Webinar: Staying Independent and Profitable as Independent Physicians

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Staying Independent and Profitable as Independent Physicians

Join us Wednesday, June 18th at 12:15 p.m. ET

Faced with mounting costs, declining reimbursement, and increased complexity brought on by the Affordable Care Act, a growing number of independent physicians are feeling pressured to give up on private practice.

But being acquired isn’t the only option for survival. With the right technology partner for electronic medical records, practice management and care coordination, you’re free to remain independent—without having to go it alone.

Dr. Jeff A. Drasnin of ESD Pediatric Group will talk about how his independent practice has remained profitable in the face of these challenges, and what it takes for other independent physicians to do the same.

  • How to choose the right technology for your practice
  • The importance of aligned incentives with your vendor
  • Transparency in claims collection
  • Keeping the focus on patients
  • How his practice increase collections by 60%

We believe that as independent physicians, the only people you should have to be accountable to are your patients. They’re your patients, it’s your practice, and it’s your financial independence. Register now to learn how to keep it that way.

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The Critical Role of ‘Delightful’ Design in Mobile Healthcare

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by ABBE DON, VP OF USER EXPERIENCE, EPOCRATES

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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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:

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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Sometimes Breaking Up Isn’t That Hard To Do

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by DAN HALEY, VP OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS – athenahealth

April 22, 2014

This week athenahealth resigned from the Electronic Health Records Association (EHRA), the trade association that ostensibly represents the collective interests of the EHR industry in the many Washington, D.C.-based policy debates that impact EHR vendors and, by extension, their care provider clients. Members since late 2011, we joined the EHRA hoping to utilize the organization as a forum to spread our often-distinct points of view on particular issues — like the then-relatively-new Meaningful Use program — that were gaining prominence in the national debate over healthcare reform.

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EHR Nightmare

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Throughout the past two years, I have rotated mainly through one system. To my dismay, it had been one of the worst as far as electronic health records (EHR) are concerned. Most days I observed the workflow, thinking “If they just did this, they would cut the duration of morning rounds in half.” Let us look past the point that I was usually bored out of my mind!
There was just so much wasted time in dealing with documentation and communication. We are in the digital age. It really shouldn’t be this complicated. I cannot imagine how frustrated the residents and attending physicians must have gotten during this nonsense. This part of the job, which is non-medical, has likely been the direct cause of many doctors’ burnout statuses.
Since I have limited exposure to other systems, I am curious to know if this was a well-below average situation or a fairly normal one (feel free to comment below).

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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?

Medicare End of Consultation Fees Provided Uptick in Medicare Spending–Not the EMR This Time

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With all the current discussions on medical records and coding, the American Medical Association today has a with a study to shed some light with a surprise change in billing with the removal of consultation fees.  Sometimes it may be hard to predict exactly how the math will work. Continue reading: Medicare End of Consultation Fees Provided Uptick in Medicare Spending–Not the EMR This Time

Cerner Partners with Global Capacity to Offer “Cerner Skybox Connect”, A Private Cloud Based Network for the Healthcare Industry

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The full Skybox project is to be completed by the end of this year.  According to the press release Global Capacity approached Cerner with their cloud applications and Cerner determined it was a win-win for their clients and thus the partnership and the Skybox application was developed.  Continue reading: Cerner Partners with Global Capacity to Offer “Cerner Skybox Connect”, A Private Cloud Based Network for the Healthcare Industry