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Claims challenges expected to persist June 28, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Claims-resolution challenges expected to persist
Ahead of ICD-10, medical practices predict an increase in reimbursement collection burdens, and "a more rapid acceleration is expected as new reform measures take effect," according to athenahealth's newly released PayerView report.
Policy exempts American Indians June 27, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Policy exempts American Indians and Alaska Natives from shared responsibility payment
Prior to development of the final rule, only a portion of the American Indian and Alaska Native population - members of federally recognized tribes - would have access to an exemption from the requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage under the law.
Senators examine EHR effectiveness June 27, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Senators examine EHR effectiveness
Electronic health record systems can play a positive role in driving quality outcomes, but the technology still misses the mark in some regards, according to testimony from four industry officials on June 26 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
New Physician Compare site debuts June 27, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Redesigned Physician Compare site debuts
New information provided on government portal includes specialties offered, EHR capability, board certification and hospital affiliation.
MU not quite as meaningful as hoped June 26, 2013 | MedAxiom
MU not quite as meaningful as hoped
According to Mike Mytych, president and founder of Health Information Consulting, it has been harder than expected for practices to adapt their workflows to meet meaningful use criteria. Nonetheless, the medical industry has made substantial steps toward universal adoption of EHRs.
Task force recommends hepatitis C screening for baby boomers June 25, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Task force recommends hepatitis C screening for baby boomers
HCV infection is most prevalent among baby boomers -- a population of approximately 80 million individuals -- and many of them are unaware that they are infected. The USPSTF rating of "B" on the recommendation paves the way for payment by Medicare and private insurers with no co-pay by patients.
Mostashari discusses ICD-10 June 24, 2013 | Diana Manos
Mostashari discusses ICD-10 and other key concerns
The national coordinator for health IT spoke with Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Diana Manos June 17 at the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum in National Harbor, Md. With his typical candor and energy, Mostashari commented on several healthcare IT issues and about ICD-10 -- the focus of the forum and the topic of the keynote talk he had delivered earlier in the day.
Study shows variable impact of EHR use on Medicaid costs June 24, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Study shows variable impact of EHR use on Medicaid costs
Evidence from Massachusetts community providers suggests that EHRs can facilitate increases or decreases in medical costs, and that in Medicaid, the technology may fit best with capitated payments.

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How Is Your Website Feeling? May 14, 2013 | David S. Brooks - Vice President, Client Services, Doctor.com
David Brooks
[Sponsored Content] Today’s practice manager is responsible for an effective marketing strategy, especially involving the website and (more importantly) the dozens of social media platforms that patients use to find doctors. To help you make good decisions about your web marketing programs, here's a checklist of seven diagnostic questions to determine the health of your practice web site and web presence.
Double down on EHR and PQRS incentives May 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Double down on EHR and PQRS incentives
If you treat Medicare patients and bill for Part B services on the Physician Fee Schedule, you may be eligible for two incentive programs offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
How dates of service affect ICD-10 coding May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
How dates of service will affect ICD-10 coding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains how you would handle submission of a claim in October 2014 for a service you provided in September 2014.
Complete testing urged for hep C patients May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Complete testing urged for hepatitis C patients
Many people who test positive on an initial hepatitis C test are not receiving the necessary follow-up testing to determine if their body has cleared the virus or if they are still infected, according to Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day; this article includes CDC's recommendations for who should be tested.
Deadline looms for 2014 eRx adjustment May 08, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
June 30 deadline looms for 2014 eRx payment adjustment
Individual eligible professionals and group practices participating in the Group Practice Reporting Option must successfully report as an electronic prescriber before June 30, 2013, in order to avoid a 2014 payment adjustment for professional services covered under Medicare Part B's Physician Fee Schedule.
5 hot tips for lowering cancer risk May 07, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
5 hot tips for lowering cancer risk
With cookout season about to spark into high flame in many parts of the country, the time is right to inform patients about the hidden hazards of grilling. The American Institute for Cancer Research offers five simple steps your patients can keep in mind to make this summer's backyard BBQ healthier.
Adapting to meaningful use May 06, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Adapting to meaningful use
One of the biggest challenges of meaningful use is getting acclimated to the change in workflow, according to Mike Jordan, MD, of East Lake Pediatrics P.A. in Trinity, Fla. Even though the practice has been using an EMR since 2004, staff still had to adjust to how they were using the technology to meet meaningful use.
Q&A on EHR incentive audits May 02, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
What you should know about EHR incentive audits
Elizabeth Holland, director of the HIT Initiatives Group within CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services, shares details about pre- and post-payment audits currently underway and expected to impact between 5 and 10 percent of eligible providers who have attested for meaningful use.

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Is the cure for cancer around the corner? May 07, 2013 | Zack Fisher - Contributing Writer
Is the cure for cancer around the corner?
Targeting cancer stem cells is a viable therapeutic strategy, and many researchers and drug companies are enthusiastically embracing it in cancer therapy.
Accelerators should kill companies, not create them May 06, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Throwing resources primarily at startups and not scaleups is a prescription for persistent failure.
Oncologists get serious about drug prices May 03, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
David Williams
The federal government has done almost everything possible to make sure cost-effectiveness and overall costs are ignored in policy-making. Those closer to the action know better.
Telling a good story May 01, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
In some ways things are going about as well as could be expected with my new practice. The hard part has been that I have not been able to find tools to help me organize my business so it can run efficiently.
Sequester could doom funding for promising cancer research April 30, 2013 | Deborah J. Cornwall
Deborah J. Cornwall
In an environment where we are concerned about creating jobs, cutting research funding is not just shortsighted -- it is economically and morally wrong.
Email as a patient communications tool? Read before you hit 'send' April 29, 2013 | Cindy Thomas Wright - Physician Practice Marketing
Cindy Wright
Before you decide to open the lines to an email conversation, you should take a good look at the pros and cons of doing so.
Remote patient monitoring will lead value-based healthcare April 26, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
David Lee Scher
Remote patient monitoring, via technology, can be the door to better provider-patient communication, more meaningful office follow-up visits and increased caregiver participation.
ICD-10 challenges for medical practices April 25, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
ICD-10 challenges for medical practices
The following impacts need to be considered when developing ICD-10 transition plans.

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