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Practice Advisor tool offers MOC points July 29, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Practice Advisor tool offers modules for MOC points
The American College of Physicians' Medical Home Builder tool has been renamed ACP Practice Advisor to reflect a broader scope of use, the organization announced on July 26. It includes two modules that internists can use to achieve Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance points towards Maintenance of Certification.
EHR program at 'inflection point' July 26, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
EHR
The requirements for Stage 2 meaningful use are more stringent, said John Glaser, CEO of Siemens Health Services, during a July 24 Senate Finance Committee hearing on health IT. He recommended a delay to October 2015.
Quality measures should be locally relevant, IOM says July 26, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
quality
Tasked with reviewing national public health quality efforts and the Healthy People 2020 strategy, the Institute of Medicine came to a conclusion shared by others: Partners in the health system use a complex array of measures of quality in a manner that seems uncoordinated.
5 nominated for medical manager award July 25, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Medical Manager of the Year
The Professional Association of Health Care Office Managers has announced the finalists for the 2013 award, which will be presented Oct. 23 at the organization's annual conference in Clearwater, Fla.
Lab and clinical terminology groups align July 24, 2013 | Diana Manos
The Regenstrief Institute and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation announced July 24 they have signed a long-term agreement to begin cooperative work linking their global healthcare terminologies. The cooperative work will connect the clinical semantics of SNOMED CT to LOINC codes, which provide extensive coverage of laboratory tests and some types of clinical measurements.
Rule links MU with medical licensure July 24, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
meaningful use
Starting in 2015, doctors in Massachusetts will have to show meaningful use proficiency as a condition for medical licensing. The state medical society is encouraging the Board of Registration in Medicine to broadly interpret the rule, but the provision's primary author feels primary care providers need to be utilizing health IT in order to practice safe medicine.
ONC files health IT progress report July 23, 2013 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
health IT progress report
"Federal investments in a wide array of programs and activities, including the meaningful use EHR Incentive Program, have impacted the health IT marketplace, allowing the healthcare system to improve health and healthcare," the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said in the report posted July 19.
House calls making a comeback July 23, 2013 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
House call
Advocates say it makes sense to extract the frail elderly out of the "industrialized medicine" system and put them in a parallel system based on home health services. The potential for cost savings for a population that is one of the biggest drivers of healthcare costs has caught the attention of policy-makers.

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5 data recovery tips you can put into action now July 26, 2013 | Chris Bross - Strategic Technology Alliance Manager, DriveSavers
data recovery
Small and medium-sized businesses experience an average of six computer outages a year, with the top reasons being cyber-attacks, power failures and natural disasters. Planning ahead for a data disaster may seem like a tedious task, but with the right knowledge and a solid action plan, you can prevent a complete data loss.
Avoid the pitfalls of a hybrid workflow July 25, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
hybrid workflow
Quality of care, productivity and profitability all suffer from using both paper and electronic charts. So, if you're already using a quality EHR, it's time to leave paper behind. Read on to find out why.
Taking control of ICD-10 July 24, 2013 | Thomas Ormondroyd, MBA - Vice President, General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions, Bruce Scott, MD - Precyse ICD-10 Consultant, Christian Oliver - Associate Vice President, Catalog and Courseware, Healthstream
ICD-10
Physicians who learn to document with specificity will reduce productivity losses by having fewer queries from coders and position themselves to receive accurate and higher reimbursement. Here's a summary of key ICD-10 education goals and a 5-step process for developing a training matrix.
A 'do it yourself' approach to EMR implementation July 23, 2013 | Joel S. Koenig, MD - Founder, Town & Country Pediatrics
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My decision to transition Town & Country Pediatrics to a digital practice was influenced by the desire to increase patient safety, chart more efficiently, automate prescribing and billing processes, and enhance profitability. I followed a 10-step process to precisely define the features and functionality I needed in my EMR system.
How big data will enable precise treatments July 22, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
big data will enable precise treatments
As Ted Driscoll, digital health director at venture capital firm Claremont Creek Ventures, sees it, the explosion of health data is a definite boon for personalized medicine. Here are 5 ways big data is facilitating the rise of personalized medicine.
Applying ICD-10 to Crohn's disease July 17, 2013 | Tom Ormondroyd - Vice President and General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions, Bruce Scott, MD - Precyse ICD-10 Consultant, Christian Oliver - Associate Vice President, Catalog and Courseware, Healthstream
Applying ICD-10 to Crohn's disease
The following clinical scenario presents a case study in which ICD-9 code descriptions would be too generic. Learn why ICD-10 has better descriptions for this case.
How ICD-10 will benefit physicians July 17, 2013 | Tom Ormondroyd - Vice President and General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions, Bruce Scott, MD - Precyse ICD-10 Consultant, Christian Oliver - Associate Vice President, Catalog and Courseware, Healthstream
How ICD-10 will benefit physicians
Physicians have reason to question the timing and value of ICD-10 as they have many competing priorities due to a multitude of concurrent regulatory, technology and industry changes. Nonetheless, ICD-10 implementation presents physicians with five benefits that have the potential to be major game-changers.
Mining data to gauge practice performance July 16, 2013 | Neal Peterson - Director of Client Development, Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
Mining data to gauge practice performance
Best practices have suggested that it is most effective to benchmark against other groups, but it is more important for a practice to benchmark against itself. Benchmarking current practice status against where it was last year will lend great insight into how the practice is faring from a business and operational standpoint.

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EHR & Practice Management Software Buyer's Guide November 14, 2012 | Resource Central
Eliminate buyer's remorse! Make the right software choice for your medical practice the first time. This paper includes a comprehensive checklist of features and functionality that you must consider in your search for medical software. Cut to the chase to be aware of hidden costs, contract terms, and true ROI.
What You Should Know About ICD-10 Codes November 14, 2012 | Resource Central
This paper identifies what medical offices need to know about ICD-10 codes including: Facts, timing & impact of ICD-10 medical codes; expansion of ICD medical code base; ICD-10 impact on the medical practice and comparison table of ICD-9 & ICD-10 diagnosis medical codes.
Learn What is New for Stage 2! October 05, 2012 | Resource Central
Read this white paper to learn what objectives you will be required to report on for Meaningful Use Stage 2.
Achieving Success with the ICD-10 Changeover September 21, 2012 | Resource Central
ICD-10 has 69,099 codes – and growing annually. What do staff and providers need to know about the impact of these changes on EHR system configuration, addressing modifications in clinical operations and end-user training? Download this complimentary white paper to learn what you need to consider when creating a plan of action for the change-over, including the significance of software, timelines, implementation and contingency planning.
Physicians Medical Center Prepares for Inevitable Changes September 04, 2012 | Resource Central
Physicians Medical Center faced increasing challenges with decentralized patient information among its various practice locations. CEO, Sharron Grodzinsky wanted to prepare the group for imminent changes in the industry and decided that integrating its Electronic Health Record and Practice Management systems was the right decision. Read this story to learn how the medical center has realized better care, centralized and easily accessible patient data, as well as eligibility for Medicare incentives for using ePrescribing.
Unlike many physician practices that have qualified for financial incentives, the physicians of Youngsville Medical Clinic were recent adopters of the EHR technology. Deborah Vidos, LPN, Office Manager, described the practice’s reasons for selecting and implementing their EHR system in April 2010. In July 2011, the practice received the full incentive payment, adding financial returns to the many clinical benefits already realized by the EHR. Read this story to find out how they also realized more accurate and complete clinical documentation and facilitation of continuous improvement activities.
Physician practice revenue cycles are full of complexities that impact profitability, from avoiding lost revenue opportunities, to managing denials and working to collect payments in a timely manner. Flexible revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions have been developed so you can manage your revenue cycle in house and spend more time focusing on patients. During this webinar you'll learn how to increase collection rates from payers and patients, proactively manage denials and measure key performance indicators to benchmark against peers.
Code Red: Rescue Your Flagging Medicare Reimbursements August 02, 2012 | Resource Central
As healthcare costs and insurance premiums continue to rise at a pace far surpassing inflation, payers have responded to the mounting economic pressures by employing complex billing and coding rules to eliminate inappropriate payments. Lacking adequate error detection and research tools, the typical healthcare business suffers from a backlog of denied claims and diminished revenues. Read this paper to learn how to rescue your flagging Medicare reimbursements.

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How to prepare queries for ICD-10 coding July 11, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
There are four basic principles that medical coders need to embrace if they're going to coax -- not coerce -- specific information on patient encounters from physicians.
5 reasons why physicians should be using social media July 10, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
David Lee Scher
Social media is neither stressful nor imperative. It creates virtual friendships, respect and collaboration.
Preparing your practice for change and survival in a value-based reimbursement world July 03, 2013 | Nancy Ruff - Director of Health Advisory Services, CTG Health Solutions
Nancy Ruff
Physician practices must stay on top of new requirements, continue to educate themselves on requirement changes and associated deadlines, and regularly look for ways to make improvements.
The AMA's specific problem with ICD-10 implementation July 01, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
A recent survey revealed reliance on unspecific diagnoses with ICD-9 coding. That's not going to work well with ICD-10-CM coding.
AMA refuses to accept ICD-10 implementation again June 25, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl natale
The AMA does not want healthcare payers to deny medical claims because of medical coding error or use of not-so-specific medical codes.
Recovery June 24, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
Things are tough, but they are a lot better since I left my destructive relationship with Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies.
The doctor is out June 21, 2013 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Zachary Landman
A patient portal needs to be accessible, responsive and reliable when the patient is reaching his threshold.
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.

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ADP AdvancedMD Launches "MyICD-10 Timeline" May 28, 2013 | Industry Release
New website features timeline, resources, tips, webinars and planning guides to get providers ready for October 1, 2014
DoctorBase, a leading mobile solution provider for medical practices, today announced it has surpassed 10,000 doctors on its mHealth-as-a-service platform (mHaaS), a 104 percent increase over the past year. DoctorBase’s PANDA software provides medical practices with free and low-cost tools that allow clinicians to interact with patients through smartphones.
Vidyo, Inc. and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) today announced that they have partnered to add Vidyo’s visual communications and collaboration capabilities to ANTHC’s existing statewide telehealth network -- AFHCAN.
GFI Software today announced the availability of GFI FaxMaker Online, a streamlined cloud-based fax solution designed to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs). GFI FaxMaker Online provides ubiquitous faxing from any Internet-connected device, with no hardware, software or dedicated phone lines required.
Kareo Raises $20.5 Million to Fuel Rapid Growth January 23, 2013 | Industry Release
Kareo, Inc., a cloud-based medical office software provider for small medical practices, announced today the closing of a new $20.5 million equity investment led by Stripes Group with participation from existing Kareo investor Western Technology Investments. This new funding is in addition to the $18 million previously raised, bringing Kareo’s total funding to more than $38 million. Kareo will use the new capital to launch Kareo Billing Services, a technology-enabled revenue cycle management solution for small medical practices, and is extending its market reach and leadership position through new investment in sales and marketing.
UpToDate Releases MobileComplete for Android December 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Wolters Kluwer Health, a provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that UpToDate, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, released MobileComplete for Android users. A downloadable local version of its free app, UpToDate MobileComplete, is the fastest mobile version of UpToDate, providing clinicians with access to evidence-based, practical recommendations, even offline. With this release, UpToDate offers customers local access to trusted, evidence-based information across iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
MediSafe Project (www.MediSafeProject.com) launched today the first-ever cloud-synced mobile app helping families prevent emergencies caused by over- or under-dosing medications.
WellFX announced that Columbia Valley Community Health (CVCH) has deployed its first-of-a-kind, private, social platform to patients across CVCH’s obstetrics (OB) practice. The WellFX social platform delivers innovative, provider-directed care through a social community of fellow new and expecting parents and qualified educational resources. In November, CVCH launched the platform for OB patients across its seven facilities, which provide care for more than 25,000 people in Wenatchee and Chelan, WA.

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