Patients motivated to put portals to use
Stage 2 of the government's meaningful use program requires that at least 5 percent of patients view, download and transmit their health information, and send a secure electronic message to their provider. Physicians may be underestimating patients' desire for online engagement. MORE

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Infographic: The digital diagnosis July 18, 2013 | MDG Advertising
Digital diagnosis
The digital age is redefining healthcare and many factors are driving this medical revolution. MDG Advertising's latest infographic illustrates how patients are becoming more empowered in their healthcare decisions and how physicians and healthcare marketers are evolving with this digital direction.
CMS quantifies how EHRs improve care July 18, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
CMS quantifies how EHRs are improving care
Since 2011, according to the agency, providers have checked drug and medication interactions to ensure patient safety more than 40 million times through the use of EHRs. Providers have also shared more than 4.3 million care summaries with other providers when patients moved between care settings.
Liberating data through HIE technology July 17, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Liberating data through HIE technology
Daniel Newman, MD, chief medical information officer at technology integration firm MEDfx, recognizes health information exchange as "a laudable goal" in terms of everyday communications, but he emphasizes that it's really part of a bigger issue: making data useful to clinicians. PhysBizTech recently caught up with Newman for further discussion of HIE as it applies to the small-practice environment.
Repository will help value IT investments July 16, 2013 | Diana Manos
HIMSS repository will help evaluate IT investments
The Health IT Value Suite classifies, quantifies and articulates the clinical, financial and business impact of health IT investments. It also offers examples that help stakeholders -- from providers to policymakers to payers to influencers -- analyze performance across numerous factors.
Doctors reveal financial struggles July 16, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Docs bare all hope, struggle in survey contemplating financial futures
Overall, most study respondents agreed that due to a ramping up of costs, HIT adoption and ACA proximity, financial management challenges have been exacerbated as of late. In fact, seven out of ten physicians (67 percent) picked ACA as the top perpetrator of rising healthcare costs from a lengthy lineup of money miscreants.
Steep climb to ICD-10 readiness July 16, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Practices face steep climb to ICD-10 readiness
According to the Physician Practice ICD-10 Readiness Survey from medical claims clearinghouse Navicure, only about 19 percent of practices have established an ICD-10 transition plan. More likely, your practice status falls in line with the 54 percent of respondents who have either not yet started preparing for ICD-10 or who feel like their plans are not on track to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline.
PAHCOM and CMS continue ICD-10 collaboration July 15, 2013 | Denise Buenning - Deputy Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Robert Tagalicod - Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Karen Blanchette - Director, PAHCOM
PAHCOM and CMS continue ICD-10 collaboration
The Professional Association of Health Care Office Management and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have been working together to address the impact ICD-10 will have on small physician practices. The organizations will be offering a series of informational webinars and in-person training sessions to help you prepare for the ICD-10 implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014.
HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster July 15, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster
A project that will help patients and providers access health information in the event of a hurricane or other widespread disaster involves collaboration between HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the health information exchange programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

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Computer-assisted coding: What to expect July 03, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
What to expect from computer-assisted coding
Healthcare vendors are reassuring providers that they can improve medical coding productivity with computer-assisted coding systems. But can hospitals and medical practices rely on those claims?
Flag these dates for 3Q through year's end July 01, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Flag these dates for 3Q through year's end
Here's a summary of key ICD-10, meaningful use, PQRS and Sunshine Act dates to track during the second half of 2013.
6 benefits of integrating ICD-10 codes June 28, 2013 | Thomas Ormondroyd, MBA - Vice President, General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions
6 benefits of integrating ICD-10 codes
ICD-10 will affect every aspect of the physician's practice, including patient encounters, clinical and financial workflow and, depending on the circumstances, compensation, reimbursement and future career opportunities. Physicians who take decisive steps to fully integrate ICD-10 codes into their clinical practice stand to benefit in several ways.
3 tips for handling the ACA patient influx June 26, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
3 tips for handling the ACA patient influx
You may choose to bring in an extra physician, hire a physician's assistant or purchase an EHR to streamline operations. Here's a look at each strategy to help you determine the best possible course of action for successfully embracing the upcoming patient wave.
How virtual weight-loss programs can help June 25, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
How virtual weight-loss programs can help
Given their efficiency and effectiveness with large populations of patients, virtual weight-loss programs aren't just the next best thing to being there -- they're actually just as good, according to the physician founder of a software company that helps diabetic patients who are struggling with weight problems.
Familiarity simplifies ICD-10 transition June 21, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Familiar clinical concepts should ease ICD-10 transition
Clinicians already document a patient's chart with more information than an ICD-9 code can capture, an update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pointed out. Here's why you should review your most often-used ICD-9 codes.
Do you test seniors for HIV? June 20, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Do you test seniors for HIV?
Risk of HIV infection does not diminish with age, according to the Department of Health & Human Services. In fact, in 2011, there were over 2,000 newly reported cases of HIV among individuals aged 60 and over. Medicare beneficiaries are covered for preventive services such as screening for HIV and sexually transmitted infections.
Monitor revenue to strengthen bottom line June 19, 2013 | Richard Pizzi - Editorial Director
Monitor revenue to strengthen your bottom line
Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG), which operates in the highly competitive Dallas-Ft. Worth healthcare marketplace, follows five metrics it considers critical to physician revenue performance. Read on to learn the metrics THPG uses to track how its revenue cycle is working.

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Are you looking to gain a better understanding of the meaningful use requirements? Do you want to avoid federal penalties and qualify for incentive payments instead? This white paper will teach you all about meaningful use, when the incentives kick in, and how much money you could potentially receive. Download now and find out how you can earn between $44,000 and $63,750!
Getting Ready for ICD-10 April 10, 2012 | Resource Central
On October 1, 2013, U.S. providers will be required to move from the current ICD-9 coding standards to ICD-10 in their practice management and electronic medical record systems. The changes represented in ICD-10, while sweeping in their scope, are not beyond the ability of medical practices to adopt. The earlier you begin, the easier the changeover will be. In this whitepaper learn the basics of ICD-10, the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, the benefits ICD-10 will provide and what you should be doing now to prepare.
As healthcare expenditures continue to rise, politicians and employers have sought after ways to slow the growth of healthcare expenses and the budget shortfalls which accompany these increases. While most solutions proposed to fix America's healthcare crisis have been met with intense debate and criticism, virtually all parties agree that efforts to improve prevention and the quality of care delivered are crucial for the success of any reform. In 2007, CMS took its first step towards “pay for performance” reimbursements by launching the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). In this whitepaper, you will learn about the PQRS program and best practices for participation.
Post-Acquisition Physician Practice Billing Strategies March 20, 2012 | Resource Central
Ten considerations when deciding if hospital-owned physician practices should maintain independent billing solutions and processes.
This white paper examines the obstacles preventing the move away from fax machines, and the benefits of having a communications system that integrates faxed documents into healthcare systems and solutions.
Medical practices have been contemplating the prospect of moving from paper-based records to electronic health record (EHR) systems for decades. But relatively few have begun taking steps to make the transition – until now. This white paper examines the factors that have kept many medical practices from moving forward with EHR over the years and the factors that are prompting action today; explains some of the technological requirements of making the transition to EHR and how to begin to meet them; and explores the significant operational, clinical and administrative benefits to be gained in the process.
If we are at or approaching a technological tipping point in the history of healthcare, then it has never been more important for physician practices to select the right electronic health record (EHR) – and there are tangible reasons to believe so. This whitepaper comments on recent customer surveys, and discusses foundational criteria for selecting the right EHR solution, determining your “game plan” and the process for assessment and selection. Justin Barnes is chairman emeritus of the national Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), and is vice president of marketing, industry affairs and government affairs for Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.
Accessing Medical Records on Mobile Devices March 19, 2012 | Resource Central
The emergence of a new class of Android (TM) mobile devices creates an opportunity for doctors and medical professionals to access patient data wherever they are. Read this white paper to learn how to access patient data and view medical images on Android devices.

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Not all clouds are created equal June 11, 2013 | Kurt Hagerman - Director of Information Security at FireHost
Kurt Hagerman
With a cloud stack designed to meet the specific needs of the healthcare industry, you can optimize your EMR/EHR system, improve medical billing, enhance patient outcomes, satisfy compliance regulations and more.
Solutions for your new data reality June 10, 2013 | Janice Nicholson - Co-founder and CEO, i2i Systems
Janice Nicholson
You simply cannot control the future success of your organization if you do not truly know your data.
Policy recommendations on quality measurement: my reactions June 05, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
David Williams
Do these esteemed health experts choose their own providers based just on the "organization" or do they do what I and everyone I know does, which is to give considerable weight to the individual physician they are going to see?
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.
Why doctors should be glad there will be so many ICD-10 codes May 31, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
If researchers could sift through ICD codes, they could find data to support medical theories and improve lives.
Getting in touch with young patients as easy as A-P-P May 30, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
How do you get in touch and keep patients my age interested in acknowledging our health on a regular basis? Through our phones, our gadgets.
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.

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ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and medical scheduling software as well as medical billing services, today announced new charge capture functionality for the ADP AdvancedMD iPad app. Hundreds of medical practices already use the ADP AdvancedMD iPad app, released last quarter. Now physicians can use the app for charge entry instead of tedious paper-based processes, saving time and minimizing missed charges.
Navicure Launches Navicure Receivables Manager November 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Navicure, a leading Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse for physician practices, today announced the release of its new Navicure Receivables Manager, a central repository for insurance denials, appeals and payments, that streamlines denial and appeal management by automating the entire process. The solution, which is an evolution of Navicure’s ERA Filing Cabinet, helps physician practices decrease days in A/R, accelerate cash flow and improve staff productivity.
Physician practices in 14 states that participate in WellPoint's affiliated health plans' patient-centered primary care programs will be eligible to have licensed access, at no cost, to Medical Home Builder 2.0, an online practice-management tool developed by the American College of Physicians (ACP).
This week, Meditab Software announced that they will be showcasing significant enhancements to the AllergyEHR product at this year’s ACAAI conference taking place in Anaheim, California. From November 10-12, Meditab representatives will provide attendees with an opportunity to get hands-on demonstrations of the AllergyEHR product which includes a comprehensive shot lab as well as automated immunotherapy billing. The Meditab team will be located at Booth 2525 and invites attendees to stop by.
DataMotion (www.datamotion.com), an established cloud-based data delivery provider, today announced DataMotion Direct, a secure email service that enables healthcare industry organizations to integrate with the Direct Project and meet real-world secure communications needs. This announcement also marks DataMotion’s expanded company focus as it begins operations as a health information service provider (HISP).
e-MDs, the provider of the nation’s most highly rated Electronic Health Record (EHR) announces the launch of e-MDs nMotion, a native Meaningful Use compliant iPad application. With nMotion, e-MDs combines the power of top-rated e-MDs Solution Series with the intuitive, easy-to-learn iPad user experience.
HIMSS Media Announces The Launch of HIMSSwire October 18, 2012 | Industry Release
MedTech Media, a division of HIMSS Media, announced today the launch of HIMSSwire (www.himsswire.com), a custom content news service for healthcare professionals, accessible through feeds on a network of healthcare websites.
Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that Epicelectronic health record (EHR) customers can now experience voice-enabled clinical information capture through Epic Haiku for the iPhone and Canto for the iPad. The integration of Nuance Healthcare’s cloud-based voice recognition in the Haiku and Canto applications will allow users to improve the quality of patient care and increase productivity as a result of streamlined mobile clinical documentation.

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