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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.
Lifetime risk for kidney disease trumps diabetes, heart attack August 02, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
kidney disease
It’s no kidding matter -- nearly six in 10 Americans will develop kidney disease in their lifetime, according to a new report.
Docs should be drivers of cellphone safety July 31, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Alongside counsel for heart disease, diabetes, allergies and other conditions, researchers from the University of Alberta also insist that family physicians broach the topic of cellphone safety with patients, especially the dangers of dialing and driving.
Medical community benefits from broadband build-out July 31, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Medical community benefits from broadband build-out
In greater Chattanooga, Tenn., where fiber-optic broadband is available through a public-private partnership, 10 radiology practices exchange medical images among 14 hospitals and clinics.
Docs not backing published guidelines when treating spinal pain July 30, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Docs not backing published guidelines when treating spinal pain
According to a study published in the latest edition of JAMA Internal Medicine, physicians are partaking in a great deal of proverbial back talk when it comes to following back pain treatment guidelines.
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.
West Nile virus takes early bite out of 2013 July 29, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
With peak contraction season set for August and September, several healthcare organizations are urging providers to inform their patients of proper prevention etiquette against the sickness with no clear-cut treatment regimen.
CMS halts new enrollments in 3 states July 29, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS halts new provider and supplier enrollments in 3 states
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on July 26 announced temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new home health provider and ambulance supplier enrollments in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in fraud "hot spot" areas of Florida, Illinois and Texas.

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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.
3 immunizations covered by Medicare August 01, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
3 immunizations covered by Medicare Part B
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Medicare Part B covers three important immunizations and their administration for qualified beneficiaries.
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.
How remote care can take patients, docs to next level July 26, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Improvements in healthcare can't come from technological advances alone. Enhancing healthcare boils down to identifying the gaps in the ways care is delivered, and figuring out how to fill them.
Talking points to broach when tackling costs with patients July 26, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
It can be tough to talk money, but for patients in the healthcare setting, it gets a whole lot easier when there is a strong trust bond established with a physician, according to a recent National Institutes of Health Clinic Center report.
A 'do it yourself' approach to EMR implementation July 23, 2013 | Joel S. Koenig, MD - Founder, Town & Country Pediatrics
EMR
My decision to transition Town & Country Pediatrics to a digital practice was influenced by the desire to increase patient safety, chart more efficiently, automate prescribing and billing processes, and enhance profitability. I followed a 10-step process to precisely define the features and functionality I needed in my EMR system.
How big data will enable precise treatments July 22, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
big data will enable precise treatments
As Ted Driscoll, digital health director at venture capital firm Claremont Creek Ventures, sees it, the explosion of health data is a definite boon for personalized medicine. Here are 5 ways big data is facilitating the rise of personalized medicine.
Hot tips for docs dealing with vacationers July 18, 2013 | Kevin Fuller - New Media Producer at MedTech Media
Hot tips for docs dealing with summer vacationers
Frederick Schaffer, MD, clinical associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, and his students, know firsthand that it is never easy working with patients vacationing from out of town. Schaffer, also chief medical officer of United Allergy Services, shared five tips for doctors dealing with summer vacationers.

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Saving Private Practice: The Front Office April 03, 2013 | Resource Central
20 million newly-insured patients will enter the healthcare system by 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act. 80% of these newly-insured patients are deemed “High Risk” for non-payment. As a practitioner, you cannot afford inefficient front office processes. In this webinar, learn about the changing healthcare landscape, how it may affect you, and best practices for ensuring you receive payment.
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.
Learn What is New for Stage 2! October 05, 2012 | Resource Central
Read this white paper to learn what objectives you will be required to report on for Meaningful Use Stage 2.
Physicians Medical Center Prepares for Inevitable Changes September 04, 2012 | Resource Central
Physicians Medical Center faced increasing challenges with decentralized patient information among its various practice locations. CEO, Sharron Grodzinsky wanted to prepare the group for imminent changes in the industry and decided that integrating its Electronic Health Record and Practice Management systems was the right decision. Read this story to learn how the medical center has realized better care, centralized and easily accessible patient data, as well as eligibility for Medicare incentives for using ePrescribing.

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Checking up on health literacy August 01, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Health literacy and understanding doesn’t start and stop at the medication scrolls stapled to those white pharmacy bags.
Individual mandate opposition gets new life July 29, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Anthony Brino
Efforts by Republican lawmakers to delay or repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate got renewed media coverage in July.
Technology glut? Walk it off July 23, 2013 | Benjamin Harris - Editor of Future Care
Ben Harris
When combined, obesity, heart disease and diabetes cost as much as the U.S. defense budget. And we're throwing pills at it?
Crazy ideas July 22, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
rob lamberts
My care is no longer episodic, so why should my records be? I no longer need "visits" as units of commerce, and no longer need "problems" as the goods for which I am paid.
The future of social media and healthcare July 17, 2013 | Jessica Velasco - Contributing Writer
Jessica Velasco
Social media is perfectly positioned to help providers reach out to patients in a valuable, effective way.
Perspectives on accountable care organizations July 16, 2013 | Tom McGuinness, CPA, CVA - Founding Partner, Reimer, McGuinness & Associates, P.C., Marc H. Lion, CPA, CFP - Founding Member, Lion & Co., CPAs LLP
Tom McGuinness
Do you really believe that CMS will not reset the bar to coincide with any savings generated by those trying to play by the rules and do the right thing?
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.

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The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the sponsoring agency for the Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE), welcomed the not-for-profit CommunityHealth IT into the Florida HIE. CommunityHealth IT connects community healthcare providers and patients through its MyHealthStoryHIE, which leverages RelayHealth to expand access and the reliability of data across varied care settings.
As a key step toward providing patients with treatments based on their own DNA profiles, the University of Michigan and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) have launched a new joint venture that will help usher in an age of personalized medicine.
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.
Axis Diagnostics, Inc. of Langhorne, PA and Advanced Data Systems (ADS) of Paramus, NJ have successfully collaborated on integrating systems.
The Commonwealth Fund released a new white paper on lessons learned from members of the Premier healthcare alliance’s accountable care collaborative.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) and Optimus Healthcare Partners (Optimus) today announced the launch of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) agreement to deliver more effective care at lower costs to more than 40,000 Horizon BCBSNJ members. The new ACO agreement will include 42 primary care practices and 104 primary care physicians within 11 New Jersey counties.
HIMSS, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and Healthcare IT News, the industry's leading news source for health IT, have partnered to present The Privacy & Security Forum. The event will bring together CIOs and IT executives for a day-and-a-half of collaboration, networking and presentations by leading health IT professionals, industry thought leaders and key government officials.
Through a partnership with QHR Technologies, Inc., Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic solutions, now offers a more comprehensive line of connected vital signs devices in Canada's primary care market. Welch Allyn vital signs devices now interface with one of Canada's leading national electronic medical record (EMR) software solutions, Accuro®EMRa comprehensive, physician clinic management program. The integration of Welch Allyn devices will allow electronic transfer of patient test results directly between the digital diagnostic devices and AccuroEMR—eliminating the need for manual data entry by providers, increasing efficiency and alleviating the risk of transcription and latency errors.

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