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Providers focused on ICD-10 barriers July 18, 2013 | Diana Manos
Providers focused on ICD-10 barriers
A survey, conducted by eHealth Initiative in partnership with the American Health Information Management Association, reveals a lack of communication around the benefits and value of the new ICD-10 code set, which was expanded to improve the quality of care, research and surveillance with more accurate and specific data.
Apps will help physicians track payments July 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Mobile apps will help physicians track payments
The free apps for iOS and Android platforms are part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' OPEN PAYMENTS program, which is intended to create transparency about financial transactions between doctors, teaching hospitals, drug and device manufacturers, and other healthcare businesses, the agency explained.
CMS quantifies how EHRs improve care July 18, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
CMS quantifies how EHRs are improving care
Since 2011, according to the agency, providers have checked drug and medication interactions to ensure patient safety more than 40 million times through the use of EHRs. Providers have also shared more than 4.3 million care summaries with other providers when patients moved between care settings.
Repository will help value IT investments July 16, 2013 | Diana Manos
HIMSS repository will help evaluate IT investments
The Health IT Value Suite classifies, quantifies and articulates the clinical, financial and business impact of health IT investments. It also offers examples that help stakeholders -- from providers to policymakers to payers to influencers -- analyze performance across numerous factors.
Doctors reveal financial struggles July 16, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Docs bare all hope, struggle in survey contemplating financial futures
Overall, most study respondents agreed that due to a ramping up of costs, HIT adoption and ACA proximity, financial management challenges have been exacerbated as of late. In fact, seven out of ten physicians (67 percent) picked ACA as the top perpetrator of rising healthcare costs from a lengthy lineup of money miscreants.
Steep climb to ICD-10 readiness July 16, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Practices face steep climb to ICD-10 readiness
According to the Physician Practice ICD-10 Readiness Survey from medical claims clearinghouse Navicure, only about 19 percent of practices have established an ICD-10 transition plan. More likely, your practice status falls in line with the 54 percent of respondents who have either not yet started preparing for ICD-10 or who feel like their plans are not on track to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline.
Costs capture provider mindsets July 15, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Costs capture provider mindsets across care delivery spectrum
Current results to an annual, nationwide Provista survey attribute the most purchasing power in the healthcare industry at this moment to those who pursue cost reduction methods, highlighting once more the ongoing compulsion to budget buff across care realms.
PAHCOM and CMS continue ICD-10 collaboration July 15, 2013 | Denise Buenning - Deputy Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Robert Tagalicod - Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Karen Blanchette - Director, PAHCOM
PAHCOM and CMS continue ICD-10 collaboration
The Professional Association of Health Care Office Management and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have been working together to address the impact ICD-10 will have on small physician practices. The organizations will be offering a series of informational webinars and in-person training sessions to help you prepare for the ICD-10 implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014.

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5 avenues to ACO prosperity June 07, 2013 | Kevin Fuller - New Media Producer at MedTech Media
In an effort to become more transparent and accountable while offering the best care possible, healthcare providers are aligning to form accountable care organizations, which aim to use reliable and progressively more sophisticated performance measurements to support improvement and provide confidence that savings are achieved through improvements in care.
Moving from volume to value June 05, 2013 | MedAxiom
Practices face pain of 'moving from volume to value'
In an interview published with permission from MedAxiom's "2013 Perspectives: A Year in Review" report, Cathie Biga, CEO of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, explains that penalty phases mandated by several federal regulations have already begun kicking in, with actions and data submitted from prior years already impacting practices' revenue streams. The trend will continue from this point on.
Learning resources available on MSSP May 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers a program to help providers participate in accountable care organizations to improve quality of care for Medicare patients.The agency offers several options for Medicare fee-for-service providers who would like to learn more about the program.
EHR design: Moving beyond paper May 30, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
EHR design: The key to moving beyond paper
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association showed instead of properly using their EHRs, primary care practices were using 10 out of 11 previously identified paper workarounds. If we're supposed to be in the midst of the EHR revolution, what happened? Here's a look at how a well-designed EHR helps a practice in key areas.
Practices unresponsive to ICD-10 transition May 29, 2013 | Colette Weston - Manager, Product Management and Business Solutions, ADP AdvancedMD, Michael Bearnson - Product Analyst and Leader of the ADP AdvancedMD ICD-10 Initiative
Many practices unresponsive to ICD10 transition
Many in the provider community seem unresponsive to the ICD-10 transition planning message -- especially the smaller private practice, whose staff is often under-resourced and over-committed. Here's why you should get started now by appointing a person to head up your ICD-10 planning process.
Independence in 'committed polygamy' May 29, 2013 | MedAxiom
Mark Victor
In an interview published with permission from MedAxiom's "2013 Perspectives: A Year in Review" report, Mark Victor, MD, FACC , of Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia describes the unique agreements his practice maintains with a handful of the 20 hospitals throughout the Philadelphia region where they work -- while stubbornly remaining independent.
Call for PQRS measures open until July 1
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting suggestions for potential inclusion in the proposed set of quality measures in the Physician Quality Reporting System for future rule-making years. Here's how to submit measures for consideration.
EHR incentives open to CAH II physicians May 22, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CAH II physicians can attest for up to $39,000 in EHR incentives
Physicians who assign their reimbursement and billing to a Critical Access Hospital under Method II may participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program as eligible professionals, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CAH II physicians can begin submitting attestations in 2014.

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Carl Natale
I have to wonder if practice isn't a compelling enough reason for medical offices of all sizes to try dual coding.
What if the healthcare cost crisis solves itself? May 10, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
David Williams
Health plans tend to follow Medicare rates and do little to independently establish and negotiate price levels.
Solo practices show promise to persevere May 02, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
As long as there is entrepreneurial vigor to be found in the men and women of medicine, there will be physicians prepared and dream-driven to serve their career days as both MD and MBA.
Telling a good story May 01, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
In some ways things are going about as well as could be expected with my new practice. The hard part has been that I have not been able to find tools to help me organize my business so it can run efficiently.
ICD-10 challenges for medical practices April 25, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
ICD-10 challenges for medical practices
The following impacts need to be considered when developing ICD-10 transition plans.
Looking ahead to ONC committee work April 23, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Anthony Brino
Here's a look at what the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be working on over the next six months.
Marrying the BYOD phenomenon to HIPAA compliance April 19, 2013 | Lindy Benton - CEO of MEA
Lindy Benton
Ultimately, the security and privacy requirements of HIPAA that are applied to "traditional" transmission methods of medical documents and images need to be applied to the mobile space.
Administration extends rules for technology transfer April 15, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Jeff Rowe PhysBizTech
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.

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Aetna Health of California routinely and illegally denies patients access to out-of-network doctors after selling them costly insurance policies that promise patients the right to chose their own physicians, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA), California Medical Association (CMA) and a coalition of health care organizations and providers.
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.
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.
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.
DataMetrix, a medical auditing and data mining company founded by one of the original authors of today’s Certified Medical Audit Specialist exam, recently introduced an ICD-10 training seminar created exclusively for health plan clinical review staff. The first of several scheduled sessions, the DataMetrix course received high marks from participants according to Chief Executive Officer Mary Jane LaBelle.
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."
A substantial part of physicians' office overhead is related to providing codes for insurance claims. And a major part of the revenue of the American Medical Association (AMA) is derived from its exclusive copyright on the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes required on Medicare claims.
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in healthcare terminology management, today announced its partnership with Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa., to offer enterprise-wide ICD-10 remediation services. Through this collaboration, Siemens customers will be able to meet ICD-10 compliance more efficiently by using HLI’s LEAP I-10 tool.

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