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Apple Watch vs. Google Glass: What will the doctor wear next? September 17, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Google Glass
It's not an either-or question, of course, but one worth considering in a broad sense. Does wearable technology have a place in the physician's office?
Industry groups push back on MU Stage 2 reporting September 16, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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More than a dozen stakeholder groups representing thousands of providers have immediate concerns about being able to continue with meaningful use participation.
NHIT Week: Patient empowerment integral to progress September 16, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Washington, DC
A cystic fibrosis patient's powerful story illustrates why more people need to become the "hub" of their own healthcare information.
Physician engagement: What it means and why it matters September 16, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Providers and payers need to bring their respective strengths to emerging care models. The focus on improving care and reducing costs must be shared by both parties.
Early estimates show drop in uninsured September 16, 2014 | Jordan Rao - Kaiser Health News
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The number of adults without insurance dipped during the first three months of this year, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
iPhone 6 a 'nice upgrade' for doctors September 15, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Apple's latest round of iPhones and its brand-new Watch pack new functions that will likely appeal to patients and physicians. And there's more than just a bigger screen.
Social media and the FDA September 12, 2014 | Austin Chiang, MD - Contributing Writer
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Guidelines hold pharmaceutical companies to a high standard on social media platforms. Could that be deterring some patients from learning about potentially helpful treatments?
HIMSS reveals 3 annual Congressional 'asks' September 12, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Gearing up for National HIT Week, the association shares what it intends to ask government representatives, with a focus on regulatory guidance, ONC and telemedicine.
Does the Apple Watch have a place in healthcare's future? September 11, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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The smartwatch -- a combination health and fitness tracker and walkie-talkie -- arrived Tuesday with the hype of a true game-changer. Some experts aren't so sure.
Small practices win big on preventing admissions September 11, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Solo and two-doctor practices are avoiding a lot more hospital admissions than their larger contemporaries. How are they outperforming their counterparts?
Open Payments: Still on track to let the Sunshine in September 10, 2014 | Shefali Luthra - KHN Staff Writer
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Although CMS has removed about one-third of questionable physician payment entries, critics say doctors haven't had enough time to review the database for accuracy and could be unfairly harmed by published mistakes.
12 reasons why patients still come first in healthcare September 10, 2014 | Innovation Health Jam
12 reasons why patients still come first in healthcare
After a 3 day-long virtual brainstorming session, contributors to the Innovation Health Jam shared their conclusions on why patient engagement remains a top healthcare concern. Click through for an infographic summarizing the findings.
Retail clinics: A threat or a promise? September 10, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Retail giants CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and others are rapidly expanding their clinics. What remains to be seen is whether they'll merely soak up seasonal patient visits or make permanent inroads into primary care practice.
OCR gives peek at upcoming auditing plans September 09, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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An Office For Civil Rights advisor shares insights about auditing, deciding which practices to investigate, how it determines fines and when the audits will begin.
Cloud amplifies breach concerns September 09, 2014 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
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Healthcare organizations with mixed feelings about the cloud may want to watch their peers -- and learn from them.
Why aren't more medical practices engaging in HIE? September 08, 2014 | Ephraim Schwartz - Contributing Writer
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While small physician groups essentially wait for the technologies to mature into affordability, e-visits are on the rise and may trigger urgency for exchanging patient data.
What to make of health-centric smartwatches September 05, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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Physicians are questioning the real value that Apple, LG, Samsung and others are bringing to market. Analysts, meanwhile, estimate that the number of people wearing them will skyrocket this year and after.
The delivery model that could: What's really behind the ACO boom September 04, 2014 | Kayla Sutton - Managing Director of Economic Outlook, Premier, Inc.
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The accountable care model is picking up steam, with more than 600 organizations operating currently within the United States. What are the factors drawing providers in -- and those pushing them away? Find out here.
ICD-10: Stress, anguish and outsourcing September 04, 2014 | John Andrews - Contributing Writer
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The conversion lingers in "the back recesses of physicians' minds," which means as the clock ticks toward compliance more medical groups are likely to turn to outsourcing options for relief.
5 staff scheduling tools for medical groups September 04, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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From pure-play scheduling software upstarts to EHR stalwarts, these offerings can help manage employees to make the operation run smoothly, including getting the best doctors and nurses to the right place when they’re needed.

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10 communication missteps to avoid June 23, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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Physicians often see initial success in using mobile technology to connect with patients outside the office. Sustain momentum over time by recognizing and working around these common mistakes.
Forge ahead with payers on the ICD-10 transition June 23, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The compliance deadline may seem like a long way off, but there's no reason to delay certain steps that will strengthen your relationships with payers.
Where to get free HIPAA help June 23, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Practices don't need a high-priced consultant to shore up potential problem areas in protecting health information. These 3 resources can help practices get started.
Healthcare social media: Keeping it professional June 19, 2014 | Austin Chiang, MD - Contributing Writer
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Medical practitioners publish a surprising amount of inappropriate social content, perhaps unaware that it lives on forever in digital archives. Here's why common sense should be your guide before you post.
Practice independence tied to business acumen June 18, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Hospital acquisition may relieve the burden of certain operational risks, but it often means cutting time spent with patients. Practice owners say well-chosen technology can make a difference for those who'd prefer to remain on their own.
Stethoscopes from the future are here today June 17, 2014 | George Chelebiev - Contributing Writer
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New devices bring new form factors and capabilities. Will they reach mainstream medical practices when they become more affordable?
Taking the sting out of an EHR upgrade June 16, 2014 | Mike Lovett - Executive Vice President and General Manager at NextGen Healthcare
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These four questions will help you select a system that enhances usability and workflow -- and optimize it once it's in place.
If doctors are justified in MOC pushback, what next? June 13, 2014 | Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
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In light of criticisms regarding maintenance of certification requirements, one physician offers a course of alternatives.
Making the case for electronic claims attachments June 13, 2014 | Lindy Benton - CEO of MEA/NEA
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Providers who automate the claims process by going electronic will be paid sooner than those still reliant solely on hard-copy record transmission. And AHIP has the data to prove it.
Healthcare social media: Listen up, medical providers June 12, 2014 | Austin Chiang, MD - Contributing Writer
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Here's why social media matters to physicians, and what you can do to get engaged in this evolving communications medium.
Top 10 rules of reputation management June 10, 2014 | Stewart Gandolf, MBA - CEO, Healthcare Success Strategies
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Far more people than your immediate circle of professional colleagues and current patients know you first by your online reputation. Here's how to handle it effectively.
6 ways to benefit from the ICD-10 delay June 06, 2014 | William McElmurry - Senior Vice President and Vertical Practice Leader at SoftServe, Inc.
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After reassessing your implementation and support plans, you may need to add volume to critical tasks such as staff training, financial modeling and tech readiness.
The secret to better practice staffing June 05, 2014 | Chris Fox - CEO at Avantas
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Early adopters are transforming themselves to a variable-staffing model coupled with centralized management as a way to keep pace with the switch to value-based care and unlock the care team's true potential.
Want better quality metrics? Capture more data at the point of care June 04, 2014 | Jon Goates - Chief Executive Officer at Davis Family Physicians
Armed with actionable data, physicians accurately target care gaps and change workflows to ultimately improve outcomes. Here's how to get started.
Breaking up is hard to do -- especially for physician practices June 04, 2014 | Andrew McBride III, Esq. - Partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP
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Valuation, typically the prevailing concern for all parties, can be a complex, expensive and often painful ordeal when accomplished through litigation. Here's why even harmonious groups should consider updating their legal agreements.
How to make patients' wait time more tolerable June 03, 2014 | Lea Chatham - Content Manager at Kareo
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Some amount of idling is inevitable in a busy practice. Here's what you can do to improve the patient experience should you fall behind schedule.
Is fear of change hurting meaningful use? May 29, 2014 | Steve Baker - President of Eyefinity
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Three steps you can take now will support your EHR and MU change management efforts.
Tips for turning a strategic plan into action May 27, 2014 | Cindy Thomas Wright
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A 5-point plan for aligning your organization with healthcare's new realities.
Are business associates putting your MU incentives at risk? May 27, 2014 | Gary Johnson - CMO of Vendormate
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Effectively managing external business associates doesn't just apply to the HIPAA Omnibus rule. It also applies to meaningful use through the core measure of protecting patients' PHI.
4 ways to engage hypertensive patients May 23, 2014 | Jerry Penso, MD, MBA - Chief Quality and Medical Officer at the American Medical Group Association
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Patients diagnosed with chronic high blood pressure need a targeted, strategic plan to ensure they truly become engaged. Here are some methods that are working well at practices around the country.

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Why Congress needs to create a national patient safety board July 09, 2014 | Matt Murray, MD - Emergency pediatrician at Cook Children’s Health Care System and chairman of the Texas Medical Association's health IT committee.
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In a phrase: Health IT-related risks. And the FDASIA report simply doesn’t have enough "teeth" in that respect.
Are vertical exchanges the future of HIX? July 08, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Tom Sullivan
It's still early but exchanges are emerging to serve very specific populations in vertical industries. One such HIX, for instance, is geared toward bars and restaurants.
ICD-10 to-do list for small practices July 03, 2014 | Nina Keller
Nina Keller
Working on these five tasks now will help medical groups maximize the extra time and ultimately improve the business to generate more revenue.
Put a stop to 'pill mills' and illegal prescribing July 02, 2014 | Robert Wah, MD - President of the American Medical Association
Robert Wah, MD
AMA advocates for evidence-based, public health approach to prescription drug abuse.
ACP reacts to Supreme Court decision on ACA's coverage mandates July 01, 2014 | David A. Fleming, MD, FACP - President of the American College of Physicians
Allowing employers to carve-out exemptions to the health law's requirements that insurance plans cover evidence-based preventive services without cost-sharing could create barriers to patients receiving appropriate medical care as recommended by their physicians.
Look who's talking about social media diagnoses, outperforming ICD-10 and more June 27, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Doc Talk
Welcome to this week's "Doc Talk," wherein we discuss giving patients social media advice, avoiding mobile miscommunications, top docs and getting ahead of ICD-10 with your payer partners.
Consumer health information serves dual purposes June 24, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
Eric Wicklund
Devices give patients an opportunity to track their lifestyle, but also add a layer of information that doctors currently lack.
The 3 kinds of digital health products June 19, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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Although their value still needs to be measured and validated, the products and services that will likely gain widespread adoption and penetration will solve the problems of multiple stakeholders.
Identity theft: It could happen to someone you know June 17, 2014 | Mac McMillan - Privacy and Security
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Recent cases involving physicians across the country prompt the question: Why isn't the IRS proactively using existing measures to prevent fraudulent claims?
This weeks top commentary: Doc rankings, healthcare spending and ACOs June 13, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome to this week's "Doc Talk," wherein we discuss doctor reputations and rankings, healthcare spending after ACA, and patient agency.
Someone is noticing the problems with ACOs June 13, 2014 | Tom McGuinness, CPA, CVA - Founding Partner, Reimer, McGuinness & Associates, P.C., Boyle Henderson, Jr., CPA - Director of the Healthcare Practice at Daenen Henderson & Company
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If you are contemplating participation in an accountable care organization, beware of the issues that could eat up a lot of your time and money.
Exploring EHR pain points June 09, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The findings from doctors who regularly use EHR systems will be presented this Thursday in a webinar.
eRx or paper: Which do you really use most? June 09, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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While medical groups appear to be moving toward e-prescribing, delving into the data tells a different story. The truth might just come down to which numbers you believe.
A call for simplicity in meaningful use June 06, 2014 | Jim Tate
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Whether you call it evolution or revolution there is a groundswell advocating for sweeping changes to the CMS EHR Incentive programs.
Look who's talking about Chromebooks, staffing secrets and ICD-10 sticklers June 05, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Doc Talk
Welcome to this week's "Doc Talk," wherein we discuss rising technologies, staffing advice, data collection and ICD-10 incentives.
ICD-10 worth the work but won't be a magical improvement June 04, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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ICD-9 data is already being collected and analyzed so there's reason to think ICD-10, with its greater granularity, will improve healthcare.
3 health innovation megatrends June 03, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Even though the legal and regulatory environment will lag and struggle to accommodate change, progress is inevitable as entrepreneurs and investors drive innovation forward.
Personal tech June 02, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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Technology doesn't have to add a layer of complexity or push people apart; it can simplify and connect.
It's no wonder CIOs are having trouble planning for the future.
Look who's talking this week about social networks, changes in MU and ROI May 30, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Doc Talk
This week in "Doc Talk," experts discuss social networking from an MD angle, utilizing MU changes to enhance practice management and finding value in healthcare.

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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.
IGI Health's Orbit(R) Patient Portal version 6.0 has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. This EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
ADP AdvancedMD Launches "MyICD-10 Timeline" May 28, 2013 | Industry Release
New website features timeline, resources, tips, webinars and planning guides to get providers ready for October 1, 2014
DoctorBase, a leading mobile solution provider for medical practices, today announced it has surpassed 10,000 doctors on its mHealth-as-a-service platform (mHaaS), a 104 percent increase over the past year. DoctorBase’s PANDA software provides medical practices with free and low-cost tools that allow clinicians to interact with patients through smartphones.
VentureHealth, an online healthcare investment portal for accredited investors, today announced a new model for equity crowdfunding. Focused on innovations that dramatically improve clinical outcomes, VentureHealth is the first equity crowdfunding portal founded by professional investors.
Collaboration site focused on the impact of care coordination
Vidyo, Inc. and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) today announced that they have partnered to add Vidyo’s visual communications and collaboration capabilities to ANTHC’s existing statewide telehealth network -- AFHCAN.
GFI Software today announced the availability of GFI FaxMaker Online, a streamlined cloud-based fax solution designed to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs). GFI FaxMaker Online provides ubiquitous faxing from any Internet-connected device, with no hardware, software or dedicated phone lines required.
Kareo Raises $20.5 Million to Fuel Rapid Growth January 23, 2013 | Industry Release
Kareo, Inc., a cloud-based medical office software provider for small medical practices, announced today the closing of a new $20.5 million equity investment led by Stripes Group with participation from existing Kareo investor Western Technology Investments. This new funding is in addition to the $18 million previously raised, bringing Kareo’s total funding to more than $38 million. Kareo will use the new capital to launch Kareo Billing Services, a technology-enabled revenue cycle management solution for small medical practices, and is extending its market reach and leadership position through new investment in sales and marketing.
COLA, a laboratory accreditor, today announced an agreement with the American College of Physicians (ACP) to promote a program of laboratory excellence to ACP members. The joint initiative is designed to assist Patient-Centered Medical Home practices in delivering quality and value-driven laboratory medicine to their patients through a new COLA laboratory recognition program, called Patient-Centered Laboratory Excellence (PCLE).
QuantiaMD Announces New Executive Appointments January 09, 2013 | Industry Release
QuantiaMD, the largest online physician community and collaboration platform, has appointed Daniel Malloy to the role of Senior Vice President, bringing deep payer, health system and life sciences expertise to the company’s leadership team. In addition, current QuantiaMD President, Mike Coyne, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Eric Schultz, QuantiaMD’s founder and current CEO, has been appointed Executive Chairman.
Voalte, a provider in clinical communication technology, announced that the company’s chief nursing officer, Dr. Teresa Anderson, was recently inducted as President of the Nebraska Nurses Association, an organization that represents more than 25,000 nurses in the state. Voalte congratulates Dr. Anderson on this prestigious appointment for the 2013-2014 term.
Navicure, an Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse for physician practices, today announced that it has been named “Best in KLAS” for the claims and clearinghouse services market segment as part of the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report. KLAS seeks to improve healthcare technology delivery through honest, accurate and impartial measurement of vendor services.
UpToDate Releases MobileComplete for Android December 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Wolters Kluwer Health, a provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that UpToDate, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, released MobileComplete for Android users. A downloadable local version of its free app, UpToDate MobileComplete, is the fastest mobile version of UpToDate, providing clinicians with access to evidence-based, practical recommendations, even offline. With this release, UpToDate offers customers local access to trusted, evidence-based information across iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Voalte’s founder and Vice President of Innovation Trey Lauderdale was honored by the Governor of Florida Monday for his role in helping transform clinical communications.
MediSafe Project (www.MediSafeProject.com) launched today the first-ever cloud-synced mobile app helping families prevent emergencies caused by over- or under-dosing medications.
WellFX announced that Columbia Valley Community Health (CVCH) has deployed its first-of-a-kind, private, social platform to patients across CVCH’s obstetrics (OB) practice. The WellFX social platform delivers innovative, provider-directed care through a social community of fellow new and expecting parents and qualified educational resources. In November, CVCH launched the platform for OB patients across its seven facilities, which provide care for more than 25,000 people in Wenatchee and Chelan, WA.
ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and medical scheduling software as well as medical billing services, today announced new charge capture functionality for the ADP AdvancedMD iPad app. Hundreds of medical practices already use the ADP AdvancedMD iPad app, released last quarter. Now physicians can use the app for charge entry instead of tedious paper-based processes, saving time and minimizing missed charges.

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