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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ONC details EHR headway July 01, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
ONC details EHR headway in report to Congress
Despite current challenges -- costs, workflow and usability concerns for some physicians, and exchange limitations for some hospitals -- the National Coordinator for Health IT's office said in a report to Congress that the stage is set for long-term progress.
Claims challenges expected to persist June 28, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Claims-resolution challenges expected to persist
Ahead of ICD-10, medical practices predict an increase in reimbursement collection burdens, and "a more rapid acceleration is expected as new reform measures take effect," according to athenahealth's newly released PayerView report.
Senators examine EHR effectiveness June 27, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Senators examine EHR effectiveness
Electronic health record systems can play a positive role in driving quality outcomes, but the technology still misses the mark in some regards, according to testimony from four industry officials on June 26 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
MU not quite as meaningful as hoped June 26, 2013 | MedAxiom
MU not quite as meaningful as hoped
According to Mike Mytych, president and founder of Health Information Consulting, it has been harder than expected for practices to adapt their workflows to meet meaningful use criteria. Nonetheless, the medical industry has made substantial steps toward universal adoption of EHRs.
Mostashari discusses ICD-10 June 24, 2013 | Diana Manos
Mostashari discusses ICD-10 and other key concerns
The national coordinator for health IT spoke with Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Diana Manos June 17 at the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum in National Harbor, Md. With his typical candor and energy, Mostashari commented on several healthcare IT issues and about ICD-10 -- the focus of the forum and the topic of the keynote talk he had delivered earlier in the day.
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.
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.
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.

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3 ways practices can empower staff May 16, 2013 | Amanda Guerrero - Contributing Writer
3 ways physician practices can empower staff
How do you engage employees and get them to feel committed to your practice? You do this by making sure that they are challenged, that they feel valued, and their role within your practice is important. Here are a few tips you can use to increase empowerment among your staff.
Breaking the cycle of 'Groundhog Day' May 15, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
How BI can break the cycle of healthcare's Groundhog Day
To ensure that your organization or practice is capturing and implementing the best data out there, Health IT Summit panelists proffered the following tips and tricks to navigating through challenges and coming out on top by wielding proper business intelligence.
How Is Your Website Feeling? May 14, 2013 | David S. Brooks - Vice President, Client Services, Doctor.com
David Brooks
[Sponsored Content] Today’s practice manager is responsible for an effective marketing strategy, especially involving the website and (more importantly) the dozens of social media platforms that patients use to find doctors. To help you make good decisions about your web marketing programs, here's a checklist of seven diagnostic questions to determine the health of your practice web site and web presence.
Double down on EHR and PQRS incentives May 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Double down on EHR and PQRS incentives
If you treat Medicare patients and bill for Part B services on the Physician Fee Schedule, you may be eligible for two incentive programs offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
EHR access: How much is too much? May 13, 2013 | Xavier E. Martinez
Patient access to EHRs: How much is too much?
A recent Harris Interactive survey shows that 82 percent of physicians want patients to be active in their healthcare through electronic health records, but only 31 percent believe patients should have full access to their EHR record. Although there are clear benefits to providing patients access to their medical data, such as improved quality of care and patient satisfaction, the report refers to several instances where full patient access to medical records may not be conducive to proper care.
How dates of service affect ICD-10 coding May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
How dates of service will affect ICD-10 coding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains how you would handle submission of a claim in October 2014 for a service you provided in September 2014.
Complete testing urged for hep C patients May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Complete testing urged for hepatitis C patients
Many people who test positive on an initial hepatitis C test are not receiving the necessary follow-up testing to determine if their body has cleared the virus or if they are still infected, according to Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day; this article includes CDC's recommendations for who should be tested.
How to optimize your EHR May 08, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In his session at the Health IT Summit in Boston on May 7, Larry Garber, MD, outlined these steps as imperative to achieving success with any EHR system, drawing upon experience and even the institution of marriage to cement for practice managers a meaningful strategy into an EHR future.

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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.
Patients respond favorably to open records April 09, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research explored the reactions of patients who had full access to records resulting from recent doctors' visits.
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.
Waiting for Theoden April 05, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
I guess I am just a perfectionist, expecting everything from a record, but why do I have to settle for an EMR by choosing the one that is "the least aggravating?"
Is it innovation or improvement? April 03, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Either improvements or innovations can result in minimal or spectacular improvements in outcomes.
CMS ramps up incentive program audits April 02, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Any provider who receives a letter from Figliozzi & Co., a certified public accountant firm based in Garden City, N.Y., and selected by CMS in April 2012 to conduct audits associated with the EHR incentive programs, should reply as soon as possible.
Remote patient monitoring, part 2: Operational models April 01, 2013 | David Lee Scher, MD
There are different models of deployment of remote patient monitoring that affect investment by providers, return on investment of the process, and logistics and workflows, which I will discuss here.
5 ICD-10 challenges that may surprise healthcare providers March 28, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
In addition to learning new medical codes and buying new technology, healthcare organizations will challenges in several areas.

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United Surgical Partners International's (USPI) Physician Strategy Group (PSG) and Provista, LLC announced that they are working together to deliver supply chain services to over 9,000 physician customers who perform procedures at surgical facilities centers operated by USPI.  The program, called Purchasing Plus, is expected to help those physicians save 10-15% on supplies, services, and capital equipment.
Through a partnership with QHR Technologies, Inc., Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic solutions, now offers a more comprehensive line of connected vital signs devices in Canada's primary care market. Welch Allyn vital signs devices now interface with one of Canada's leading national electronic medical record (EMR) software solutions, Accuro®EMRa comprehensive, physician clinic management program. The integration of Welch Allyn devices will allow electronic transfer of patient test results directly between the digital diagnostic devices and AccuroEMR—eliminating the need for manual data entry by providers, increasing efficiency and alleviating the risk of transcription and latency errors.
Amazing Charts launches hosted version of its #1 rated EHR  August 08, 2012 | Cindy Thomas Wright - Physician Practice Marketing
AmazingCharts.com, Inc., a provider of Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMRs) to small independent medical practices, has announced the availability of Amazing Charts in the Cloud, a new cloud-based version of its EHR, delivered online through the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Amazing Charts in the Cloud securely delivers the #1 rated EHR to Internet-connected computers, anywhere, anytime.
MMRGlobal, Inc. has called attention to the annual National Physicians Survey showing that fax remains the predominant form of communication for 63% of healthcare providers. An article in the August 3, 2012 edition of Healthcare IT News entitled "Getting the Fax Straight" goes into detail about the survey and why fax technology will stay as an important feature in the healthcare industry for at least a decade as it evolves to widespread use in heath IT and specifically Electronic Medical Record systems (EMRs). The article and survey underscore the value of MMRGlobal to investors since telephony and fax make up the backbone and infrastructure of the company's patented products and services including its MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record (PHR) and MMRPro professional document management systems. MMR's patented systems integrate telephony, fax and the Internet combined with proprietary delivery, access and encryption technologies which means that MMR products and services provide the only system of its kind that can easily connect to any doctor, hospital or healthcare professional and patient in the world.
University Physicians, Inc. (UPI), the multi-specialty group practice of faculty physicians and ancillary health care providers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has upgraded its financial management software to Coda Financials Version 12, the most powerful financial management software for fast-changing organizations from UNIT4 CODA, Inc., a division of UNIT4.
Hello Health announced it has signed 20 new practices to the Hello Health Electronic Medical Revenue Platform increasing the number of patients able to subscribe to the Platform by more than 30,000.
Over the past two years, Oregon's Health Information Technology Extension Center (O-HITEC) has been working with Oregon healthcare providers to overcome the challenges of adopting and implementing electronic health records (EHRs).
Alpha II, a leader in healthcare coding, compliance and reimbursement, announced today that iMed Software of Lafayette, La. has selected Alpha II’s CodeWizard software to ensure accurate coding and compliance. Alpha II’s technology has been integrated with iMedEMR to generate evaluation and management (E&M) codes to deliver a more decisive calculation based on history, exam and medical decision making information obtained from medical records.

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