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Health policy stars grab spotlight February 28, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Health policy stars grab HIMSS14 spotlight
Powerful voices trumpet the need to explore new options and let market forces shape emerging policies and technologies.
Is Physician Compare ready for quality measures? February 27, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Is Medicare's physician search site ready for quality measures?
The AMA raises concerns about physician site's search function and underlying demographic data. The group says it's too soon to add performance information.
Clinton taps EHRs as key to healthcare's future February 27, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Clinton taps EHRs as key to healthcare's future
"We are on the cusp of such extraordinary changes,"noted Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her speech at HIMSS14. What will drive healthcare over the cusp? EHRs and IT infrastructure, Clinton believes.
ONC to accelerate rulemaking February 27, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
ONC to accelerate rulemaking
More frequent rules in programs such as EHR certification will give providers and vendors more time for preparation, according to agency officials.
DeSalvo looking to deliver MU flexibility, interoperability February 26, 2014 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
Karen DeSalvo, MD
It's no secret that meaningful use requirements are leaving a lot of providers in a bind. That's why ONC coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, and the rest of her team are focusing on flexibility and an overarching goal of interoperability.
CMS resource helps small practices pave the way for ICD-10 February 25, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
CMS resource helps small practices pave the way for ICD-10
As a means to help small and medium-sized practices get back on track with ICD-10, CMS has developed 'Road to 10' -- a free, five-step online resource that includes clinical scenarios and common codes for an array of specialties including primary care and orthopedics.
Pre-pay audits take precedence for providers seeking MU incentives February 25, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Pre-pay audits take precedence for providers seeking MU incentives
Eligible professionals are making impressive progress when in comes to collecting on EHR incentives, with over 340,000 Medicare and Medicaid EPs receiving a share of the $21 billion that has been paid out, according to CMS. But despite this considerable buy-in, the agency remains aware of its fiduciary responsibility.
'All or nothing' approach to MU sets physicians up to fail, orgs argue February 25, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
'All or nothing' approach to MU sets providers up to fail, orgs argue
Providers can no longer afford for meaningful use to be 'all or nothing' and they need more time to implement 2014 edition software upgrades, according to a Feb. 21 letter to HHS from a collective of nearly 50 major industry organizations.
Will inexperience turn the dawn of ICD-10 into a blackout? February 25, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Will inexperience turn the dawn of ICD-10 into a blackout?
While ICD-10 isn't lacking in new codes, it does have one blaring deficit: experienced users. And that could mean a blackout period of approximately 90 days when the new coding standard goes live.
Nailing ICD-10 on a tight budget February 24, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
5 tips for complying with ICD-10 on a tight budget
The good news for practices with limited finances is that there are a fistful of things to spend on that can go a long way.
Rural CIOs on how funding helps them 'do the right thing' February 24, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Rural CIOs on how funding helps them 'do the right thing'
Two CIOs recount the ways that taking federal funding have helped them better treat patients. And they urge other rural CIOs to "fully investigate" your options.
Accountable care teams thriving on EHRs, analytics February 24, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Accountable care teams thriving on EHRs, analytics
More and more independent practices are transitioning into care teams with the help of foundational technologies. But there are certain tactics for success.
Taking a new view of MU February 24, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Taking a new view of MU
Attesting for meaningful use shouldn't be an inflexible process. A key aspect involves looking ahead to the next reporting period.
Top challenges for office-based physicians February 21, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
Top challenges office-based physicians face
What's going to impact small and midsize physician practices in the immediate future? Some of the answers may surprise you, but there's no escaping the big-picture themes.
CMS lays out ICD-10 testing timeline February 21, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
CMS lays out ICD-10 testing timeline
The agency will work with volunteer providers in what it deems a representative sample. AMA holds steady in urging reconsideration of the transition mandate.
Why more docs are accepting bitcoin February 20, 2014 | Jeff Inglis - Contributing Writer
Why more docs are cashing in on bitcoin
Some doctors who have taken bitcoins have found that doing so is both simple and relatively "unmagical." And in an industry where payment transactions are becoming increasingly more complex, that may be just what the doctor ordered.
CMS to run end-to-end ICD-10 testing. Now what? February 20, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media, Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
CMS to run end-to-end ICD-10 testing. Now what?
What the agency and testing providers learn could be very valuable to practices making the code set conversion.
Business intelligence edges toward medical practices February 19, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor, Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Business intelligence edges toward medical practices
Data transparency is gaining purchase among all provider levels as a new class of comparative analytics tools is emerging to both streamline efficiencies and help control costs.
Insurer finds ACA enrollees younger than expected February 18, 2014 | Jay Hancock - Kaiser Health News
Insurer finds ACA enrollees younger than expected
While still too soon to draw definitive conclusions about the new patients you'll be seeing under health reform, internal sales reports from Humana show young people may be joining ACA plans in greater numbers than originally predicted.
What AMA wants CMS to do about payment policy and ICD-10 February 17, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
What AMA wants CMS to do about payment policy and ICD-10
If small practices and large providers must comply with ICD-10, the association contends, at least help them avoid predictable payment disruptions.

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MU Stage 2: Seeing beyond compliance January 27, 2014 | Doug Fielding - Vice President of Product Strategy at ZirMed
Meaningful use Stage 2: Seeing beyond compliance
You may be limiting your practice by gunning for minimum meaningful use requirements. Think in terms of processes and technologies that simplify and streamline operations.
Brush up on your meaningful use knowledge January 23, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Brush up on your meaningful use knowledge
Make sure you're headed down the right path toward successful attestation and payment with this quick quiz.
Conducting an ICD-10 impact assessment January 22, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
How to conduct an ICD-10 impact assessment
For procrastinating physicians, it's time to figure out how your practice will be affected by ICD-10 coding. Following this plan will help you get started.
Using analytics to drive performance improvement January 21, 2014 | Carrie Moneymaker - Operations Manager at Zotec Partners
Using analytics to drive performance improvement
Benchmarking and business intelligence intersect in today's physician practice. You can use the tools to assess which areas require the most focus.
How to calm cyber-chondriacs January 20, 2014 | Xavier E. Martinez
How to calm online self-diagnosers
You can't dismiss online self-diagnosers, but you can guide them toward reliable sources of health information.
Still time left to submit 2013 PQRS-EHR data January 17, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Still time left to submit 2013 PQRS-EHR data
Here's how to electronically report clinical quality measure data simultaneously for the PQRS and EHR incentive programs.
How to prevent ICD-10 miscoding mishaps January 15, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
preventing ICD-10 coding mishaps
Technology provides a way to chart your most utilized and billed procedures.
7 hacks for a more engaging exam room January 14, 2014 | Mike Hoaglin - Clinical Scholar-in-Residence at Practice Fusion
7 hacks for a more engaging exam room
Design concepts can have a therapeutic impact on healing and patient satisfaction. Consider these suggestions for upgrading your exam room.
Medical practice survival guide: How to avoid personnel mistakes January 13, 2014 | Brian Bourke, MBA - Health Care Consulting Manager at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C.
Medical practice survival guide: How to avoid personnel mistakes
Failure to properly manage your employees can have adverse consequences. Keep things running smoothly -- and profitably -- with this medical practice survival guide.
3 tasks that will get you 80 percent of the way to ICD-10 January 08, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
3 tasks that will get you 80 percent of the way to ICD-10
There’s still time to meet the mandate and even use the conversion to optimize aspects of your practice. Just not very much.
Demand clarity before signing a payer contract January 08, 2014 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
Demand clarity before signing a payer contract
Missing or ambiguous language leaves room for interpretation -- in the insurer's favor, of course. Here's what to get in writing, in precise terms.
ICD-10 is imminent: Are you ready? January 07, 2014 | Michael Sherling, MD - Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at Modernizing Medicine
ICD-10 is imminent: Are you ready?
ICD-10 will be either a benefit or a deficit to medical groups, depending on how well the transition is planned. Follow these recommendations to ensure that your practice capitalizes.
3 ways to extinguish physician burnout January 06, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
3 ways to extinguish physician burnout
Do the demands of running your practice leave you feeling a little less human? Here's how you can avoid fizzling out.
Where to watch for ICD-10 developments January 03, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Instead of trying to predict what might happen with the coding set transition in 2014, keep astride with knowledge from key sources.
Top 5 challenges physicians face in 2014 January 02, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Top 5 challenges physicians face in 2014
Many of the reasons doctors were anxious in 2013 have followed them into 2014 and new obstacles in the path to practice operations and patient care will inevitably emerge as well.
Tips for early ICD-10 readiness January 02, 2014 | Xavier E. Martinez
Tips for early ICD-10 readiness
Dual coding prior to the transition deadline brings some clear advantages -- but also possible challenges -- to practice operations.
How to verify patient coverage in a marketplace plan December 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
When patients with new insurance coverage come into your practice, make sure your staff knows how and where to look for information about individual plans obtained through the new exchanges.
Is your EHR ready for ICD-10? December 27, 2013 | Jonathan Conley - Product Manager at Emdeon
Is your EHR ready for ICD-10?
And is your staff prepared to use the technology to its fullest? These five tips will help you accomplish an orderly transition.
Could hybrid concierge care work for your practice? December 27, 2013 | Wayne Lipton - Managing Partner, Concierge Choice Physicians
Contrary to some misunderstandings about how they operate, concierge practices can actually be a safer, gentler option than traditional models.
How to ease the transition to ICD-10 December 23, 2013 | Doug Fielding - Vice President of Product Strategy at ZirMed
Easing the transition to ICD-10
There are some things you should be doing now that will pay ongoing dividends in terms of being prepared for the code set change.

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Reasonable compensation November 18, 2013 | Mike C. Manoloff, CPA
Mike Manoloff
Disregard for the way income is distributed to an individual will raise red flags if audited by the IRS -- which can lead to costly fees and penalties for the practice owner.
Is shared office space in your future? November 15, 2013 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
The need for brick-and-mortar space will decline. Doctors stuck with this albatross around their necks will have to pay needless overhead and waste precious capital.
Add intentional gila monster bites to list of zany ICD-10 codes November 14, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
You've heard about ICD-10 codes for animal encounters, no doubt, but this is one is new to me. And it's very specific.
Cracking the specialty EMR code with physician programmers November 13, 2013 | Michael Sherling, MD - Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at Modernizing Medicine
Michael Sherling, MD
It takes a special physician with a real drive to learn to code, but in my experience physicians are not typically short on drive.
True genius November 12, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts, MD
After I was turned down for the loan, I got advice from the wisest person I know: my father.
Differentiating comparative analytics and business intelligence November 08, 2013 | Brian Fugere - Chief Operating Officer, RemitDATA
Brian Fugere
Emerging comparative analytics solutions build upon the concepts of BI, but add a contextual component by comparing that data against peers and other benchmarks.
Cloud warnings, possible storms November 07, 2013 | Mac McMillan - Privacy and Security
Mac McMillan
You should be aware of four big issues when dealing with public cloud vendors.
Rethinking labor management November 05, 2013 | Jackie Larson - Senior Vice President of Client Services at Avantas, James Fenush Jr., MS, RN - Director of Nursing, Clinical Support Services, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Jackie Larson
Penn State Hershey Medical Center embarks on a groundbreaking initiative -- a true enterprise approach to managing labor to prepare for healthcare's "new normal."
When standard ICD-10 testing is not enough November 04, 2013 | Bob Witkop - Director of the Quality Management Office for CTG Health Solutions
Bob Witkop
While testing may produce desired and expected functional and technical results, organizations must also be prepared for an iterative learning and improvement process.
Why don't doctors think in business terms? October 31, 2013 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Physicians don't realize their entrepreneurial potential for internal, cultural, and external reasons.
Jordana Cohen
With approximately 48 million uninsured people in the United States, the individual insurance mandate and expansion of free preventive services will no doubt impact the volume of patients seen by doctors' offices countrywide.
What does ICD-10 have to do with HealthCare.gov problems? October 28, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
Someone who really hates ICD-10 codes is going to get in touch with politicians who really hate Obamacare. Facts won't matter then.
The rollout of the Affordable Care Act October 23, 2013 | Tom McGuinness, CPA, CVA - Founding Partner, Reimer, McGuinness & Associates, P.C.
tom mcguinness
As a consultant to physicians, my advice at present is to collect your fees up front. This is based upon practice survival skills learned from years in the trenches.
Fumbling the handoff October 22, 2013 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Few systems exist to track physician referral management and provide the analytics necessary to manage referrals and minimize leakage.
Evidence of savings October 21, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts, MD
Some anecdotes from the recent past give evidence of significant savings, both financial and life quality, that my patients and their payers get.
Out of EHR chaos, hope for doctors October 18, 2013 | Matthew Douglass - Co-founder and Vice President of Platform at Practice Fusion
Matthew Douglass
A shifting EHR market brings both challenges and opportunities for doctors in outpatient care. The smart medical practices are already moving to higher ground.
And then there were 12: Looking back on NIH in crisis October 17, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
The National Institutes of Health wouldn’t let a government shutdown prevent desperately ill patients from receiving the necessary care — a prerogative put on full display October 1-15, when the agency moved forward with admitting 12 new patients to the NIH Clinical Center for treatment. Nevertheless, crisis was still at hand.
Target demographic October 15, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts, MD
To men in their 40's who hate going to the doctor, I am the un-doctor. I focus on keeping them where they want to be: away from my office.
Selecting a provider-centric software partner October 10, 2013 | Erica W. Newcomb - Director of User Experience at PointClear Solutions
Erica Newcomb
Clinicians question why their healthcare solutions can't be as simple and intuitive as booking travel, managing finances and streaming movies on their personal tablets and smartphones.
Tracking flu activity during the CDC furlough October 07, 2013 | Iyue Sung - Director of Core Analytics at athenahealth
Iuye Sung
To get a read on influenza vaccination rates so far this season, athenahealth looked at more than two million patients who visited a primary care provider between Aug. 1 and Sept. 28, 2013.

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QuantiaMD Announces New Executive Appointments January 09, 2013 | Industry Release
QuantiaMD, the largest online physician community and collaboration platform, has appointed Daniel Malloy to the role of Senior Vice President, bringing deep payer, health system and life sciences expertise to the company’s leadership team. In addition, current QuantiaMD President, Mike Coyne, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Eric Schultz, QuantiaMD’s founder and current CEO, has been appointed Executive Chairman.
Voalte, a provider in clinical communication technology, announced that the company’s chief nursing officer, Dr. Teresa Anderson, was recently inducted as President of the Nebraska Nurses Association, an organization that represents more than 25,000 nurses in the state. Voalte congratulates Dr. Anderson on this prestigious appointment for the 2013-2014 term.
Navicure, an Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse for physician practices, today announced that it has been named “Best in KLAS” for the claims and clearinghouse services market segment as part of the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report. KLAS seeks to improve healthcare technology delivery through honest, accurate and impartial measurement of vendor services.
UpToDate Releases MobileComplete for Android December 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Wolters Kluwer Health, a provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that UpToDate, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, released MobileComplete for Android users. A downloadable local version of its free app, UpToDate MobileComplete, is the fastest mobile version of UpToDate, providing clinicians with access to evidence-based, practical recommendations, even offline. With this release, UpToDate offers customers local access to trusted, evidence-based information across iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Voalte’s founder and Vice President of Innovation Trey Lauderdale was honored by the Governor of Florida Monday for his role in helping transform clinical communications.
MediSafe Project (www.MediSafeProject.com) launched today the first-ever cloud-synced mobile app helping families prevent emergencies caused by over- or under-dosing medications.
WellFX announced that Columbia Valley Community Health (CVCH) has deployed its first-of-a-kind, private, social platform to patients across CVCH’s obstetrics (OB) practice. The WellFX social platform delivers innovative, provider-directed care through a social community of fellow new and expecting parents and qualified educational resources. In November, CVCH launched the platform for OB patients across its seven facilities, which provide care for more than 25,000 people in Wenatchee and Chelan, WA.
ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and medical scheduling software as well as medical billing services, today announced new charge capture functionality for the ADP AdvancedMD iPad app. Hundreds of medical practices already use the ADP AdvancedMD iPad app, released last quarter. Now physicians can use the app for charge entry instead of tedious paper-based processes, saving time and minimizing missed charges.
digiChart, Inc. today announced that Harry Jacobson, M.D., has been named the new chairman of digiChart’s board of directors. digiChart is a national provider of specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) and practice management system (PMS) solutions for OB-GYN practices. Dr. Jacobson replaces digiChart’s former chairman, G. William Bates, M.D., M.B.A., who has been named chairman emeritus of the company.
Navicure Launches Navicure Receivables Manager November 13, 2012 | Industry Release
Navicure, a leading Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse for physician practices, today announced the release of its new Navicure Receivables Manager, a central repository for insurance denials, appeals and payments, that streamlines denial and appeal management by automating the entire process. The solution, which is an evolution of Navicure’s ERA Filing Cabinet, helps physician practices decrease days in A/R, accelerate cash flow and improve staff productivity.
Physician practices in 14 states that participate in WellPoint's affiliated health plans' patient-centered primary care programs will be eligible to have licensed access, at no cost, to Medical Home Builder 2.0, an online practice-management tool developed by the American College of Physicians (ACP).
This week, Meditab Software announced that they will be showcasing significant enhancements to the AllergyEHR product at this year’s ACAAI conference taking place in Anaheim, California. From November 10-12, Meditab representatives will provide attendees with an opportunity to get hands-on demonstrations of the AllergyEHR product which includes a comprehensive shot lab as well as automated immunotherapy billing. The Meditab team will be located at Booth 2525 and invites attendees to stop by.
DataMotion (www.datamotion.com), an established cloud-based data delivery provider, today announced DataMotion Direct, a secure email service that enables healthcare industry organizations to integrate with the Direct Project and meet real-world secure communications needs. This announcement also marks DataMotion’s expanded company focus as it begins operations as a health information service provider (HISP).
Navicure Announces New Clients, Continued Revenue Growth October 23, 2012 | Industry Release
Navicure, a leading Internet-based medical claims clearinghouse for physician practices, today announced that the company continued its record growth in the third quarter of 2012. During the period, Navicure added 280 new practice locations to its client base and experienced a 30 percent increase in revenue compared to the same period in 2011. Navicure’s third quarter performance builds on the momentum started in 2011, when the company experienced a 28 percent increase in revenue over 2010. This continued growth is the key reason Navicure ranked 14th on Modern Healthcare’s first Healthcare’s Hottest list.
e-MDs, the provider of the nation’s most highly rated Electronic Health Record (EHR) announces the launch of e-MDs nMotion, a native Meaningful Use compliant iPad application. With nMotion, e-MDs combines the power of top-rated e-MDs Solution Series with the intuitive, easy-to-learn iPad user experience.
HIMSS Media Announces The Launch of HIMSSwire October 18, 2012 | Industry Release
MedTech Media, a division of HIMSS Media, announced today the launch of HIMSSwire (www.himsswire.com), a custom content news service for healthcare professionals, accessible through feeds on a network of healthcare websites.
ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM), and medical scheduling software as well as medical billing services, today announced a webinar titled “Preparing for the 2013 Medicare Cut and Improving Your Practice’s Long Term Financial Performance,” with Frank Irving, editor of PhysBizTech and Anne M. Dunne, Director of Healthcare Management Consulting, Grassi & Co, an ADP AdvancedMD partner. The complimentary webinar takes place on Thursday, October 18 from 12-12:30 p.m. Eastern / 9-9:30 a.m. Pacific time. Participants will learn about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) rule imposing a seven percent reduction in specialists’ pay for 2013, on top of proposed “sustainable growth” reductions of 27 percent.
Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that Epicelectronic health record (EHR) customers can now experience voice-enabled clinical information capture through Epic Haiku for the iPhone and Canto for the iPad. The integration of Nuance Healthcare’s cloud-based voice recognition in the Haiku and Canto applications will allow users to improve the quality of patient care and increase productivity as a result of streamlined mobile clinical documentation.
Elsevier’s MC Strategies, a leader in providing eLearning solutions to more than 1,300 healthcare organizations, today announced the continued development of its ICD-10 Roadmap with the introduction of new curricula, including a comprehensive clinical documentation curriculum.
WebPT, developer of Web-based software that makes rehab clinics more efficient, has partnered with CollaborateMD, a Web-based medical billing software provider. The integration with CollaborateMD is part of WebPT’s move beyond EHR to become a comprehensive solution for rehab clinics. WebPT’s EHR system gives therapists an easy, secure, Web-based system for their documentation needs, along with real-time practice management services to improve clinic workflow.

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