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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Remaining Independent Through Turbulent Times

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Faced with mounting regulations and declining reimbursements, many independent physicians are considering whether they want to—or even can—remain independent.

Join us for this webinar event, where we’ll discuss what it takes to stay independent and in control of your fate: Continue reading: Remaining Independent Through Turbulent Times

Webinar: Harnessing the Patient Portal to Build Better Engagement

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The argument for increased patient engagement is compelling: Improved health outcomes. Increased reimbursement opportunities. Reduced workload for front-office staff. Patient portals are the first step—and under Meaningful Use stages 2 and 3, they are mandatory. Yet how can you overcome patient resistance—and help your patients actively engage in their health?

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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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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished in Meaningful Use

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Last week CMS essentially reversed their compliance date stance for the Meaningful Use program in what amounted to  a big smack in the face to any health care provider that has put in the effort and time to knock Stage 2 out of the park. Providers working hard to successfully meet the Stage 2 measures shouldn’t feel that it is all for naught. You are on the cutting edge of using technology to deliver better care, and that makes you some of the best care providers out there.

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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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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

Aprima Medical Software Rescue Plan Working Well With Former Allscripts MyWay EMR Clients

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As we had reported back in November this turned into a legal battle that was finally settled between the 2 companies.  Allscripts offered free upgrades for clients to the new system which is considered an “upgrade” where as Aprima came up with their conversion system to make the transition easier for current users.  As you can read one office only had the MyWay system installed for a couple months when they received the notice.  Continue reading: Aprima Medical Software Rescue Plan Working Well With Former Allscripts MyWay EMR Clients

New York Congressman Calls for Expanded Use of Electronic Medical Records

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Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this week about the importance of electronic medical records and cites how during the Sandy hurricane that patient care kept going during the natural disaster. Continue reading: New York Congressman Calls for Expanded Use of Electronic Medical Records

EHR Medical Records Matched with DNA Used to Define and Research Disease and Aging

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Kaiser Permanente in California was a bit ahead of the game, but through members agreeing to donate their DNA a few years ago, they now have a massive data base to studyand all of this would not be possible without the use of their medical records system.  Continue reading: EHR Medical Records Matched with DNA Used to Define and Research Disease and Aging