Webinar: Keeping Community Hospitals Thriving & Independent

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Wednesday, June 24th, 12 p.m. ET

From coast to coast, community, rural, and critical access hospitals are facing industry change and asking themselves how they’ll survive as an independent organization—or if it’s possible at all. Is your hospital among them?

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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: 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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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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What Health Care Can Learn From Amazon

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Most of us have very full lives and find value in saving time by researching and purchasing almost everything on Amazon.com. Amazon is a cutting edge retailer that has mastered IT engineering and the customer experience.

Why does health care not provide a similar experience? It is rare to speak with a practice that is pleased with their present electronic workflow. Most claim that it slows them down and takes the personal relation away from the patient/clinician encounter.  Perhaps, in the future, there is a way for Health Information Technology to follow the Amazon-inspired philosophy of delivering a seamless experience from point of contact to follow-up visit. Does your EMR, Practice Management, and Medical Billing system enhance the patient experience?

Emulating Amazon is no small feat. To learn more about “What Health Care Can Learn from Amazon,” attend  a special webinar event hosted by athenaHealth on Wednesday, March 19th, at 12:15 PM EST.

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Ashlee Patterson
EHRscope Market Analyst

“It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

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Today we have an opinion piece from Dr. Edmund Billings from Medsphere relaying a message that we have all probably thought about at one time or another if you are in the Health IT business.  How did all of this transpire in the medical record business?  Continue reading: “It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

Electronic Medical Records Are the New Normal

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By now we all know this is true that is this the new normal,but a little reminder doesn’t hurt once in a while to re-address the benefits as well as the processes of implementing one. Continue reading: Electronic Medical Records Are the New Normal

A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

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Today we are featuring an opinion piece written by Edmund Billings, MD, CFO of Medsphere.  The company has been in business since 2002.  The company markets an EMR that was converted from VistA to OpenVista.  They  took the original system from the Veteran’s Administration and created a commercial version of the software suitable for use outside the VA. Here’s a short description of what they do followed by his article about the the high costs of Healthcare IT systems today.  Continue reading: A Tale of Two Studies: What are the actual costs of an EHR?

AthenaHealth Buys Epocrates for $293 Million; Reference Tools To Be Incorporated With Athena Cloud EHR

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Epocrates has been around for a long time in healthcare and is most noted for their mobile formulary applications which is what launched their business years ago.  The company was one of the first with this type of application and also provided a look up web service for finding information on almost any drug which is free for doctors and consumers.  Continue reading: AthenaHealth Buys Epocrates for $293 Million; Reference Tools To Be Incorporated With Athena Cloud EHR

Using EHRs in the Emergency Room With Higher Billings Does Not Always Indicate Fraud

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Fierce EMR today focused on a study of an analysis created by the New England Journal of Medicine that takes a deeper look in to why some of the medical billing today is growing.  In the news of late we have been reading about the government and others questioning the billing and coding of physicians with using electronic medical records. Continue reading: Using EHRs in the Emergency Room With Higher Billings Does Not Always Indicate Fraud