EHR adoption spurs data exchange
A new study authored by National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, and ONC researchers indicates that six in 10 hospitals actively exchanged electronic health information with providers and hospitals outside their organization in 2012. MORE

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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.
Fee schedule rule affects EHR program July 12, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Proposed fee schedule rule affects the Medicare EHR Incentive Program
A proposed rule released July 8 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains changes to physician quality programs for calendar year 2014. What's not immediately evident within the document is that it contains additional options for eligible professionals to report clinical quality measures.
Cloud EMR keeps practice on cutting edge July 12, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Cloud-based EMR keeps small practice on the cutting edge
Deanna Boyette, MD, of Boyette Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Greenville, N.C., opened her own practice three years ago with the goal of being digital. Since going live on a cloud-based EMR, the practice has qualified for two years of incentive payments and is preparing for Stage 2 of meaningful use.
HIE incentives and models misaligned July 11, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
HIE incentives and models misaligned, study finds
Researchers led by the University of Michigan's Julia Adler-Milstein reported that less than 25 percent of health information exchanges are able to cover operating costs with revenue from participating providers and health organizations.
The life-saving benefit of check-ups July 11, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The life-saving benefit of regular check-ups
One in three people know someone who discovered a serious medical condition from a routine medical check-up or discovered one themselves, according to a newly released survey conducted by GfK Roper for health technology vendor Patient Fusion. Unfortunately, most patients are still using outdated methods to find the best care.
ONC puts its mark on certified EHRs July 11, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
ONC puts its mark on certified EHRs
Doctors looking to purchase electronic health record technology can now get a visual cue about a product's ability to support the pursuit of meaningful use.
Scheduling apps amp up connectedness July 10, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
With more than 85 percent of physicians in possession of a personal or professional smartphone — according to a 2012 Manhattan Research study — the market for cellular components and nifty applicative abilities is not only thriving, but thriving with purpose.

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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.
Q&A with CMS' Rob Anthony June 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS' Rob Anthony answers questions on payment adjustments
Medicare eligible professionals who do not demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to a payment adjustment beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Rob Anthony, CMS' deputy director of the HIT Initiatives Group, explains what you should know about payment adjustments -- and how to avoid them.
New FAQs address ICD-10 billing concerns June 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
New FAQs address ICD-10 billing concerns
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted new entries on its FAQ website regarding the submission of ICD-10 claims around the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. The FAQs update previous information, according to CMS, and explain how to split claims for services that span the transition date.
RA patients contemplate the ideal portal June 12, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Developers and physicians aren’t the only ones fielding Utopian visions of the perfect medical devices and databases — as it turns out, patients are partaking in the fantasy, too.
Countering declining reimbursement rates June 12, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
How to counter declining reimbursement rates
While there isn't much you can do to stop reimbursement cuts, a proactive approach will help you negate the potentially disastrous effects of declining reimbursement rates. Here are several approaches to consider.
Resources for 2013 Stage 1 changes June 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Resources available for 2013 Stage 1 changes
On Jan. 1, 2013, several changes went into effect for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs' Stage 1 meaningful use objectives, measures and exclusions. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the programs, some of the changes are optional, but others are mandatory. Here's a recap of where to look for more information.
3 ways patients will benefit from big data June 10, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
3 ways patients will benefit from big data
The healthcare sector has only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what big data will yield. And for patients, one of the primary benefits will be "shortening the pathway to care decisions from hours to minutes," according to big data expert Dan Riskin, MD.
Moving from volume to value June 05, 2013 | MedAxiom
Practices face pain of 'moving from volume to value'
In an interview published with permission from MedAxiom's "2013 Perspectives: A Year in Review" report, Cathie Biga, CEO of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois, explains that penalty phases mandated by several federal regulations have already begun kicking in, with actions and data submitted from prior years already impacting practices' revenue streams. The trend will continue from this point on.

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The Meaningful Use objectives in the HITECH Act are creating new urgency for hospitals and other healthcare provider organizations to implement EHR and CPOE systems. This white paper outlines three key steps that your organization can take to accelerate EHR and CPOE adoption. Read on to discover out how the combination of desktop virtualization and single sign-on make it faster and easier to deploy new clinical applications while optimizing the clinician experience, protecting patient data, and reducing cost and complexity.
The move from paper-based medical records systems to electronic medical records (EMR) technology is improving patient outcomes, increasing clinician productivity, and lowering costs. However, access to patient information must not only be secure, but also fast, convenient and reliable. Technologies that provide security but frustrate clinicians will slow EMR adoption to a crawl. In this white paper, you’ll learn how you can solve this “last mile” problem and maximize user adoption by providing fast, convenient, secure access to EMR data across multiple clients, where and when the clinician requests it.
Despite being identified as an essential tool to support quality care initiatives, improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs, EMR and EHR systems have been stuck in a slow growth cycle. However, pressure is quickly mounting on caregivers to adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of EMR/EHR technology. Healthcare Informatics Research recently interviewed nearly 500 healthcare organizations to shed light on the current state of EMR/EHR adoption. Download this report to discover how organizations are overcoming obstacles to adoption, how they're benefitting from EMR/EHR solutions, and where the industry is going next.

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Apparently the HIPAA 5010 transition isn't over May 23, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
It surprises me that more than a year after the HIPAA 5010 deadline, some healthcare providers are figuring out that they can't rely on clearinghouses.
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.
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."
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.
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.

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WebPT, developer of Web-based software that makes rehab clinics more efficient, has partnered with CollaborateMD, a Web-based medical billing software provider. The integration with CollaborateMD is part of WebPT’s move beyond EHR to become a comprehensive solution for rehab clinics. WebPT’s EHR system gives therapists an easy, secure, Web-based system for their documentation needs, along with real-time practice management services to improve clinic workflow.
Six New EHR Vendors Join AmericanEHR Partners September 24, 2012 | Industry Release
AmericanEHR Partners is pleased to introduce six new EHR vendors to their Participating Vendor Program: American Medical Software, Meditab Software Inc., 1stProvidersChoice, ABEL Medical Software Inc., Varian Medical Systems, Inc. and Waiting Room Solutions.
Pitney Bowes Software Releases HealthPoint 360 September 24, 2012 | Industry Release
Pitney Bowes Software, a provider in customer data, analytics and communications management, announced HealthPoint 360, a flexible communications software solution for health insurers and providers managing multi-channel two-way communications with members and prospects.
Epocrates invests in future physicians August 17, 2012 | Industry Release
Epocrates, Inc., developer of the top medical app among U.S. physicians, is investing in education and care quality by offering free subscriptions for its premium mobile product to all U.S. medical students. The next generation of physicians is now heading back to school with an essential tool -- Epocrates(R) Essentials drug, disease and diagnosis reference -- at no cost..
As a key step toward providing patients with treatments based on their own DNA profiles, the University of Michigan and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) have launched a new joint venture that will help usher in an age of personalized medicine.
Practice Fusion – the nation's largest doctor-patient community – and the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) are teaming up to help medical professionals across New Jersey quickly and easily start using Practice Fusion's free Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The partnership, the first of its kind for Practice Fusion, aims to provide doctors with all the resources they need to qualify for up to $44,000 in Meaningful Use incentives, a federal program designed to promote EMR usage.
Modernizing Medicine, the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant™ (EMA), a cloud-based specialty-specific EMR application, announced today the availability of EMA Dermatology™ with Logical Images' VisualDx, a comprehensive digital medical image library, proving the company's dedication to bringing dermatologists the most powerful EMR on the market.
Axis Diagnostics, Inc. of Langhorne, PA and Advanced Data Systems (ADS) of Paramus, NJ have successfully collaborated on integrating systems.

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