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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted new entries on its FAQ system related to public health measure reporting requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs. Test your knowledge before clicking through to view the full answers. MORE

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Electronic health record adoption has passed 50 percent in the United States; however, some states deserve more credit than others. This infographic by Health Biz Decoded breaks down which states have the highest EHR and e-prescribing rates, and which have some catching up to do.
Physician payment bill advances through House committee August 02, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
Physician payment bill
The House Energy and Commerce Committee on July 31 unanimously approved legislation to repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate formula. As Congress adjourns for its annual recess, the bill moves to consideration by the full House of Representatives.
Provider incentives approach $6 billion August 01, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Providers approach $6 billion in EHR incentives
The total number of unique EPs who have received payments since the Medicare/Medicaid programs' inception in 2011 surpassed 293,000 as of the end of June. Medicare-eligible MDs or DOs took in most of that total, about $3.4 billion.
Physicians crown ACA with dunce cap August 01, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Physicians crown ACA with dunce cap
Healthcare reformation efforts have done little to cauterize a hemorrhaging system, physicians responding to a recent Medicus Firm survey declared, delivering downright dismal marks to various aspects of Affordable Care Act implementation.
HIE 2.0 hones in on 'clinical network management' July 31, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
As the market for HIE services slows its growth and consolidates, 2013 is set to be the year when most health information exchanges realize they need to focus on supporting care coordination, or clinical network management, according to a report released by Chilmark Research.
Physicians should prepare for Sunshine Act's advent July 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Physicians should prepare for Sunshine Act's advent
Starting Aug. 1, pharmaceutical and medical device companies must begin tracking and preparing to publicly report payments and other transfers of value made to physicians under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Doctors should ask industry representatives for an opportunity to review and, if necessary, correct all information that will be submitted to the government.
How IT impacts medical consolidation July 30, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
How IT impacts medical consolidation
While most health IT professionals are probably more focused on implementing or maintaining systems than they are tracking larger healthcare trends, they should be aware of five areas where IT concerns factor into the drive toward, and the success of, consolidation.
HHS scrutinizes observational care policy July 30, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
HHS scrutinizes Medicare observational care policy
Medicare patients' chances of being admitted to the hospital or kept for observation depend on which hospital they go to -- even when their symptoms are the same, noted Health & Human Services' Office of the Inspector General in a report released July 30.

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How would you answer these public health reporting questions? August 02, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
public health reporting
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted new entries on its FAQ system related to public health measure reporting requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs. Test your knowledge before clicking through to view the full answers.
5 red flags for claim denials August 02, 2013 | Kevin Fuller - New Media Producer at MedTech Media
medical claim denials
Medical claim denials are a hassle and can lead to financial difficulties and yet so many of them can be easily avoided. Be on the lookout for these common mistakes in office procedures and claims processing.
How to manage cash needs ahead of ICD-10 transition July 30, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
How to manage cash needs ahead of ICD-10 transition
Providers should be prepared to pay rent and staff salaries if the transition does not flow as smoothly as anticipated. Experts advise having up to several months' cash reserves or access to cash through a loan or line of credit to avoid potential headaches.
How to stage a successful labor audit July 29, 2013 | Kevin Fuller - New Media Producer at MedTech Media
How to stage a successful labor audit
Experts say internal labor audits may help hospitals and healthcare organizations navigate myriad labor laws, union contracts and other workforce issues.
Enhance usability, practice value with highly configurable EMRs July 29, 2013 | Mike Jenkins, MBA, PMP - CEO of BuildYourEMR
Enhance usability, practice value with highly configurable EMRs
To ensure high EMR usability, physicians must first fully assess their needs and practice workflow. The next step is to identify EMRs that meet, or can be configured to meet, current processes by enabling folders, forms and workflows to be electronically reproduced.
Taking control of ICD-10 July 24, 2013 | Thomas Ormondroyd, MBA - Vice President, General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions, Bruce Scott, MD - Precyse ICD-10 Consultant, Christian Oliver - Associate Vice President, Catalog and Courseware, Healthstream
ICD-10
Physicians who learn to document with specificity will reduce productivity losses by having fewer queries from coders and position themselves to receive accurate and higher reimbursement. Here's a summary of key ICD-10 education goals and a 5-step process for developing a training matrix.
Applying ICD-10 to Crohn's disease July 17, 2013 | Tom Ormondroyd - Vice President and General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions, Bruce Scott, MD - Precyse ICD-10 Consultant, Christian Oliver - Associate Vice President, Catalog and Courseware, Healthstream
Applying ICD-10 to Crohn's disease
The following clinical scenario presents a case study in which ICD-9 code descriptions would be too generic. Learn why ICD-10 has better descriptions for this case.
How ICD-10 will benefit physicians July 17, 2013 | Tom Ormondroyd - Vice President and General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions, Bruce Scott, MD - Precyse ICD-10 Consultant, Christian Oliver - Associate Vice President, Catalog and Courseware, Healthstream
How ICD-10 will benefit physicians
Physicians have reason to question the timing and value of ICD-10 as they have many competing priorities due to a multitude of concurrent regulatory, technology and industry changes. Nonetheless, ICD-10 implementation presents physicians with five benefits that have the potential to be major game-changers.

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Meaningful Use: Get paid and avoid penalties July 09, 2013 | PhysBizTech staff
Under the Health IT provisions of ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) within HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) held the main responsibility for defining what constitutes "meaningful use" of EHR technology. In July 2010 HHS revised its final rule on meaningful use. The following summarizes the major areas in which the requirements for meaningful use have been relaxed in the final rule.
As healthcare providers implement health IT to comply with federal mandates and participate in quality of care programs, VNA solutions can play a critical role in helping them meet their needs today and in their future IT initiatives. Forward-thinking healthcare providers around the world are already successfully meeting this challenge with VNA. Download this Healthcare IT News eBook to learn how VNA enables exchange, supports data consolidation and IT simplification.
Navigating the Path to a Successful ICD-10 Implementation January 28, 2013 | Resource Central
Over the last few years, all healthcare organizations – from payers to vendors to providers – have gone through the rollercoaster ride of preparing for ICD-10 then stopping or slowing down due to deadline delays. Now that the deadline is officially set, every organization needs to focus on their implementation plans to ensure they are prepared. So where should your practice start? This free white paper will provide you with the details you need to: • Build a successful and strategic implementation team • Conduct documentation reviews and gap analyses • Develop an implementation timeline A successful ICD-10 transition will not happen overnight, but with thoughtful planning it will be easier to manage.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Federal Government laid the groundwork for the nationwide implementation of electronic health records (EHR) systems as a measure to improve patient care, reduce healthcare costs, and increase the level of overall public health. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) program requires providers to demonstrate meaningful use (MU) of an electronic health record system to be eligible for monetary incentives. The implementation of EHR and compliance with meaningful use regulations, should be a top priority for all eligible healthcare professionals (EPs).
Choosing the right service for your billing may be among the most important decisions for your practice. Use this guide to make sure you’re covering all of your bases when selecting this important partner. Learn why you should outsource your billing now and how to find medical billing service providers. In addition, this guide will tell you what questions to ask during your selection process and more.
Achieving the highest revenue potential in your medical practice is only found through applying innovative and proven operational principles. The Revenue Cycle Mastery Training and Companion Guide outlines how to implement these industry best practices and secure reimbursements in your practice.
EHR & Practice Management Software Buyer's Guide November 14, 2012 | Resource Central
Eliminate buyer's remorse! Make the right software choice for your medical practice the first time. This paper includes a comprehensive checklist of features and functionality that you must consider in your search for medical software. Cut to the chase to be aware of hidden costs, contract terms, and true ROI.
What You Should Know About ICD-10 Codes November 14, 2012 | Resource Central
This paper identifies what medical offices need to know about ICD-10 codes including: Facts, timing & impact of ICD-10 medical codes; expansion of ICD medical code base; ICD-10 impact on the medical practice and comparison table of ICD-9 & ICD-10 diagnosis medical codes.

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Is it time to press the MU pause button? August 02, 2013 | Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP - Senior Vice President, Division of Medical Practice, Professionalism & Quality, American College of Physicians
Michael Barr
Should we keep the schedule for Stage 2 the same but introduce an option to help EPs and EHs avoid the penalty if they cannot completely meet Stage 2 requirements?
Yelp, Google…and Medicare July 26, 2013 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Zachary Landman, MD
Physicians and hospital groups should embrace the coming age of hospital shopping and comparison and seek to guide its best practice.
Real meaningful use July 15, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
My ultimate goal is to not only give medical records to the patient, but to invite the patient to help me in the never-ending task of keeping them organized and updated.
Can mHealth curtail suffocating malpractice costs? July 12, 2013 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Zachary Landman, MD
The ultimate reason that EHRs tend to lead to more suits, according to MD-JDs, is that communication breaks down.
How to prepare queries for ICD-10 coding July 11, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
There are four basic principles that medical coders need to embrace if they're going to coax -- not coerce -- specific information on patient encounters from physicians.
5 reasons why physicians should be using social media July 10, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
David Lee Scher
Social media is neither stressful nor imperative. It creates virtual friendships, respect and collaboration.
FDA proposal to revise labeling regulations will improve drug safety July 08, 2013 | Sidney Wolfe, MD - Founder and Senior Adviser, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Sidney Wolfe
Under current FDA regulations, generic manufacturers cannot update their products' labeling, even if they become aware of a potential risk not stated in the labeling.
Preparing your practice for change and survival in a value-based reimbursement world July 03, 2013 | Nancy Ruff - Director of Health Advisory Services, CTG Health Solutions
Nancy Ruff
Physician practices must stay on top of new requirements, continue to educate themselves on requirement changes and associated deadlines, and regularly look for ways to make improvements.

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Viridian Health Management, a pioneer in health coaching for behavior change and provider of comprehensive integrated health management programs and Omada Health, a Silicon Valley leader in the field of digital health, today announced their partnership to launch the first multi-modal lifestyle program to help conquer the diabetes epidemic.
DataMotion (www.datamotion.com), an established cloud-based data delivery provider, today announced DataMotion Direct, a secure email service that enables healthcare industry organizations to integrate with the Direct Project and meet real-world secure communications needs. This announcement also marks DataMotion’s expanded company focus as it begins operations as a health information service provider (HISP).
Elsevier’s MC Strategies, a leader in providing eLearning solutions to more than 1,300 healthcare organizations, today announced the continued development of its ICD-10 Roadmap with the introduction of new curricula, including a comprehensive clinical documentation curriculum.
MAXIMUS, a leading provider of government services worldwide, announced today that four of the Company’s leading subject matter experts on Medicaid program administration will be presenters at the Medicaid Enterprise Systems (MES) Conference: “Healthcare History In The Making.” The MES Conference, formerly known as the Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) Conference, brings together thought leaders from the public and private sectors to share ideas and information related to Medicaid systems and initiatives.
Practice Fusion – the nation's largest doctor-patient community – and the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) are teaming up to help medical professionals across New Jersey quickly and easily start using Practice Fusion's free Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The partnership, the first of its kind for Practice Fusion, aims to provide doctors with all the resources they need to qualify for up to $44,000 in Meaningful Use incentives, a federal program designed to promote EMR usage.
Modernizing Medicine, the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant™ (EMA), a cloud-based specialty-specific EMR application, announced today the availability of EMA Dermatology™ with Logical Images' VisualDx, a comprehensive digital medical image library, proving the company's dedication to bringing dermatologists the most powerful EMR on the market.
The Commonwealth Fund released a new white paper on lessons learned from members of the Premier healthcare alliance’s accountable care collaborative.
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that SimonMed Imaging, the largest specialized outpatient physician imaging practice in the country, will implement Merge's integrated suite of radiology solutions along with iConnect® Access and iConnect® VNA to provide anywhere, anytime viewing of images and achieve Meaningful Use (MU).

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