A look at potential successors for top ONC post
Several high-profile names have surfaced to fill the shoes of Farzad Mostashari, MD, who will be stepping down from his job as national coordinator for health information technology this fall. MORE

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Snapshot reveals long way to go on ICD-10 March 01, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
Three out of four providers are still 25 percent or less completed in their ICD-10 implementation process - and one-third have not yet started the process, according to a survey from Aloft Group.

CMS project to test transaction standard March 01, 2013 | Rodney J. Moore - Contributing Writer
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has begun the process of mapping out how new HIPAA electronic transaction standards will function. The intent of the project is to greatly reduce the likelihood of technical issues going undetected until after the standards have been adopted and to eliminate the negative impacts such issues would have on the healthcare industry.
HIMSS13 session to focus on CCG March 01, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
HIMSS recently updated its Continuity of Care Guide (CCG) for primary care physicians. The revised CCG will serve as the foundation for HIMSS13 Educational Session 169, scheduled for March 7 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in Room 291 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Final standards released for mobile apps February 28, 2013 | Eric Wicklund - Senior Editor
Happtique on Feb. 27 unveiled the standards that will be used to certify mobile applications through the Health App Certification Program. Those standards, which had been fine-tuned since their draft release last June, will assess operability, privacy, security and content.
Confidence low on HIX readiness February 27, 2013 | Diana Manos
Seventy percent of healthcare professionals surveyed by information-exchange software provider Edifecs said they are skeptical of health insurance exchanges being ready to launch by the Oct. 1 deadline mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
Q&A with MAeHC CEO Micky Tripathi February 27, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
PhysBizTech recently caught up with the founding president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative for a discussion about the current state of EHR adoption in physician practices, an example of innovation in the field and a preview of where things are headed for small practices.
Interoperability Showcase to demo C-CDA February 27, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Interoperability Showcase, which runs from Monday March 4 through Wednesday March 6 at HIMSS13 in News Orleans, features "health stories" -- clinical use cases that span multiple patient care settings, including ambulatory, acute care and inpatient. One such case will demonstrate the use of HL7's Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture, which enables exchange of information between clinical systems.
FDA issues halt alert on anemia drug February 26, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Feb. 24 issued an alert to healthcare providers and patients regarding a voluntary nationwide recall of all lots of Omontys Injection by Affymax, Inc., of Palo Alto, Calif., and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited, of Deerfield, Ill. The FDA said the recall is due to reports of anaphylaxis after initial injection of the drug, which is used to treat anemia in adult dialysis patients.

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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.
Managing chronic conditions through automated patient engagement April 03, 2012 | Benjamin Littenberg, MD - CMO at Patient Engagement Systems.
The more physicians can enlist, partner and work together with chronic-condition patients, the greater the likelihood that they can increase care plan adherence and impart the behavioral and lifestyle changes that are key to improving clinical outcomes. By engaging patients, physicians can minimize avoidable emergency visits, hospitalizations and readmissions, placing them in an excellent position to collect bonuses for meeting quality metrics or share in savings.
Keep a watchful eye on 5010 claims denials while stepping toward ICD-10 readiness April 02, 2012 | Joseph Degati - Chief Technology Officer, Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
Daily vigilant monitoring of claim denials for all payers is the most precautionary way to reduce risks in revenue, as well as ensuring ongoing dialogue with billing system vendors, payers and clearinghouses regarding claim denials and corrective actions.
5 ways to prevent a health data breach April 02, 2012 | Geoff Webb
Although breaches at large healthcare providers tend to grab the most headlines, even smaller practices need to be on guard to prevent malicious attackers or simple human error from exposing their protected information.
How health systems approach physician compensation February 27, 2012 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
Physician compensation can be one of the most challenging aspects of formulating a business plan when healthcare systems and practices align. But success in this area often comes from keeping things simple, transparent and straightforward. Here are some of the approaches organizations take to achieve successful physician compensation plans.
Tackling the overwhelming: Planning tips for IT implementation projects February 23, 2012 | Ken Bradley - Vice President, Strategic Planning, Navicure
With the HIPAA 5010 conversion drawing to a close and the ICD-10 transition in flux, it may seem like physician practices are spending considerable time and effort preparing for, engaging in, and responding to large-scale system upgrades. These kinds of multi-faceted implementations can be daunting, particularly if a practice tries to address their many parts simultaneously.
Five steps docs can take to avoid 'social media missteps' January 19, 2012 | Molly Merrill - Associate Editor
While it is "critical that doctors, who have the best healthcare information to share, be part of the online healthcare conversation," according to social media advisor Glen Gilmore, "there are definite precautions that should be taken to lessen the risk of social media missteps."

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ONC Town Hall brings attendees' questions to the fore February 23, 2012 | Frank Irving - Editor
Following confirmation that the proposed rules for meaningful use Stage 2 had been submitted to the Federal Register for publication, ONC personnel -- including National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD -- fielded questions from HIMSS12 attendees Wednesday afternoon during the agency’s open-forum Town Hall session.
The ICD-10 Timeline: It's up for revision not destruction February 16, 2012 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Don't cancel your next ICD-10 steering committee meeting. I know that acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Marilyn Tavenner promised to re-examine the ICD-10 timeline yesterday. But this is what she said Tuesday:
What you don’t need to know about ICD-10 February 15, 2012 | Rhonda Butler - ICD-10, 3M
Last blog I talked about why the number of ICD-10 codes is not a big deal. This blog describes two other aspects of ICD-10 you don't need to spend time or money to learn in detail.
Is Tavenner really trying to delay ICD-10? February 14, 2012 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
The fight over ICD-10 continued on Tuesday as CMS acting administrator Marilyn Tavenner said at an AMA meeting that CMS wants to reexamine the pace of implementing ICD-10.
Security issues loom as transition continues February 06, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
This blog is largely focused on the nuts and bolts of the health IT transition. But one could fairly argue that the key to the success of health IT lies not in getting the right hardware in place, but in figuring out how to keep patient data secure regardless of the equipment at hand.
First impressions count: audit readiness sets a positive tone February 03, 2012 | Mac McMillan - Privacy and Security
During our last discussion we began talking about the Office for Civil Rights and its recently launched compliance audit program. That program, as you recall, is part of OCR’s assigned responsibilities under the HITECH Act of 2009.
The country can’t have it both ways February 02, 2012 | Steven M. Hacker, MD - Founder, Medical Entrepreneur Symposium
Physicians are treated like a highly regulated business by government and third-party insurers. Thus, they should conduct their practice like a business.
Why the number of ICD-10 codes is not a big deal February 01, 2012 | Rhonda Butler - ICD-10, 3M
Believe it or not, you do not need to know or care about how many ICD-10 codes there are. I know this goes against the grain. It is almost the only thing that gets said about ICD-10.

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