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How doctors responded to Amtrak disaster May 15, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Amtrak accident scene
Although the incident tragically claimed eight lives, it could have been much worse, according to physicians.
Web-based consults take on the specialist shortage May 14, 2015 | Anna Gorman - Kaiser Health News Staff Writer
Doc with tablet
Los Angeles County is using a system that allows primary care doctors and specialists to exchange patient medical records before sending them for referral appointments.
When radiation strikes the cardiologist May 13, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
X-ray in use sign
Renowned vascular surgeon reveals the connection between working in close proximity to radiation sources and the condition that ended his career.
Health IT Policy Committee scrutinizes MU Stage 3 May 13, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Connected doctor
Workgroups recommended changes to a number of areas within the broad-ranging proposed rule.
Staffing an ICU from miles away has its advantages May 12, 2015 | Michael Tomsic - WFAE
Photo from Kevin McCarthy/Carolinas Healthcare System
Some hospitals are using a remote command center to keep an eye on intensive care unit patients. This brings the expertise of a major medical center to rural hospitals -- and may help keep the rural centers open.
Walk-in market heats up May 11, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
retail health clinic
Two billion-dollar deals show vitality in the model of bridging the gap between primary and emergency care.
Rx refills driving retail clinic visits May 08, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
CVS Minute Clinic
Physicians may want to be proactive in monitoring patients' prescription in light of new research that shows reasons where consumers are going to get their meds.
DeSalvo nominated for permanent HHS post May 07, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Karen DeSalvo, MD
The National Coordinator for Health IT would leave her leadership position at ONC if confirmed by the Senate.
The single biggest security threat to practices May 07, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Illustration of devices with padlocks
It's no longer lost or stolen laptops with medical records. Worse, the leading cause of breaches is harder to safeguard against.
Could EHRs stand in the way of precision medicine? May 06, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Senate Health Committee chairman warns that lack of interoperability would prevent doctors from accessing patients' genetic information.
14 drugs Medicare spends $1 billion on May 05, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Pills and money
Follow the money: A look at which medications the federal government paid the most for as studied by CMS itself.
Will enrollee incentives for healthy behaviors pay off? May 05, 2015 | Phil Galewitz - KHN Staff Writer
money on rack
Medicaid programs have had some success, but it remains to be seen whether patients will continue making good choices when inducements end.
ICD-10 opponents still trying to jam transition May 04, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
gevel and stethoscope
New House bill introduced by Rep. Ted Poe reprises the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013.
How doctors will get paid post-SGR May 04, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
dollar sign
Four years from now, physicians will have to choose between a merit-based payment system or an alternative payment model. Small practices in particular need to start working on plans to collaborate with other practices and hospitals.
Senate forms committee to improve EHRs May 01, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
doctor holding a tablet
Bipartisan work group hopes to revitalize the "failed promise" of electronic health records and associated technologies.
CMS details Medicare drug spending May 01, 2015 | Jordan Rao - Kaiser Health News
Medication
The agency said opening up its Part D database, which identifies providers by name, could shed light on prescribing patterns, while the AMA and pharma manufacturers warned about misinterpretation.
Which doctors stash the most cash? April 30, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
stethoscope and money
While net worth generally follows the pattern for specialty compensation and most physicians live within their means, financial issues are more vexing for certain fields of practice.
Hackers, stolen hardware trigger April HIPAA breaches April 29, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
data security lock
Other means of unauthorized access also accounted for several of the breaches that happened last month among healthcare providers.
HIV outbreak strikes midwest state April 28, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Needle
A cluster of infections in a rural Indiana community leaving many co-infected with hepatitis C has been traced to needle sharing among drug users.
Legal challenge questions regulators' access to Rx database April 28, 2015 | Jodie Tillman - Kaiser Health News
Gavel Computer
California Supreme court to hear physician's case, which asserts unfettered search of the state prescription database violates patient privacy provisions.

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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
Dropbox logo
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
stethoscope computer keyboard
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
data security lock
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
lightbulb
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
close up coins
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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How to make a balanced assessment of new technology December 15, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers, MD
There are many reasons why errors crop up and create barriers to adoption. Here are five suggestions for avoiding them.
Analytical scoring comes to health apps December 12, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
Algorithm incorporates customer ratings, download volume, functional review, prescribing patterns and engagement metrics. The aim is to enhance the physician-patient interaction.
Madelyn Kearns
This week's top talking points: the mHealth Summit, file-sharing tools and armed-robbery.
Here are the top med tweets you missed December 08, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
twitter button on keyboard
Welcome 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.
Look who's talking about EHR penalties, app hacking and the top ACO savers December 05, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Welcome back to "Doc Talk!" This week, we take a look at providers getting trampled by the EHR movement, the growing trend of app hacking and the top ACOs that are racking up savings.
3 federal laws that impact physician salary December 02, 2014 | Christina Hynes Mesco - Attorney at the Prinz Law Firm
Blogger Christina Mesco
Make sure your compensation arrangement does not conflict with pertinent regulations in these primary laws.
Battle lines drawn on ICD-10 implementation December 01, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
Opposing forces ramp up lobbying and social media efforts and raise the possibility of a delay being amended to other healthcare legislation.
What's going RIGHT in healthcare? November 26, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
kareo twitter
On November 20, @MedPractices teamed up with medical office software company @GoKareo to ask our Twitter followers what they're thankful for when it comes to health IT. Here's a recap of what was discussed.
What will the ICD-10 conversion really cost a small practice? November 25, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
With widely varying estimates coming from different sources, it's time to apply guidelines to your own situation.
remote doctor
Welcome back to Doc Talk. This week, we delve into the ugly truth about EHRs, the best new digital resources for smoking cessation and CMS' 2015 remote monitoring allowances.
Wait 'til your watch starts teasing you November 19, 2014 | Nick van Terheyden, MD - Chief Medical Information Officer at Nuance
Nick van Terheyden, MD
Wearables could go beyond fitness bands by becoming more connected to a person's habits and more aware of what they're doing -- or not doing.
ICD-10 could cost a lot less than you think November 17, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
Despite hefty projected costs, new research suggests that ICD-10 implementation might be closer to $5,000, or even less, for a small practice.
Look who's talking about mergers and technology hacks November 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
Welcome back to Doc Talk. This week, we look at the avenues to success in the acquisition age, some of the best technological hacks for your office and the MPI slideshows you may have missed.
Why you need to get a handle on denials November 13, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
Start now with a denial management strategy so that you're not scrambling to cope with reimbursement delays after the ICD-10 deadline.
10 ways to tear down innovation silos November 12, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers, MD
Here's how to expand interdisciplinary collaboration and make more than incremental progress.
Heroic November 10, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts, MD
A patient's call defines being in the place that matters, when nobody else is able to do the task.
Welcome back to Doc Talk. This week, we take a look at criminal providers, the AMA's scary "advocacy" for ICD-10 and the latest on MU attestation.
Why medical marijuana fell short in Florida November 06, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Nearly a 9:1 favorable margin disappeared over the course of a few months. Did patients in need lose out or were opponents correct in saying the drug amendment had a dangerous loophole?
What the new Republican Congress means for healthcare November 05, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
GOP influence will likely be felt in a push for health IT reform, while physician reimbursement issues remain to be sorted out.
What to watch regarding another ICD-10 delay November 05, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Among the myriad unknowns are a fistful of political warning signs that medical practices should keep an eye on in the months ahead.

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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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