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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.
Scientists explore avian influenza strain's pandemic potential July 11, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
For now, all still seems well on the viral front, but that hasn’t stopped scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from checking into the pandemic potential of the novel bird flu strain, H7N9.
The life-saving benefit of check-ups July 11, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The life-saving benefit of regular check-ups
One in three people know someone who discovered a serious medical condition from a routine medical check-up or discovered one themselves, according to a newly released survey conducted by GfK Roper for health technology vendor Patient Fusion. Unfortunately, most patients are still using outdated methods to find the best care.
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.
PCMH program yields $155 million in avoided costs July 10, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
PCMH program yields $155 million in avoided costs
A patient-centered medical home program operated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan delivered a 3.5 percent higher quality measure, a 5.1 percent higher preventive care measure, and a $26.37 lower per member per month medical cost for adults over a three-year measurement period through June 2011, according to researchers.
Practices reach paperless pinnacle July 09, 2013 | Diana Manos
Ambulatory practices reach paperless pinnacle
Bon Secours in Virginia is among the nation's first health systems to be recognized by HIMSS Analytics for having physician clinics attain Stage 7 of the EMR Adoption Model, which charts a path to a fully paperless medical records environment.
CMS proposes complex care payment July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS proposes payment for complex care management
Medicare only pays for primary care management services as part of a face-to-face visit. Under a proposed rule issued July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would make a separate payment to physicians for managing select patients’ care needs beginning in 2015.

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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.
How Is Your Website Feeling? May 14, 2013 | David S. Brooks - Vice President, Client Services, Doctor.com
David Brooks
[Sponsored Content] Today’s practice manager is responsible for an effective marketing strategy, especially involving the website and (more importantly) the dozens of social media platforms that patients use to find doctors. To help you make good decisions about your web marketing programs, here's a checklist of seven diagnostic questions to determine the health of your practice web site and web presence.
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.
Complete testing urged for hep C patients May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Complete testing urged for hepatitis C patients
Many people who test positive on an initial hepatitis C test are not receiving the necessary follow-up testing to determine if their body has cleared the virus or if they are still infected, according to Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day; this article includes CDC's recommendations for who should be tested.
Deadline looms for 2014 eRx adjustment May 08, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
June 30 deadline looms for 2014 eRx payment adjustment
Individual eligible professionals and group practices participating in the Group Practice Reporting Option must successfully report as an electronic prescriber before June 30, 2013, in order to avoid a 2014 payment adjustment for professional services covered under Medicare Part B's Physician Fee Schedule.
5 hot tips for lowering cancer risk May 07, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
5 hot tips for lowering cancer risk
With cookout season about to spark into high flame in many parts of the country, the time is right to inform patients about the hidden hazards of grilling. The American Institute for Cancer Research offers five simple steps your patients can keep in mind to make this summer's backyard BBQ healthier.

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Sequester could doom funding for promising cancer research April 30, 2013 | Deborah J. Cornwall
Deborah J. Cornwall
In an environment where we are concerned about creating jobs, cutting research funding is not just shortsighted -- it is economically and morally wrong.
Email as a patient communications tool? Read before you hit 'send' April 29, 2013 | Cindy Thomas Wright - Physician Practice Marketing
Cindy Wright
Before you decide to open the lines to an email conversation, you should take a good look at the pros and cons of doing so.
Remote patient monitoring will lead value-based healthcare April 26, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
David Lee Scher
Remote patient monitoring, via technology, can be the door to better provider-patient communication, more meaningful office follow-up visits and increased caregiver participation.
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.
Preserving the power of mobile technology during disaster April 18, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The prevalence of technology, mobile specifically, in the modern disaster setting proves to be a blessing indeed. Thus, it’s important for physicians and patients to keep in mind usage tips of how to handle and preserve such devices in the wake of disaster, natural or man-made.
Updated: Medical details emerging on Boston emergency April 16, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
emerging medical treatment for boston bombing victims
Information relevant to the medical treatment of victims will be added to the top of this blog post as it becomes available.

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IndiGO (Individualized Guidelines and Outcomes), the physician and patient decision support tool, created by the healthcare modeling company Archimedes, Inc., was recognized with the “Best of Care Applications” award at the 2012 Health Data Initiative III: The Health Datapalooza annual event held earlier this month in Washington, D.C. The Health Data Initiative, now guided by the Health Data Consortium, encourages innovators to utilize health data to develop applications to raise awareness of health and health system performance, and spark community action to improve health. Archimedes was one of 17 companies, chosen by a panel of judges from among more than 200 contending companies, to present during the main stage session at Health Datapalooza.
Continuing its innovative efforts to support primary care, Humana Inc. has pledged to work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on a joint initiative aimed at making high quality, low cost health care accessible to more Americans.
 A recent global analysis of product evaluations for Health Technology Assessments  – which are often influential in decision making for approving and/or providing reimbursement for pharmaceuticals and other medical technology – found that the use of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) increased between 2005 and 2011. The study also showed substantial variation across both nations and treatment areas in applying HTAs to such decisions.
For the first time, Consumer Reports is unveiling Patient Experience Ratings of primary care physician groups. The Ratings cover nearly 500 practices in Massachusetts and were compiled in collaboration with Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP), a coalition of consumers, government agencies, hospitals, insurers, physicians and researchers.
Oakwood ACO, a collaboration between physicians and Oakwood Healthcare Inc. that currently encompasses over 1,000 physician members, has selected Care Team Connect’s care coordination platform to power care navigation for their patients included in the Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project (MiPCT). Launched in 2010, Oakwood ACO was founded on the guiding principles important to physicians, such as trust, transparency and physician leadership. MiPCT is the largest of eight Multi-Payer CMS Demonstration Projects in the U.S.
Care management delivers better health for millions May 21, 2012 | Industry Release
Millions of patients nationwide are receiving better healthcare with the help of care management programs that use advanced technology to assist in improving medical team coordination and communication. These sophisticated workflow and authorization tools are helping care managers coordinate a patient’s care by getting procedures reviewed and approved more quickly, allowing providers to share data and recommend improvements to care plans. In the end, these advancements enable better care for patients and greater efficiencies and cost savings for the healthcare system.
Elevate, Inc. has reached an agreement with MMRGlobal to incorporate the company's MyMedicalRecords® Personal Health Record (PHR) service into the Elevate Smart Home™ Security Suite beginning June 1, 2012.
PatientPoint®, a leading provider of care coordination and patient care management solutions, today announced that Solantic, the largest operator of urgent care centers in Florida, will be deploying the PatientPoint HealthSync™ Platform to improve patient outreach and access to care.

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