CMS Updated the Deadline to Attest for Medicare Eligible Professionals

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New EHR Attestation Deadline for Medicare Eligible Professionals: March 20, 2015

Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.

CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. CMS continues to urge providers to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as they can.

This extension also allows eligible professionals, who have not already used their one “switch”, to switch programs (from Medicare to Medicaid, or vice versa) for the 2014 payment year until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015. After that time, eligible professionals will no longer be able to switch programs. Continue reading: CMS Updated the Deadline to Attest for Medicare Eligible Professionals

Webinar: Preparing for ICD-10 in 2015

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Preparing for ICD-10 in 2015

Wednesday, November 5th at 12:00 p.m. ET

When the ICD-10 deadline was pushed to October 1, 2015, the industry was granted a brief reprieve from preparing for the transition. But the clock is now ticking again – and now is not the time to fall behind. In this free webinar, ICD-10 expert Carey Manning will get you up to speed on what you should be doing right now to prepare your practice, and how the right partner can keep you on top of change—no matter what the industry throws your way next.
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Webinar Reminder July 23rd: 5 Ways to Grow Your Practice

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5 Ways to Grow Your Practice
Is Your Software an Expense or Investment?
July 23rd | 12pm ET | 9am PT
 

Meet Your Speaker:
  Reuven Lirov Reuven Lirov, M.A.

Reuven heads a team of Practice Success Coaches and Profitability Directors for over 250 practices and over 800 practice staff across multiple specialties. His team posts over $4,000,000 in monthly insurance payments, focusing on finding ways to accelerate practice cashflow, improve compliance, and foster office staff teamwork. In the past 3 years, his clients have seen average revenue growth of 186%, patient visit growth of 141%, and patient lifespan increases of 86%.

Webinar: Improve Self-Pay Patients Payments

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Improve Self-Pay Patient Payments

Join us Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 12:15pm ET

Patients today are facing higher premiums, larger co-payments and bigger deductibles. And a greater financial burden for your patients means a greater collection burden for your practice.

Your first step towards thriving through the rise of self-pay can begin right now. In this free webinar, you’ll learn strategies for solid practice management, how to develop a specific plan to improve self-pay patient payments and essential staff training tips.

 

Join self-pay expert Emily Putnam as she discusses:

  •      How to create a self-pay policy—and what every strategy should include
  •      The immediate need to implement a self-pay policy and train staff
  •      Tactics, tools and technologies to improve self-pay patient payments and reduce DAR
  •      How a health care IT services partner can help you achieve your self-pay goals

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6 Must-Know Facts About EHR Implementation

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‘Change is inevitable’ — a cliched statement but true where industries and organizations are concerned. Industries like IT &ITES, BT, Automotive etc. are very adaptable to change. Grabbing on to the latest technology is like a necessity for them to keep themselves ahead in the race. However, when it comes to change, healthcare industry is the one which takes extremely calculated risks. Any new technology, introduced to the Physicians, takes a longer period for acceptance.

With EHR becoming a necessity and to some extent, a kind of compulsion, physicians are forcing themselves to accept this new technology. The experts, who pioneer at pen and paper work, are finding it extremely difficult to accept this sudden change. An Emergency Department research showed that 44% of a physician’s time was spent in just entering data in the EHR. This is followed by 28% spent in direct patient care and 12% interacting and discussing with colleagues. Implementing EHR software is inevitable and the physicians have no choice but to embrace it. Just before you plunge into the decision of EHR implementation, here are 6 things you should know about it: Continue reading: 6 Must-Know Facts About EHR Implementation

Pros and Cons of Online Medical Test Results

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Technology is amazing! With the advancement of technology we can get information almost instantaneously with the tap of a key. With easy access to computers and the Internet, information is at our fingertips. Technology has empowered us.

Because of this wonderful technology, people are now able to view their own personal health records (PHR) online; people are becoming assertive patients more so than ever before. However, not every physician and hospital is on board to this fairly new concept. Not everyone is convinced that the Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a good thing.
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Electronic Health Records: The Next Chapter

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Early in my career, I worked in environments in healthcare, both Inpatient and Outpatient, that would come to be labeled as “Early Adopter” spaces with regards to the Electronic Health Record. The first year that I worked for an EHR vendor, every client I came in contact with was transitioning from paper to an electronic system. The majority of physicians (and most clinicians and staff) pushed back on such technology, defending themselves with the “what isn’t broke…” argument. The spectrum of emotions during implementation of such technology ran the gamut from apathy to anger. As consultative and project management-driven as my role was, I consistently found myself in a position of “selling” end-users on the value of the EHR to their patient care and themselves.

That was a different time. Over the course of the last decade, the dynamics of healthcare have shifted dramatically, arguably most notably with regards to information technology and the EHR. Where once I had been coaching a physician on how to type on a computer, I now find I am consistently explaining why “x” vendor does not have iPad-friendly features. Beyond peer pressure or the notion of accepting the inevitable, one might ponder what led to such a dramatic shift in a relatively short amount of time.
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4 Ways Meaningful Use Will Be Different in 2014

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With fall officially setting in and families and businesses finding their post-summer groove again, it’s time to seriously start preparing for next year. Just over a year separates us from the ICD-10 compliance deadline, and in a short period of three months meaningful use will change, and not just for those moving on to stage 2.

The meaningful use changes are necessary to ensure that health IT is mature enough to drastically improve healthcare. Specifically, here are four ways meaningful use will be different next year.
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Is HIT Interoperability in the Nature of Healthcare?

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Application Programming Interfaces are up for discussion today, is this the future of interoperability with medical records?  Anyone in the HIT/EHR  business today can pretty much attest to the complexities that have evolved and is there anything or anyone to fault?  Not really it is just the way it happened. Continue reading: Is HIT Interoperability in the Nature of Healthcare?

AMA and TMA Comment on ONC Patient Safety Plan

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The Office of the ONC has begun putting together a plan to look and find areas where electronic medical records can cause harm to patients.  Two agencies, the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association have made comments and suggestions.  iHealthBeat has done a nice job providing a summary of the recommendations made by each. Continue reading: AMA and TMA Comment on ONC Patient Safety Plan