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Rule links MU with medical licensure July 24, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
meaningful use
Starting in 2015, doctors in Massachusetts will have to show meaningful use proficiency as a condition for medical licensing. The state medical society is encouraging the Board of Registration in Medicine to broadly interpret the rule, but the provision's primary author feels primary care providers need to be utilizing health IT in order to practice safe medicine.
ONC files health IT progress report July 23, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
health IT progress report
"Federal investments in a wide array of programs and activities, including the meaningful use EHR Incentive Program, have impacted the health IT marketplace, allowing the healthcare system to improve health and healthcare," the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said in the report posted July 19.
House calls making a comeback July 23, 2013 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
House call
Advocates say it makes sense to extract the frail elderly out of the "industrialized medicine" system and put them in a parallel system based on home health services. The potential for cost savings for a population that is one of the biggest drivers of healthcare costs has caught the attention of policy-makers.
Doctors look to traditional MBA programs July 22, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Business training for doctors has been growing steadily since the late 1990s when University of California Irvine became one of the first medical schools to offer a joint MD/MBA program, as well as a healthcare-specific executive MBA. Now more than 50 percent of medical schools offer the joint degree.
Nurse practitioners gaining autonomy July 19, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Nurse practitioners gaining autonomy
At least 17 states now allow nurse practitioners to work without a supervising physician, and lawmakers in five big states are considering similar measures.
State telehealth coverage broadens July 19, 2013 | Eric Wicklund - Senior Editor
Telehealth coverage broadens through state legislation
Missouri became the 19th state to mandate that private insurers reimburse healthcare providers for telehealth services on the same basis that they would for in-person services. Kentucky, meanwhile, has expanded telehealth coverage for its Medicaid beneficiaries.
Providers focused on ICD-10 barriers July 18, 2013 | Diana Manos
Providers focused on ICD-10 barriers
A survey, conducted by eHealth Initiative in partnership with the American Health Information Management Association, reveals a lack of communication around the benefits and value of the new ICD-10 code set, which was expanded to improve the quality of care, research and surveillance with more accurate and specific data.
Apps will help physicians track payments July 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Mobile apps will help physicians track payments
The free apps for iOS and Android platforms are part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' OPEN PAYMENTS program, which is intended to create transparency about financial transactions between doctors, teaching hospitals, drug and device manufacturers, and other healthcare businesses, the agency explained.

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Computer-assisted coding: What to expect July 03, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
What to expect from computer-assisted coding
Healthcare vendors are reassuring providers that they can improve medical coding productivity with computer-assisted coding systems. But can hospitals and medical practices rely on those claims?
Protecting against heat-related illness July 02, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
From vacations, beach days, and flowers in full bloom to tourists in full water-gear, popsicles and theme parks, summer is a season known for its sizzle. But alongside their many glories, the hotter months are also known to bring the heat in ways that can jeopardize patient health to the extreme.
Flag these dates for 3Q through year's end July 01, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Flag these dates for 3Q through year's end
Here's a summary of key ICD-10, meaningful use, PQRS and Sunshine Act dates to track during the second half of 2013.
6 benefits of integrating ICD-10 codes June 28, 2013 | Thomas Ormondroyd, MBA - Vice President, General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions
6 benefits of integrating ICD-10 codes
ICD-10 will affect every aspect of the physician's practice, including patient encounters, clinical and financial workflow and, depending on the circumstances, compensation, reimbursement and future career opportunities. Physicians who take decisive steps to fully integrate ICD-10 codes into their clinical practice stand to benefit in several ways.
Physician job search beginning earlier June 27, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Job search beginning earlier for new physicians
Medical residents and fellows from the Class of 2014 will soon be exploring employment opportunities, according to a report from Cejka Search. Here's a summary of job preferences and motivations for graduating residents and fellows.
3 tips for handling the ACA patient influx June 26, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
3 tips for handling the ACA patient influx
You may choose to bring in an extra physician, hire a physician's assistant or purchase an EHR to streamline operations. Here's a look at each strategy to help you determine the best possible course of action for successfully embracing the upcoming patient wave.
How virtual weight-loss programs can help June 25, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
How virtual weight-loss programs can help
Given their efficiency and effectiveness with large populations of patients, virtual weight-loss programs aren't just the next best thing to being there -- they're actually just as good, according to the physician founder of a software company that helps diabetic patients who are struggling with weight problems.
Familiarity simplifies ICD-10 transition June 21, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Familiar clinical concepts should ease ICD-10 transition
Clinicians already document a patient's chart with more information than an ICD-9 code can capture, an update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pointed out. Here's why you should review your most often-used ICD-9 codes.

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FDA proposal to revise labeling regulations will improve drug safety July 08, 2013 | Sidney Wolfe, MD - Founder and Senior Adviser, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Sidney Wolfe
Under current FDA regulations, generic manufacturers cannot update their products' labeling, even if they become aware of a potential risk not stated in the labeling.
Preparing your practice for change and survival in a value-based reimbursement world July 03, 2013 | Nancy Ruff - Director of Health Advisory Services, CTG Health Solutions
Nancy Ruff
Physician practices must stay on top of new requirements, continue to educate themselves on requirement changes and associated deadlines, and regularly look for ways to make improvements.
The AMA's specific problem with ICD-10 implementation July 01, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
A recent survey revealed reliance on unspecific diagnoses with ICD-9 coding. That's not going to work well with ICD-10-CM coding.
5 benefits of online patient communities June 28, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
David Lee Scher
Physicians should not be concerned about accepting or participating in properly conducted OPCs.
So many choices, so little time June 26, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
If you are faced with the happy choice of where to lend your talents, ask yourself the following questions before you take the plunge.
AMA refuses to accept ICD-10 implementation again June 25, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl natale
The AMA does not want healthcare payers to deny medical claims because of medical coding error or use of not-so-specific medical codes.
Recovery June 24, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
Things are tough, but they are a lot better since I left my destructive relationship with Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies.
The doctor is out June 21, 2013 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Zachary Landman
A patient portal needs to be accessible, responsive and reliable when the patient is reaching his threshold.

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INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma's largest health care system, recently implemented Amalga from Caradigm, a Microsoft Corp. and GE Healthcare company, to improve quality of care through enhanced care coordination and patient engagement. Amalga is a health intelligence platform that integrates patient health information stored across multiple care settings, allowing clinicians to more rapidly gain critical insights about patients and identify opportunities to improve care.
WorkSmart MD, Inc. has announced its launch of medicalbillinghelper.com an educational website that helps physicians and community health centers (FQHC) improve their profitability and maximize medical billing revenue.
athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and care coordination services to medical groups, today announced the launch of a new initiative focused on the promotion of inspired, disruptive leadership in health care. The athenahealth Leadership Forum comprises a periodic series of invitation-only leadership institutes and a new website and online community, open to all medical enterprise leaders, featuring exclusive Harvard Business Review (HBR) content and original contributions from top Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty.
Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology (FHIT), www.fhit.org, has announced a strategic partnership with LecturePad.org, an education web portal for continuous professional development.
Four Health Systems launch regional alliance June 29, 2012 | Industry Release
Four of Iowa’s premier health care organizations announced today they are creating a health care alliance in Iowa and contiguous areas. The announcement was made in a statewide press conference, held today in several cities simultaneously.
Even in tough economy, the desire to give back topped potential financial rewards nearly three to one.
Greenway’s PrimeRESEARCH to exhibit at DIA 2012 June 21, 2012 | Industry Release
Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., provider of the single-database electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solution PrimeSUITE®, is exhibiting its PrimeRESEARCH™ solutions at the DIA 2012 48th Annual Meeting June 24-28 in Philadelphia.
Physician income growth slows in 2011 June 20, 2012 | Industry Release
Physician compensation growth stagnated in 2011, according to a recent survey of physicians and healthcare providers conducted by The Medicus Firm, a national physician recruiting firm. Conversely, nurse practitioners and physician assistants reported increased incomes in 2011 as compared to 2010.

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