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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.
Blues bet big on Obamacare exchanges June 24, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Blues bet big on Obamacare exchanges
Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations are expected to offer health-exchange plans nearly everywhere, ensuring at least a minimum choice for individuals seeking subsidized coverage when the marketplaces open Oct. 1. Their approach makes them an undeclared ally of the Obama administration in implementing the health law.
Analytics project takes on breast cancer June 21, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
UPMC analytics project takes on breast cancer
When the first phase of the multi-year, $100 million project is completed in the spring of 2014, many researchers, clinicians and administrators will have secure, real-time access to data and analytic tools that fit their particular interests and needs.
Hoven takes AMA helm June 21, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Infectious disease specialist takes AMA helm
Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, the new president of the nation's largest physician organization, will focus on improving health outcomes, accelerating change in medical education, and enhancing physician satisfaction and practice sustainability.
Healthcare inflation drops 1 percent June 21, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
Healthcare inflation drops 1 percent
The slowdown in the healthcare growth rate will affect the decisions of providers, payers and employers and is likely to continue even as millions more obtain coverage next year when major pieces of the health reform law take effect, according to a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute.
EHR usability: A small-practice imperative June 21, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
EHR usability: A small-practice imperative
A recent report from industry research firm KLAS rated athenaClinicals highest among ambulatory EMR systems in terms of go-live and current-state usability. In the following Q&A, Jasmine Gee, director of product marketing for athenahealth, explains why usability is "absolutely key" in the small-practice realm.
Start ICD-10 testing now, expert advises June 20, 2013 | Diana Manos
Start ICD-10 testing now, expert advises
"Start with whatever you have," Mark Lott, CEO of Lott QA Group, told attendees of the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum on June 17. There is plenty that can be done without waiting for everything to be installed first, he said.
Consumers seek mobile connections June 20, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Consumers seek mobile connections with doctors
A newly released survey conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay reveals that one-third of Internet-using adults would like to use smartphones or tablets to make appointments, receive medical test results or communicate with their physician.

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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.
EHRs and mobility: Right from the start May 01, 2013 | Samantha McCollough - Marketing Manager at iDatix
EHRs and mobility: Getting it right from the start
The key to successful EHR and mobile adoption is that it is done through the right approach. Read on for three essentials to getting started on a positive track.
Aligning with vendors on ICD-10 readiness April 30, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Aligning with vendors on ICD-10 readiness
In an electronic update issued April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offered the following list of questions that will assist you in assessing your vendor's capabilities in preparation for the ICD-10 transition. The agency also provided tips for keeping communications open during the process.
Mitigating the EHR productivity dip April 30, 2013 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
Mitigating the inevitable EHR productivity dip
Even though EHR systems, when properly selected and deployed, will inevitably drive up physician productivity over time, research shows that productivity does decline for a while after implementation. The key to surviving it is to take steps to mitigate that decline and keep it as brief as possible. Here are some tips to help you do that.
6 tips for better data security April 29, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
When it comes to privacy and data security, healthcare entities face tremendous exposure to regulatory violations and monetary damages. William Tanenbaum, partner at New York-based technology law firm Kaye Scholer LLP, offers 6 recommendations that can help ensure better data security.
MU reporting after an EHR switch April 25, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
How to report for MU if you switch EHR vendors
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your meaningful use status if you were to change EHR vendors? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the EHR Incentive Programs, has an answer for you.
3 tips for getting your PHR to stick April 25, 2013 | Stephen Snyder - President of MTBC
3 tips for getting your PHR to stick
Although patients want online access to their records and the features that come with PHRs, getting patients to actually adopt the technology and use it in a meaningful way takes upfront planning. The good news is that it is possible. Here are three tips for your practice to consider when implementing a PHR to increase its "stickiness" with patients.

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Looking ahead to ONC committee work April 23, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
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Here's a look at what the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be working on over the next six months.
Marrying the BYOD phenomenon to HIPAA compliance April 19, 2013 | Lindy Benton - CEO of MEA
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Ultimately, the security and privacy requirements of HIPAA that are applied to "traditional" transmission methods of medical documents and images need to be applied to the mobile space.
Preserving the power of mobile technology during disaster April 18, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The prevalence of technology, mobile specifically, in the modern disaster setting proves to be a blessing indeed. Thus, it’s important for physicians and patients to keep in mind usage tips of how to handle and preserve such devices in the wake of disaster, natural or man-made.
What's wrong with ICD-10? April 16, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Abandoning ICD-10 implementation in the hope of a more perfect code set is like not leaving the house because you're waiting for a unicorn to give you a ride.
Administration extends rules for technology transfer April 15, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
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The government is loosening up regulations that prohibit hospitals from giving other practices medical record software that might then be used to refer patients back to the hospital.
Collaborators April 12, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
My patients want me to succeed because that success will mean better care for them. So I've asked them to get involved in a "brain trust" that will help build my health records system.
Being mindful of diffusion tactics for healthcare burnout April 11, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Even the idea of sitting and staring at colleagues silently for the better half of an hour — as the Rush crew did — feels counterproductive, if not a bit kooky. But with physician and healthcare staff burnouts rising evermore, any communal gathering, even one without words, could mean the diffusion of stress and the retention of personnel.
Help for physicians in planning for the ICD-10 transition April 08, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Physicians will be a key part of making the ICD-10 transition successful. This post focuses on helping doctors become more comfortable with the new code sets.

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