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Database gives ophthalmologists insight July 08, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
The American Academy of Ophthalmology on July 8 announced plans for an EHR-linked eye disease database that will enable ophthalmologists nationwide to statistically analyze and benchmark their own care.
National health plans may be unavailable in some states next year July 08, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
National health plans may be unavailable in some states next year
New online marketplaces will begin selling health insurance to individuals in October, offering federal tax credits to help cover the cost of premiums to those who qualify. An outstanding question: In which states will national plans operate?
Care coordinators vital to PCMH success July 08, 2013 | Janet Duni, RN, BSN, CCM, MPA - Director of Care Coordination at Vanguard Medical Group
Care coordinators essential to PCMH success
At Vanguard Medical Group of Verona, N.J., four care coordinators across three locations, have helped the practice improve outcomes and maintain the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition it first earned in 2009.
Arthritis drug lowers blood sugar July 03, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
It’s only natural that an arthritic alleviant would have joint aspirations. Nevertheless, the latest findings from the Joslin Diabetes Center regarding the glycemic controlling properties inherent in arthritis drug salsalate still come as a pleasant surprise.
Physicians calling for less imaging July 03, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
Study finds physicians calling for less imaging
A new study from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute shows that the number of physician visits by patients 65 years of age or older resulting in an imaging exam trended downward from 12.8 percent in 2003 to 10.6 percent in 2011.
Narrative data put docs on high wire July 02, 2013 | Zach McCartney - Contributing writer
Narrative data put docs on high wire
Healthcare, which has always been based on the doctor-patient interaction, is nearing the end of Stage 1 meaningful use, and as the industry increases its reliance on electronic health records, it faces a new challenge.
Error compromises patient files July 02, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Programming error compromises thousands of patient files
In one of the largest HIPAA breaches reported this year, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is notifying 187,533 clients that their protected health information, financial and employment data and, in some cases, Social Security numbers were exposed following a computer glitch.
Hep A outbreak may stem from seeds July 01, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a multi-state hepatitis A outbreak, halting a shipment of pomegranate seeds from a Turkish company on suspicion that they facilitated the illness.

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6 tips for better data security April 29, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
When it comes to privacy and data security, healthcare entities face tremendous exposure to regulatory violations and monetary damages. William Tanenbaum, partner at New York-based technology law firm Kaye Scholer LLP, offers 6 recommendations that can help ensure better data security.
MU reporting after an EHR switch April 25, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
How to report for MU if you switch EHR vendors
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your meaningful use status if you were to change EHR vendors? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the EHR Incentive Programs, has an answer for you.
3 tips for getting your PHR to stick April 25, 2013 | Stephen Snyder - President of MTBC
3 tips for getting your PHR to stick
Although patients want online access to their records and the features that come with PHRs, getting patients to actually adopt the technology and use it in a meaningful way takes upfront planning. The good news is that it is possible. Here are three tips for your practice to consider when implementing a PHR to increase its "stickiness" with patients.
Getting ready for emerging care models April 25, 2013 | Andrew Pashman - Director of Business Development, VitalHealth Software
Getting ready for emerging care models
There are a number of things physician practices can be doing right now to prepare to participate in value-based care delivery models. Preparation falls into three areas: people, processes and technology. This article will focus on the foundational technology layer or "table stakes" necessary to participate in these new delivery models.
How an EHR helps with practice efficiency April 23, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
How an EHR helps with practice efficiency
At East Lake Pediatrics in Trinity, Fla., the practice's electronic health record streamlines operations in a number of areas. From providing fast access to patient charts to preventing duplication and unnecessary visits, here's how the practice's EHR keeps patients and staff happy.
What to do after a security breach April 23, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
What to do after a security breach
Implementing practices to avoid a medical data breach greatly reduces the risk of encountering one. In the event that you do, however, you need to be prepared to take action that lessens the repercussions from patients, the public and, of course, HIPAA.
CMS and ONC to host session on coding April 22, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS and ONC to host session on billing and coding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will hold a meeting May 3 to discuss the effect of EHRs on care quality and provider efficiency, as well as coding challenges facing clinicians and hospitals. The event is free and open to healthcare providers and HIT vendors.
A balanced approach to data security April 18, 2013 | Diana Manos
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Organizations need to weigh compliance and security concerns when assessing regulatory mandates such as HIPAA. Larry Hurtado, CEO of Digital Defense, a risk assessment firm in San Antonio, Texas, offers several tips on how to improve your security culture.

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Administration extends rules for technology transfer April 15, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
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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.
Collaborators April 12, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
My patients want me to succeed because that success will mean better care for them. So I've asked them to get involved in a "brain trust" that will help build my health records system.
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?"
Incentivized smoking cessation in the workplace could smoke habit April 04, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Workplace smoking cessations programs, incentivized monetarily and with worker support/companionship, could make some serious ground on lessening tobacco use.
Remote patient monitoring, part 2: Operational models April 01, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
There are different models of deployment of remote patient monitoring that affect investment by providers, return on investment of the process, and logistics and workflows, which I will discuss here.
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?

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SynerMed, Inc. announced today that it has formed a partnership with IEHIE (www.iehie.org) that will link patient health information to medical providers across California. SynerMed brings an additional 650,000 lives and more than 10,000 contracted physicians in Sacramento, Fresno, Madera, Kings, Los Angeles and San Diego counties to join the existing pool of 4.1 million members and 2800 providers that currently comprise the exchange. IEHIE offers an enhanced Health Information Exchange (HIE) service, which allows doctors, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare providers to electronically review and access medical records, resulting in timely, safer and improved quality of healthcare for patients, particularly those in underserved and disadvantaged populations.
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, today announced a new agreement with Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) to deploy NextGen® Ambulatory EHR, NextGen® Practice Management, NextGen® Inpatient Solutions, and other NextGen® solutions throughout the organization. This agreement further strengthens NextGen Healthcare’s position as one of the leading providers of information technology (IT) solutions for tribal health services nationwide.
Clear Vision Information Systems, offering Medicare Advantage risk-adjustment solutions and strategies to health plans and providers nationwide, will be exhibiting at the annual meeting of the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG), May 17-20, in Palm Desert, California.
OPTIMIZERx Corp. continues to expand their proprietary SampleMD technology to enable more doctors to add and distribute savings and patient education right within their ePrescribing workflow. The Company is on track to launch this technology within another leading ePrescribe platform that will reach an additional 35,000 doctors within 2nd quarter 2012. More prescribers are looking for an alternative to drug samples that are being restricted or only serving select patients versus the much broader savings and support they can provide when SampleMD is electronically integrated within their EMR or ePrescribe platform.
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.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) are pleased to announce the creation of a new online resource developed to advance robust academic-practice partnerships. This new clearinghouse, hosted on the AACN Web site, features an interactive tool kit with practical guidelines for establishing successful collaborations as well as a Guiding Principles document that outlines the eight tenets for productive partnerships.
Phytel, the leader in automated physician-led population health improvement, announced today that Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG), part of Northeast Georgia Health System and one of the largest multispecialty groups in Northeast Georgia, has selected Phytel and its Atmosphere™ platform to help transform all of its 30-plus ambulatory-care clinics into patient-centered medical homes by the end of this year.
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.

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