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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.
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.
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 Unfortunately, most patients are still using outdated methods to find the best care.
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.
Practice acquisitions on the uptrend July 10, 2013 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
Practice acquisitions on the uptrend
The number and value of physician medical group transactions has been on the rise over the last five years, and that pattern will likely continue as networks become the norm under healthcare reform, according to industry experts. Negotiating strategic governance is a key element of deals that last.
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.
Are shorter shifts for interns dangerous? July 09, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Are shorter shifts for interns endangering patients?
As a new class of interns, who arrived July 1, begins treating patients in teaching hospitals around the country, a recent spate of studies questions whether rules mandating shorter shifts have made the situation worse.
ACP backs SGR repeal, blended payments July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
SGR repeal and blended payments backed by ACP
American College of Physicians President Molly Cooke, MD, urged Congress to consider the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform's recommendations, which are "aimed at reining in health spending and improving quality of care by fundamentally changing the way doctors are paid."

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Countering declining reimbursement rates June 12, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
How to counter declining reimbursement rates
While there isn't much you can do to stop reimbursement cuts, a proactive approach will help you negate the potentially disastrous effects of declining reimbursement rates. Here are several approaches to consider.
Resources for 2013 Stage 1 changes June 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Resources available for 2013 Stage 1 changes
On Jan. 1, 2013, several changes went into effect for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs' Stage 1 meaningful use objectives, measures and exclusions. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the programs, some of the changes are optional, but others are mandatory. Here's a recap of where to look for more information.
3 ways patients will benefit from big data June 10, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
3 ways patients will benefit from big data
The healthcare sector has only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what big data will yield. And for patients, one of the primary benefits will be "shortening the pathway to care decisions from hours to minutes," according to big data expert Dan Riskin, MD.
Moving from volume to value June 05, 2013 | MedAxiom
Practices face pain of 'moving from volume to value'
In an interview published with permission from MedAxiom's "2013 Perspectives: A Year in Review" report, Cathie Biga, CEO of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, explains that penalty phases mandated by several federal regulations have already begun kicking in, with actions and data submitted from prior years already impacting practices' revenue streams. The trend will continue from this point on.
Why small practices should embrace social media June 05, 2013 | Amanda Guerrero - Contributing Writer
Why small practices should embrace social media
Small physician practices stand to gain from social media interaction, despite their patient communication and marketing efforts being carried out in a scaled-back way. Whether your practice chooses to start with a single profile on one social media network or go big with accounts across multiple platforms, here are three areas in which social media outreach can help you succeed.
Learning resources available on MSSP May 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers a program to help providers participate in accountable care organizations to improve quality of care for Medicare patients.The agency offers several options for Medicare fee-for-service providers who would like to learn more about the program.
EHR design: Moving beyond paper May 30, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
EHR design: The key to moving beyond paper
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association showed instead of properly using their EHRs, primary care practices were using 10 out of 11 previously identified paper workarounds. If we're supposed to be in the midst of the EHR revolution, what happened? Here's a look at how a well-designed EHR helps a practice in key areas.
Practices unresponsive to ICD-10 transition May 29, 2013 | Colette Weston - Manager, Product Management and Business Solutions, ADP AdvancedMD, Michael Bearnson - Product Analyst and Leader of the ADP AdvancedMD ICD-10 Initiative
Many practices unresponsive to ICD10 transition
Many in the provider community seem unresponsive to the ICD-10 transition planning message -- especially the smaller private practice, whose staff is often under-resourced and over-committed. Here's why you should get started now by appointing a person to head up your ICD-10 planning process.

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Doctor Scum Bag June 04, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
Our system of "healthcare" doesn’t just fail to counter the flaws of our nature; it actively promotes bad relationships.
5 lessons healthcare can learn from project management June 03, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
David Lee Scher
Much of what I did as a practicing physician fit into standard practice management (PM) teaching. However, it helps to frame a discussion around PM today in the context of healthcare, because of how fragmented care delivery is.
A call for patience May 29, 2013 | Eric Wicklund - Senior Editor
Eric Wicklund
With its preliminary guidelines for regulation of mobile medical apps, released in late 2011, the FDA wisely jumped into the fray and gave us a foundation. Soon the FDA will build the structure around that foundation to manage and control emerging apps.
Working May 28, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
After fighting valiantly against the idea for the first two months, I succumbed to the necessity of building my own IT system and have been seeing the many benefits of that decision.
Apparently the HIPAA 5010 transition isn't over May 23, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
It surprises me that more than a year after the HIPAA 5010 deadline, some healthcare providers are figuring out that they can't rely on clearinghouses.
Wanted: Entrepreneurial business models for doctors May 22, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
Wanted: Entrepreneurial business models for doctors
I believe many physicians would like to work for themselves if there were a viable way to make it happen.
Medical details on Oklahoma emergency May 21, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Medical details on Oklahoma emergency
Here is a recap of medical emergencies related to the severe storms and tornadoes that swept through sections of Oklahoma beginning May 18. Relevant information will be added to the top of this blog post as it becomes available.
The big data bubble May 20, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Most doctors need targeted, small bits of information to make clinical decisions, not reams of data.

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Medicomp Systems names Dan Gainer CTO May 23, 2012 | Industry Release
Medicomp Systems announced today that Dan Gainer has been appointed Chief Technology Officer. Gainer joined Medicomp in 2005 as a Senior Software Engineer.
Qliance Medical Management Inc., which operates direct primary care clinics -- also known as "direct primary care medical homes" -- in Washington State, today announced Chris Gaynor, MD, MA, FAAFP, was recently elected vice president of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP). Dr. Gaynor continues to practice family medicine at Qliance's downtown Seattle location, where he sees patients five days a week.
New Hampshire PA spearheads humanitarian efforts May 22, 2012 | Industry Release
When Jack Gardner, PA-C, of Portsmouth, N.H., left a successful business career 12 years ago to become a physician assistant, he did not anticipate the number of lives he would touch as he pursued his dream to provide medical care to those in need.
Sensus Healthcare and Texas Dermatology Associates at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas, TX are proud to announce the establishment of the SRT University™ Comprehensive Education Series for practitioners, healthcare professionals, and patients. SRT University™ will offer multi-tiered education and training curriculums for the provider and patient populations.  The objectives are to increase the awareness and proficiency in utilizing superficial radiotherapy and its many benefits to treat non-melanoma skin cancers.
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.
Clinical Care Options (CCO), a leader in next-generation medical education, information, and publishing for healthcare professionals, announced the release of handheld versions of its point-of-care digital resource, inPractice™ Hepatology. The release includes iPad, iPhone, and Android applications as well as a mobile Web site that now provide hepatologists, other specialists, and primary care physicians treating liver diseases immediate access to this point-of-care resource on viral hepatitis.
Sermo, the leading online community exclusive to physicians, and TheVisualMD, the premier producer of comprehensive, visual health content, are teaming up to provide doctors with content enabling a more dynamic online experience for cross-disciplinary discussion and collaboration on key therapeutic areas and disease states.
The doctor is in...but where is the tax advisor? April 25, 2012 | Industry Release
Medical practices are a niche market vastly underserved by tax and accounting practitioners, according to leading tax experts Alan Gassman, Jim Feutz and Lester Perling, who will host a new webinar from Bloomberg BNA entitled Individual and Group Medical Practices: Tax, Health Law, and Creditor Protection Planning.

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