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Northwell CEO named chair of Institute for Healthcare Improvement August 14, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Northwell Health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling begins two-year term as board chair of IHI.
Litigation underway in fee-for-service vs. managed care coverage in California August 14, 2017 | Emily Bazar, Kaiser Health News
The lawsuit alleges the state illegally reversed doctor and court decisions for patient to remain in fee-for-service Medi-Cal.
Small practices plagued by complexity of Medicare regulations, show dim view of MIPS, MGMA study shows August 14, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Survey evaluated responses from 750 group practices, with largest representation from independent practices, groups of 6 to 20 physicians.
There are 6 cybersecurity knowledge areas every infosec pro must master, NIST says August 14, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The group published the guidance to help hospitals define what job roles cybersecurity teams require and, ultimately, to help them find top talent.
ONC kicks off EHR certification tool transition August 07, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will shift its testing portfolio over the next five years to include as many industry-developed and maintained testing tools as possible.
CMS finalizes 90-day reporting for meaningful use August 07, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
The agency, seeking to ease EHR reporting burdens, will also allow both 2015 and 2014-certified EHRs for 2018.
Insiders, hackers causing bulk of 2017 healthcare data breaches August 07, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
The healthcare sector has reported 233 breach incidents this year so far and is on pace to exceed last year's rate of one healthcare breach a day, Protenus says.
What to know about risk, coverage before you buy cyber insurance August 07, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
Policies pick up support as cyber threats increase in frequency and hospitals face stiff fines tied to data breaches.
Physician satisfaction is widespread, but raises and student loan help are hard to come by, survey says August 07, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Survey was conducted in June by PracticeMatch, received input from 1,959 physicians.
Non-physician providers, support staff a driving factor behind more profitable physician groups, MGMA survey says August 07, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Survey was based on data from more than 2,900 organizations, 40 specialties and practice types, MGMA said.
Anthem: Insider theft exposes data of 18,000 Medicare members August 01, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
Anthem's Medicare insurance coordination services vendor discovered in April that an employee was stealing and misusing Medicaid member data from as early as July 2016.
Could Amazon or Apple actually make a dent in the EHR market? August 01, 2017 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
The space is ripe for disruption, but switching vendors is difficult and that will make building a new electronic health record platform, and convincing customers to adopt it, a long and uphill battle.
Zuckerberg, Chan give UCSF $10 million for EHR work, health sciences, big data August 01, 2017 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
Gift supports work of Atul Butte, MD, and launches the Institute for Computational Health Sciences at the university.
Ransomware attack on South Dakota provider breaches data on 10,000 patients August 01, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
The cyberattack was first discovered in February, but crucial evidence was lost during the investigation on April that rendered it impossible for officials to rule out a breach.
Practice management tools fail to provide consistent experience in all practice sizes, KLAS report says July 25, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Companies are losing clients due to issues with clinical integrations, lack of customization and support, report says.
Atlanta clinic finds 15-month breach during investigation on separate ransomware attack July 25, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
While Peachtree Neurological Clinic avoided paying ransom after a recent cyberattack, the investigation that followed revealed a hacker had access to its system starting in February 2016.
Physician practices bemoan skyrocketing cost of IT maintenance July 25, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
MGMA survey shows some spending $19,000 per doctor, per year.
CFOs will spend more for revenue cycle technology, but providers still struggle to realize benefits July 17, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
About 90 percent of those surveyed say an increase in consumer responsibility for the bill will impact their organizations.
Are micro-hospitals the answer for systems looking for low-cost expansions? They might be July 17, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Model allows a system to expand their presence without making major capital commitments, or having to locate huge parcels of land.
Southeast is region of choice for doctors, but many are eyeing career changes, Medicus survey shows July 10, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Physician Practice Preference and Relocation Survey includes 2,351 respondents from 50 states and more than 20 specialties.

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How to get a handle on credit card processing fees June 30, 2015 | Suneera Madhani - CEO and Founder of Fattmerchant
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Markups and fees can be costly additions to the direct cost of card transactions. Learn what to look for and what you can negotiate.
Want to avoid lawsuits? Talk to your patients June 10, 2015 | Christopher Hayden - Editorial Assistant
Research shows that better communication -- not more diagnostic tests -- can be a key to reducing malpractice suits.
6 tips for protecting your practice against identity theft June 03, 2015 | Wes Sharp - Investment Advisor at CRI Securities, LLC and Securian Financial Services Inc.
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Doctors are high-profile targets. Here's what you should be doing to safeguard your identity.
5 actions for achieving high-value care June 03, 2015 | Richard A. Royer - CEO of Primaris
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If you push forward on these fronts, you'll not only improve patient care but also bring strong financial returns within reach.
Practices get a booster shot from high-tech, high-touch billers June 01, 2015 | Buddy Claborn, Jr. - CEO and founder of Healthpac Computer Systems, Inc.
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Local billers have access to the same software algorithms and analytics used by the large integrated delivery networks. Medical practices that work with them gain the ability to monitor, measure and improve operations.
Want to increase revenue? Promote preventative care May 20, 2015 | Scott Zimmerman - President of TeleVox
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How small to midsized group practices can leverage their existing appointment reminder systems to schedule thousands of preventive screenings every year.
3 steps to preventing data security trouble in smaller practices May 19, 2015 | Andy Nieto - Health IT Strategist at DataMotion
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You can mitigate the risk of stolen or lost patient information by following these recommendations from a health IT strategist.
Can't keep pace with patient demand? Balance core, contingency staff May 08, 2015 | Jenny Korth, CMPE - Director of Project Management & Support at Avantas
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How small and midsize practices can build in flexibility to manage expanding volume in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
3 strategies for attracting and retaining top-notch physicians May 04, 2015 | Jerry Broderick - Executive Management Consultant at Culbert Healthcare Solutions
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Does your recruitment approach respond to candidates' diverse interests? Follow these steps to make sure you're on the right track throughout the hiring and employment process.
Don't shy away from marketing your practice April 29, 2015 | Zach Watson - Content Manager at TechnologyAdvice
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Most patient-facing marketing tactics simply revolve around sharing information. You can communicate the value of your services in a number of ways.
5 search engine tips for doctors April 28, 2015 | Adam McConnell - Founder and CEO of Pulse Digital Marketing
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Here's how to establish a solid foundation for bringing more traffic to your practice website -- and more patients through your office door.
Physicians' top questions about social media answered April 17, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Renowned physician blogger Kevin Pho, MD, answers the social media inquiries that stump many providers.
How to integrate translation technology April 02, 2015 | Yan Auerbach - Co-founder and COO of SpeechTrans
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Lives can't wait for interpreters -- it's time to embrace machine translation.
4 tips for surviving a restrictive employment contract March 31, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Physicians sometimes find themselves in ludicrous and hard-to-believe arrangements, and all too often learn hard lessons about negotiations. Here's what to keep in mind should that happen.
Marketing best practices for specialists March 25, 2015 | David Henriksen - CEO and president of Nextech
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These basic steps will help ensure that people who need your services know you're there for them.
How to successfully open a private practice March 12, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
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It takes time and nerve, but starting a private practice is a great career path. These practical tips will help you along the way.
5 ways to build your brand online March 11, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Marketing your practice in the local community isn't about launching an extravagant advertising campaign. You can establish a search-friendly foundation online at little to no cost.
3 ways to boost revenue with data analytics March 06, 2015 | Jim Denny - President and CEO of Navicure
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Even small and midsize practices can obtain the data needed to optimize revenue. Here's where you need to focus.
How to use CMS' Surrogacy program: Part Two March 05, 2015 | David Zetter - Founder and Consultant at Zetter HealthCare
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Now that you know how to get started, you can gain comprehensive access to all Medicare enrollment files.
Identify time-wasters to make your office more efficient February 18, 2015 | Monica Gomez - Contributing Writer
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Here are some easy ways to put your practice on a path toward increased productivity.

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Looking back on 2015 December 10, 2015 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
ICD-10, meaningful use, omnibus HIPAA as well as Amazon and Google round out this list of important happenings in healthcare during the last 12 months.
Is DPC the new black? August 28, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD - Family Physician, South River, N.J.
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It is ridiculous and onerous, but I have no plans to move away from fee-for-service anytime soon.
The joy of boredom June 24, 2015 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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I don't see many patients in June and July -- but that's exactly what should be happening in my office when things are going right.
Are you underpaid? May 06, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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How do you feel about your compensation package? Take our 5-question survey and let us know.
Why even small HIPAA breaches can be costly and dangerous May 05, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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"New threat actors and agendas are changing the risk climate," while "settlements in individual cases could run to the millions of dollars."
5 simple financial concepts to consider today May 05, 2015 | Wes Sharp - Investment Advisor at CRI Securities, LLC and Securian Financial Services Inc.
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It doesn't take in-depth knowledge to secure your hard-earned dollars. Physicians should follow these easy-to-implement steps.
10 notable quotes to wrap up April April 30, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Here's a look back at what industry sources had to say this month about issues and topics affecting medical practices.
Social media hazards for medical practices March 06, 2015 | Kristen Prinz - Founder, The Prinz Law Firm
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Relying on an informal policy for social media use by employees might mean exposure to patient privacy violations -- and fines.
The increasing burden of private practice February 13, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
Why mandates and operational issues need to be more reasonable and manageable.
Tweets you missed while screening for measles and researching HoloLens February 06, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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We detail the top health hashtags, tweets and twit pics that have emerged at the start of February.
The mission February 03, 2015 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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My staff and I believe we are on to something very important: we've come up with a way to do better healthcare.
How population health runs on data analytics February 02, 2015 | Zach Watson - Content Manager at TechnologyAdvice
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Using analytics changes the posture of providers from reactive to proactive, and it allows them to become more efficient.
Look who's talking about pill mills, kiosks and phablets January 23, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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This week Doc Talk explores the ins-and-outs of pills mills, the viability of kiosks in healthcare and how phablets are measuring up in the eye of the physician consumer.
Check out the med tweets you missed while ringing in the new year January 16, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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We detail the top health hashtags, tweets and twit pics that have emerged at the start of 2015.
Don't get trapped by an employment agreement January 15, 2015 | Amit Bindra - Associate Attorney, The Prinz Law Firm, P.C.
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Read this important document carefully before employment begins to protect interests you may have outside the usual scope of practice.
Look who's talking about the frustrations of meaningful use January 09, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week, we focus exclusively on what you and your fellow providers had to say about meaningful use and why you're not attesting for Stage 2.
10 quotes that defined the medical practice realm in 2014 January 07, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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From ICD-10 and meaningful use to the retail threat and emerging technologies, physicians have had to step up their game over the past 12 months. Here's a recap of what it was like to survive a remarkable year.
Healthcare by the numbers: January 2015 January 02, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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As we roll into a fresh calendar year, here's a quick look at facts and figures making news in medical and health sectors.
Rotating on the startup ward December 26, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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Medical students and residents may soon be spending assigned shifts in innovation incubators to learn in a similar fashion to their clinical rotations.
Check out the top mHealth Summit tweets you missed December 19, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "#Med tweets you may have missed," a new biweekly feature on Medical Practice Insider wherein we detail the top social media trends and tweets of the week for the benefit of you and your practice.

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Cloud-based developers unite clinician-designed EHR with practice management and medical billing software aimed at increasing clinical and financial performance.
New report: QuantiaMD positively impacts quality of care physicians provide February 27, 2015 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
Seventy-two percent of surveyed physicians report increased confidence and improved clinical outcomes for patients with chronic conditions.
Organizations evaluated on key performance standards of quality, privacy and security, as well as PMS vendor ICD-10 readiness.
Jvion named 2014 Intel Innovation Award winner December 03, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
The award recognizes companies that are developing leading-edge technologies and unique approaches to improving health and the healthcare delivery process.
Culbert Healthcare Solutions, a professional services firm serving healthcare organizations across the country, today announced that senior consultant Jill Berger-Fiffy has become a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), the certification entity of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
Patent-pending "App for My Patients" gives doctors access to business intelligence, dynamic pricing and anonymized competitors' retail data.
Elevation Academy offers online training to health providers May 21, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
New learning center grows from partnership between Cuyahoga Community College’s Corporate College and Elevation Healthcare, LLC
Award honors practices that work successfully with patients to reduce blood pressure and improve heart health.
Doximity raises $54 million in Series C funds April 29, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
T. Rowe Price and DFJ back healthcare’s largest vertical social network.
MEGAS Achieves EHNAC Healthcare Network Accreditation October 16, 2013 | Industry Release
MEGAS LLC, a Tallahassee-based software firm, announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks, from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.
Synergy created by alliance offers healthcare providers unparalleled access to integrated operational, financial and clinical analytics, with turnkey business intelligence reporting.
Company Committed to Maintain and Improve Higher than 98% Average First-Pass Claims Acceptance Rate Through ICD-10; Robust, Proactive Approach Demonstrates Commitment to Client Base.
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.
Hello Health, a vendor in revenue-generating EMR and patient management technology, and 5 O’clock Records, an innovator in medical request platforms, today announced a partnership where physicians using the Hello Health platform will be able to share medical records digitally through the 5 O’clock Records solution. Through this relationship, physicians are able not only to manage patient communication and medical information through Hello Health, but also fill requests for medical records online using the 5 O’clock Record platform. This streamlines several processes which optimizes efficiency in the practice.
CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR) and medical billing software and services, today announced that Doctors Access, Inc., a nearly 20 year old practice management company and a division of iPractice Group, has entered into a unique partnership with CareCloud. Through this agreement, Doctors Access will utilize CareCoud’s platform in its new cloud-based practice management offering, Doctors Access Pro™, which will be made available to the approximately 500 current users of the Doctors Access practice management software.
ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM), and medical scheduling software as well as medical billing services, today announced the successful deployment of its 2012 summer release, which introduces the company’s user-friendly Apple iPad app, additional ICD-10 tools, and best practices workflow for pediatric practices.  
WorkSmart MD, Inc. has announced its launch of medicalbillinghelper.com an educational website that helps physicians and community health centers (FQHC) improve their profitability and maximize medical billing revenue.
In an MDLinx (www.mdlinx.com) survey of U.S. physicians with ownership of practices of ten physicians or less, 26.4 percent reported that given the financial environment, they could foresee closing their practices within the next year. MDLinx, a web property of M3 USA (http://usa.m3.com), is the nation’s leading specialty physician portal.
M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation services and Speech Understanding™ solutions, has announced the M*Modal Catalyst™ family of cloud-based applications, enabling healthcare decision-makers to extract actionable information from “unstructured” medical documentation, regardless of how that data was created, and combine it with structured data contained in electronic clinical systems. This new suite of solutions is designed to make full use of the untapped meaning contained within clinical documentation to improve the quality of patient care and better inform financial practices. Also announced today are the first two applications in the M*Modal Catalyst suite, M*Modal Catalyst for Quality™ and M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology™, built on the Company’s proprietary cloud-based Speech Understanding™ platform.
AAPC (www.aapc.com), a leader in enabling the business side of medicine, announced the CPPM™ (Certified Physician Practice Manager) credential. This advanced certification is designed for practice managers wanting to validate their expertise, and for those with strong coding/billing experience who are ready to advance their careers in practice management.

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