Electronic Health Record Growth

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The growth of electronic health record adoption continues strong across the industry, particularly among small healthcare organizations, because of the wide range of benefits and financial incentives provided by the U.S. Government. However, without a plan for implementation in place, businesses can end up wasting money without seeing those benefits.

The infographic below, created for Ohio University’s Online MHA Program, illustrates the benefits of EHRs along with how to reach them according to the HRSA’s recommended steps for implementation.

Electronic Health Record Growth Research

Courtesy of Tim Wayne

Webinar- Your ICD-10 Checklist: Getting Ready for October 1

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Wednesday, June 17th, 12 p.m. ET

ICD-10 is less than 4 months away. Not only do you need to know how ICD-10 will impact your practice, but it is also critical to understand how to plan readiness with other vendors and payers that impact your organizations success.  Without a proactive plan for readiness and risk mitigation, your practice could be facing a difficult and costly transition. So how can you tell if you’re on the right track?
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Webinar – Breaking Up with Your EHR: Strategies for the Switch

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If you’re ready to dump your EHR, you’re not alone. According to KLAS, nearly 50% of providers are looking to replace their unsatisfactory EHR.

Switching can seem risky—but if you’re with a vendor that isn’t meeting your needs, the benefits far outweigh the barriers.

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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: 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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The Critical Role of ‘Delightful’ Design in Mobile Healthcare

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The Health Leadership Forum sat down with Abbe Don, Vice President of User Experience at Epocrates to discuss trends in mobile healthcare technology and the role that design will play in spreading adoption and use of these technologies. Don leads the team responsible for creating a contemporary and innovative mobile customer experience for caregivers. Prior to joining Epocrates in June 2013, she spent 25 years focused on user experience design for companies such as Apple, The Walt Disney Company, Hewlett Packard, and IDEO.

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Complimentary HIPAA Education Series

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FREE HIPAA Education Series
presented by The Compliancy Group
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June 4thJust the Facts:
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Update on Meaningful Use

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CMS released a new proposed ruling regarding the Meaningful Use timeline.  The new time frame would allow all providers to attest for Meaningful Use this year under the original Stage 1 MU criteria.

This is great news for those clinicians who were waiting to attest. Read more on the proposed ruling:

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Webinar: Where does it hurt? Common Physician Pain Points

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Where does it hurt

Join athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush for a special keynote address on common physician pain points, followed by an exclusive Q&A and expert-led sessions.

“Where does it hurt?” is a common question caregivers may ask their patients. But when was the last time that question was posed to the caregivers themselves? That’s exactly what Mr. Bush believes we, as an industry and as a country, need to do more often. At this special event, we’ll discuss these common pain points and industry challenges, with:

Healthcare analytics enters new frontier of value-based care

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KLAS reports on how the healthcare analytics market is changing in the new paradigm of value-based care

Amid the shift toward value-based care, providers’ analytics needs are drastically changing, resulting in vendors rushing to the market with a wave of new products, including more targeted solutions. This according to the most recent KLAS report,Healthcare Analytics Perception 2014: Analytics for Value-Based Care—A New Paradigm.”

The healthcare analytics market is bursting with vendors, giving providers more options than ever before. In fact, in this perception study, providers mentioned a staggering 87 different vendors being considered for BI/analytics in value-based care. To that point, no single vendor was mentioned more than 7% of the time. In this report, KLAS makes sense of the growing vendor crowd and provides insights into the most-considered vendors.

“Business intelligence and analytics have gone from a ‘nice-to-have’ to a ‘must-have’ in today’s challenging healthcare environment,” said Joe Van De Graaff, report author. “To fulfill short-term analytics needs, many providers report shifting more consideration to vendors with healthcare-specific solutions. However, a clear market leader has yet to emerge.”

KLAS spoke to more than 100 healthcare providers to capture which vendors they are considering and in which specific arenas. Visit KLAS online at www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.

Do EMR and Practice Management systems really improve efficiency or was it a trick?

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New and seasoned Practice Managers and Physicians know that handling the day to day tasks of running a medical practice can be time consuming. Administrative tasks and responsibilities have increased with ever-changing government regulations, Medicare laws, and legal concerns.  Efficiency appears to be a losing battle, and stressful workflows take a toll on delivering compassionate patient care. A paperless office was presented as a time and cost saving endeavor that would lead to better patient care. Or was it a trick?

Sound familiar?

A polished representative came to the office to demonstrate their EMR, Practice Management, and Medical Billing system. You were convinced, “this is the solution, what a relief, Ah…!” Thousands of dollars and countless hours spent on implementation and training. Finally, the “go live” date arrived. Then, reality hit; the staff forgot how to upload documents, the doctor was in the exam room trying unsuccessfully to view an MRI with the patient, and you frantically tried to fix the issues. The workflow stopped as panic took over. You finally phoned customer support and you were placed on hold. “Ugh,” you began to question…”How much longer will the learning curve actually take?”  “Did I make the right system selection?” “Why did I try to improve efficiency?” “It really wasn’t that bad and where is that polished sales person now?”

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