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Your patients are more likely to switch providers than you think October 27, 2014 | Tom Giannulli, MD, MS - Chief Medical Information Officer at Kareo
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But not for the reasons you may have assumed. Here's how to shape your practice into a more patient-centric model.
Bringing open-source IT to personalized health October 27, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Doctors stand to gain as a new era of health information exchange unfolds through increasingly convenient patient connections. Here's how one tech industry veteran sees the pieces fitting together.
Meaningful use triggers frustration at practices October 27, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Doctor using laptop EHR
CMS has granted some relief with a new MU hardship exception window, but industry groups contend that does not fully address underlying concerns around the EHR incentive program.
New York's first Ebola patient is a doctor October 24, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Following a stint in Guinea treating patients with Ebola, Craig Spencer, MD, returned to New York City and tested positive for the very virus he had been working to remedy abroad.
ONC enters transition phase with leadership departures October 24, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider, MD, thought to be a logical replacement for former chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, will be with the agency for only one more month. What will happen next?
HHS kicks off practice transformation initiative October 24, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
With $840 million in funding, the department will help successful applicants focus on quality and efficiency, expand the ways patients communicate with care teams, improve care coordination, and more.
Patients pay the price at hospital-owned practices October 24, 2014 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
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Hospital acquisition of physician practices banks on consolidation as a means of cutting costs and improving quality. New research shows those gains are hard to realize because of the complexity and higher expense of operating outpatient departments as compared to physician-owned practices.
DeSalvo joins HHS to tackle Ebola October 23, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s chief operating officer is stepping in as acting national coordinator while DeSalvo joins the HHS team responding to the Ebola outbreak.
Should FDA control new risk information for off-label drug use? October 23, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The agency gives latitude for pharma firms to use peer-reviewed articles supporting reduction in off-label risk. An advocacy group says that approach should be subject to FDA review and approval before the information can be presented to doctors.
Mobile docs leading the way in EHR satisfaction October 23, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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Although only 26 percent of providers use a tablet or smartphone to access their EHRs, that bunch is a lot happier with their technology when compared to those who plug in via PC or laptop, a new study reports.
Payers helping providers streamline care delivery October 21, 2014 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
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Many providers are saying the long goodbye to fee-for-service reimbursement, taking their time when exploring other options. And while caution is typically the smart way to go, some insurers are just wishing they'd make the jump.
Why doctors shouldn't deny low-yield care October 21, 2014 | Don McCanne, MD - Senior Health Policy Fellow at Physicians for a National Health Program
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There's a flaw in the theory that the ordering of certain tests and medical interventions by physicians merely to prevent malpractice lawsuits is a major cause of excess healthcare spending. New data proves otherwise.
A look at what went wrong in the Texas Ebola case October 20, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
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Texas Health Resources' chief clinical officer testified about some of the admission, EHR and other missteps in the Ebola debacle.
First wave of Apple HealthKit apps are out October 20, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Doctor smartphone apps
Among the programs starting to integrate with Apple's new health platform are those geared for physicians and their patients, including telehealth, information sharing and patient reminder capabilities.
How MGMA expects medical practices to evolve in near future October 17, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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A top MGMA official discusses the weighty matters facing doctors and practice managers today, how medical groups have changed in the last several years and what he believes the future holds.
CMS offers pre-paid shared savings for ACOs October 17, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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Investment model provides upfront funding to build out infrastructure for care organizations in underserved areas. Existing ACOs can apply now.
Doctors video-chatting with patients in Google trial October 16, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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On a test basis, patients searching on a medical term can connect with a doctor for a virtual consultation.
ONC gives glimpse of interoperability roadmap October 15, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The office is plotting a course to interoperability intended to help the healthcare industry move beyond collecting health data and into advanced population health practices.
High-achiever practices making waves in population health October 15, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Ambulatory EMRs are getting results in the population health arena. Here's what leading providers are doing right.
Roundup: Top 5 apps for Apple HealthKit October 15, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor, Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Physicians who harness data coming from apps engineered to work with Apple's new health platform gain a tremendous opportunity to use that information for educating and motivating patients.

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4 reasons to expand your practice now August 13, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Whether looking to gain new patients or offer more specialized services, scaling up may be a viable option -- and technology can help make the leap possible.
How to win ICD-10 friends and influence physicians August 12, 2014 | Andy Arends - Managing Principal, Health Plan Innovation and Consulting at Dell Services
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The physician-health plan relationship needn't be adversarial. Collaborative preparation will alleviate administrative hassles and lower costs.
How to approach your next risk assessment August 07, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Your practice could be completely HIPAA-compliant, but not secure. Or vice versa. Taking an information inventory and reviewing EHR activity will put you on the right path.
When to expect tested, reasonably priced tablets August 07, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Medical groups considering replacing antiquated desktops and aging laptops might find good news in tablet makers' disappointing product shipments. The ideal time to purchase is not far away.
3 steps for getting your patients to pay up August 04, 2014 | Jeff Wood - Vice President of Product Management at Navicure
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More education regarding financial responsibility and options for making payments will go a long way toward reducing expensive claims management work. Here's a proactive strategy for establishing clear and ongoing communications.
3 beliefs about ICD-10 that are more legend than fact July 31, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
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AHIMA counters some of most commonly held misunderstandings surrounding the code set transition.
3 tips for mitigating risks while pursuing MU July 31, 2014 | Gavin Krumenacker - Vice President of HIE Solutions and Business Development at MRO Corp., Mariela Twiggs - National Director of Training and Compliance at MRO Corp.
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Even though Stage 2 brings new responsibilities and challenges, it's still an achievable goal. Here's how to maintain your momentum while taking uncertainty out of the equation.
What to look for in a new practice management system July 29, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Throngs of medical practices are opting to switch out their current systems for software that's less cumbersome and more functional. These are the top features to consider.
6 reasons office-based doctors should make house calls July 29, 2014 | Donald E. Moore, MD, MPH - Contributing Writer
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Follow the advice from a doctor who follows patients everywhere -- using only a stethoscope and an iPad.
What financial counselors can do for your practice July 25, 2014 | Tammy Worth - Contributing Writer
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Staff members already handling billing and collections can be trained to help patients understand -- and make -- their payments.
6 steps for reducing cyber risk July 23, 2014 | Eric Cowperthwaite - Vice President of Advanced Security and Strategy at Core Security
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Don't be your own worst enemy in terms of protecting health information at your practice. Do the basics well and you won't have to worry about the vast majority of threats.
Get ready for another round of OCR audits July 22, 2014 | Rick Kam, CIPP - President and Co-founder, ID Experts
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Beginning in Fall 2014, expect the Office for Civil Rights to specifically target HITECH provisions that were high sources of compliance failures during last year's first round.
Don't let your practice get stung by 'snooping' July 22, 2014 | Mary A. Chaput, MBA, HCISPP, CIPP/US, CIPM - CFO and Chief Compliance Officer at Clearwater Compliance
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The most common HIPAA violation happens when employees take an unauthorized look at the medical records of patients. Here's what you can do to prevent this form of willful neglect -- and the penalties that come with it.
Do's and don'ts of dual coding July 21, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services outline when you should expect to use dual coding and when your practice should steer clear.
Virtual payments: not just a phase July 21, 2014 | Bill Marvin - CEO of InstaMed
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They're less expensive for payers than mailing paper checks, so providers should expect rising use of virtual cards. Here's how to successfully handle this emerging form of payment.
Keying in on KPIs July 17, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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There's no universal formula for tracking practice performance, but one thing's for sure: you won't improve what you don't measure. Compare your KPI usage to these organizations.
The patient's perspective on social media in healthcare July 15, 2014 | Clarissa Schilstra - Contributing Writer
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Take it from a two-time leukemia survivor: making social media tools more accessible to patients, directly after a significant diagnosis, should be a priority for healthcare providers.
10 habits of marketing-savvy physicians July 15, 2014 | Kathy Roy Gaughran - Senior Marketing Strategist for Healthcare Success Strategies
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Top doctors are more than great clinicians. They also share a commitment to excellence in business. Here's how they stay at the forefront of their profession.
How business intelligence can bolster care quality July 11, 2014 | Jon Goates - Chief Executive Officer at Davis Family Physicians
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With the right technology and analysis, there's no need to wait for patients to come to you. Opportunities abound to prompt them for visits for appropriate care.
4 questions to ask before taking the HIE plunge July 10, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Health information exchanges share a common vision of improving care within a community, but how they go about it can vary greatly. These considerations will help you determine whether participation makes sense for your practice.

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The freedom to care August 28, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
I am grateful for an opportunity to help a gravely ill patient where help was not otherwise available.
Is 'patient engagement' passe? August 26, 2014 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Empowerment might be a more precise operative word, in terms of giving patients the tools to handle their illnesses.
Simple solutions to improve patient outcomes August 25, 2014 | Ulya Khan - Chief Operating Officer at Physicians Interactive
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Basic functions, now part of emerging mHealth technologies, will help patients remember to take their medications and stick with their regimens.
Welcome to this week's "Doc Talk," wherein practitioners and industry experts look to get to the bottom of MU's impending dropout trend, patients spout off on medical marijuana, and telemedicine takes on the tortoise and the hare fable.
Why practices should heed FBI security warning, too August 21, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Medical records are a veritable wish list of data for criminals. It’s no wonder they’re targeting providers — are you secure enough?
It's not too early to start ICD-10 testing August 21, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Begin now to get potential problems resolved before vendor resources are depleted.
Boom goes the dynamite August 20, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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Seeing three cancer patients revealed the best thing about my way of practicing medicine: It saves lives.
What about digital health education and research? August 19, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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The current ad hoc approach to development and training is not a formula for long-term success.
Look who's talking about telehealth takeovers and bragging about diagnostics August 15, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week, we hear about telehealth's billion possibilities, the key to making better diagnoses and how women are making a difference in medicine.
Is your practice on the verge of consolidation or collapse? August 14, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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S&P's latest ratings about stand-alone and non-profit hospitals don't look good. And independent medical groups face many of the same troubling issues.
The cowboys of healthcare costs August 13, 2014 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
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Culprits are driving America's healthcare costs upward by as much as a half-trillion dollars. Are you one of them?
Occam's razor burn August 12, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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The simplest explanation may not be the right one. Here's how I approach diagnostic problems in the real world.
How to pick an outsourcing vendor for ICD-10 August 08, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Answering these questions will help guide medical practices to selecting the best vendor for getting to ICD-10 on time and, with proper planning, in a manner that improves both business operations and clinical care.
Look who's talking about marijuana, patient payments and communication August 08, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Doc Talk
Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week's lineup: the doctor debate on medical marijuana, overcoming healthcare's communication problem, ways to get patients to pay and the next step for physician entrepreneurs.
Patterson gives glimpse of Cerner's intentions in Siemens acquisition August 07, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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The full impact of Cerner's pending acquisition of Siemens' healthcare IT business won't be known for months or years, but comments attributed to CEO Neal Patterson indicate some areas to watch.
Dr. Nobody August 06, 2014 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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After visiting one of my patients who had been admitted to the local hospital, I left ever more aware of how badly our healthcare system treats people.
CMS issues ICD-10 testing plans August 05, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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Somewhat overshadowed by HHS finalizing the compliance date was CMS laying out its schedule for acknowledgement and end-to-end testing for Medicare providers.
Yo, would you use this app in your practice? August 01, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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The folks behind the latest app du jour unveiled a new version targeted at healthcare, but with scant detail about exactly how medical groups might put it to use.
Look who’s talking about certification pangs, docs with guns and goodwill August 01, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Doc Talk
Welcome back to Doc Talk. On the docket this week: certification woes and wonders, the clinical gunshot heard round the world, and a practice seller’s seven commandments,
The new non-face-to-face medical economy July 30, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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It brings the promises of lower costs and better outcomes. Unfortunately, most of the time it's not used to improve health.

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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.
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.

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