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Where meaningful use is headed from here January 30, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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EHR and health IT policy expert Peter Basch, MD, offers perspective on eased reporting requirements for 2015 and implications moving forward.
CMS to ease 2015 meaningful use requirements January 29, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Some current burdens will be lightened for eligible providers attempting to comply with EHR incentive program requirements.
Radical solution to doc fee problem suggested January 29, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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An American Medical Association representative had the opportunity to offer Congress proposals about correcting the sustainable growth rate problem but failed to give concrete detail. One idea that did arise from a House committee member: online poker.
Internist joins ONC as chief medical officer January 29, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Two physicians in two weeks have been named to key roles at ONC. Thomas Mason, MD, will head up clinical oversight of agency programs.
3 ways docs are tackling Rx drug use in 2015 January 28, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Roughly 17,520 patients die from prescription drug overdoses each year, a number that physicians, lawmakers and numerous organizations are determined to lower.
HHS sets goals for value-based payments January 27, 2015 | Jordan Rao - Kaiser Health News
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Secretary Burwell raises the bar, with half of Medicare spending to be channeled to ACOs and like models by 2018.
Doctors' favorite prescribable apps January 26, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Which mHealth apps do providers consider to be the best? The latest market research reveals the answers for both Android and iOS platforms.
Higher pay, better patient access January 23, 2015 | Phil Galewitz - KHN Staff Writer
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The ACA-funded Medicaid pay hike had the desired effect, according to a new NEJM study. But now that the raise has ended, some primary care doctors say they've had to limit the number of Medicaid patients they'll see.
What EHRs need to be critical in outbreak management January 22, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Providers are still by far the best detectors for infectious disease outbreaks and events. That doesn't mean they're very good at reporting them, though. EHRs can be key in that regard.
ONC taps physician for health information officer role January 21, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Michael James McCoy, MD, will draw on experience across the health IT domain, including standards development.
Cardiologist slain in Boston hospital shooting January 21, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Tragedy overcame Brigham and Women's Hospital yesterday, where a cardiac surgeon was fatally shot by a family member of a former patient.
Supreme Court hears arguments in Medicaid pay case January 21, 2015 | Phil Galewitz - KHN Staff Writer
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At issue is whether providers can sue states to increase payment rates.
Physician fees in the crosshairs January 21, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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A two-day House subcommittee hearing signals the start of "SGR season" -- with a physician payment cut hanging in the balance.
3 physicians who got nabbed running pill mills January 20, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Prescription pills over money
The DEA, Medicare and regional prosecutors are all on the lookout for illegal prescribing, but that hasn't stopped some doctors from dealing in the drug trade.
How 'pill mills' became healthcare's worst practice January 19, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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A look at some of the doctors accused of drug trafficking for the nature and number of prescriptions they write for hydrocodone and alprazolam.
Flex-IT Act gathers support January 19, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Re-introduced legislation now in House committees would shrink the 2015 meaningful use reporting period.
CMS head Tavenner announces resignation January 16, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Leadership of the nation's largest health insurer will transition next month to deputy who stabilized the federal insurance exchange.
Q&A: AMA president-elect Steven Stack January 16, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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A physician highly versed in the challenges of utilizing IT in the practice environment takes the lead for the American Medical Association this coming June. Here's what he had to say about adopting EHRs and complying with the ICD-10 mandate.
Future of EHRs: 'Practical' use, not meaningful January 15, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Meaningful use sparked widespread adoption of EHRs and the software will be around long after the incentives end. But the post-meaningful use era will see them used in ways perhaps more realistic than the program set forth.
Comparison: 10 phablets side-by-side January 14, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
See how the top phablet options measure up with one another, in both functionality and cost, by clicking through these comparison tables.

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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.
Top 10 reasons telemedicine will transform your practice September 09, 2014 | Ash Mehta - CEO of PatientClick
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Emerging applications and services give physicians new opportunities well beyond traditional teleradiology. Here's why the technology is making a difference.
6 burning questions about ACOs September 08, 2014 | Samantha DuPont - Health Policy Consultant — Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy.
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Equipped to handle financial risk sharing, electronic health records, quality benchmarks, patient engagement and care coordination, ACOs are an attractive option to healthcare leaders and providers. Could this be the predominant healthcare model moving forward?
How to ensure strong communication between patient visits September 03, 2014 | Steve Whitehurst - Vice President and General Manager of Stericycle Communication Solutions
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Smaller practices should streamline patient access and support, leverage data to identify specific challenges and solutions, and offer patients multiple platforms to communicate with physicians and staff. Here are the elements of such a strategy.
How to get a start-up practice off the ground August 29, 2014 | Keith C. Borglum - Contributing Writer
There are a number of ways to make it work -- and the economics are actually fairly straightforward if you don't get fixated on income. Here's what to consider.
ICD-10: Will your coders stick around? August 28, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Today's staff could be lured by competitors desperate for their expertise and, as such, willing to pay more or offer other perks. Why practices should use ICD-10 as a retention strategy.
Ebola shines light on best practices for personal protective equipment August 28, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
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Basics go a long way in protecting providers during health crises. Is your practice mastering the fundamentals?

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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?
7 takeaways from WEDI's most recent ICD-10 survey September 29, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange found more than just procrastination in its latest assessment of where the industry stands in terms of ICD-10.
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week, we take a look at Blackberry's latest device, the current private practice crisis and the positives of bringing a medical scribe on board.
Do we innovate or legislate our way out of the healthcare mess? September 25, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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The efforts of entrepreneurs and the effects of government intervention aren't mutually exclusive when it comes to bending the cost curve.
Influential voices accentuate ACA's results September 24, 2014 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
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HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, use different channels to broadcast a similar message: the Affordable Care Act is working as intended.

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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.
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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.

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