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How Office Managers Can Support Their Physicians

  
  
  
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For a medical practice to succeed in providing the care patients need and staying financially solvent, physicians and office staff must work together in a sometimes carefully choreographed team effort. The reality of operating a medical facility today includes electronic medical records (EMRs) for most.

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Will EHRs and Meaningful Use Take Medical Practices Into the Future?

  
  
  
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In 2009, President Obama signed the HITECH Act into law, creating a roadmap for a nationwide health information infrastructure. The goal was to have every healthcare provider in America using electronic health records (EHRs) in such a way as to improve care quality and efficiency of care delivery. 

Medicare Eligible Professionals: Take Action by July 1 to Avoid 2016 Medicare Payment Adjustment

  
  
  
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Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Medicare eligible professionals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by July 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception.

PQRS: Incentive Payments, Payment Adjustments and Your Practice

  
  
  
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Healthcare revenue cycle management will undergo changes in coming years as fee-for-service payment models give way to more value-based payment models. The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) began in 2007 as an incentive-based reporting program for eligible healthcare providers to report quality data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through Medicare claims forms.

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Massachusetts’ Grove Medical Associates Wins 2015 HIMSS Davies Award

  
  
  
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eClinicalWorks®, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, is pleased to congratulate Massachusetts’ Grove Medical Associates (GMA) on being awarded a Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Ambulatory Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations that have used health IT, specifically electronic health record (EHR)-enabled improvement, to notably improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. This is the 13th eClinicalWorks’ customer to receive a HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence in the past eight years.

Located in Worcester County, Mass., GMA focuses on internal medicine and is affiliated with the Central Massachusetts Independent Physicians Association (CMIPA). GMA has four Board Certified Internal Medicine physicians, a Physician’s Assistant, a Nurse Practitioner, a Certified Nutritionist, registered nurses and medical assistants for more than 6,500 patients. In 2005, Grove Medical Associates implemented eClinicalWorks as a unified practice management and EHR solution to help improve the quality of patient care, streamline workflow and generate a return on investment (ROI), resulting in a 315% ROI.

“Grove Medical Associates focuses on a team approach to providing comprehensive health care in a high-quality and cost-effective manner,” said Dr. John E. Kelly, primary care physician at Grove Medical Associates, P.C. “We have seen a significant return on investment since implementing electronic health records, both financially and in regard to patient care. Now that we have our EHR system, we are seeing more patients a day, maximizing insurance incentives and adding health services. We have also seen significant care quality improvements and increased patient satisfaction.”

As stated in information on the HIMSS site, GMA’s use of technology along with a commitment by the practice has led to clear returns on this initiative. Since implementing the EHR system, charts are easily accessible with complete and accurate information, more patients are seen daily, additional health services are offered and preventative measures are easily tracked. Also, 81% of its patients have signed up for the eClinicalWorks Patient Portal, making it easy for the practice to communicate all normal lab results, imaging results and scheduled outside appointments. Appointment reminders are sent electronically and preventative measure campaigns, such as flu shot clinics, are established, reaching only the appropriate patients. This work culminated in GMA receiving a communications score of 97.4 in the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners 2013 Patient Experience Survey Report.

“Grove Medical Associates has been an early proponent of aligning technology and people to improve the care delivered to its patients,” said Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “The great success this practice has achieved after the eClinicalWorks EHR implementation, along with its commitment to providing a secure communication channel between the practice and patient, demonstrates the real clinical and practical value that can be derived from utilizing the right solutions for a practice. As demonstrated here, healthcare technology can work together with medical providers to deliver the best possible care. We are proud to be a partner of Grove Medical Associates and congratulate the practice on receiving this award.”

Grove Medical Associates will be recognized at the 2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 29-March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, according to HIMSS officials. For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS Davies Award website.

About eClinicalWorks
eClinicalWorks® (eclinicalworks.com) is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With physicians across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Thirteen eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past eight years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is second largest in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia.

 














4 Ways eClinicalWorks Can Improve Patient and Physician Communication

  
  
  
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eClinicalWorks EHR is a leading electronic health records (EHR) solution that is used by medical facilities of all sizes and specialties. With a single, unified database, eClinicalWorks EHR links patient demographics, medical records, insurance information, billing, and claims information.

Updated 2014 Electronic Clinical Quality Measures for 2016 Reporting

  
  
  
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On May 1, CMS posted the annual update for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures(eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. Providers will use these updated measures to electronically report 2016 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR), and the EHR Incentive Programs.

What PQRS Payment Adjustments Could Mean for Your Practice

  
  
  
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Revenue cycle management in many medical practices will soon have to take into account the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PQRS uses payment adjustments to encourage promoting of quality information by both group practices and eligible professionals (EPs).

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[Infographic] How Providers are Using EHRs & Health IT to Improve Care

  
  
  
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While some practices have denied use of an EHR, others are embracing electronic  health records software to improve patient care, revenue, communication, and participate in various government incentive programs. HealthIT.gov recently released an infographic on how providers are using EHRs and Health IT to improve patient care. In fact, 8 in 10 physicians reported that EHR use has enhanced overall patient care.

CMS Releases 2013 PQRS and eRX Incentive Program Experience Report

  
  
  
CMS PQRS Report
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Experience Report.

The PQRS/eRx Experience Report is released by CMS annually and provides trends on participation, incentive eligibility, and incentive payments since the beginning of PQRS and the eRx Incentive Program, including measure performance and program participation broken down by specialty and state. Statistics on the 2015 PQRS payment adjustment will be released to the public for the first time through this report. The full report can be found at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/PQRS/AnalysisAndPayment.html.

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