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Retail clinics add convenience but drive costs up, study finds March 08, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Promoting more convenient options, from retail clinics to online doctor visits, may spur more use and higher costs.
Researchers uncover first ransomware targeting Apple Mac users March 08, 2016 | Jack McCarthy - Contributing Writer
The malicious code, spread on Friday, waits three days before connecting with hackers servers. Unaware users may already be at risk, experts say, though a fix is currently available.
Poll: Which trends dominated the HIMSS16 conversation? March 08, 2016 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Did the big conference live up to the predictions? Answer our poll to help us find out.
Is quality reporting really worth the cost? March 08, 2016 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
MGMA CEO Halee Fischer-Wright
With the overall price estimated to be more than $15 billion annually, nearly 75 percent of respondents to a recent survey said they waste both time and money with measures that aren't clinically relevant.
Not ready for value-based payments? Then you're not alone March 07, 2016 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
According to new HIMSS survey results only a very small percentage of providers consider themselves prepared for changing payment models. Thus, getting to the new cost-savings model will demand that healthcare organizations proceed in a thoughtful manner.
Mitt Romney on how Clinton, Cruz, Rubio, Sanders or Trump would alter ACA if elected March 04, 2016 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Mitt Romney speaking at the HX360 lunch at HIMSS16
Whereas a democrat would be more prone to simply tweaking the Affordable Care Act, Romney said he think a republican would opt for tax credits. And he acknowledged that since Obamacare is the law of the land it would would be hard to go back to his preferred model under which the states decide how to insure their citizens.
Iowa's youth services analyzes social determinants to improve outcomes March 04, 2016 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
In order to exchange data meaningful way, The Youth Emergency Services and Shelter is sharing patient information with mental health centers, substance use centers, hospitals, primary care practices, and more.
Epic, Tableau ink pact to tie analytics to EHR February 29, 2016 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
The EHR vendor and analytics company sign an agreement to facilitate greater clinical insights for caregivers within the records system.
HIMSS16 live blog: Convention kicks off with cybersecurity, revenue cycle events February 29, 2016 | Henry Powderly - Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Finance
The annual event kicked off Monday morning in Las Vegas. Bookmark this page for up-to-the-minute coverage from the show.
Summit Healthcare to unveil interoperability platform at HIMSS16 February 26, 2016 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
The vendor will debut Summit Exchange, a platform designed to be a one-stop shop for smaller providers seeking to tie systems together.
CMS extends hardship exemption for meaningful use deadline February 26, 2016 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
The agency believes a few more months will give providers sufficient time to properly prepare applications and avoid Medicare payment adjustments
ICD-10: Is it helping improve care quality? February 26, 2016 | Diana Manos - Contributing writer
Early evidence suggests that when it comes to quality and performance measurement the new codeset has potential, but an NCQA official said some areas are less covered than we might like.
HIMSS16 speaker: Patient matching more art than science February 26, 2016 | Chris Nerney - Contributing Writer
It's a complex problem, affected by numerous factors, but there are ways to overcome the barriers, according to HHS innovator-in-residence Adam Culbertson.
HIMSS16 Survival Guide February 25, 2016 | Gus Venditto - Vice President of Content, HIMSS Media
Essential details to help you plan and thrive in Las Vegas at this year's HIMSS Conference and Exhibition.
Rural telehealth lessons learned the hard way February 24, 2016 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
rural road
University of Maryland Medical Center telehealth director John Kornak will share insights gained from painstaking trial and error.
Are social networks the answer to chronic care? February 22, 2016 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
The University of California San Francisco is using personal health social networks to deliver a widening range of services in conjunction with other research institutes around the country. The tools enable a new degree of collaboration among caregivers.
CMS proposes 1.35 percent increase to 2017 Medicare Advantage plans February 22, 2016 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
The agency also pitches adjusting star ratings to reflect the enrollee's socioeconomic or disability status.
Nuance to unwrap enhanced speech recognition tool at HIMSS16 February 22, 2016 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
The new iteration of Dragon Medical One will bring analytics functionality that keep tabs on the time spent documenting, helping health organizations track efficiency and productivity.
Large-scale data sets from medical organizations, pharmacies and, in certain cases, dentists have tripled in the past decade and the industry is just beginning to understand their potential.
Why even IT workers hack their own systems February 22, 2016 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
Many IT professionals do not follow the rules they are employed to enforce, according to a new study. The findings are most alarming when it comes to information security best practices.

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8 ways to avoid and outlast ICD-10 reimbursement delays December 09, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
money puzzle
It's a hard pill for practices to swallow, being asked to operate with curtailed revenue for six months following the implementation of ICD-10. That said, reimbursement delays needn't spell out doom for providers — not if they consider these steps.
Are you ready to protect patients against the flu? December 04, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Vaccination needle
National indicators are starting to show upticks in influenza-like illness rates. If you still have a lot of unvaccinated patients, it's time to kick your prevention program into high gear.
HIPAA-compliant file sharing tools for the medical practice December 03, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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A new class of software is emerging to help physician groups share information in a secure yet inexpensive way. And it may prove as simple as using a DropBox folder.
Tackling the brave new world of patient payments December 01, 2014 | Cheris Craig - Chief Administrative Officer at Urology of Greater Atlanta
Financial management
How one practice optimized and increased collections with automated processes and patient education.
How to turn ICD-10 into an ROI opportunity November 26, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Strategic planning at small practices
A few basic steps will move your practice into better position to handle the coding transition. If you've been skeptical about moving ahead, consider that you'll be improving your revenue cycle — regardless of what may happen in Washington.
Federal requirements weigh on Alaskan doctors November 25, 2014 | Annie Feidt - Alaska Public Radio Network
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In a state where small practices are the norm, many physicians are considering early retirement. Here's why.
How does HIPAA handle armed robbery of physician's encrypted devices? November 20, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
computer with lock on screen
Boston's Brigham and Women's hospital is working through that question after a doctor was accosted at knifepoint and forced to hand over passcodes to a laptop and phone containing patient data.
5 EHR enhancements to reduce caregiver risk November 14, 2014 | Jay Anders, MD - Chief Medical Officer at Medicomp Systems
Physician using EHR
A physician faced with a critically ill or infectious patient shouldn't be focused on "clicking" and documenting instead of making decisions about care. Here's how a properly implemented EHR can help.
Is your office in compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule? November 13, 2014 | Kimberly Danebrock, RN, JD - Senior Risk Management and Patient Safety Specialist for the Cooperative of American Physicians
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Failure to follow the rule could be costly. Avoid violations by implementing these measures.
3 pillars of success in practice mergers November 12, 2014 | Austin Kirkland - Contributing Writer
hands on top of one another
There are many good reasons to unify separate practices under common ownership. But for synergies to be realized, make sure these underlying factors are firmly established.
5 ways to outduel retail clinics November 07, 2014 | Tom Giannulli, MD, MS - Chief Medical Information Officer at Kareo
MinuteClinic patients and doctor
With retail clinics surging into new areas and attracting more patients, primary care practices need to tap into their core advantage: flexibility. Here's how.
5 ways to improve revenue management November 06, 2014 | Johanna Epstein - Vice President of Strategy and Executive Leadership Services at Culbert Healthcare Solutions
Practice revenue cycle management
Medical groups need to examine their revenue cycle systems to determine if they are capable of supporting business and operational goals. These quick recommendations will help you get started.
Everyday tech tips for busy doctors November 05, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Physicians using computer
If you're slogging through standard office programs and not using productivity tools to your advantage, you're losing precious time. Here are some really easy ways to get up to speed quickly.
Big-practice marketing on a little-practice budget November 05, 2014 | Joy Gendusa - CEO of PostcardMania
Business management
How to market like the big boys -- without spending like them.
How EHRs can assist specialty practices with federal directives November 03, 2014 | David Henriksen - CEO and president of Nextech
stethoscope on keyboard
By supporting needs specific to ICD-10 and meaningful use, an EHR can minimize the degree to which practices must adapt.
4 ways to reduce energy consumption in your practice October 29, 2014 | Nate Kessman - Contributing Writer
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Add dollars to your bottom line and reduce environmental impact by following these simple energy management recommendations.
10 ways to maximize cash flow October 29, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
money in pocket
Recommendations for getting the most from your collection efforts and strategies for avoiding costly mistakes.
How analytics make doctors more productive October 28, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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One medical practice skyrocketed from 16 physicians in 1996 to more than 250 today, caring for some 250,000 patients and operating on a $285 million revenue stream.
Still room for improvement with e-prescribing October 28, 2014 | Lathe Bigler - Contributing Writer
Physicians acknowledge that e-prescribing leads to more streamlined workflow. But they could realize additional benefits if formulary data were more accurate and medication histories more complete.
10 tips to improving patient satisfaction October 28, 2014 | Richard Pizzi - Editorial Director
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There are countless ways to make coming to your practice a better experience for patients, but these 10 service standards should do the trick nicely.

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ICD-10 roundup: Payer, government and vendor perspectives February 11, 2015 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
The latest on what to know now about the code set conversion.
ICD-10 front and center in Washington February 10, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
A briefing and Congressional hearing this week should help policymakers gauge the readiness of physicians and other stakeholders to take on the code set transition.
Tweets you missed while screening for measles and researching HoloLens February 06, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
We detail the top health hashtags, tweets and twit pics that have emerged at the start of February.
The mission February 03, 2015 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts, MD
My staff and I believe we are on to something very important: we've come up with a way to do better healthcare.
How population health runs on data analytics February 02, 2015 | Zach Watson - Content Manager at TechnologyAdvice
Zach Watson
Using analytics changes the posture of providers from reactive to proactive, and it allows them to become more efficient.
A doctor's dilemma: Meaningful use lacks meaning January 27, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
Linda Girgis, MD
It's time to fix the underlying technology before adding more requirements and penalties to the federal EHR program.
AMA responds to HHS goal-setting for Medicare reimbursements January 27, 2015 | Robert Wah, MD - President of the American Medical Association
Robert Wah, MD
Government's efforts align with the physician association's work toward care delivery reform.
Look who's talking about pill mills, kiosks and phablets January 23, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
This week Doc Talk explores the ins-and-outs of pills mills, the viability of kiosks in healthcare and how phablets are measuring up in the eye of the physician consumer.
Carl Natale
The latest on what to know now about the code set conversion.
Physicians react: Meaningful use strikes a nerve January 19, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
Doctors have lost their patience with the federal EHR incentive program. Here, in their own words, are the reasons why.
Check out the med tweets you missed while ringing in the new year January 16, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
We detail the top health hashtags, tweets and twit pics that have emerged at the start of 2015.
Don't get trapped by an employment agreement January 15, 2015 | Amit Bindra - Associate Attorney, The Prinz Law Firm, P.C.
Amit Bindra
Read this important document carefully before employment begins to protect interests you may have outside the usual scope of practice.
Carl Natale
What to know now about the code set conversion.
Look who's talking about the frustrations of meaningful use January 09, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week, we focus exclusively on what you and your fellow providers had to say about meaningful use and why you're not attesting for Stage 2.
10 quotes that defined the medical practice realm in 2014 January 07, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
From ICD-10 and meaningful use to the retail threat and emerging technologies, physicians have had to step up their game over the past 12 months. Here's a recap of what it was like to survive a remarkable year.
Roundup: ICD-10 news of the week January 06, 2015 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
What to know now about the code set conversion.
Healthcare by the numbers: January 2015 January 02, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
As we roll into a fresh calendar year, here's a quick look at facts and figures making news in medical and health sectors.
Video translation vendors take aim at practices December 29, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Confused doctor at desk
An expanding number of VRI makers are looking to help doctors and patients translate different languages to make care encounters more accurate and meaningful.
Rotating on the startup ward December 26, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers MD
Medical students and residents may soon be spending assigned shifts in innovation incubators to learn in a similar fashion to their clinical rotations.
Check out the top mHealth Summit tweets you missed December 19, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "#Med tweets you may have missed," a new biweekly feature on Medical Practice Insider wherein we detail the top social media trends and tweets of the week for the benefit of you and your practice.

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SimplifyMD, an ONC-ATCB certified Electronic Health Record and Practice Management software company, today announced it has been selected as the new EHR provider for Celebration Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute, a practice serving the Celebration, Kissimmee, and Orlando, FL areas. simplifyMD provides Celebration with an intuitive, flexible solution that enhances the practice’s current workflow, which was inhibited by its previous EHR program.
MedTech Media, a division of HIMSS Media, announced today the launch of mHealth News, a website serving the information needs of professionals who are advancing healthcare through the use of mobile platforms.
ZirMed, a leading health information connectivity and management solutions company, today announced that the company is consistently achieving a 98 percent or greater running average on its first pass claims acceptance rates.
Kareo, Inc., the cloud-based medical office software and services provider for small medical practices, announced today its integration with Demandforce, an Intuit Inc. company. Demandforce is now integrated with Kareo’s Practice Management application and available to Kareo’s current customer base of over 20,000 medical providers
VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for collaborative health management established by Mayo Clinic and the Noaber Foundation, today announces the release of a cloud based next generation EHR solution for eye care practices, which is being demonstrated this week at the annual American Optometric Association conference in San Diego.
WCH Service Bureau, a leader in providing medical billing, credentialing, EHR and other supporting services for health care providers in the tri-state area, is introducing the ICode service.
Viridian Health Management, a pioneer in health coaching for behavior change and provider of comprehensive integrated health management programs and Omada Health, a Silicon Valley leader in the field of digital health, today announced their partnership to launch the first multi-modal lifestyle program to help conquer the diabetes epidemic.
CureMD and Mitochon Systems Inc., announced today that they have entered into an agreement whereby CureMD will become the exclusive provider of SMART Cloud EMR, PM and billing services for the entire Mitochon user base.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the sponsoring agency for the Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE), welcomed the not-for-profit CommunityHealth IT into the Florida HIE. CommunityHealth IT connects community healthcare providers and patients through its MyHealthStoryHIE, which leverages RelayHealth to expand access and the reliability of data across varied care settings.
Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced a new version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition designed especially for smaller practices to help accelerate clinician adoption of Electronic Health Records and meaningful use of health information technology.
Nuance Communications, today announced a new version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition designed especially for smaller practices to help accelerate clinician adoption of Electronic Health Records and meaningful use of health information technology.
Pulse Systems, Inc., Hires New CMO June 12, 2013 | Industry Release
Pulse Systems, Inc., an industry-leading provider of Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) solutions, announced today it has hired Samuel Ambrose as the Company's new Chief Marketing Officer.
IGI Health's Orbit(R) Patient Portal version 6.0 has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. This EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
ADP AdvancedMD Launches "MyICD-10 Timeline" May 28, 2013 | Industry Release
New website features timeline, resources, tips, webinars and planning guides to get providers ready for October 1, 2014
DoctorBase, a leading mobile solution provider for medical practices, today announced it has surpassed 10,000 doctors on its mHealth-as-a-service platform (mHaaS), a 104 percent increase over the past year. DoctorBase’s PANDA software provides medical practices with free and low-cost tools that allow clinicians to interact with patients through smartphones.
VentureHealth, an online healthcare investment portal for accredited investors, today announced a new model for equity crowdfunding. Focused on innovations that dramatically improve clinical outcomes, VentureHealth is the first equity crowdfunding portal founded by professional investors.
Collaboration site focused on the impact of care coordination
Vidyo, Inc. and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) today announced that they have partnered to add Vidyo’s visual communications and collaboration capabilities to ANTHC’s existing statewide telehealth network -- AFHCAN.
GFI Software today announced the availability of GFI FaxMaker Online, a streamlined cloud-based fax solution designed to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs). GFI FaxMaker Online provides ubiquitous faxing from any Internet-connected device, with no hardware, software or dedicated phone lines required.
Kareo Raises $20.5 Million to Fuel Rapid Growth January 23, 2013 | Industry Release
Kareo, Inc., a cloud-based medical office software provider for small medical practices, announced today the closing of a new $20.5 million equity investment led by Stripes Group with participation from existing Kareo investor Western Technology Investments. This new funding is in addition to the $18 million previously raised, bringing Kareo’s total funding to more than $38 million. Kareo will use the new capital to launch Kareo Billing Services, a technology-enabled revenue cycle management solution for small medical practices, and is extending its market reach and leadership position through new investment in sales and marketing.

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