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MGMA joins chorus on Stage 2 concerns August 23, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
The Medical Group Management Association is the latest of several industry groups asking for adjustments to the meaningful use program. MGMA said significant investments in EHR technology on the part of physician practices could go for naught without changes in the program.
CDC fortifies infectious disease readiness August 22, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CDC fortifies infectious disease readiness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has invested nearly $76 million to help states and communities strengthen core epidemiology and laboratory capacity needed to track and respond quickly to a variety of infectious diseases.
Florida bill would reimburse for telehealth August 21, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Florida bill would reimburse for telehealth
Lawmakers in Florida are considering requiring private health insurers to cover telehealth services.
AGs want answers on exchange privacy August 20, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
AGs want answers on insurance exchange privacy
The attorneys general of 13 states said they're concerned that HHS cannot adequately protect the privacy of those who will use the enrollment assistance programs.
Slight increase projected for 2014 physician pay August 20, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Slight increase projected for 2014 physician pay
Incentive plans are increasingly weighted to focus on quality, patient satisfaction and outcomes, according to newly published research from consulting firm Hay Group.
ONC turns over care compass to patients August 19, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
ONC pilot turns care compass over to cancer patients
Encouraging easier access to medical histories and treatment records is just one perk of MyJourney Compass, a $1.7 million project funded by ONC and designed to help patients navigate the complex cancer treatment process and become more involved in their healthcare decisions.
10 memorable quotes from health IT chief August 19, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
10 memorable quotes from outgoing health IT chief
Farzad Mostashari, MD, the soon-departing director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, has had more than his share of very real milestones marking his tenure. He’s also had a knack for pitching his ideas in ways that are succinct, sticky and often entertaining.
HIMSS calls for attestation extension August 19, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
HIMSS calls for Stage 2 attestation extension
In a letter to HHS, CMS and ONC leaders, the health IT organization recommended an extra six months to achieve year one of meaningful use Stage 2. HIMSS Analytics data show that many hospitals and providers may be waiting for software upgrades on certified EHRs.

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How to attract and hire the best new physician August 23, 2013 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
How to attract and hire the best new physician
Private practices must compete for scarce talent with organizations who have much deeper pockets. To improve your chances of landing a great candidate, try these tips.
How EHR design enhances clinical encounters August 22, 2013 | Xavier E. Martinez
How EHR design enhances clinical encounters
Studies show that 10 out of 11 primary care practices are using paper workarounds instead of fully utilizing their EHR’s features. What has gone wrong, and how can solid software design help?
How to work with payers on ICD-10 August 21, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
How to work with payers on ICD-10
Early communication with vendors will help you test the ICD-10 claims process and gain insight into how reimbursements will be affected after Oct. 1, 2014.
How technology helps with patient engagement August 15, 2013 | Anthony Brown, CCP - Director of Information Technology, Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
How smart technology can help you with patient engagement
Healthcare providers know that outcomes significantly improve when the patient is engaged in his or her whole care continuum. However, they grapple with how to engage the patient efficiently. Here's a look at some emerging possibilities.
5 defining factors for meaningful use August 14, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
5 defining factors for meaningful use
Electronic health records are pitched as the road to efficiency and better care, but judging by a great deal of commentary lately, the deadlines are keeping a number of questions alive and well.
Making SEO work for your medical office August 09, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
Making SEO work for your medical office
Using search engine optimization best practices when creating content for your website is an inexpensive way to raise awareness of your practice -- the first step in bringing in new revenue-generating patients.
Physicians must heighten mobile security August 08, 2013 | Anthony Brown, CCP - Director of Information Technology, Medical Management Professionals, Inc.
Physician groups must heighten mobile security
A consistent concern of all healthcare stakeholders is protection of information and privacy. Physicians and practice leaders need to determine what will be the right solution given the size and scope of their practice -- which will not be the same for every group.
25 questions for vetting EHR vendors August 07, 2013 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
25 questions for vetting potential EHR vendors
When your practice is ready to purchase an electronic health record system, you'll want to be sure you've thoroughly checked out each vendor finalist before you sign that contract.

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Find answers to a number of common questions about EHR adoption and replacement, as well as, how the right EHR can help practices get you more money and more control.
How practices can benefit from cloud based services? July 09, 2013 | PhysBizTech staff
The aim of this whitepaper is to explore the importance and potential of cloud computing in the healthcare sector. It will also help healthcare practices realize the ways that they can take advantage of the cloud.
5 Secrets of Smart EHR Buyers July 09, 2013 | PhysBizTech staff
In today's evolving healthcare industry, it is imperative to find the right Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution for your practice. However, selecting the ideal EHR partner can be overwhelming. Therefore, it is essential to make sure that your provider conforms to the following 5 instrumental secrets of EHR success.
Join Intel and CareCloud for a “how-to” webinar on practical strategies and best practices for securing sensitive data, moving from in-house EHR to cloud-based EHR, and unlocking the security, scalability and cost-saving benefits of more agile cloud solutions.
As healthcare providers implement health IT to comply with federal mandates and participate in quality of care programs, VNA solutions can play a critical role in helping them meet their needs today and in their future IT initiatives. Forward-thinking healthcare providers around the world are already successfully meeting this challenge with VNA. Download this Healthcare IT News eBook to learn how VNA enables exchange, supports data consolidation and IT simplification.
Saving Private Practice: The Front Office April 03, 2013 | Resource Central
20 million newly-insured patients will enter the healthcare system by 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act. 80% of these newly-insured patients are deemed “High Risk” for non-payment. As a practitioner, you cannot afford inefficient front office processes. In this webinar, learn about the changing healthcare landscape, how it may affect you, and best practices for ensuring you receive payment.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Federal Government laid the groundwork for the nationwide implementation of electronic health records (EHR) systems as a measure to improve patient care, reduce healthcare costs, and increase the level of overall public health. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) program requires providers to demonstrate meaningful use (MU) of an electronic health record system to be eligible for monetary incentives. The implementation of EHR and compliance with meaningful use regulations, should be a top priority for all eligible healthcare professionals (EPs).
Choosing the right service for your billing may be among the most important decisions for your practice. Use this guide to make sure you’re covering all of your bases when selecting this important partner. Learn why you should outsource your billing now and how to find medical billing service providers. In addition, this guide will tell you what questions to ask during your selection process and more.

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Why the iPad can save meaningful use August 23, 2013 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Why the iPad can save meaningful use
Any successful patient engagement platform will need to demonstrate its attractiveness to an aging demographic.
How comparative analytics can increase performance August 22, 2013 | Brian Fugere - Chief Operating Officer, RemitDATA
Brian Fugere
Comparative analytics provides the necessary context — via benchmarking against peers — so that healthcare organizations can focus their efforts on improving the areas that will deliver the most meaningful results.
Living in a brave new world of data August 20, 2013 | Janice Nicholson - Co-founder and CEO, i2i Systems
Janice Nicholson
The lack of healthcare providers with the right skill set are making organizations more susceptible to becoming overwhelmed and ineffective by the downpour of data that is available today.
Sink or swim August 13, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
Over the most recent months, my focus has been on improving the quality of care I give, rather than to grow my overall patient volume. This, unfortunately, doesn't do well for my bottom line.
Building CRADLEs for digital health clinical trials August 09, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Some are predicting that EMRs and other digital data products will fall under the FDA's purview. The impact on digital health, telemedicine, analytics and other tools could be substantial.
Doctors' top practice management and mobility myths August 07, 2013 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Zachary Landman, MD
Contrary to what you may have heard, patient e-mails actually save time, generate practice revenue and reduce your back-office workload.
Is it time to press the MU pause button? August 02, 2013 | Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP - Senior Vice President, Division of Medical Practice, Professionalism & Quality, American College of Physicians
Michael Barr
Should we keep the schedule for Stage 2 the same but introduce an option to help EPs and EHs avoid the penalty if they cannot completely meet Stage 2 requirements?
Smart devices make smart practice partners July 31, 2013 | Lindy Benton - CEO of MEA
Lindy Benton
Mobile devices and applications have the power to put information and insight into providers' hands whenever they want while saving them money.

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Meditab Software, developers of IMS has partnered with Surescripts to offer its clients a comprehensive Health Information Exchange service on a common platform.
SimplifyMD, an ONC-ATCB certified Electronic Health Record and Practice Management software company, today announced it has been selected as the new EHR provider for Celebration Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute, a practice serving the Celebration, Kissimmee, and Orlando, FL areas. simplifyMD provides Celebration with an intuitive, flexible solution that enhances the practice’s current workflow, which was inhibited by its previous EHR program.
Kareo, Inc., the cloud-based medical office software and services provider for small medical practices, announced today its integration with Demandforce, an Intuit Inc. company. Demandforce is now integrated with Kareo’s Practice Management application and available to Kareo’s current customer base of over 20,000 medical providers
WCH Service Bureau, a leader in providing medical billing, credentialing, EHR and other supporting services for health care providers in the tri-state area, is introducing the ICode service.
CureMD and Mitochon Systems Inc., announced today that they have entered into an agreement whereby CureMD will become the exclusive provider of SMART Cloud EMR, PM and billing services for the entire Mitochon user base.
Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced a new version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition designed especially for smaller practices to help accelerate clinician adoption of Electronic Health Records and meaningful use of health information technology.
Nuance Communications, today announced a new version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition designed especially for smaller practices to help accelerate clinician adoption of Electronic Health Records and meaningful use of health information technology.
Pulse Systems, Inc., Hires New CMO June 12, 2013 | Industry Release
Pulse Systems, Inc., an industry-leading provider of Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) solutions, announced today it has hired Samuel Ambrose as the Company's new Chief Marketing Officer.

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