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NY's surprise medical bill: What happened? October 19, 2015 | Julie Appleby - Kaiser Health News
New York City
Urgent care clinics in the state must specifically list all the health plans they contract with as in-network providers and stop using the terms "works with" or "accepts" to mislead consumers.
Challenges and upsides of patient engagement October 19, 2015 | Christine Queally Foisey - President and CEO, MedSafe
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For medical groups to grow and be successful in a competitive marketplace, patients need more information, quality, access, and accountability.
Prices are higher when large medical groups dominate October 15, 2015 | Michelle Andrews - Kaiser Health News
bundle of money
Researchers used an index to measure competition among physician practices at the county level to examine the association between procedure prices and the concentration of physicians in larger practices.
Microsoft adds health privacy features to Office 2016 October 12, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
digital health privacy
The newest iteration of Microsoft's suite bring features that can be used to help safeguard PHI and PII and avoid data breaches.
Patient engagement advice: Expect irrationality October 09, 2015 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
People don't always do what's best for them but patients can be prodded forward via targeted interactions.
ONC posts final interoperability roadmap October 07, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The roadmap is about action and not just talking over the ways to hop interoperability hurdles, an ONC official said.
CMS drops final EHR meaningful use rule October 07, 2015 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
U.S. Capitol
Hospitals, vendors and policymakers have been eagerly anticipating these regulations. They bring big changes that not everyone is going to like.
5 reasons to pause meaningful use October 05, 2015 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
pause button
The lack of final rules and a ticking clock sparked a U.S. Senator to call for delaying the program and outlined why CMS should do so.
AMA calls for meaningful use hardship exemption October 05, 2015 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Under the rules currently in place, many physicians will be subject to financial penalties despite circumstances beyond their contro
Is a direct payment model right for you? October 05, 2015 | Jack McCarthy - Contributing Writer
Nearly half of independent practices are considering a transition to new payment model in the next 3 years, largely because those physicians get to spend more time with patients.
ICD-10 debuts, angers doctors already October 02, 2015 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
doctor's office
"It doesn't help the patient, it doesn't help us," one doctor explained of ICD-10. "This is going to slow us down more. It's a crazy environment."
ICD-10: Learning from an industry's aversion to change October 01, 2015 | Richard Loomis, MD - Senior medical director at Practice Fusion
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Lessons - and a surprising recommendation - gleaned from looking back at the long road to ICD-10.
ICD-10 brings high anxiety about lower revenue September 30, 2015 | Gus Venditto - Vice President of Content, HIMSS Media
stressed doctor
More than ninety percent of professionals who manage healthcare revenue believe they'll see an increase in claims denials.
5 tips for switching to a new EHR September 28, 2015 | Monte Sandler - Executive vice president of RCM at NextGen Healthcare, Michael Lovett - Executive vice president and general manager at NextGen Healthcare
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Business strategies for minimizing the financial impact of electronic health record replacement.
Is your smartphone's camera safe? September 23, 2015 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
doctor with stethoscope and smartphone
Imaging specialist launches app and cloud storage services and, in so doing, joins the expanding ranks of vendors offering tools to secure photos in a HIPAA-compliant manner.
Why patients are more open to new IT tools than doctors September 22, 2015 | Jack McCarthy - Contributing Writer
Healthcare IT stethoscope
Whereas both consumers and health care professionals generally supported health technologies, the former expressed sizably greater support and enthusiasm.
Top 9 EHRs September 21, 2015 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
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We asked readers about their electronic health records then used that data to compile the top 9 vendors. Here they are.
Health systems buying more practices than hospitals September 18, 2015 | Henry Powderly - Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Finance
doctor's office
Accenture forecasts that 8 percent of acquisitions between 2015 and 2018 will be hospital related, while 84 percent will be for non-acute providers.
Why EHRs must be improved for behavioral health care September 16, 2015 | Jack McCarthy - Contributing Writer
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The integration of behavioral health and primary care has gained increasing attention as a means to lower costs and improve quality, so why is it not happening faster?
The highest hurdles ACOs face September 14, 2015 | Jack McCarthy - Contributing Writer
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Accountable care organizations' top challenge is one that some 80 percent of ACOs face on an ongoing basis.

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8 ways to avoid and outlast ICD-10 reimbursement delays December 09, 2014 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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It's a hard pill for practices to swallow, being asked to operate with curtailed revenue for six months following the implementation of ICD-10. That said, reimbursement delays needn't spell out doom for providers — not if they consider these steps.
Are you ready to protect patients against the flu? December 04, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Vaccination needle
National indicators are starting to show upticks in influenza-like illness rates. If you still have a lot of unvaccinated patients, it's time to kick your prevention program into high gear.
HIPAA-compliant file sharing tools for the medical practice December 03, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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A new class of software is emerging to help physician groups share information in a secure yet inexpensive way. And it may prove as simple as using a DropBox folder.
Tackling the brave new world of patient payments December 01, 2014 | Cheris Craig - Chief Administrative Officer at Urology of Greater Atlanta
Financial management
How one practice optimized and increased collections with automated processes and patient education.
How to turn ICD-10 into an ROI opportunity November 26, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Strategic planning at small practices
A few basic steps will move your practice into better position to handle the coding transition. If you've been skeptical about moving ahead, consider that you'll be improving your revenue cycle — regardless of what may happen in Washington.
Federal requirements weigh on Alaskan doctors November 25, 2014 | Annie Feidt - Alaska Public Radio Network
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In a state where small practices are the norm, many physicians are considering early retirement. Here's why.
How does HIPAA handle armed robbery of physician's encrypted devices? November 20, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
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Boston's Brigham and Women's hospital is working through that question after a doctor was accosted at knifepoint and forced to hand over passcodes to a laptop and phone containing patient data.
5 EHR enhancements to reduce caregiver risk November 14, 2014 | Jay Anders, MD - Chief Medical Officer at Medicomp Systems
Physician using EHR
A physician faced with a critically ill or infectious patient shouldn't be focused on "clicking" and documenting instead of making decisions about care. Here's how a properly implemented EHR can help.
Is your office in compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule? November 13, 2014 | Kimberly Danebrock, RN, JD - Senior Risk Management and Patient Safety Specialist for the Cooperative of American Physicians
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Failure to follow the rule could be costly. Avoid violations by implementing these measures.
3 pillars of success in practice mergers November 12, 2014 | Austin Kirkland - Contributing Writer
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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
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By supporting needs specific to ICD-10 and meaningful use, an EHR can minimize the degree to which practices must adapt.
4 ways to reduce energy consumption in your practice October 29, 2014 | Nate Kessman - Contributing Writer
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Add dollars to your bottom line and reduce environmental impact by following these simple energy management recommendations.
10 ways to maximize cash flow October 29, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
money in pocket
Recommendations for getting the most from your collection efforts and strategies for avoiding costly mistakes.
How analytics make doctors more productive October 28, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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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Look who's talking about pill mills, kiosks and phablets January 23, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
This week Doc Talk explores the ins-and-outs of pills mills, the viability of kiosks in healthcare and how phablets are measuring up in the eye of the physician consumer.
Carl Natale
The latest on what to know now about the code set conversion.
Physicians react: Meaningful use strikes a nerve January 19, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
Doctors have lost their patience with the federal EHR incentive program. Here, in their own words, are the reasons why.
Check out the med tweets you missed while ringing in the new year January 16, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
We detail the top health hashtags, tweets and twit pics that have emerged at the start of 2015.
Don't get trapped by an employment agreement January 15, 2015 | Amit Bindra - Associate Attorney, The Prinz Law Firm, P.C.
Amit Bindra
Read this important document carefully before employment begins to protect interests you may have outside the usual scope of practice.
Carl Natale
What to know now about the code set conversion.
Look who's talking about the frustrations of meaningful use January 09, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Madelyn Kearns
Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week, we focus exclusively on what you and your fellow providers had to say about meaningful use and why you're not attesting for Stage 2.
10 quotes that defined the medical practice realm in 2014 January 07, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
From ICD-10 and meaningful use to the retail threat and emerging technologies, physicians have had to step up their game over the past 12 months. Here's a recap of what it was like to survive a remarkable year.
Roundup: ICD-10 news of the week January 06, 2015 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Carl Natale
What to know now about the code set conversion.
Healthcare by the numbers: January 2015 January 02, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
Frank Irving
As we roll into a fresh calendar year, here's a quick look at facts and figures making news in medical and health sectors.
Video translation vendors take aim at practices December 29, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Confused doctor at desk
An expanding number of VRI makers are looking to help doctors and patients translate different languages to make care encounters more accurate and meaningful.
Rotating on the startup ward December 26, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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Medical students and residents may soon be spending assigned shifts in innovation incubators to learn in a similar fashion to their clinical rotations.
Check out the top mHealth Summit tweets you missed December 19, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "#Med tweets you may have missed," a new biweekly feature on Medical Practice Insider wherein we detail the top social media trends and tweets of the week for the benefit of you and your practice.
It's time to update telehealth payment policy December 17, 2014 | Krista Drobac - Executive Director of the Alliance for Connected Care
Krista Drobac
Obsolete qualifications for Medicare beneficiaries counteract the care-provision capabilities of today's technology.
How to make a balanced assessment of new technology December 15, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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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
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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
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Make sure your compensation arrangement does not conflict with pertinent regulations in these primary laws.

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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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