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...
July 15, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Costs capture provider mindsets across care delivery spectrum
Current results to an annual, nationwide Provista survey attribute the most purchasing power in the healthcare industry at this moment to those who pursue cost reduction methods, highlighting once more the ongoing compulsion to budget buff across care realms.
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...
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,...
July 12, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
With hospitals and practices rushing to meet federal mandates and IT developers struggling to stay competitive, healthcare providers and technology vendors alike are looking to employ new talent, according to HIMSS Analytics' first-ever health IT workforce survey.
July 12, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In a paper released on July 10, a network of healthcare experts detailed reduction strategies for five specific procedures often employed by clinicians that may, in several instances, not be entirely necessary.
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...
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...
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.
July 11, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
For now, all still seems well on the viral front, but that hasn’t stopped scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from checking into the pandemic potential of the novel bird flu strain, H7N9.