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Specialist referrals challenge PCPs in some ACA plans July 17, 2014 | Carrie Feibel - Houston Public Media
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Narrow networks pose problems for doctors seeking treatment for patients with low-cost coverage. "We're running into problems in the same way as when they were uninsured," said one physician.
BlackBerry subsidiary unveils medical OS July 16, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
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QNX Software Systems, purchased by BlackBerry in 2010, has introduced a novel clinical operating system designed specifically for medical devices.
Why procedure-based payments don't work July 16, 2014 | Harold D. Miller - President and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform
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A viable alternative, condition-based payments, will give physicians flexibility to redesign care without unnecessary tests and procedures. They'll also factor in accountability to ensure better outcomes and lower total spending.
Does the Sunshine Act infringe on physicians' privacy? July 15, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Although it is intended to bring much-needed transparency, some doctors already contend that the Sunshine Act reporting system overrides their due process and privacy rights.
EHR Association calls for MU final rule July 14, 2014 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
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Alongside lobbying CMS for its final rule regarding meaningful use ASAP, the EHRA asks the agency to take a close look at the Stage 3 timeline.
Will health reform boost the fortunes of PCPs? July 14, 2014 | Jay Hancock - Kaiser Health News
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Best-performing doctors doubled their reimbursements under a PCMH program run by the biggest medical insurer in the Washington area. Other payers are moving ahead with similar initiatives.
Secure messaging tools for medical practices July 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Explore our roundup of secure-messaging systems that save physicians time and help comply with privacy standards.
MedXCom: Virtual house calls, secure messaging and more July 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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MedXCom offers patient-to-provider and provider-to-provider communication platforms including voice, data and app-based secure messaging.
TigerText: Singularly focused on security July 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Organizations that deploy TigerText see high adoption rates and improved communication within their workforce, ultimately leading to improved patient safety and physician satisfaction.
Medigram: Timely care team conversations July 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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With Medigram, a clinician can use a smartphone, tablet or web browser to communicate quickly and easily about critical events affecting patients and the care team.
PerfectServe DocLink: Talk and text in real-time July 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Sometimes physicians want to send a text. Other times they need to have a conversation. With PerfectServe DocLink, physicians choose the best communication mode for each clinical situation.
Imprivata Cortext: Seamless, secure messaging on a range of devices July 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Imprivata Cortext gives providers a single platform for multi-site communication across practices and with colleagues at affiliated hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and other organizations.
hippomsg: Communicating without the financial squeeze July 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Free and committed to the grassroots need for providers to communicate, hippomsg offers ease-of-use and security.
DocbookMD: Where over 300,000 docs connect July 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Designed by and for physicians, DocbookMD creates a secure community to share patient information from various directories.
Vocera Collaboration Suite: Convenience via voice and text July 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Vocera Collaboration Suite connects care team members to help support communication decisions.
Hypertension gets the health IT treatment July 11, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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ONC launched its EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge this week hoping to put EHRs and clinical decision support tools to work in reducing high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
The truth about EHR upcoding July 10, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Prominent researchers examined Medicare billing patterns among adopters and non-adopters of EHR technology. What they found could render fears surrounding widespread upcoding almost obsolete.
Lawsuit alleges fraudulent enrollment practices by California insurer July 10, 2014 | Julie Appleby - Kaiser Health News
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Santa Monica's Consumer Watchdog claims that Anthem Blue Cross delayed providing full information of doctor network involvement to patients until it was too late for them to change coverage.
EHR payments soar toward $25 billion July 10, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The latest round of CMS payment figures show that the steady climb is continuing as is the number of eligible participants in the meaningful use program.
Evidence-based medicine goes mobile July 08, 2014 | Ephraim Schwartz - Contributing Writer
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As EBM enters its prime, the mobile app marketplace has made strides to accommodate it, supplementing physicians' judgment and professional expertise.

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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.
Last call for MU program April 18, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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With only 10 weeks left to begin, here is a look at what practices need to do now to avoid lower Medicare reimbursement next year.
4 ways to increase practice revenue April 17, 2014 | Amanda Guerrero - Contributing Writer
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Are you managing your schedule to fill up empty slots? These tips show how you can do that, and get patients regularly thinking about the services you offer.
Top considerations for outsourcing back-office work April 16, 2014 | Nelly Gamboa - Administrator for Union County Cardiology Associates
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.
Will your EHR be ready for Stage 2, really? March 19, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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With about six months left before the start of meaningful use Stage 2 reporting, only a small percentage of complete systems are ready to handle the task.
MU hardship exemptions: One step up, two back? March 19, 2014 | Emily Richmond, MPH - Senior Manager, Health Care Quality at Practice Fusion
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Creating a new exception because a portion of the EHR technology industry lacks capabilities to meet meaningful use is not the answer.
Tablet sessions provide a learning opportunity March 18, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Doctors aren't yet satisfied with their meetings with pharma reps. That could change by taking a more consumer-oriented approach.
Top 5 digital health challenges March 13, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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New products won't gain widespread adoption until physicians and patients can realize their potential value.
Going gets tough March 10, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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My focus is to build a business that will grow, sustain me and my family, offer excellent service and serve as a template for others to do the same.
Allergy app encourages adherence March 07, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Technology engages patients from home and, in doing so, helps them stick to their medical regimen.
Giving primary care a public health playbook March 06, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Calling it "a stepping stone to health transformation" the Practical Playbook offers tips for working with state and local public health units to harness modern population management techniques and better treat your patients.
President's budget will help stem shortage of primary care physicians March 05, 2014 | Molly Cooke, MD, FACP - President of the American College of Physicians
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The American College of Physicians urges Congress to provide the funding requested by administration to help train the next generation of PCPs.
ICD-10 Testing Week going on now March 04, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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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