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Practices reach paperless pinnacle July 09, 2013 | Diana Manos
Ambulatory practices reach paperless pinnacle
Bon Secours in Virginia is among the nation's first health systems to be recognized by HIMSS Analytics for having physician clinics attain Stage 7 of the EMR Adoption Model, which charts a path to a fully paperless medical records environment.
CMS proposes complex care payment July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS proposes payment for complex care management
Medicare only pays for primary care management services as part of a face-to-face visit. Under a proposed rule issued July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would make a separate payment to physicians for managing select patients’ care needs beginning in 2015.
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.
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.
ACA coverage requirement extended July 03, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Employers get an extra year to implement ACA coverage requirement
The Obama administration on July 2 announced a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act's requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees offer coverage to their workers or pay a penalty. Workers whose employers do not offer coverage, and now have an additional year to do so, will be forced to go to health insurance exchanges to get coverage.
Patient influx challenges work-life balance July 02, 2013 | Rodney J. Moore - Contributing Writer
Patient influx expected to challenge work-life balance
Healthcare professionals are not necessarily more susceptible to being workaholics than other professionals, but reimbursement cuts and changing requirements due to the Affordable Care Act have forced the industry to do more with less. The ability to contribute long hours and demonstrate value is at a premium.
ONC details EHR headway July 01, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
ONC details EHR headway in report to Congress
Despite current challenges -- costs, workflow and usability concerns for some physicians, and exchange limitations for some hospitals -- the National Coordinator for Health IT's office said in a report to Congress that the stage is set for long-term progress.

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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.
Independence in 'committed polygamy' May 29, 2013 | MedAxiom
Mark Victor
In an interview published with permission from MedAxiom's "2013 Perspectives: A Year in Review" report, Mark Victor, MD, FACC , of Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia describes the unique agreements his practice maintains with a handful of the 20 hospitals throughout the Philadelphia region where they work -- while stubbornly remaining independent.
Call for PQRS measures open until July 1
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting suggestions for potential inclusion in the proposed set of quality measures in the Physician Quality Reporting System for future rule-making years. Here's how to submit measures for consideration.
EHR incentives open to CAH II physicians May 22, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CAH II physicians can attest for up to $39,000 in EHR incentives
Physicians who assign their reimbursement and billing to a Critical Access Hospital under Method II may participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program as eligible professionals, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CAH II physicians can begin submitting attestations in 2014.
4 reasons why ICD-10 matters May 21, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
4 reasons why ICD-10 matters
Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services, summarizes how important ICD-10 is to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The benefits of e-prescribing May 20, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
The benefits of e-prescribing
Using an e-prescribing system integrated with its EHR, East Lake Pediatrics in Trinity, Fla., not only cuts down on wait times for patients, but improves efficiency for physicians and staff as well.
3 ways practices can empower staff May 16, 2013 | Amanda Guerrero - Contributing Writer
3 ways physician practices can empower staff
How do you engage employees and get them to feel committed to your practice? You do this by making sure that they are challenged, that they feel valued, and their role within your practice is important. Here are a few tips you can use to increase empowerment among your staff.
OIG strengthens authority on exclusions May 14, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
OIG strengthens authority on exclusions
The Office of Inspector General has the authority to exclude from participation in Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs persons who "have engaged in fraud or abuse and to impose civil money penalties (CMPs) for certain misconduct related to federal healthcare programs." Providers who employ or contract with an excluded person retain substantial potential CMP liability.

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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.
On EHR data integrity: A patient's perspective May 17, 2013 | Deborah Kohn - Principal and Founder, Dak Systems Consulting
Deborah Kohn
It's time our industry professionals address the integrity of information contained in EHRs, not just the technical and operational mechanisms for the sending and receiving of the information.
Acknowledging shortage from all sides May 16, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
And although the attention is warranted, concern for the MD trade has seemingly left other occupational staples also in need of personnel supply — such as nurses — without much oversight.
Carl Natale
I have to wonder if practice isn't a compelling enough reason for medical offices of all sizes to try dual coding.
More trouble May 14, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
I want my patients to see as few doctors, be sick as infrequently, and be on as few drugs as possible. I hope to wage an all-out assault on "more."
How to get the biggest ROI on your marketing communications dollars May 13, 2013 | Cindy Thomas Wright - Physician Practice Marketing
Cindy Thomas Wright
Putting dollars toward building on a solid brand is much more efficient, for example, than having to spend resources on undoing inappropriate messaging or bad public relations.
What if the healthcare cost crisis solves itself? May 10, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
David Williams
Health plans tend to follow Medicare rates and do little to independently establish and negotiate price levels.
Comparative analytics: The future of business intelligence in healthcare May 09, 2013 | Brian Fugere - Chief Operating Officer, RemitDATA
Brian Fugere
Comparative analytics solutions leverage the concepts of business intelligence but contextually compare that data against peers and other benchmarks.

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Massachusetts Health Quality Partners announced today that Massachusetts primary care physicians continue to provide high-quality care overall, though notable differences in the quality of care delivered by medical groups in Massachusetts remain, according to MHQP’s annual Quality Insights: Clinical Quality in Primary Care report available at mhqp.org.
What's the difference between an ACO and an HIE?  According to a recent HCPlexus/Thomson Reuters National Physician Survey, even doctors have difficulty discriminating between these terms. Yet, acronyms like these, along with buzz words such as individual mandate and Cadillac tax continue to show up in headlines, political debates and boardrooms nationwide.  In an effort to demystify the new lexicon of healthcare reform, Thomson Reuters has published a new paper called "Vocabulary of Healthcare Reform," which explains the new reform terminology along with insights to augment the definitions of these terms.
Kimberly-Clark Health Care today announced the availability of a new, proprietary online learning portal to boost understanding and knowledge of its interventional pain management procedures among clinicians and support staff. The portal was built to function as a central repository of educational information for clinicians to review and refresh clinical techniques.
The National Commission on Physician Payment Reform, sponsored by the Society of General Internal Medicine, has appointed Dr. Lisa Latts, WellPoint vice president of public health policy, the only health plan representative to serve on the commission.
 As the era of accountable care evolves and the medical home model becomes more prevalent in organizations, the delivery of successful patient outcomes is expected to be increasingly dependent on the performance of an effective patient care team. Forming and maintaining care teams – especially in primary care – will be among the industry's most significant challenges, according to the Cejka Search and American Medical Group Association's (AMGA) 2011 Physician Retention Survey, which for the first time includes staffing and turnover benchmarks for both advanced practitioners and physician staffing.
Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading international healthcare solutions provider and publisher, today announced that it has partnered with HealthStream, a leading provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry, to offer the Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs product suite to HealthStream’s customer base of healthcare organizations. The partnership was announced at HealthStream’s Customer Summit, March 6 – 9, 2012, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort in Nashville. Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs are evidence-based, interactive learning tools designed to help clinical nurses improve nurse competency and meet compliance standards.
The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability, today announced results from the largest physician survey conducted to date on the future of health care in America. More than 5,000 physician members within The Doctors Company organization responded to the independent survey, and the overwhelming indication is that concerns surrounding a shortage of health care professionals may be exacerbated by current physician sentiment regarding the profession. Specifically, nine out of 10 physician respondents indicate an unwillingness to recommend health care as a profession. In addition, 43 percent of respondents indicate that they are contemplating retiring within the next five years as a result of transformative changes occurring within America’s health care system. A copy of the Future of Health Care Survey is available on The Doctors Company Knowledge Center.
SCCM taps IBM analytics for collaborative patient care February 29, 2012 | Industry Release
IBM today announced the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is using IBM analytics to help its members and the wider medical community more effectively deliver care to critically ill patients around the globe. Working with IBM, SCCM is able to make relevant information for patient treatment more easily accessible to physicians, nurses and clinicians.

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