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CMS quantifies how EHRs improve care July 18, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
CMS quantifies how EHRs are improving care
Since 2011, according to the agency, providers have checked drug and medication interactions to ensure patient safety more than 40 million times through the use of EHRs. Providers have also shared more than 4.3 million care summaries with other providers when patients moved between care settings.
Liberating data through HIE technology July 17, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Liberating data through HIE technology
Daniel Newman, MD, chief medical information officer at technology integration firm MEDfx, recognizes health information exchange as "a laudable goal" in terms of everyday communications, but he emphasizes that it's really part of a bigger issue: making data useful to clinicians. PhysBizTech recently caught up with Newman for further discussion of HIE as it applies to the small-practice environment.
Repository will help value IT investments July 16, 2013 | Diana Manos
HIMSS repository will help evaluate IT investments
The Health IT Value Suite classifies, quantifies and articulates the clinical, financial and business impact of health IT investments. It also offers examples that help stakeholders -- from providers to policymakers to payers to influencers -- analyze performance across numerous factors.
Steep climb to ICD-10 readiness July 16, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Practices face steep climb to ICD-10 readiness
According to the Physician Practice ICD-10 Readiness Survey from medical claims clearinghouse Navicure, only about 19 percent of practices have established an ICD-10 transition plan. More likely, your practice status falls in line with the 54 percent of respondents who have either not yet started preparing for ICD-10 or who feel like their plans are not on track to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline.
PAHCOM and CMS continue ICD-10 collaboration July 15, 2013 | Denise Buenning - Deputy Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Robert Tagalicod - Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Karen Blanchette - Director, PAHCOM
PAHCOM and CMS continue ICD-10 collaboration
The Professional Association of Health Care Office Management and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have been working together to address the impact ICD-10 will have on small physician practices. The organizations will be offering a series of informational webinars and in-person training sessions to help you prepare for the ICD-10 implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014.
HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster July 15, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster
A project that will help patients and providers access health information in the event of a hurricane or other widespread disaster involves collaboration between HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the health information exchange programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Fee schedule rule affects EHR program July 12, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Proposed fee schedule rule affects the Medicare EHR Incentive Program
A proposed rule released July 8 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains changes to physician quality programs for calendar year 2014. What's not immediately evident within the document is that it contains additional options for eligible professionals to report clinical quality measures.
Cloud EMR keeps practice on cutting edge July 12, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Cloud-based EMR keeps small practice on the cutting edge
Deanna Boyette, MD, of Boyette Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Greenville, N.C., opened her own practice three years ago with the goal of being digital. Since going live on a cloud-based EMR, the practice has qualified for two years of incentive payments and is preparing for Stage 2 of meaningful use.

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Megatrends: Where healthcare is headed June 20, 2013 | MedAxiom
Megatrends: Where healthcare is headed
Joel Sauer, vice president of consulting at MedAxiom Consulting, travels to healthcare organizations throughout North America, guiding them on how the changes in the healthcare environment will affect their ability to serve patients, while remaining profitable. Here, he shares eight overarching considerations he believes will direct the nature of healthcare.
Monitor revenue to strengthen bottom line June 19, 2013 | Richard Pizzi - Editorial Director
Monitor revenue to strengthen your bottom line
Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG), which operates in the highly competitive Dallas-Ft. Worth healthcare marketplace, follows five metrics it considers critical to physician revenue performance. Read on to learn the metrics THPG uses to track how its revenue cycle is working.
Leading with the heart, head and hands June 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Leading with the heart, head and hands
Barbara Trautlein, PhD, author of "Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks," offers a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of three leadership styles and provides a coaching suggestion for each.
Q&A with CMS' Rob Anthony June 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS' Rob Anthony answers questions on payment adjustments
Medicare eligible professionals who do not demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to a payment adjustment beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Rob Anthony, CMS' deputy director of the HIT Initiatives Group, explains what you should know about payment adjustments -- and how to avoid them.
Project calls out lung cancer bias June 14, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
For many conditions, bias exists as a prominent symptom, whether it comes from within and/or all around. With lung cancer patients in particular, the effect and affect of biases seem especially strong, an assertion given even more bulk by the latest findings from The Lung Cancer Project.
How to Win at AdWords June 14, 2013 | David S. Brooks - Vice President, Client Services, Doctor.com
David Brooks
[Sponsored Content] Every practice owner who's tried Google AdWords has heard a horror story about someone spending thousands of dollars and getting nothing. The fact is that pay-per-click (PPC) marketing is extremely expensive only if you do it wrong. Here are six important concepts to follow when setting up your PPC campaign.
New FAQs address ICD-10 billing concerns June 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
New FAQs address ICD-10 billing concerns
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted new entries on its FAQ website regarding the submission of ICD-10 claims around the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. The FAQs update previous information, according to CMS, and explain how to split claims for services that span the transition date.
Practice integration: 'No obstacles' June 13, 2013 | MedAxiom
Practice integration: 'No obstacles in our way'
Paul Freier, MD, FACC, explains that his 15-physician cardiology practice sets its own daily work schedule two years after integration with Adventist Health Midwest System. "I think, for the most part, this is the model," he observes.

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When will the data tsunami turn into a windfall for patients? June 17, 2013 | Dave Lareau - CEO of Medicomp Systems
Dave Lareau
While we toss our patient-level data into a huge pool, we have to be able to retrieve it on a patient level and deliver it to the clinician as structured versus unstructured data that can be easily accessed and used as well.
The 4 C's of the MBA: Worth the price? June 14, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Before you invest the time, effort and money enrolling in an MBA program, ask yourself the following questions.
How the High Court saved genetic innovation June 13, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Wild helices just can’t be patented, but leave it to some corporate wranglers to give it the old cowboy try anyway.
Not all clouds are created equal June 11, 2013 | Kurt Hagerman - Director of Information Security at FireHost
Kurt Hagerman
With a cloud stack designed to meet the specific needs of the healthcare industry, you can optimize your EMR/EHR system, improve medical billing, enhance patient outcomes, satisfy compliance regulations and more.
Solutions for your new data reality June 10, 2013 | Janice Nicholson - Co-founder and CEO, i2i Systems
Janice Nicholson
You simply cannot control the future success of your organization if you do not truly know your data.
Avandia: A drug that should be banned June 07, 2013 | Sidney Wolfe, MD - Founder and Senior Adviser, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Sidney Wolfe
Since late 2010, when the diabetes drug Avandia was removed from the market in Europe because of its cardiovascular risks, approximately 132,000 Americans have been prescribed this dangerous drug, likely resulting in hundreds, or more, serious - and sometimes fatal - adverse reactions, including heart failure and heart attacks.
Planning a career transition June 06, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Doctors who are contemplating a switch to bio-innovation and entrepreneurship have several options, including creating their own company, consulting, working with industry or becoming a service provider to life science entrepreneurs.
Policy recommendations on quality measurement: my reactions June 05, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
David Williams
Do these esteemed health experts choose their own providers based just on the "organization" or do they do what I and everyone I know does, which is to give considerable weight to the individual physician they are going to see?

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Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, Ky., has been elected president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest physician organization. Following her year-long term as president-elect, Dr. Hoven will assume the office of AMA President in June 2013.
Cleveland Clinic physician becomes 'visiting nurse' June 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Dr. Steven H. Landers, M.D., M.P.H., former Director of the Center for Home Care and Community Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, has been named President and CEO of VNA Health Group, the largest nonprofit visiting nurse association in New Jersey and second largest in the country.  Dr. Landers, a certified family practitioner and geriatrician, will be the first physician to lead the century-old VNA, which has 500 community health nurses and over 1,700 employees across the state.
The GE Foundation announced today a $2.3 million grant to National Medical Fellowships (NMF) for the creation of the GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP), providing future healthcare professionals the opportunity to experience primary care practice in community health centers across the US. NMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing minority representation in medicine and the health professions.
myCME launches app for iOS and Android June 04, 2012 | Industry Release
myCME announces the launch of the myCME App, a convenient source for healthcare professionals to get the continuing education they need, when they want it. The app provides an extensive variety of CME and CE activities across a broad spectrum of therapeutic areas. It helps healthcare professionals stay up-to-date on the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment strategies, all designed around helping clinicians provide exceptional care for their patients.
The International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME), the largest group of physicians and researchers dedicated to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), has released updated care guidelines directed at primary care physicians and other health care providers. The document, "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Primer for Clinical Practitioners," can be accessed at: http://www.iacfsme.org/Home/Primer/tabid/509/Default.aspx.
The International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME), the largest group of physicians and researchers dedicated to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), has released updated care guidelines directed at primary care physicians and other health care providers. The document, "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Primer for Clinical Practitioners," can be accessed at: http://www.iacfsme.org/Home/Primer/tabid/509/Default.aspx.
LocumTenens.com, the country's largest job board for the locum tenens industry and full-service physician staffing agency, has made the job search easier for physicians seeking locum tenens assignments by launching a new optimized website to support mobile device users.
Ameritox(SM), the nation's leader in Pain Medication Monitoring Solutions®, will launch new resources aimed at helping physicians manage compliance and ethics issues when working with laboratory partners. Health professionals will have access to a new website offering important regulatory compliance information.

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