave the business stuff to someone else. In my opinion, the first part is not true and the second part is no longer sustainable.
Reform goes for both exam rooms March 22, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Where healthcare goes, so goes education, yet the latter seems to have been sidelined, a neglect that will prove to be much to the chagrin of the system if left alone for too long.
Doctors urged to hang on for more useful EHRs March 20, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
It's not a stretch to assume that EHR technology will continue to evolve. However, assurance of a "better" future may not be much consolation to providers who are wondering when, if ever, they're going to see a return on their substantial investment.
Getting engaged March 19, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Asking medical records to engage patients is like asking a dictionary to tell a story.
mHealth hearings scheduled for this week March 18, 2013 | Tom Martin - Manager, mHIMSS
Three days of testimony will focus on smartphones, tablets and mobile apps.
To care or to document, that is the question March 15, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
What is the primary purpose of an EHR, and how, accordingly, should it be structured?
Facility fees for office visits: What is the role of health plans? March 14, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
Hospitals are adding facility fees in the hundreds of dollars for many visits to hospital-owned physician practices, even when those practices are nowhere near the hospital.
See you in OtherOtherland March 13, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
To thrive in these turbulent times, you will need five skills. Four of them you probably did not learn in medical school or residency.

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WellPoint to expand participation across all markets.
The cost, effort and complexity associated with registering patients and capturing their pre-authorized payments online in a medical group's Practice Management System (PMS) is now dramatically reduced by a new registration capability of the PatientPay service from Zepherella™, a provider of paperless billing and electronic patient payment processing for the healthcare industry.
Geisinger Health System and Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced a new multi-year collaboration designed to improve patient health outcomes by focusing on innovative solutions that facilitate shared decision making between patients and physicians and improve adherence to treatment plans and clinical care processes.
MMRGlobal, Inc. has announced that usage of the Company's MMRPro document management and imaging systems processed nearly 3 million pages of medical records from an estimated 100,000 patients including more than 500,000 EOB forms for use with medical billing and collection services. MMRPro also makes medical records available to patients using the system's integrated patient portal, MMRPatientView, and the joint MMR-Interbit Data solution certified for meaningful use with MEDITECH EMR systems. Over the past five months, the Company continued to see usage grow at more than 12% over last year.
At a time of unprecedented change in healthcare billing and reimbursement, physician practices across the country are looking to McKesson’s Revenue Management Solutions division for help in navigating the complexities of payment reform and optimizing financial performance. McKesson Healthcare Business Consulting Solutions team (MHBCS) provides a unique service to help practices transition from legacy billing systems to newer, more productive accounts receivable (A/R) platforms.
The hospitals, physicians, clinics, and insurance providers that make up the US healthcare system will be spending over $69 billion on telecommunications services over the next six years, says a new market research study released by the Insight Research Corporation. According to the market analysis study, spending by the US healthcare industry on telecommunications services will grow at a compounded rate of 9.7 percent over the forecast period, increasing from $9.1 billion in 2012 to $14.4 billion in 2017 as the number of healthcare locations expands by 16 percent and the healthcare employment rate increases 2.5 times faster than the total national employment rate.
MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark, is partnering with Florida Hospital Medical Group (FHMG), a multi-specialty physician group affiliated with Florida Hospital, in a clinical affiliation that expands access to convenient, affordable health care services in Central Florida.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada today announced its participation in Availity, a leading health information network that more than 4,000 health care providers in Nevada can now access for eligibility checks, claims submission and other electronic transactions.

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