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Newly released research from MGMA-ACMPE reinforces the dominance of financial and regulatory concerns among the day-to-day challenges faced by medical practice professionals. The association for administrators and group practice leaders based its findings on 1,252 responses to its fifth annual "Medical Practice Today: What members have to say" survey.
EHR incentive payments approach $6 billion June 21, 2012 | Diana Manos
Eligible providers have received more than $5.7 billion in incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records, according to information released June 19 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals can participate in a call devoted to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs on June 27 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET. The call, presented by CMS and ONC, will cover the use of certified EHR technology to meet meaningful use requirements.
Physicians say distractions interfering with delivery of quality care June 15, 2012 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Two-thirds of recently surveyed physicians anticipate a decline in healthcare quality over the next five years. In particular, most respondent physicians think EHRs and the Affordable Care Act will adversely affect the quality of care delivered to patients.
EHR incentive payments exceeded $500 million in May June 07, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) channeled more than $500 million in EHR Incentive Program payments to eligible providers and hospitals during the month of May. In total, CMS has paid out $5.58 billion to 110,650 physicians and hospitals since the inception of the technology initiative.
Canadian practices demonstrate EMRs' preventative power June 05, 2012 | Frank Irving - Editor
A newly released study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway found that primary care practices with EMRs identified patients who need preventative or follow-up care approximately 30 times more quickly than paper-based clinics.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will hold an informational call for eligible providers on June 7 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET. The call will focus on registration and attestation for the incentive programs.
HIT Standards Committee shines spotlight on information exchange May 29, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
Health information exchange is not yet fully automated, nor is it easy enough for providers to scale up the sharing of patient data to improve care, said Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, during a meeting of the advisory Health IT Standards Committee on May 24 in Washington.

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With so many miles to trek in a day and a slim window by which to complete the journey, private practice managers need to know how to avoid detours and other general hiccups in the highway without causing too much wear-and-tear to their practice functionality or revenue cycle. An expert relays a series of dips physicians should watch for on the road to getting paid.
The 7 deadly sins of meaningful use -- and how to avoid them June 21, 2012 | Katie Vacca - Product Support Specialist and Meaningful Use Expert, Amazing Charts
Despite efforts to educate the medical community, there’s still a lot of confusion around the process of attestation, which has earned meaningful use a reputation for being complex and daunting to pursue. The reality, however, is that the meaningful use incentive is not that difficult to attain — so long as physicians know the pitfalls to avoid.
5 areas to track as you prepare your EHR for ICD-10 June 20, 2012 | Dave Lareau - CEO of Medicomp Systems
With the introduction of ICD-10, EHRs must also be capable of producing documentation with a high degree of specificity and ideally offer the appropriate codes. As you prepare your EHR for ICD-10 and future requirements, here are five key considerations.
How to use CMS's updated FAQ system June 06, 2012 | PhysBizTech staff
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has upgraded the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section of its website to incorporate FAQs on the EHR Incentive Programs on the same page as other CMS program FAQs. Here's a quick walk-through on how to use the updated system.
What to do if your EHR has functionality issues June 05, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued an advisory last week explaining what steps to take if an electronic health record doesn’t do all that it is certified to do.
7 tips for EHR success May 30, 2012 | James Deck - President, MTS Healthcare
Some physicians are hesitant to implement EHR systems while others are skeptical. We need to provide tips that really work for both camps of physicians. Here are seven pointers gathered directly from consultants who are out in the field every day assisting providers in the ambulatory care setting.
Cloud-related PHI security holes – and what to do about them May 02, 2012 | Rick Kam, CIPP - President and Co-founder, ID Experts
For all of its benefits, cloud computing poses very real dangers to covered entities responsible for safeguarding protected health information.
8 ways a REC can help April 16, 2012 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Kathryn Galbraith, MD, of Galbraith Family Medicine, LLC, in Limerick, Maine, shares with PhysBizTech some of the REC services that she found to be most useful for her practice.
This white paper examines the obstacles preventing the move away from fax machines, and the benefits of having a communications system that integrates faxed documents into healthcare systems and solutions.
Despite being identified as an essential tool to support quality care initiatives, improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs, EMR and EHR systems have been stuck in a slow growth cycle. However, pressure is quickly mounting on caregivers to adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of EMR/EHR technology. Healthcare Informatics Research recently interviewed nearly 500 healthcare organizations to shed light on the current state of EMR/EHR adoption. Download this report to discover how organizations are overcoming obstacles to adoption, how they're benefitting from EMR/EHR solutions, and where the industry is going next.
AMA calls MU Stage 2 'too demanding' June 13, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Editor
The American Medical Association is asking the feds for adjustments to the Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposal in no uncertain terms.
Physician groups push for broader certification June 11, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Editor
The idea of “usability” is a pretty subjective category to be attempting to measure and standardize.
EHR customization: How different should specialty EHRs really be? June 06, 2012 | Arjen Westerink - Director of Business Development, VitalHealth Software
All specialties need a constellation of specific functionality, but based on general best practices we know work with a robust EHR at its core to drive clinical and business functions.
How far can policymakers move the ball? May 30, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Editor
What's the appropriate ongoing role for public policy in the health IT transition?
EHR lessons learned from small practices: part 3 May 22, 2012 | Arjen Westerink - Director of Business Development, VitalHealth Software
Small practices really do have different needs when it comes to EHRs, and they should not be forced into a “one-size-fits-all” EHR. Customization may be the single most essential of all EHR characteristics.
Like it or not, MU is underway May 18, 2012 | Diana Manos - Senior Editor
No matter how you feel about the federal incentive program to drive the adoption of healthcare IT, the numbers speak for themselves.
Searching for meaning behind the numbers April 27, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Editor
Evidence that care delivery and impact goals are being approached will be the true indicator of the HITECH program’s success.
EHR lessons learned from small practices: Part 1 April 24, 2012 | Arjen Westerink - Director of Business Development, VitalHealth Software
In my next few posts I will shed light on some of the most common and significant barriers impeding EHR adoption in the small-practice setting.

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Anoto, the world leader in digital pen and paper technology, today announced that its digital writing solutions are being increasingly utilized by healthcare providers to input structured data into a patient's electronic health record (EHR) directly from paper. The result is the adoption of Meaningful Use certified EHRs across a range of areas including hospitals, ambulatory care facilities and physician practices.
Aprima EHR awarded Tier 1 status by Arizona REC June 07, 2012 | Industry Release
Aprima Electronic Health Record (EHR) has been awarded Tier 1 status by the Arizona Regional Extension Center (REC). Known as Health-e Connection, the Arizona REC created its Vendor Alliance Program to "offer health care providers in Arizona the freedom and flexibility to select the electronic health record (EHR) system best suited for their practice, while still providing guidance and direction to assist with that selection."
SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, today announced that Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic has selected SRS' certified EHR for its providers eligible for the government's EHR incentives program. Upgrading to the SRS certified EHR enables Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic's providers to attest to meaningful use and earn the EHR incentives. Raleigh Orthopaedics is a well-established practice, known throughout North Carolina for the high-quality care its physicians deliver.
eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announces that College Park Family Care Center, the largest non-hospital owned multi-specialty group in the Kansas City-area, has chosen eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution for its 91 providers across 12 locations. Designed to improve communication with access to real-time information, this initiative will aid the group in pursuing quality of care initiatives, including Meaningful Use and Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH) recognition.
SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, today announced that the Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI), one of the largest private orthopaedic practices on the west coast, has selected the SRS certified EHR for its providers who are eligible for government EHR incentives. Upgrading to the SRS certified EHR enables SCOI providers to attest to meaningful use in a highly efficient manner.
Chilmark Research examines changing HIE market May 10, 2012 | Industry Release
Even as the last of the federal funds earmarked for public health information exchanges (HIEs) run dry this year, rapid growth and evolution will continue to define the nascent HIE market, according to a report released this week by Chilmark Research. The report, 2012 HIE Market Report: Analysis and Trends, uncovers a market that is making a significant shift to serving healthcare organizations (HCOs) of all sizes -- what the report defines as the enterprise market.
TSI Healthcare announced today that nineteen (19) of their physician practices had attested to successfully meeting "Meaningful Use" requirements of their ONC-ATCB Certified NextGen™ Electronic Health Records (EHR) Systems. These providers completed data collection last year and participated in the 2011 Stage 1 reporting period for the Federal Government sponsored EHR Incentives program.  These Clients represent the first round of TSI Healthcare's clients expected to participate in the program during the 2011 and 2012 reporting periods.
DataArt, a custom software development firm that builds advanced solutions for select industries, announced completion of CloudRecords, a fully certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution that offers healthcare providers a variety of tools to efficiently consult with patients and smoothly run all departments of a medical practice.

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