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HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster July 15, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster
A project that will help patients and providers access health information in the event of a hurricane or other widespread disaster involves collaboration between HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the health information exchange programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Fee schedule rule affects EHR program July 12, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Proposed fee schedule rule affects the Medicare EHR Incentive Program
A proposed rule released July 8 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains changes to physician quality programs for calendar year 2014. What's not immediately evident within the document is that it contains additional options for eligible professionals to report clinical quality measures.
Cloud EMR keeps practice on cutting edge July 12, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Cloud-based EMR keeps small practice on the cutting edge
Deanna Boyette, MD, of Boyette Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Greenville, N.C., opened her own practice three years ago with the goal of being digital. Since going live on a cloud-based EMR, the practice has qualified for two years of incentive payments and is preparing for Stage 2 of meaningful use.
HIE incentives and models misaligned July 11, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
HIE incentives and models misaligned, study finds
Researchers led by the University of Michigan's Julia Adler-Milstein reported that less than 25 percent of health information exchanges are able to cover operating costs with revenue from participating providers and health organizations.
ONC puts its mark on certified EHRs July 11, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
ONC puts its mark on certified EHRs
Doctors looking to purchase electronic health record technology can now get a visual cue about a product's ability to support the pursuit of meaningful use.
Simplified, flexible queries will be essential to Stage 3 exchange July 10, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Simplified, flexible queries will be essential to Stage 3 exchange
Health information exchange is emphasized in meaningful use Stage 2, and it's set to get even more priority in Stage 3, as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT looks to enable information exchange nationwide, according to an update from the Health It Policy Committee's Information Exchange Workgroup.
Practice acquisitions on the uptrend July 10, 2013 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
Practice acquisitions on the uptrend
The number and value of physician medical group transactions has been on the rise over the last five years, and that pattern will likely continue as networks become the norm under healthcare reform, according to industry experts. Negotiating strategic governance is a key element of deals that last.
Are shorter shifts for interns dangerous? July 09, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Are shorter shifts for interns endangering patients?
As a new class of interns, who arrived July 1, begins treating patients in teaching hospitals around the country, a recent spate of studies questions whether rules mandating shorter shifts have made the situation worse.

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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.
4 reasons why ICD-10 matters May 21, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
4 reasons why ICD-10 matters
Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services, summarizes how important ICD-10 is to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Drilling down on clinical summaries May 17, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Drilling down on clinical summaries
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its website with two new FAQs regarding clinical summaries as they relate to the agency's incentive programs for making meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Here's the latest guidance.
5 stages to ACO maturity May 17, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
With recognition that "the path through accountable care is unknown," IDC Health Insights has launched a new Accountable Care Maturity Model, designed to help healthcare organizations gauge their own status and make strategic decisions for funding business and IT initiatives.
OIG strengthens authority on exclusions May 14, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
OIG strengthens authority on exclusions
The Office of Inspector General has the authority to exclude from participation in Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs persons who "have engaged in fraud or abuse and to impose civil money penalties (CMPs) for certain misconduct related to federal healthcare programs." Providers who employ or contract with an excluded person retain substantial potential CMP liability.
Double down on EHR and PQRS incentives May 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Double down on EHR and PQRS incentives
If you treat Medicare patients and bill for Part B services on the Physician Fee Schedule, you may be eligible for two incentive programs offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
EHR access: How much is too much? May 13, 2013 | Xavier E. Martinez
Patient access to EHRs: How much is too much?
A recent Harris Interactive survey shows that 82 percent of physicians want patients to be active in their healthcare through electronic health records, but only 31 percent believe patients should have full access to their EHR record. Although there are clear benefits to providing patients access to their medical data, such as improved quality of care and patient satisfaction, the report refers to several instances where full patient access to medical records may not be conducive to proper care.
How dates of service affect ICD-10 coding May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
How dates of service will affect ICD-10 coding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains how you would handle submission of a claim in October 2014 for a service you provided in September 2014.

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Patients respond favorably to open records April 09, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research explored the reactions of patients who had full access to records resulting from recent doctors' visits.
Help for physicians in planning for the ICD-10 transition April 08, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Physicians will be a key part of making the ICD-10 transition successful. This post focuses on helping doctors become more comfortable with the new code sets.
Waiting for Theoden April 05, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
I guess I am just a perfectionist, expecting everything from a record, but why do I have to settle for an EMR by choosing the one that is "the least aggravating?"
CMS ramps up incentive program audits April 02, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Any provider who receives a letter from Figliozzi & Co., a certified public accountant firm based in Garden City, N.Y., and selected by CMS in April 2012 to conduct audits associated with the EHR incentive programs, should reply as soon as possible.
5 ICD-10 challenges that may surprise healthcare providers March 28, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
In addition to learning new medical codes and buying new technology, healthcare organizations will challenges in several areas.
Say it ain't so, HIPAA! March 27, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Dear, HIPAA: Are you a tool to protect, or are you a gag in the mouth of good care?
PHR provider connects with medical practice network March 26, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Physicians who participate in a new program will no longer find it necessary to charge patients for the costs associated with providing patients copies of their personal health information.
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.

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DST Health Solutions announced today that their PowerSTEPP, PowerMHC, PowerMHS and AMISYS Advance core administration platforms have been designed to support ICD-10 compliance, including both ICD-9 and ICD-10 processing. Coupled with DST's ICD-10 compliant integrated care management suite, DST Health Solutions offers one of the most comprehensive suites of clinical and administrative solutions in the industry. DST's integrated care management suite is core platform agnostic and designed to integrate with any claims administrative system.
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.
United Physicians, Inc. (UP) and Beaumont Health System have finalized a process for exchanging patient health information. To date, 3 million health records have been successfully transmitted.
MedAptus®, the market leader for charge capture technologies, today announced that it has selected Intelligent Medical Objects' IMO® Problem (IT)™ search engine for integration in its Professional Charge Capture solution. This advanced search capability will provide clinical end-users of MedAptus with a rapid diagnosis search experience along with a higher degree of search accuracy when completing charge documentation using the ICD-10 code set.
LifeMed ID, a “Health Security Smart Card” software company providing patient identity management solutions and medical record connectivity across entire provider systems and disparate groups, has deployed its SecureReg™ software at Resolute Health in New Braunfels, Texas. The Resolute Health BeneFIT card will be issued at the Resolute Health Center for Wellbeing and the Resolute Health Family Urgent Care Center.

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