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Truck crashes into medical clinic December 03, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Carlisle Regional Medical Center
After a rig rolled off an interstate and into an adjacent building, an activated MRI magnet complicated the rescue operation. Patients and staff were not present at the time.
Top 10 ACOs cashing in on shared savings December 03, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
stethoscope and money
As CMS moves to encourage more participation in its flagship ACO program, those who generated savings and met quality standards in Year 1 netted multimillion-dollar payments. See who's atop the scale.
Proposed rule would ease up on ACO penalties December 02, 2014 | Jordan Rao - Kaiser Health News
clock rolling on money
CMS wants to entice providers to form new accountable care organizations -- and keep existing ones in the program -- by allowing an extra three years to avoid penalties. A fresh track would also offer a chance to earn greater savings.
mHealth takes a turn toward providers December 01, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
iPad apps
With consumers generating more and more data, the real payoff could come from physicians who use it as an entry point for conversing with patients about their health.
Hacked health apps: Your biggest security crisis? November 26, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
mobile cloud security
Hackers have gained access to nearly 90 percent of Android health apps already. Will that make you think twice before using or prescribing one?
Google Glass still turning heads in healthcare November 25, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
Google Glass wearable technology
The futuristic eyewear hasn't taken hold among consumers, but that hasn't stopped health systems and developers from testing its capabilities for information access, hand-free communication and medical record creation.
5 sites patients are using to rate your practice -- and why you should care November 25, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
health search online
More patients than ever are consulting online reviews when selecting a physician. Are your practice's pages up to date?
doctors shaking hands
Strategic agreement aims to broaden product selection and increase efficiency for small-practice customers.
Doctor-shortage projections challenged November 24, 2014 | Julie Rovner - Kaiser Health News
Physician shortage
Economists claim there's not much evidence for a physician shortfall despite an ACA-fueled influx of new patients and an aging population.
Caregivers having a change of heart on technology November 24, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
close up doctor using tablet
Many clinicians once opposed to all things digital are slowly coming around according to the latest findings from PwC. In fact, 50 percent of surveyed physicians admitted that telehealth visits could replace more than 10 percent of in-office patient visits.
Why HIPAA-compliant apps may be your practice's new best friends November 21, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
tablet with padlock
Secure apps have the potential to be a stress-reliever for physicians by ensuring that patient information will be locked down.
ACO structure calls for risk-mitigation outlook November 21, 2014 | John Andrews - Contributing Writer
business model financial
Physicians, the fastest-growing ACO sponsorship group, are accepting significant financial risk in an evolving environment. Unimpeded data flow and interoperable systems will be key to business model transformation.
Doctors on hold with iPhone 6 adoption? November 19, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Apple's newest smartphones have not achieved expected uptake among physicians to date. But the outlook could change in coming weeks.
All the tools your practice needs for the Great American Smokeout November 19, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
No smoking sign
Put your smoking-cessation message into high gear with the latest information your practice should have handy for patients who are looking to quit.
House and Senate aligned on Medicaid pay parity November 19, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
U.S. Capitol
Identical bills would preserve funding to extend current-law payment rates under Medicaid for primary care and immunization services to at least the level of Medicare through 2016.
Kaiser-Target partnership takes aim at primary care November 19, 2014 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
primary care physician office
Just in time for the holidays, Target and Kaiser Permanente plan to launch four clinics at Target stores across Southern California in an effort to usher in what the companies are calling the 'next generation' of primary care.
Providers face more data packed into EHRs November 18, 2014 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
doctor sitting at computer
Social and behavioral factors have played a huge role in determining the onset and progression of disease. That's why the Institute of Medicine is calling for this data to be accommodated into EHR certification and meaningful use regulations.
Can smartphones replace cigarettes? Patients and facts say yes November 17, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
person smoking
First there were rubber bands, next nicotine patches. But if you want your patients to have the best chance of quitting smoking in 2014 and beyond, it may be time to start prescribing apps.
Insurance exchanges handle start of open enrollment with few problems November 17, 2014 | Phil Galewitz - KHN Staff Writer, Anna Gorman - Kaiser Health News Staff Writer
insurance keyboard
A half million people signed onto the federal marketplace over the weekend and the 13 state-run exchanges operated largely as expected. Still, 20 million Americans remain uninsured, and those who are re-upping face premium increases.
Honing check-ins with facial recognition software November 14, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
biometric time clock
Some practices are foregoing keycards and punch-clocks in favor of biometric timekeeping. Facial recognition software adds the benefit of keeping providers and staff healthier.

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ICD-10: Will your coders stick around? August 28, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Today's staff could be lured by competitors desperate for their expertise and, as such, willing to pay more or offer other perks. Why practices should use ICD-10 as a retention strategy.
Ebola shines light on best practices for personal protective equipment August 28, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
Ebola
Basics go a long way in protecting providers during health crises. Is your practice mastering the fundamentals?
Next-gen EHRs face great expectations August 27, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Doctor at computer
As early EHRs give way to more robust platforms, many vendors are struggling to keep pace with innovations. And that puts customers in the driver's seat. Here's what to know about making a change.
3 core concepts for selling your medical practice August 26, 2014 | Chris Majdi - Medical practice appraiser and broker with Transition Consultants
Calculator and stethoscope
Consider these medical marketplace principles before you start talks or negotiations with a potential buyer.
How to storm ahead on MU August 22, 2014 | Tracy Hume - Contributing Writer
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You may be waiting indefinitely if you're counting on guidance from your EHR vendor. Chart your own course to meaningful use with these 5 steps.
Checklist: Calculating ICD-10 costs August 22, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Doctor and dollar signs
Follow these guidelines to figure out how much your practice will have to spend complying with the new code sets.
5 quick tips for averting embezzlement August 22, 2014 | Debra Phairas - President of Practice & Liability Consultants, LLC
Pocketing money
Simple, straightforward steps to guard against employees stealing funds from your organization.
How labor analytics can sharpen practice performance August 21, 2014 | Jackie Larson - Senior Vice President of Client Services at Avantas
hospital workers
Do you have the right number of staff to handle patient volume? Here are the measures that will help you make that determination.
A look inside CMS' new ICD-10 tools August 20, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
doctor sitting at computer
Medical Practice Insider watched the videos so you don't have to, highlighting the good parts and telling you what to skip -- plenty of both.
Get a leg up on shoddy claims denials August 19, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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As electronic remittance advice transactions gain prominence, providers can use the process to their advantage when bringing up issues with insurer claims responses.
Are you ready for consumer-focused billing? August 18, 2014 | Bird Blitch - CEO of Patientco.
patient at doctor office
Meet patients' expectations regarding the financial side of their care in the same way you address them on the clinical side.
4 reasons to expand your practice now August 13, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
doctors office illustration
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
doctor handshake
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
doctor
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
doctor and ipad
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
dollar bills
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
Doctors
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.
doctor on computer
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
doctors around computer
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
computer and stethoscope
Follow the advice from a doctor who follows patients everywhere -- using only a stethoscope and an iPad.

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Do we innovate or legislate our way out of the healthcare mess? September 25, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
The efforts of entrepreneurs and the effects of government intervention aren't mutually exclusive when it comes to bending the cost curve.
Influential voices accentuate ACA's results September 24, 2014 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
Bernie Monegain
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, use different channels to broadcast a similar message: the Affordable Care Act is working as intended.
Look who’s talking about patient engagement, iPhones and smartwatches September 23, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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This week we take a look at NHIT and its dedication to patient empowerment, the new iPhone 6 offerings from Apple and the abilities of Apple Watch.
What if the federal government funded ICD-10? September 18, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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Surprisingly enough, readers are split as to whether or not incentives would ease the compliance burden. What's your take?
Representing the 'voice' of the patient September 16, 2014 | Mary Griskewicz, MS, FHIMSS - HIMSS Senior Director, Health Information Systems
Mary Griskewicz
Why patient and family engagement matters.
4 tips for improving your patients' experience September 16, 2014 | Baskar Mohan - Director of healthcare practice at Virtusa
Baskar Mohan
How to help your consumers really "own" their health data.
Are you a perpetrator of e-waste? September 15, 2014 | James Deck - CEO, MTS Healthcare
James Deck
It's predicted that e-waste would weigh the equivalent of eight of the Great Pyramids of Egypt by 2017. Keeping that in mind, isn't it time for health IT professionals to look for innovative ways to help offset the cost of technology?
Look who's talking about Apple Watch, patient privacy and 'meaningful abuse' September 12, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
doc talk
Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week we take a look at the what's so special about Apple's new smartwatch, the questions physicians should ask on behalf of public health and how CMS' final rule is turning meaningful use into more effort than it's worth.
5 tips for improving your practice's first impression September 10, 2014 | Cindy Thomas Wright
Cindy Wright
Your waiting room may be inadvertently sending the wrong message to patients. Turn things around by implementing these simple suggestions.
Ebola has the President's attention September 09, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
The Obama Administration considers the African outbreak a national security priority here in the U.S.
Look who’s talking about retail transition, staff scheduling and smartwatches September 05, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk," Medical Practice Insider's Friday feature wherein we highlight some of the week's best quips shared by readers, bloggers and interviewees alike. Were you in on any of these conversations? Have something more to say on the matter? Click through and keep the conversation going.
Clearing up confusion about new meaningful use rule September 04, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
CMS wants to set the record straight on providers' selection of the reporting period and the subsequent timeline for attestation.
10 reasons why value-based licensing could save money September 03, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Providing healthcare services at a modest, affordable cost would require dismantling existing business models and substituting others, using non-MD providers. It would also free up physicians to do what they do best.
Why zany ICD-10 codes are not as absurd as they look September 02, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
Get those laughs in while you can because the jokes might not last beyond compliance day.
Look who's talking about regulatory rumblings in Florida and Ebola PPE August 29, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week we take a look at Sunshine State lawsuits and legislation affecting physicians and proper PPE tactics in the age of Ebola.
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
Ulya Khan
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?

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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.
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.

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