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HHS final rule: Women must be treated the same as men under Affordable Care Act May 16, 2016 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
The Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities bans discrimination based on gender for the first time.
5 health issues presidential candidates aren't talking about but should be May 16, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
America faces critical decisions about healthcare and many of those have little to do with the controversial Affordable Care Act. Here's a look at some of the most important.
GAO: Medicaid managed care plans vulnerable May 09, 2016 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
In 2015 some $29 billion in federal Medicaid expenditures went toward improper payments, according to CMS.
Population health tools already poised to become irrelevant May 09, 2016 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
The next generation of population health management is going to necessitate more care coordination and that will demand new tools, an informaticist at Massachusetts General said.
Doctors lay out support for single-payer healthcare May 09, 2016 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
Most hospitals and clinics would remain privately owned and operated, receiving a budget from the program to cover all operating costs, a proposal in the American Journal of Public Health suggested.
OCR: Prepare now for breaches at business associates May 09, 2016 | Jack McCarthy - Contributing Writer
With many HIPAA-covered entities doubting that business associates will notify them in the event of a data breach, providers are liable anyways so they must be ready should a breach happen.
HHS Secretary Burwell urges doctors to stand up against data blocking May 09, 2016 | Jack McCarthy - Contributing Writer
To give doctors access to all the information they need, HHS is woking to eliminate data blocking, advance interoperability, and protect that data as it moves around the healthcare system.
Patient portals: Ramp up revenue, cut costs May 02, 2016 | Sherree Geyer - Contributing Writer
Despite their negative perception, patient portals can be used to improve collections, reduce staff workload and help drive engaged patients with better health outcomes.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a long-awaited proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA, on Wednesday, ushering in some big changes for the ways physicians are assessed for quality of care and use of information technology.
Human element the weakest link in healthcare security, says Verizon report April 28, 2016 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
The majority of threats to security are from external sources that prey on the bad habits of personnel.
CMS modernizes Medicaid managed care regulations, putting focus on improved health data exchange April 28, 2016 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
New rules could encourage bigger telemedicine role, better interoperabilty for population health.
Chronic care management: Is the $50 billion market more hype than reality? April 28, 2016 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
Here's the rub: $50 billion might be hyperbole, but $5 billion is still a sizable enough market to drive innovations that health systems can harness to engage patients, better manage populations and ultimately improve care and the bottom line.
Value-based care fuels drive toward end-to-end revenue cycle management April 21, 2016 | John Andrews - Contributing Writer
Practices need the right automation and revenue cycle tools to successfully make the transition to new payment models and, ultimately, improve cash flows by more effectively collecting patient payments and filing clean claims.
Proposed legislation would reduce meaningful use reporting period to 90 days in 2016 April 20, 2016 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
Industry associations are backing the bill, saying it is critical because full-year reporting would require costly changes to many systems.
EHRs proving inadequate at catching mental health diagnoses, study finds April 18, 2016 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
Behavioral health patients had an average of three to eight visits during the year both at the EHR site and elsewhere but despite these high numbers the data from such encounters were underreported, AMIA said.
Most doctors unsure how to discuss end of life care with patients April 18, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Medicare now reimburses doctors $86 to discuss end-of-life care in an office visit that covers topics such as hospice, living wills and do-not-resuscitate orders. Discussions are becoming more important than ever as baby boomers reach golden years, but many doctors are not sure how best to start the conversation.
Medicare biller, consultant sentenced to 11 years in jail April 15, 2016 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Authorities say that Nery Cowan, 53, of Miami, directed and authorized kickback payments and bribes to patient brokers for a percentage of reimbursement.
CMS launches Comprehensive Primary Care Plus risk based payment model April 11, 2016 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Program gives practices up-front incentive payments the physicians will either keep or repay based on their performance on quality and utilization.
ICD-10 status check: Is another shoe waiting to drop? April 11, 2016 | John Andrews - Contributing Writer
The transition has gone reasonably well thus far. But how smoothly will things go when CMS and payers start demanding greater specificity on Oct. 1, 2016?
Practice puts chronic care management tools to work in population health strategy April 11, 2016 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
Family Medical Specialists in Florida is using care management technology to get paid under CPT code 99490, and the practice has already gotten buy-in from almost every eligible patient.

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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
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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
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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
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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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The increasing burden of private practice February 13, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
Why mandates and operational issues need to be more reasonable and manageable.
ICD-10 roundup: Payer, government and vendor perspectives February 11, 2015 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
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The latest on what to know now about the code set conversion.
ICD-10 front and center in Washington February 10, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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A briefing and Congressional hearing this week should help policymakers gauge the readiness of physicians and other stakeholders to take on the code set transition.
Tweets you missed while screening for measles and researching HoloLens February 06, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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We detail the top health hashtags, tweets and twit pics that have emerged at the start of February.
The mission February 03, 2015 | Rob Lamberts, MD
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My staff and I believe we are on to something very important: we've come up with a way to do better healthcare.
How population health runs on data analytics February 02, 2015 | Zach Watson - Content Manager at TechnologyAdvice
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Using analytics changes the posture of providers from reactive to proactive, and it allows them to become more efficient.
A doctor's dilemma: Meaningful use lacks meaning January 27, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
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It's time to fix the underlying technology before adding more requirements and penalties to the federal EHR program.
AMA responds to HHS goal-setting for Medicare reimbursements January 27, 2015 | Robert Wah, MD - President of the American Medical Association
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Government's efforts align with the physician association's work toward care delivery reform.
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
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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
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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
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What to know now about the code set conversion.
Healthcare by the numbers: January 2015 January 02, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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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
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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.

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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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