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White House supports SGR replacement bill March 26, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
The White House
Proponents hope Administration backing will create momentum for passage of the measure by the House and Senate before a physician payment cut kicks in April 1.
Apple has healthcare providers on the brain March 25, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Apple ResearchKit icon image from TechCrunch.com
ResearchKit puts the future of medical research directly in patient and provider hands.
Stage 3 MU a tough target for physicians March 24, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Some measures will be difficult to meet for eligible providers, raising questions about whether they should have been included in the new proposed rule.
Physician payment vote likely this week March 23, 2015 | Mary Agnes Carey - Kaiser Health News Staff Writer
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The House is expected to act on legislation to repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula. Senate Democrats promise resistance on several fronts.
A look inside CMS Stage 3 meaningful use proposed rule March 20, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The new proposed rule vows to simplify the meaningful use program overall by increasing flexibility and interoperability aims.
5 questions with AMA President Robert Wah March 20, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Robert Wah, MD
The physician leader explains how doctors can help technology vendors create better products and what he's watching in health IT moving forward.
What Apple's latest products mean to physician practices March 20, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The innovative developer made a splash with the introduction of both its Apple Watch device and ResearchKit platform. Here’s where the new inductees into the iOS family measure up inside the practice provider’s toolkit.
Congress ready to repeal SGR? March 19, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
gavel and stethoscope
With only a little more than a week to act, lawmakers agree on a framework, but still have to hammer out fiscal and policy details.
SGR discussions head into overdrive March 18, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Physician payments and health insurance for children are on the line in a sudden drive to seal a permanent solution. Lawmakers will have to balance issues across party lines and among fiscal moderates and conservatives.
Inviting patients to help decide their own treatment March 17, 2015 | Anna Gorman - Kaiser Health News Staff Writer
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Hospitals and clinics in several states are encouraging shared decision-making, during which information and concerns flow back and forth between patient and doctor.
Congress sparks hope for permanent physician payment fix March 16, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Photo of money on a rack
Private negotiations among party leaders and key committees suggest there's still time to hammer out a permanent SGR repeal and replacement bill.
Tech tools for improving physician satisfaction March 16, 2015 | Bob Kronemyer - Contributing Writer
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Doctors feel beaten down when regulation compromises time allocated to patient interaction. Technologies in a number of areas should help by automating data collection and bolstering team-based care.
Medical identity fraud hammers healthcare March 13, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Medical Software
In a world where EHR profiles have become hot commodities on the black market, providers and patients need to be vigilant and proactive.
The human toll of patching Medicare payments March 12, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The American College of Physicians has not given up on convincing Congress to permanently fix the current Medicare physician payment system this month. The group says it's a matter of protecting patients.
Provider attestations surge as extended MU reporting deadline looms March 10, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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As expected with the 2014 reporting period coming to a close, providers are attesting for meaningful use at breakneck speed.
Congress appears ready to punt on physician payment fix March 10, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Payment plan
As the overall total estimate for the SGR climbs quickly upward, lawmakers look to buy time until the fall, when SGR repeal could be packaged with extension funding for a vital insurance program.
Doctor directories must be updated by insurers in 2016 March 09, 2015 | Susan Jaffe - Kaiser Health News
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Expect calls from Medicare Advantage plans and policies sold through the federal exchange as regulators want more current and accurate provider information.
Top healthcare headlines with an ICD-10 twist March 06, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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What happens when healthcare's breaking news briefs get fed into an ICD-10 code translator? Read on to find out.
Who are the physician members of Congress? March 05, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
US House in Session
There are doctors in the House -- and a few in the Senate, too. Find out more about your 17 colleagues currently serving in the 114th Congress.
More parents asking for vaccination delays, more docs obliging March 04, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Requests for vaccination delays have been trending, and the rate at which physicians are agreeing has experts concerned.

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Is your office in compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule? November 13, 2014 | Kimberly Danebrock, RN, JD - Senior Risk Management and Patient Safety Specialist for the Cooperative of American Physicians
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Failure to follow the rule could be costly. Avoid violations by implementing these measures.
3 pillars of success in practice mergers November 12, 2014 | Austin Kirkland - Contributing Writer
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There are many good reasons to unify separate practices under common ownership. But for synergies to be realized, make sure these underlying factors are firmly established.
5 ways to outduel retail clinics November 07, 2014 | Tom Giannulli, MD, MS - Chief Medical Information Officer at Kareo
MinuteClinic patients and doctor
With retail clinics surging into new areas and attracting more patients, primary care practices need to tap into their core advantage: flexibility. Here's how.
5 ways to improve revenue management November 06, 2014 | Johanna Epstein - Vice President of Strategy and Executive Leadership Services at Culbert Healthcare Solutions
Practice revenue cycle management
Medical groups need to examine their revenue cycle systems to determine if they are capable of supporting business and operational goals. These quick recommendations will help you get started.
Everyday tech tips for busy doctors November 05, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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If you're slogging through standard office programs and not using productivity tools to your advantage, you're losing precious time. Here are some really easy ways to get up to speed quickly.
Big-practice marketing on a little-practice budget November 05, 2014 | Joy Gendusa - CEO of PostcardMania
Business management
How to market like the big boys -- without spending like them.
How EHRs can assist specialty practices with federal directives November 03, 2014 | David Henriksen - CEO and president of Nextech
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By supporting needs specific to ICD-10 and meaningful use, an EHR can minimize the degree to which practices must adapt.
4 ways to reduce energy consumption in your practice October 29, 2014 | Nate Kessman - Contributing Writer
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Add dollars to your bottom line and reduce environmental impact by following these simple energy management recommendations.
10 ways to maximize cash flow October 29, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Recommendations for getting the most from your collection efforts and strategies for avoiding costly mistakes.
How analytics make doctors more productive October 28, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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One medical practice skyrocketed from 16 physicians in 1996 to more than 250 today, caring for some 250,000 patients and operating on a $285 million revenue stream.
Still room for improvement with e-prescribing October 28, 2014 | Lathe Bigler - Contributing Writer
Physicians acknowledge that e-prescribing leads to more streamlined workflow. But they could realize additional benefits if formulary data were more accurate and medication histories more complete.
10 tips to improving patient satisfaction October 28, 2014 | Richard Pizzi - Editorial Director
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There are countless ways to make coming to your practice a better experience for patients, but these 10 service standards should do the trick nicely.
How Intermountain is personalizing care – and the clinic October 22, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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A glimpse inside Intermountain's emerging Personalized Care Clinics designed to serve those patients with chronic illnesses that consume so much time and healthcare cost.
Steps to better claims management October 22, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
With one out of every five claims being improperly processed, medical practices can avoid leaving money on the table. Here's a look at some of the tools and techniques for preventing denials in the first place.
10 ways to save yourself from 'practice management hypertension' October 20, 2014 | Debra Phairas - President of Practice & Liability Consultants, LLC
It's not the kind of hypertension they teach you about in medical school. The stress of running a practice is an affliction all its own, one you can avoid by following these tips.
There's nothing fluffy about physician engagement October 16, 2014 | Michael Paskavitz - Vice President for Healthcare Solutions at Quantia, Inc.
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Independent physician practices are now fully accountable for a wide range of metrics with very real implications. Consider these four ways to harmonize with the rest of the healthcare community.
4 ways to save meaningful use October 15, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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The American Medical Association posted a blueprint it contends will help CMS plot the future of meaningful use and electronic health records. Here are the key components.
Prevent business associates from putting your practice at risk October 13, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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While outsourcing PHI allows practices to keep pace with hospitals and giant health organizations, this very act is inherently risky. Do you know what your business associates are doing in the name of HIPAA security?
3 ways to increase visits and revenue from existing patients October 09, 2014 | Tom Giannulli, MD, MS - Chief Medical Information Officer at Kareo
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Patients are consumers who increasingly expect more value from their time and money spent at your practice. These marketing strategies will help you deliver what they want.
Taking the guesswork out of practice site selection October 07, 2014 | Lee Ann Lambdin - Vice President of Strategic Resources at Stratasan
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You could get buried in raw data when trying to pinpoint the ideal location for a new office. Heat-mapping can help you visualize the best options and steer you away from "gut" decisions.

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Wait 'til your watch starts teasing you November 19, 2014 | Nick van Terheyden, MD - Chief Medical Information Officer at Nuance
Nick van Terheyden, MD
Wearables could go beyond fitness bands by becoming more connected to a person's habits and more aware of what they're doing -- or not doing.
ICD-10 could cost a lot less than you think November 17, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
Despite hefty projected costs, new research suggests that ICD-10 implementation might be closer to $5,000, or even less, for a small practice.
Look who's talking about mergers and technology hacks November 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
Welcome back to Doc Talk. This week, we look at the avenues to success in the acquisition age, some of the best technological hacks for your office and the MPI slideshows you may have missed.
Why you need to get a handle on denials November 13, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Start now with a denial management strategy so that you're not scrambling to cope with reimbursement delays after the ICD-10 deadline.
10 ways to tear down innovation silos November 12, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers, MD
Here's how to expand interdisciplinary collaboration and make more than incremental progress.
Heroic November 10, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts, MD
A patient's call defines being in the place that matters, when nobody else is able to do the task.
Welcome back to Doc Talk. This week, we take a look at criminal providers, the AMA's scary "advocacy" for ICD-10 and the latest on MU attestation.
Why medical marijuana fell short in Florida November 06, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Nearly a 9:1 favorable margin disappeared over the course of a few months. Did patients in need lose out or were opponents correct in saying the drug amendment had a dangerous loophole?
What the new Republican Congress means for healthcare November 05, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
GOP influence will likely be felt in a push for health IT reform, while physician reimbursement issues remain to be sorted out.
What to watch regarding another ICD-10 delay November 05, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Among the myriad unknowns are a fistful of political warning signs that medical practices should keep an eye on in the months ahead.
Wait, did the AMA just point out a benefit to ICD-10? November 05, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
Between the lines of the American Medical Association's roster of ICD-10 codes for Halloween is a surprising revelation about potential benefits the new code sets could bring.
3 benefits of PM software for single-provider practices November 04, 2014 | Charles Settles - Product Analyst at TechnologyAdvice
Charles Settles
Practice management software has been termed an "essential investment" for small practices. Here's what such a system can do for you.
How will physicians cope with chaos in the healthcare system? Here's how three industry leaders see things shaking out.
ICD-10 hasn't gone away, nor has the drive to improve the overall claims management process. At the same time, data analytics are scaling down to small practices.
Look who's talking about MU tough love, analytics and tablet EHRs October 31, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to Doc Talk. This week, we explore the AMA's latest list of demands for CMS, the power of analytics in practice growth and the potential for satisfaction that tablet-optimized EHRs hold.
Big themes at this year's Medical Group Management Association conference included systems integration, technology funding and, of course, interoperability. Here's a capsule view of what I learned making the rounds.
Google’s next mHealth idea is out for blood October 29, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
The search giant is working on microscopic particles that, when injected into a patient's bloodstream, could detect cancer and other medical conditions.
DeSalvo to keep driving EHR interoperability at ONC October 28, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The national coordinator will hold onto certain responsibilities, after all, including driving the office's 10-year interoperability roadmap and meaningful use policymaking.
Madelyn Kearns
Welcome back to Doc Talk. This week, we explore the upcoming MGMA annual conference highlights, what's really behind defensive medicine and why EHRs and third-party developers just can't get along.
Getting a handle on ICD-10 costs October 22, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Here's an overview of the main areas where you'll need to allocate resources.

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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.
MedTech Media, a division of HIMSS Media, announced today the launch of mHealth News, a website serving the information needs of professionals who are advancing healthcare through the use of mobile platforms.
ZirMed, a leading health information connectivity and management solutions company, today announced that the company is consistently achieving a 98 percent or greater running average on its first pass claims acceptance rates.
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
VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for collaborative health management established by Mayo Clinic and the Noaber Foundation, today announces the release of a cloud based next generation EHR solution for eye care practices, which is being demonstrated this week at the annual American Optometric Association conference in San Diego.
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.
Viridian Health Management, a pioneer in health coaching for behavior change and provider of comprehensive integrated health management programs and Omada Health, a Silicon Valley leader in the field of digital health, today announced their partnership to launch the first multi-modal lifestyle program to help conquer the diabetes epidemic.
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.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the sponsoring agency for the Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE), welcomed the not-for-profit CommunityHealth IT into the Florida HIE. CommunityHealth IT connects community healthcare providers and patients through its MyHealthStoryHIE, which leverages RelayHealth to expand access and the reliability of data across varied care settings.
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.

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