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Smart bands still no match for smartphones February 19, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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There's no denying that smart bands are popular, but do they really offer any unique benefits? A new study is skeptical.
Deadly bacterial outbreak hits UCLA February 19, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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CRE infections were traced to notoriously difficult-to-disinfect endoscopes. Yet the FDA says the devices should remain in service.
Google starts embedding health information in search results February 18, 2015 | Amanda Bury - Health & Wellness Division Lead at SIM Partners
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A major shift in how healthcare information is discovered online is underway, compliments of Dr. Google.
The problem with patient portals February 18, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Many providers have looked into portals during their quest for meaningful use Stage 2 fulfillment, ultimately finding that the technology is lagging in more than one department.
When is a doctor truly in network? February 17, 2015 | Michelle Andrews - Kaiser Health News
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Patients are often baffled when physicians belong to different medical groups or accept different insurance at different locations. Complaints may result in resubmitting charges.
Marshfield to unveil EHR for practices February 13, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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One of the nation's leading physician groups is making its own electronic health record available to other providers, with cutting-edge features, at what it claims is a cost-effective ticket.
Bringing check-in to the patient February 13, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Practice Fusion's latest EHR feature hopes to eliminate millions of pages of paper in 2015 by making a pre-visit connection with patients via their favorite device.
'Shocking' malpractice verdict filed against concierge firm February 13, 2015 | Phil Galewitz - KHN Staff Writer
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MDVIP will pay $8.5 million after a Florida jury found one of its contracted doctors provided negligent care.
Virtual reality sets its sights on healthcare February 12, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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If you thought Google Glass was cutting-edge, take a look at these virtual reality headsets and what they have to offer healthcare.
5 takeaways from the House hearing on ICD-10 February 12, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Witnesses made a strong case for moving ahead as planned with the transition from ICD-9. However, physicians on both sides of the discussion raised serious concerns.
Are anti-vaxers solely at fault for the measles outbreak? February 11, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Physicians have already called out parents who don't vaccinate their children for exacerbating the current measles outbreak. Should they also be blaming their colleagues -- and themselves?
Providers scurry to complete attestation but face $200 million in adjustments February 11, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Meaningful use attestation numbers are cresting as the end of the 2014 reporting period closes in on eligible providers. Also high: the projected financial hit that providers could take as a result of Medicare payment adjustments in 2015.
Ideas emerge to improve, simplify health law February 10, 2015 | Julie Rovner - Kaiser Health News
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If policymakers can agree on one thing, it's that the Affordable Care Act is too complicated. Rather than replacing the law, these recommendations are aimed at making it work better.
Vaccination nation: How to best deal with anti-vaxers February 06, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Measles is back in the United States, and not coincidentally, so is the debate about vaccination. For physicians who advocate vaccination, here's how to deal with patients who don't.
An app for parents -- and sleep-deprived doctors February 06, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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A pediatric practice puts dosing instructions in the hands of parents with a practical app built for the community at large.
Push is on to repeal and replace ACA February 05, 2015 | Mary Agnes Carey - Kaiser Health News Staff Writer
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Committee chairmen from Senate and House revive proposal that would pose an alternative in case the Supreme Court strikes down insurance subsidies.
ICD-10: 7 tips for hiring savvy coders February 05, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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First, distinguish the wheat from the chaff. And don't be afraid to take a calculated chance on a candidate looking to kick that career up a notch.
AMA jumps in tech incubation game February 04, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The physician organization partners to create a place for entrepreneurs to collaborate with doctors and healthcare professionals on innovation.
Who doctors blame for the measles outbreak February 04, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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An overwhelming majority of surveyed physicians say unvaccinated children are directly contributing to the current spread of measles.
Measles outbreak reawakens vaccination debate February 04, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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An outbreak that started in California in December has found its way across 14 states so far. With more people falling ill, doctors, politicians and parents are tackling the topic of anti-vaccination once more.

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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.
How one practice is handling the 'October ADHD rush' October 02, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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A medical group is using software to automate the kludgy process for doctors, teachers and parents of evaluating patients with suspected attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
What to be wary of in the new site detailing industry money to docs September 30, 2014 | Charles Ornstein - ProPublica
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The government's new website on drug and device company ties to doctors will be incomplete and may be misleading -- for now.
How to talk to your patients about the Sunshine Act September 30, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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CMS has made public its "new system of records," and your patients probably have a lot of questions if they've been looking through the data. Find out how to answer them here.
Advice for making the most of meaningful use September 29, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Ever since the new flexibility rule surfaced at the beginning of the month the timing and precise requirements for attesting to meaningful use have been more confusing than ever. Medical Practice Insider offers these resources to help you sort things out.
What to know before patients arrive September 29, 2014 | Max Burger, MD, FAAFP
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Here's how one practice fine-tuned collecting patient and benefits information ahead of time to more effectively manage patient populations.
How to get going with ICD-10 implementation September 25, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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You're just one year away from the code set conversion. This plan of action will get your practice started right away.
5 tips for understanding the new meaningful use flexibility rule September 24, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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With CMS and ONC saying they want to "meet providers where they are" on the meaningful use pathway, attestation may be easier than you think. Here's what you need to know.
The inside story of a practice thriving in 3 ACOs September 22, 2014 | Pamela Patterson - Corporate compliance officer at Cantata Adult Life Services
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The secret? Analytics. Pamela Patterson recounts how her organization focused on quality metrics, visualizing clinical data, and caregivers' workflow to reduce readmissions, among other successes.
The upside of high EHR 'divorce rates' September 18, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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With so many providers considering or already switching to a new EHR, practices should not be afraid to point out what doesn't work for them, and to push vendors to improve usability and workflow.
8 usability traits that define the ideal EHR September 17, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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The AMA detailed a list of priorities to create more usable EHRs. Here's what an ideal system would look like.
5 proven ways to engage patients September 15, 2014 | Andrew Underhill - Chief Technologist at Systems Made Simple
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It goes against intuition, but providers can take a cue from payers when it comes to building stronger relationships with patients and being more proactive in chronic disease care.

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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.
Microsoft, Fitbit take aim at smartwatch fray October 21, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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The companies appear poised to enter the increasingly crowded market very soon.
Madelyn Kearns
Welcome back to Doc Talk. This week, we explore the four avenues to an engaged physician population, promising HealthKit apps and Google's crack at the virtual doctor's office.
Why nurses hate their EHR October 17, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The software drains productivity, fails to improve communication and, ultimately, leads to higher rates of job dissatisfaction. So much so that some consider EHRs when seeking employment elsewhere.
Where would you invest in digital health? October 16, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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There's plenty of financial backing for emerging healthcare information and communications technologies. But the question remains whether they are mature enough to make a difference.
ICD-10 going to hurt providers way more than IT vendors October 14, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The perhaps ugly truth is that providers who fail to prepare for ICD-10 have a lot at stake, notably money. IT vendors? Well, they don't have a mandate to comply with the new code sets.
3 hiring mistakes to avoid October 14, 2014 | Jessica Fayerman - Senior Associate Attorney, Prinz Law Firm
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You or your office manager may not intend to ask improper questions or make inflated claims when interviewing candidates for open positions at your practice. All the same, doing so may have legal consequences or set the stage for an unhealthy employee-employer relationship.
Look who's talking about surgeons' pay and where EHRs went wrong with Ebola October 10, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to “Doc Talk." This week, we look into the truth beyond why surgeons' salaries are so high and where EHRs must go now following the nation’s first bout with Ebola.
Providers, IT vendors in ICD-10 gridlock October 10, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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With providers and software makers essentially waiting on each other to move forward with ICD-10, it appears that progress has stalled. Will small practices wait until the eleventh hour again?
4 ways to ensure EHR usability October 06, 2014 | Dave Lareau - CEO of Medicomp Systems
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More than half of EHR systems will be replaced in the next three to five years. Here's how we can deliver systems that make a difference at the point of care -- without slowing doctors down.
Hold on: Can we really blame Ebola in the US on an EHR? October 03, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The short answer is "no, of course not." But the way things happened highlights the need for EHRs and those who use them to be more process-aware.
Welcome back to "Doc Talk!" This week we explore getting patients to rely less on ER visits, whether the story of RUC-to-riches has any clout and the viability of a de fault encryption future.
'Apple Effect' hits the smartwatch market October 01, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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With Pebble's new $99 entry point and growing store of activity-tracking apps, will we see a wave of consumer devices delivering data that a doctor would want or need?

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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.
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.

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