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OIG finds EHR certification lacking in security standards August 06, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
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ONC's testing and certification bodies fell short in ensuring adherence to federal standards for protecting patient health information.
FDA stakes out exemptions to medical device premarket requirements August 05, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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Proposal for the regulation of mobile medical devices and apps hailed as a "huge boost" to mHealth innovation. Further guidance anticipated to clarify the difference between wellness and disease claims.
Medicaid pay raise to primary care doctors extended in just six states for 2015 August 05, 2014 | Phil Galewitz - KHN Staff Writer
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Pay rates will revert back to 2012 levels in the vast majority of states and DC. There's no indication that Congress will come up with federal funding.
Telehealth bill would change Medicare payment policies August 04, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Senators from the nation's poorest and unhealthiest state have gathered bi-partisan support for proposed legislation, which also includes a national pilot to test remote patient monitoring and payment bundling.
Why is communication so hard in healthcare? August 04, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Paper records and aging technologies linger, making it harder for practices to tap into the emerging class of secure messaging tools.
Free, interactive tool models physician workforce needs August 01, 2014 | Stephanie Bouchard - Managing Editor, Healthcare Finance News
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Users can obtain a measure of relative capacity in a region by comparing current or projected patient care needs against how those needs can be met by the different types of physicians available.
27 days out: Are you ready for the Sunshine Act reveal? August 01, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Once the Sep. 30 deadline comes, doctors will no longer be able to contest data reported about their dealings with pharma or medical device companies. This three-step process guides you through reviewing and, if need be, disputing that information.
HHS chisels ICD-10 compliance date in stone August 01, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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Final rule sets the countdown to 14 months for physician practices, payers and clearinghouses to be fully prepared for the codeset transition on Oct. 1, 2015.
7 add-on apps to enrich your EHR August 01, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
7 add-on apps to enrich your EHR
Practices can strengthen their EHR foundation with these cutting-edge capabilities. Here's a sampling of tools the marketplace has to offer.
Wellero: Leveraging the visit summary to accelerate payment August 01, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The company's real-time and insurance-agnostic adjudication engine simplifies patient check-out.
Transporter: Cloud-based control over data storage August 01, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Transporter's peer-to-peer capability allows for upward scalability, automated offsite protection and fast local copies of files anywhere.
NoteSwift: Interpreting recognized speech into the EHR August 01, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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NoteSwift reduces by 90 percent the number of clicks required to complete patient documentation.
MacPractice: Native OS X and iOS software for doctors August 01, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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MacPractice provides flexible mobile and desktop options for data-entry and retrieval, taking full advantage of Apple’s hardware and operating systems.
Mach7: Access to cross-specialty patient data and images August 01, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The portal keeps referring physicians, clinicians and patients connected and engaged with an unobstructed view of patient data, including images, when and where needed.
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Complementary systems enable physicians to manage and secure devices and data, including EHRs, in their office.
Security concerns rampant on mobile devices, apps July 31, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
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An HP-led report sheds light on the alarming number of connected devices -- a whopping 70 percent -- with serious security weak spots.
MPI's best advice for tackling HIPAA in 2014 July 31, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
It's been quite a year for HIPAA breaches and hacks. At the same time, 2014 also brings with it some of the best advice yet on adhering to the security standard. Here's a handy guide to these resources.
VA bill would reboot department's IT initiatives to improve care July 30, 2014 | Government Health IT Staff
Compromise legislation calls for accelerated deployment of mobile clinics through the use of telemedicine and revisions to the department's patient scheduling system.
Why mHealth is essential to prevention management July 30, 2014 | Natalie Hodge, MD - CEO of Personal Medicine Plus
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Should physicians, over time, gravitate their recommendations toward prescribing "prevention management " techniques and away from pharmaceutical prescribing? This pediatrician certainly hopes so.
'Time to close the checkbook' for teaching hospitals, IOM advises July 30, 2014 | Julie Rovner - Kaiser Health News
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A new report from the Institute of Medicine questions the effectiveness of the $15 billion in federal funds funneled to training of medical school graduates.

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4 ways to engage hypertensive patients May 23, 2014 | Jerry Penso, MD, MBA - Chief Quality and Medical Officer at the American Medical Group Association
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Patients diagnosed with chronic high blood pressure need a targeted, strategic plan to ensure they truly become engaged. Here are some methods that are working well at practices around the country.
The core basics of ICD-10 planning May 22, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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If you haven't done anything yet to prepare for the ICD-10 transition, start with these 3 fundamental steps.
7 steps to maximizing IT investments May 21, 2014 | Steven Heck - President of MedSys Group
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You will only achieve a return if you baseline and measure. Here's what you need to do to accurately allocate spending.
How to beat big business at its own game May 20, 2014 | Ephraim Schwartz - Contributing Writer
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The raft of new technologies, and international behemoths bringing them to market, are going to take a hefty bite out of physician practices' revenues. Here's how you can stay ahead of the more local competition.
Patient portals: Much more than a PHR May 16, 2014 | Vern Davenport - President of Medfusion
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Portal technology cuts down paperwork and labor-intensive activities, such as phone calls, data entry and mailings. In doing so, it streamlines operations and reduces distractions for physicians and front-office staff.
What to consider before selling your practice May 15, 2014 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
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Asking potential buyers these 7 questions will help determine if you are really ready to become part of a larger operation.
Twitter's new collage feature: A zillion volts of noticeability May 14, 2014 | Stewart Gandolf, MBA - CEO, Healthcare Success Strategies
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You can now share up to four photos with a single tweet. If you're active on social media, you'll want to explore this capability to make your message stand out from the pack.
Be part of the patient engagement revolution May 13, 2014 | Ryan Nelson - Director of Business Development for Medical Web Experts
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Encouraging patients to be active participants in their care is one of the best things you can do to start improving outcomes. Connection to your practice through a patient portal can help them make smart decisions when they're not in your office.
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The IRS, Secret Service and other agencies are investigating the theft of names, addresses and Social Security numbers pinched from a national database. What to do if you suspect the criminals stole your information.
Why redaction is crucial to small practices May 07, 2014 | David Rasmussen - President of Extract Systems
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Do you have the technology to electronically remove personal health information from medical records and related documents? If not, you may be missing out on cost savings and operational efficiencies.
What skills will shape the practice of the future? May 07, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Next generation healthcare is going to require several new professional capabilities, and many practices will have to pick and choose which ones to pursue.
Survival guide to institutional knowledge May 02, 2014 | Brian Bourke, MBA - Health Care Consulting Manager at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C.
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Inaccurate or incorrect information may be costing your practice money. Taking time to document how things are done will pay off by setting a high standard of performance. Here are some key areas to focus your efforts.
Tips for engaging doctors in new IT projects April 30, 2014 | Diana Manos
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Lessons learned from EHR implementation apply to add-on technologies such as analytics and clinical decision support. Here are some practical approaches that generate doctor interest and lower apprehension.
How to handle the XP security flaw April 29, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Even with the newly emergent Internet Explorer vulnerability, medical practices running Windows XP do not need to be hasty in upgrading their operating systems. Instead, consider these options.
Mitigating the downside of ACOs April 25, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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The accountable care organization model certainly ups the financial stakes for interested physicians and, if handled properly, the rewards can be equally elevated.
What to consider before selling your practice April 24, 2014 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
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Asking potential buyers these 7 questions will help determine if you are really ready to become part of a larger operation.
Protecting practice data from Heartbleed April 24, 2014 | Ephraim Schwartz - Contributing Writer
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If you or your Web hosting provider have not yet patched the egregious flaw, we advise immediate action.
Why clinical documentation should be a core competency April 23, 2014 | Justin Barnes - Vice President, Greenway Health
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The ICD-10 conversion could be a blessing if you use it to assess your ability to produce quality reporting for valued-based care models.
5 traits that make physicians effective leaders April 22, 2014 | Lisa Goren - Program Director for Physician Alignment at Legacy Health
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A physician development specialist explains how to translate your existing clinical abilities into first-rate management skills.
10 takeaways for improved ICD-10 preparation April 21, 2014 | Mike Patel - CEO, Meditab Software
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The delayed ICD-10 deadline creates a golden opportunity to set the groundwork for a successful transition. These tips will get you started.

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The downsides of recreational health data gathering May 20, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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As the proliferation of sensors and wearables mingles with traditional healthcare, at least one doctor is finding the manner of information overload essentially clogging workflow.
This week's top commentary May 16, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome to "Doc Talk," Medical Practice Insider's new Friday feature wherein we highlight some of the week's best quips shared by readers, bloggers and interviewees alike.
6 tips for engaging your patients May 14, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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Because patient satisfaction is becoming a critical factor in medical practices' financial success.
Will the delayed ICD-10 deadline lead to the same result? May 12, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants the new ICD-10 implementation deadline to be Oct. 1, 2015, many healthcare professionals are wondering if it really will happen.
Apps help provide positive behavior modification May 08, 2014 | Natalie Hodge, MD - CEO of Personal Medicine Plus, Brandi Harless, MPH - CMO of Personal Medicine Plus
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Payers, health systems and retail health companies all want to change their customers' behavior. mHealth can be a catalyst to "activate" patients outside of your office.
Leveraging real-time technology to facilitate patient payments May 07, 2014 | Jim Riley - President and CEO of Capario
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Determining insurance eligibility and estimating patient payment are two of the simplest steps a provider can take to maximize revenue and profitability.
CMS sheds some light on ICD-10 deadline May 02, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Interim final rule setting new compliance date expected "in the near future."
The impact of DIY medicine April 29, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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Expect profound change as patients gain the ability to diagnose and treat illness. Here are 5 major considerations.
No clues yet on new ICD-10 deadline April 25, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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CMS remains understandably tight-lipped, but indicates that regulatory language is being drafted and will be released soon.
FDA should reject application for opioid combination April 22, 2014 | Sidney Wolfe, MD - Founder and Senior Adviser, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
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Research shows that Moxduo, a drug combination containing morphine and oxycodone, is no more effective or safer than either morphine or oxycodone alone for treating acute pain. Approval of this drug could further contribute to the U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse.
Primary care still not connecting with Medicaid population April 17, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Study reveals difficulty for Medicaid beneficiaries in booking new-patient appointments. Would payment policy incentives for physicians make a difference?
Doctors, infinite data and the Internet of Things April 17, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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Systems engineers see a utopia of connecting data points driving better outcomes, lower costs and an improved patient experience. However, doctors just see more hassles.
A pediatrician invites Michelle Obama to Health Datapalooza April 15, 2014 | Natalie Hodge, MD - CEO of Personal Medicine Plus
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A physician-entrepreneur asks the First Lady for help taking on childhood obesity, the health IT way, with a new app tapping into gaming principles to motivate behavior change.
How to prevent another ICD-10 delay April 10, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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We need to have more compelling arguments for implementing ICD-10 coding.
Fatal error April 08, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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Care should not be about codes, procedures, medications, tests or interventions, but instead about helping people live their lives with as few problems as possible.
Transforming healthcare data into wisdom April 04, 2014 | Jeff Maze - Director of Business Intelligence at Zotec Partners
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The impact of data is to help determine if an element is important enough to provide meaningful results within your practice.
AMA stands firm on SGR disapproval April 01, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The nation's largest physician group welcomed temporary relief the ICD-10 transition, but said it doesn't offset the harm of delaying permanent payment reforms.
Statement on House action on SGR March 27, 2014 | Molly Cooke, MD, FACP - President of the American College of Physicians
ACP cannot support another short-term patch. Instead, we believe enactment of permanent SGR repeal and reform, this year, by this Congress, is both imperative and achievable.
Would you support ICD-10 delay to avert physician pay cut? March 26, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media, Frank Irving - Editor
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When the House votes Thursday on the SGR fix, the proposed legislation includes language pushing back ICD-10. It’s likely to pass the House and might even make it through the Senate, too.
Real estate and the IRS Passive Activity Loss rules March 24, 2014 | Tom McGuinness, CPA, CVA - Founding Partner, Reimer, McGuinness & Associates, P.C., Boyle Henderson, Jr., CPA - Director of the Healthcare Practice at Daenen Henderson & Company
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The IRS and the courts have set the bar high and the burden of proof is on the taxpayer.

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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.
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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.
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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