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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Simplified, flexible queries will be essential to Stage 3 exchange July 10, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Simplified, flexible queries will be essential to Stage 3 exchange
Health information exchange is emphasized in meaningful use Stage 2, and it's set to get even more priority in Stage 3, as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT looks to enable information exchange nationwide, according to an update from the Health It Policy Committee's Information Exchange Workgroup.
PCMH program yields $155 million in avoided costs July 10, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
PCMH program yields $155 million in avoided costs
A patient-centered medical home program operated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan delivered a 3.5 percent higher quality measure, a 5.1 percent higher preventive care measure, and a $26.37 lower per member per month medical cost for adults over a three-year measurement period through June 2011, according to researchers.
Practices reach paperless pinnacle July 09, 2013 | Diana Manos
Ambulatory practices reach paperless pinnacle
Bon Secours in Virginia is among the nation's first health systems to be recognized by HIMSS Analytics for having physician clinics attain Stage 7 of the EMR Adoption Model, which charts a path to a fully paperless medical records environment.
CMS proposes complex care payment July 09, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS proposes payment for complex care management
Medicare only pays for primary care management services as part of a face-to-face visit. Under a proposed rule issued July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would make a separate payment to physicians for managing select patients’ care needs beginning in 2015.
Care coordinators vital to PCMH success July 08, 2013 | Janet Duni, RN, BSN, CCM, MPA - Director of Care Coordination at Vanguard Medical Group
Care coordinators essential to PCMH success
At Vanguard Medical Group of Verona, N.J., four care coordinators across three locations, have helped the practice improve outcomes and maintain the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition it first earned in 2009.
Plan taps health IT to end medical errors July 03, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
ONC plan taps health it to end medical errors
With sights set on utilizing health IT to curb the alarming number of medical errors that transpire each year, ONC officials unveiled July 2 their final plan to bolster patient safety initiatives nationwide.
Physicians calling for less imaging July 03, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
Study finds physicians calling for less imaging
A new study from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute shows that the number of physician visits by patients 65 years of age or older resulting in an imaging exam trended downward from 12.8 percent in 2003 to 10.6 percent in 2011.
Narrative data put docs on high wire July 02, 2013 | Zach McCartney - Contributing writer
Narrative data put docs on high wire
Healthcare, which has always been based on the doctor-patient interaction, is nearing the end of Stage 1 meaningful use, and as the industry increases its reliance on electronic health records, it faces a new challenge.

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Why small practices should embrace social media June 05, 2013 | Amanda Guerrero - Contributing Writer
Why small practices should embrace social media
Small physician practices stand to gain from social media interaction, despite their patient communication and marketing efforts being carried out in a scaled-back way. Whether your practice chooses to start with a single profile on one social media network or go big with accounts across multiple platforms, here are three areas in which social media outreach can help you succeed.
EHR design: Moving beyond paper May 30, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
EHR design: The key to moving beyond paper
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association showed instead of properly using their EHRs, primary care practices were using 10 out of 11 previously identified paper workarounds. If we're supposed to be in the midst of the EHR revolution, what happened? Here's a look at how a well-designed EHR helps a practice in key areas.
Practices unresponsive to ICD-10 transition May 29, 2013 | Colette Weston - Manager, Product Management and Business Solutions, ADP AdvancedMD, Michael Bearnson - Product Analyst and Leader of the ADP AdvancedMD ICD-10 Initiative
Many practices unresponsive to ICD10 transition
Many in the provider community seem unresponsive to the ICD-10 transition planning message -- especially the smaller private practice, whose staff is often under-resourced and over-committed. Here's why you should get started now by appointing a person to head up your ICD-10 planning process.
Independence in 'committed polygamy' May 29, 2013 | MedAxiom
Mark Victor
In an interview published with permission from MedAxiom's "2013 Perspectives: A Year in Review" report, Mark Victor, MD, FACC , of Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia describes the unique agreements his practice maintains with a handful of the 20 hospitals throughout the Philadelphia region where they work -- while stubbornly remaining independent.
EHR incentives open to CAH II physicians May 22, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CAH II physicians can attest for up to $39,000 in EHR incentives
Physicians who assign their reimbursement and billing to a Critical Access Hospital under Method II may participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program as eligible professionals, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CAH II physicians can begin submitting attestations in 2014.
4 reasons why ICD-10 matters May 21, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
4 reasons why ICD-10 matters
Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services, summarizes how important ICD-10 is to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The benefits of e-prescribing May 20, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
The benefits of e-prescribing
Using an e-prescribing system integrated with its EHR, East Lake Pediatrics in Trinity, Fla., not only cuts down on wait times for patients, but improves efficiency for physicians and staff as well.
Drilling down on clinical summaries May 17, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Drilling down on clinical summaries
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its website with two new FAQs regarding clinical summaries as they relate to the agency's incentive programs for making meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Here's the latest guidance.

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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.
Looking ahead to ONC committee work April 23, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Anthony Brino
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
Lindy Benton
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
Jeff Rowe PhysBizTech
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.

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Vitera Healthcare Solutions, one of the nation's largest providers of electronic health records and practice management software and services, announced today the results of its EHR Solutions and Mobile Technologies Study. The Tampa-based Healthcare IT provider, which serves more than 400,000 healthcare professionals, surveyed doctors, executives and practice managers to identify how they currently use mobile technologies and how they intend to use them in the future.
Technology is revolutionizing healthcare as medical professionals adopt cloud technologies and mobile apps to help them be more efficient in and out of the office. In fact, according to GlobalData, the mobile health technology market is expected to exceed $8 billion by 2018. Among these solutions, communications apps play a key role in helping medical professionals to stay in touch with patients and colleagues and exchange vital information on the move.
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that SimonMed Imaging, the largest specialized outpatient physician imaging practice in the country, will implement Merge's integrated suite of radiology solutions along with iConnect® Access and iConnect® VNA to provide anywhere, anytime viewing of images and achieve Meaningful Use (MU).
New app makes finding a doctor easier than ever August 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Patients looking for a second opinion or healthcare resources while traveling can now access a massive database of U.S. medical professionals and facilities via their iPhones. The DoctorsElite iPhone app, now available free at the Apple App Store, allows patients to log in through their DoctorsElite.com account or sign up via the app to access a database of physicians, clinics and medical specialty centers that can be searched by name, location, specialty and more. Additional features are in the development phase to help patients manage a variety of conditions.
drchrono offers protection against EMR security threats August 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Most electronic medical records (EMRs) require a standard username and password, leaving many physician's offices – often unknowingly – open to security threats and data breaches. In an effort to address growing physician concerns around patient data protection, drchrono added a new layer of security to its cloud-based EMR platform which offers physicians extra protection around patient data accessed through mobile and tablet devices such as iPads and iPhones."
18-provider Southern Oregon Orthopedics adopts SRS EHR August 10, 2012 | Industry Release
SRS, a leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, announced today that Southern Oregon Orthopedics (SOO) has selected the SRS EHR to replace its failing EHR system for its 18 providers. SOO is located in Medford, Oregon, and is the largest orthopaedic surgery group in southern Oregon.
CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services, today announced that it has partnered with Lone Star MSO, the leading medical practice management services organization in Texas, to offer CareCloud's cloud-based software and services to medical practice clients. Lone Star MSO currently services hundreds of medical group clients throughout Texas and multiple other states and will look to further assist them in optimizing financial and clinical outcomes through CareCloud's platform and services.
Veridex, LLC announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will determine payment rates for two new Current Procedural Technology (CPT) codes for circulating tumor cell (CTC) testing. CPT codes are assigned by the American Medical Association (AMA) to medical, surgical, and diagnostic services to communicate uniform information about medical services and procedures among physicians, patients, payers and others for administrative, financial, and analytical purposes.

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