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Insurers and pharma industry clash over specialty drug prices June 16, 2014 | Lisa Gillespie - Kaiser Health News
money and pills
A new study commissioned by a drug industry trade group finds that patients who need specialty medicines face high coinsurance costs. Insurers counter that the high cost of specialty drugs is the real issue.
What to make of the wearables craze June 16, 2014 | Ephraim Schwartz - Contributing Writer
smart watch wearable
Patients may be bringing them into office visits, asking what you can do with the data, while doctors themselves are still trying to grasp the value and better understand the potential return on investment.
E-prescribing market to nearly quadruple by 2019 June 13, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
pills in a bottle
According to a report from Transparency Market Research, electronic prescribing will become a $887.8 million industry by 2019.
Supercomputing coming to the point of care June 13, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Watson Computer
Powered-by-Watson app enables physicians to practice evidence-based medicine without sacrificing time searching through medical literature.
AMA takes on telemedicine, identity theft, and more June 12, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
group of doctors
The nation's largest physician group charted a course for improving care, protecting security of personal information, widening access for veterans, and guarding minors' health.
Where's the expected health spending uptick? June 12, 2014 | Jay Hancock - Kaiser Health News
dollar symbol
A new report from the Census Bureau showed a dropoff in revenue for hospitals, outpatient care and medical labs in the first quarter of 2014. Those numbers run counter to a predicted healthcare spending surge.
rock climbing
As EHR incentive payments approach $24 billion, overall participation in the meaningful use program remains on the rise. However, an ONC analysis reveals some physicians have more relative risk for not achieving success.
Wah brings health IT perspective to AMA presidency June 10, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Robert Wah, MD
Former deputy national coordinator at ONC and current chief medical officer at Computer Sciences Corporation sees physicians using systems to identify problems before they become significant issues.
What president-elect Stack brings to the AMA June 10, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Steven J. Stack, MD
He'll be the youngest president in a century so we can expect a degree of tech-savvy that some of his predecessors lacked. But Stack has also called meaningful use "a Catch-22 for physicians."
AMA nails down ‘team-based medical care’ definition June 10, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
doctor connected to patients
AMA president claims policy will enable doctors and practices to "transition to new care models" in a manner "based on physician needs," and leadership.
Tools empower patients to pay on the spot June 10, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
patients in waiting room
New apps give practices a precise determination of how much a patient owes, and enable them to settle up right there in your office.
How IT can help you get to new payment models June 09, 2014 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
hands typing on keyboard
Competition from large hospitals and administrative bureaucracy are threatening medical groups' survival. Here's how a program in New York is fighting back.
Surgeons, specialists left out of the ACO loop June 09, 2014 | Jenny Gold - Kaiser Health News
doctor at computer
Even if accountable care organizations achieve their goals in chronic disease management, overlooking the role and cost of surgical care may negate those savings. Will that change as the ACO model matures?
Burwell on deck as next HHS secretary June 06, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius
Sylvia Matthews Burwell will take over next week for the departing Kathleen Sebelius as head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Expedited, expanded testing paramount to ICD-10 progress June 05, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
road
WEDI's newly released recommendations to HHS also call for more transparency in how the mandate will be enforced.
Physicians well suited for ACO leadership June 05, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
hands together
Doctors hold top spots in a slight majority of public and private accountable care organizations, according to a new study. Key strengths include advocating for staff and patient needs.
Getting inside your patients’ heads June 04, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
connecting lines of light on diagram of head
For care to be truly patient-centered, doctors need to start asking what they can do to help relieve anxiety, confusion, and mixed messages from various caregivers.
NLRB rulings could undermine social media policies June 04, 2014 | Kathryn "Chris" Palamountain - Senior Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw's Houston office and member of the Labor & Employment and Health Law practices
doctors looking at computer
Policies prohibiting disclosures of medical information by members of your workforce -- provisions previously considered uncontroversial -- are now in doubt as potentially interfering with employees' federal rights.
3 reasons to kill PQRS, eRx audits June 03, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Magnifying glass
CMS should reconsider its proposed four-year audit process due to lack of preparation and reporting time, along with matters out of physicians' control, according to the American Medical Association.
ONC realigns structure June 02, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Karen DeSalvo, MD
With the HITECH Act's program investments drawing to an end, strategic changes will allow the agency to focus on promoting interoperable health IT solutions.

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Top considerations for outsourcing back-office work April 16, 2014 | Nelly Gamboa - Administrator for Union County Cardiology Associates
stack of papers
It may make good business sense to outsource some aspects of your practice operation. Here's what you should ask while evaluating potential vendors.
How to challenge insurance recoupments April 16, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Preparing to challenge insurance recoupments
Recent court rulings support a remedy against payers offsetting alleged provider overpayments against new and unrelated claims.
The good, bad and otherwise of the ICD-10 delay April 15, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
hands typing on keyboard
Industry experts share perspectives on what ICD-10 being pushed back means for small and midsize physician groups.
Changing your thinking on patient collections April 14, 2014 | Doug Fielding - Vice President of Product Strategy at ZirMed
The Thinker statue
Bad debt can no longer be viewed as simply a cost of doing business. You need a strategy for capturing collections at each available opportunity while also accelerating the pace.
Why most patients don't make referrals -- and how to fix that April 10, 2014 | Lonnie Hirsch - Founding Partner, Healthcare Success Strategies
patient and doctor shaking hands
You may think it's professionally inappropriate to ask for referrals. Here are 5 reasons to change your mindset.
Are you personalizing your EHR? April 09, 2014 | Rachel Miller - Epic Practice Manager at Culbert Healthcare Solutions
Doctor sitting at computer
If not, you may be missing out on opportunities to streamline workflow, support information capture and spend more time with patients.
Strategies for a successful ICD-10 transition April 08, 2014 | Joel Young - CEO, Regional Urology
Strategies for a successful ICD-10 transition
Here's how a 17-provider practice plans to keep the momentum going despite the delayed compliance deadline.
Reaping benefits from clinical quality data analysis April 04, 2014 | Jon Goates - Chief Executive Officer at Davis Family Physicians
Using real-time data to identify and close gaps in care can lead to increased reimbursement.
Doctors 'emotionally drained' by temporary SGR fix April 03, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
businessman at computer deep in thought
Progress toward a permanent solution fell short. With uncertainty prevailing about future payment cuts, will physicians continue to opt out of Medicare?
Why doctor satisfaction matters April 02, 2014 | Roni Caryn Rabin - Kaiser Health News
Why doctor satisfaction matters
Unhappy physicians report more difficulty than other doctors in caring for patients. A number of interrelated factors are at play.
How to clearly communicate patients' financial obligations April 01, 2014 | Doug Fielding - Vice President of Product Strategy at ZirMed
How to clearly communicate patients' financial obligations
The first step occurs even earlier in the delivery of care than you might think, and then follows through with easy-to-understand, accessible statements.
Survival guide to PQRS March 31, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Survival guide to PQRS
These four best practices will help you qualify for incentives, avoid future penalties, and make reporting quality measures part of your care standard to the benefit of your practice and the patients it serves.
So you're passing on MU. Still need an EHR? March 27, 2014 | Tom Giannulli, MD, MS - Chief Medical Information Officer at Kareo
So you're passing on MU. Still need an EHR?
Even if you've decided not to attest for meaningful use, you shouldn't overlook how technology can help streamline your practice operations and increase visits.
4 tips for more effective collections March 26, 2014 | Kelsey Brimmer - Associate Editor
4 tips for more effective collections
These tactics will help ease the awkward process of making sure patients pay up for healthcare services rendered.
Is your EHR putting you at legal risk? March 26, 2014 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
Is your EHR putting you at legal risk?
There are numerous ways EHRs can help improve efficiencies, patient safety and clinical quality. But if they aren't used properly, these systems can also increase a practice's chances of being sued.
ICD-10 preparations to help you avoid financial hardship later March 25, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
ICD-10 preparations to help you avoid financial hardship later
You may not have cash reserves or a credit line to tap after Oct. 1. Here's what you can do now to survive claims payment disruption after the code set transition.
3 keys to engaging more patients March 25, 2014 | Stephen Passalacqua - Chief Operating Officer at simplifyMD
3 keys to engaging more patients
It all starts in your reception area and extends electronically to the patient's home. Technology plays a role in ways you may not have considered.
For RECs 'the good stuff' is still ahead March 20, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Mat Kendall
Beyond meaningful use and regional extension center funding, medical practices will be able to get support for the transition to population health management and new payment models.
3 things to know now about RAC audit changes March 19, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
3 changes to know about CMS halting RAC audits
Medical practices get some welcome relief, and time to prepare for coming alterations, as CMS reevaluates the Medicare audit recovery program.
Survival guide to practice management data March 19, 2014 | Brian Bourke, MBA - Health Care Consulting Manager at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C.
Survival guide to practice management data
Don't be reliant on your PM system's reporting capabilities. Instead, determine what you really want to know about practice performance and assemble the results in a monthly scorecard. Here's how to get started.

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ICD-10 Testing Week going on now March 04, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
Participating providers will receive electronic acknowledgement indicating whether submitted test claims were accepted or rejected.
Basics you control February 27, 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
Basics you control
Utilize these standard business practices to convert the services you provide into the maximum amount of dollars legally and ethically due you.
Do doctors care about cost? February 21, 2014 | Dan Michelson - CEO, Strata Decision Technology
Dan Michelson
Research bears out that positive things will happen if we provide physicians with information about the cost of care they're providing.
Avoiding productivity losses with ICD-10 February 19, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
Conventional wisdom says that too many ICD-10 codes will make it harder for clinicians and medical coders to do their jobs. Here's what practices can do to mitigate the damage.
The ABC's of private practice life support February 14, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Here's what it will take to revitalize the physician practice as an attractive business model.
One year in my new practice February 11, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts, MD
I'm excited for the future to open up as I make this new practice a home for me and my patients.
Before getting too excited about the new SGR bill … February 06, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
Congress now has unified legislation to work with as it moves to rectify the longstanding problem of how to properly reimburse Medicare physicians. But the problem is not entirely solved.
Top 5 Medical Practice Insider stories for January February 04, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Given that we're only eight months away from a crucial compliance deadline, last month's hot topics may not come as a surprise.
Rethinking labor management, part 4: Outcomes and next steps January 30, 2014 | Sherri Luchs - Chief Administrative Officer at Penn State Hershey Medical Group, James Fenush Jr., MS, RN - Director of Nursing, Clinical Support Services, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Jackie Larson - Senior Vice President of Client Services at Avantas
Jackie Larson
By embedding its unique business rules into scheduling and productivity software, Penn State Hershey established a framework for consistency and best practices going forward.
Options for doctors looking to leave private practice January 27, 2014 | Kurt Ullman - Contributing Writer
Keep in mind that your main asset -- your rapport with patients -- is not transferrable. However, you can still maximize what you take away.
Transforming the payment process January 24, 2014 | Franco Rizzolo, DC - Partner and Administrator at Suburban Orthopaedic Medical Center, LLC
Transforming the payment process
Some health plans enable patients to pay their provider directly through a member portal. Our medical center is taking advantage of this technology.
The future of healthcare is not in health and not in care January 22, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Look outside the industry for companies that have already solved some of our problems.
The Affordable Care Act is here -- and you have leverage January 17, 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
Tom McGuinness
Insurance plans are pleading for your participation in their plans.
DeSalvo steps into ONC amid pressing challenges January 14, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
One industry group says her experience is "critical to realizing the potential of health IT."
Who’s resisting ICD-10 progress? January 10, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Tom Sullivan
Results of a readiness study published this week paint a comical picture of minor defiance.
Healthcare: A competitive analysis January 09, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Practice old models and you will fail. Create value and you will succeed.
Mobile health grows up in 2014 January 07, 2014 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Zachary Landman
Stage 2 of meaningful use will help improve patient and physician participation in healthcare beyond the confines of the medical office.
Happy new year January 06, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts, MD
I am now up to nearly 400 patients, who tell me accessibility is what they appreciate most about my practice.
The physician plumber: Stopping referral and handoff leaks January 02, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Breakdowns in the referral chain have medical, legal and economic consequences.
What your practice can gain from comparative analytics December 30, 2013 | Brian Fugere - Chief Operating Officer, RemitDATA
Brian Fugere
Increased visibility will help you prepare for the blending of clinical and financial indicators required by future industry initiatives, such as ACOs and bundled-payment strategies.

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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.
digiChart, Inc. today announced that Harry Jacobson, M.D., has been named the new chairman of digiChart’s board of directors. digiChart is a national provider of specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) and practice management system (PMS) solutions for OB-GYN practices. Dr. Jacobson replaces digiChart’s former chairman, G. William Bates, M.D., M.B.A., who has been named chairman emeritus of the company.
Navicure Launches Navicure Receivables Manager November 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Navicure, a leading Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse for physician practices, today announced the release of its new Navicure Receivables Manager, a central repository for insurance denials, appeals and payments, that streamlines denial and appeal management by automating the entire process. The solution, which is an evolution of Navicure’s ERA Filing Cabinet, helps physician practices decrease days in A/R, accelerate cash flow and improve staff productivity.

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