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Bronze Plans may cost consumers more June 19, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Rate filings show Bronze Plans may be costlier for consumers
New analysis from HealthPocket finds that Bronze Plans, the least expensive plans under the Affordable Care Act, have higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers compared to current plans in the individual and family insurance market.
Majority of docs in emerging care models June 19, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Majority of physicians in emerging care models
A new survey conducted by health IT company eClinicalWorks finds 53 percent of physicians and other industry professionals are participating in nontraditional care delivery models such as accountable care organizations and patient centered medical homes.
Antibiotics may raise statin toxicity risk June 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Certain antibiotics may raise risk of statin toxicity
Older patients taking statins should not be prescribed the antibiotics clarithromycin or erythromycin due to increased risk for statin toxicity, according to a study published in the June 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Panel says Medicare unfairly penalizes hospitals serving the poor June 17, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Panel says Medicare unfairly penalizes hospitals serving the poor
The financial penalties that Medicare imposes on hospitals with high rates of patient readmissions are too harsh for hospitals serving the poor and should be changed, according to a congressional advisory agency.
FDA advises cyber security for devices June 17, 2013 | Diana Manos
FDA advises cyber security for devices
In a June 13 safety communication, the Food and Drug Administration warned medical device manufacturers, hospitals, medical device user facilities, healthcare IT and procurement staff, and biomedical engineers to put safeguards in place to reduce the risk of cyber attack.
Retail clinics expected to double by 2015 June 17, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Retail clinics expected to double by 2015
New research from management consulting and tech services firm Accenture finds that the very clinics once perceived as rivals by PCPs and hospitals may represent a key tool for managing patient volume while more conventional health providers focus on higher acuity and more complex treatments.
Rule allows higher out-of-pocket spending June 12, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Federal rule allows higher out-of-pocket spending
Starting next year, the Affordable Care Act sets maximum limits on how much consumers can be required to pay out-of-pocket annually for their medical care. But some people with high drug costs may find the limits don't protect them yet. That's because the federal government is giving some health plans extra time to comply with the rules.
Pitfalls in peer support programs should promote hesitancy June 12, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Sometimes getting by shouldn’t involve help from our friends — but if it does, that aid should come with a considerable disclaimer, researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School insist.

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Instilling patient education in your practice February 25, 2013 | Cindy Thomas Wright - Physician Practice Marketing
As patient engagement becomes top of mind in today’s practice, doctors must expand roles to not only treat patients, but also to teach them how to become fully involved in their own care. Here are three simple ways you can bring education to the forefront in your practice.
How to plug RCM leaks at your practice February 21, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
A faulty revenue cycle opens the possibility of your practice not being paid properly for its services. This article should help you plug potential leaks, ensuring better revenue cycle management.
Leveraging Stage 1 MU strategies February 18, 2013 | Chris Ward - Director of Technology and Informatics, BJC Medical Group, Matt Davis - Meaningful Use Project Manager at BJC Medical Group
BJC Medical Group (BJCMG), a St. Louis-based group practice, has attested to Stage 1 MU and is preparing to attest to Stage 2. Throughout this process, the practice has found some key strategies are essential to effectively manage the attestation process. Those strategies are described in this article.
How to protect your medical data February 15, 2013 | Jerry Kaner - CEO of Ciphertex
While most small medical practices lack a full-time IT professional who can run daily security checks or manage sophisticated security programs, there are five simple steps you can take to reduce your vulnerability.
How to succeed with an email newsletter February 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Healthcare newsletter marketing programs provide a cost-effective way to reach out and keep in touch with both patients and referring providers on a regular basis. To help providers understand industry best practices for a newsletter marketing campaign, Steve Klinghoffer, president of WPI Communications, summarized 6 keys to success.
Increasing patient portal adoption February 07, 2013 | Gary Hamilton - President and Founder, InteliChart
Some providers approach patient portal technology as a mere step to attaining Stage 2 compliance when, in fact, it can be an effective care management and communication tool. To promote adoption, practices must dispel misconceptions around patient portals and embrace the many benefits beyond Stage 2 compliance that the technology provides.
Ban these 10 phrases from the workplace February 06, 2013 | Darlene Price - President and Founder, Well Said Inc.
Without a doubt, top leaders and managers use specific words to achieve success. At the same time, however, certain words and phrases should be avoided at all costs in today's workplace. Here's a list of the top 10 words or phrases you should purge from your vocabulary.
3 ways health IT helps combat the flu February 06, 2013 | Ahmed Mori - Content Writer, CareCloud
As a physician or office manager, it's important to ensure your patients - particularly those in high-risk groups - are protected against any risks associated with the flu. But since you're a veteran, you know accomplishing this is often a logistical nightmare. Here are some ways IT can help.

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Who will save the independent physicians? February 06, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
If small practices can show they're doing a great job, then I’m confident that in the long run they’ll be able to not just survive but to thrive as consumers increasingly take their business to those who can show they are the best, regardless of setting.
The 5 pitfalls of designing a medical app February 05, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
As someone who does not design apps, I offer a perspective that covers topics raised by different stakeholders concerning medical app development.
Informaticists offer EHR safety recommendations February 01, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
The American Medical Informatics Association recently issued recommendations concerning the usability of electronic health record systems.
Top 5 digital health trends for 2013 January 31, 2013 | Melissa Thompson - CEO of TalkSession
As entrepreneurs and investors move toward the appreciation of shared value and collaboration, I believe 2013 will bring a higher form of capitalism in healthcare.
What Amazon can teach us about telehealth adoption January 29, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
It didn’t occur to policymakers 50 years ago that broadband communications would allow the “virtual presence” of physicians from afar. Those rules should be changed.
Information overload may be downside of health IT January 28, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
The very strength of technology - its capacity to move lots of information easily - could prove increasingly problematic for doctors.
The Omnibus Rule arrives January 25, 2013 | Mac McMillan - Privacy and Security
Business associates and their subcontractors are now officially liable directly for certain requirements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, whether a formal agreement exists or not.
Physician health warrants more focus during season of sickness January 24, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Influenza is in. Patients line waiting room walls. Vaccinations sit sharp and at the ready. Now is definitely not the time for the doctor to be out.

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Vitals selects MWW for brand building campaign April 09, 2012 | Industry Release
MWW Group (www.mww.com), one of the top ten global independent public relations firms, announced today that it has been retained by Vitals (www.vitals.com), the leading online physician review and ratings resource, for its expertise in consumer brand communications. MWW Group will help develop deeper consumer understanding of Vitals and its unparalleled patient-sourced reviews and physician data.
Yesterday, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation announced a program called Choosing Wisely, which highlights 45 specific tests or procedures that nine leading physician specialty societies say are commonly used by doctors but are not always necessary or prudent for patients. For example, Choosing Wisely calls for patients to question the need for a brain imaging scan like a CT or MRI after fainting, or a stress imaging test of the heart at their annual checkup if they are otherwise healthy.
Pediatric Partners of Raleigh, with assistance from the North Carolina Medical Society’s (NCMS) PractEssentials program, has achieved the level three Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designation, the highest set of recognition standards for 2011 released by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). As a PCMH, Pediatric Partners utilizes health information technology (HIT) for systematic patient-centered and coordinated care management processes to ensure that their patients get the indicated evidence-based care when they need it in a culturally appropriate manner. While Pediatric Partners is one of only three private practices to achieve 2011 Recognition, North Carolina ranks third highest in all PCMH/PPC medical homes nationwide.
MDdatacor (MDD) announced today it has been selected as the vendor of choice to partner with members of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) to offer the Medical Home Quality Markers program, the college's version of a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The program is offered as a benefit to ACOFP members to position them to become recognized as a PCMH by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accrediting body.
A cold or upper respiratory infection might need a physician's attention, but when he or she is not available, the only option might be a visit to the emergency room. With that in mind, Highmark Inc. has launched a pilot program to a select number of members, who can conduct a secure virtual visit with a physician.
iPad app to simplify medical records requests March 26, 2012 | Industry Release
 IOD Incorporated, a leading provider of integrated HIM solutions to hospitals, IDNs, healthcare systems and clinics, today announced it has developed PRISM® iRequest, a secure iPad application for patient medical records requests. This new tool enhances patient experience by providing an intuitive electronic method for medical records requests.
Giffen Solutions, Inc., an electronic health information network company founded by physicians, announced today the launch of its new smartphone app, MedXCom, designed to streamline communications and improve physicians' practices and work flow.
Today ZocDoc launches in Greater Austin with the mission of improving access to medical care in the area. ZocDoc, a free service for patients, is a one-stop resource for researching doctors and making appointments instantly online. At launch, the service offers appointments with participating primary care doctors, obstetrician-gynecologists and dermatologists throughout the Austin area.

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