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Kaitlyn Houseman

Kaitlyn's interest in health and technology drove her to GroupOne where she works as the Marketing Specialist. She is constantly connecting healthcare professionals to expert advice on all things healthcare practice management by developing eBooks, writing blog posts, and conducting webinars.

Email: khouseman@g1hs.com

Author's Posts

12 Eye-Opening Patient Pay and Healthcare Payment Market Statistics You Should Know

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 14, 2017

With the increasing number of high-deductible health plans, optimizing your revenue cycle management for patient pay collections is no longer a matter of if, but when. These 12 eye-opening patient pay and healthcare payment market statistics are sure to convince you that focusing your revenue cycle efforts on patient pay collections is worthwhile.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Self-Pay, Physician Payment, Patient Pay

5 MIPS Myths Debunked!

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 8, 2017

 As we near October 2nd, the last day to start participating in MIPS and satisfy the 90-day minimum performance period, it's important to separate fact from fiction. According to CMS, nearly 600,000 clinicians will participate in MIPS under the Quality Payment Program but there's still some confusion surrounding participation options, eligibility, and the program in general. Here we'll clear up some common misconceptions about the MIPS program to help you better understand what MIPS is and how it affects your practice.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Merit Based Incentive Payment System, MACRA, Alternative Payment Models

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Rule for 2018: Here's What You Need to Know

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 23, 2017

On Tuesday, CMS issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program. The proposed rule includes changes that would not only simplify the program, but also ensure high-quality care within Medicare is at the forefront of the Quality Payment Programs. Here's what you need to know about the proposed rule for the 2018 performance period.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Value-Based Reimbursement, MACRA

How Practices Can Start Preparing for New Medicare Cards

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 22, 2017

CMS will issue new Medicare cards starting in April 2018 with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) both on the cards and in various CMS systems we use now. However, both the MBIs on the new cards and the Social Security¬≠ based HICNs that exist on the cards today, can be used. Here's what you need to know to start preparing your practice for new Medicare cards.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, CMS

10 Most Popular Physician Rating and Review Sites

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 1, 2017

Gathering online reviews hasn't always been a priority for healthcare providers and clinics, but in today's cyber-connected world, you can't afford to miss what patients are saying about your practice online. When it comes to medical practice or even physician online reputation management, there are ten main review sites you should be monitoring and using to collect reviews from patients.

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Topics: Practice Management, Marketing

Happy Staff, Happy Patients: Improving Healthcare Staff Happiness

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 27, 2017

Unhappy staff at your practice? Now, more than ever, having happier and more engaged employees is crucial to your practice's success. The shift to value-based care is placing a new kind of importance on patient satisfaction and with the reputational effects coming with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, practices can't afford to ignore patient experience and satisfaction. 

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Topics: Practice Management, Patient Engagement

Are You Exempt from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 11, 2017

Still wondering if you need to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System? You're not alone. The transition from Meaningful Use, PQRS, and VBM programs all seemed to happen rather quickly and the MIPS scoring methodology has a number of healthcare professionals wondering if participating is even worth the headache. Fortunately, CMS announced that the official Quality Payment Program participation letters will be sent to eligible clinicians in late April through May to inform clinicians if they are required to participate.

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Topics: MACRA

House Passes Measures to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 4, 2017

The House on Thursday approved a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act. The vote, 217-213, came on President Trump's 105th day in office and dismantles key ACA provisions such as essential health benefits and pre-existing condition protections.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

CMS Announces New Educational Initiative to Raise Awareness of Chronic Care Management

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 15, 2017

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) introduced Connected Care, an educational initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of chronic care management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and to provide health care professionals with support to implement CCM programs.

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Topics: CMS, Value-Based Reimbursement

HIMSS17 Highlights and Quality Payment Program Presentations Now Available

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 9, 2017

Not able to attend the HIMSS conference this year? No worries. We've put together a list of some highlights from the conference and some newly posted resources from CMS that provide even more information on one of the many hot topics this year at HIMSS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, Health IT

Important Upcoming CMS Deadlines

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 16, 2017

CMS has extended the attestation deadline for providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PT. As a quick reminder, if you received a letter from CMS that said you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in error, you must submit a reconsideration application for the 2017 payment adjustment by February 28, 2017. Here are more details and resources on both of these upcoming deadlines.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 9, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the attestation deadline for providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PTProviders participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by March 13, 2017 to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. 

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

How Trump's Executive Order Impacts the Future of the Affordable Care Act

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 26, 2017

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday aimed at lessening the economic burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as lawmakers work on a repeal and replacement plan. Here's what healthcare experts are saying about the impact of the executive order on the Affordable Care Act.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Healthcare Policy

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System Now Open

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 18, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by February 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment.
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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Publishes Update on Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Value Sets for 2017 Performance Period

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 9, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has published an addendum to the 2016 eCQM specifications (published in April 2016). This addendum updates relevant International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performance year.

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Topics: CMS

10 Most Popular GroupOne Health Source Posts of 2016

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 30, 2016

What a year it has been! Thank you to all of our readers for your continued support and readership. This year, our blog subscribers doubled and we celebrated 25 years of helping practices overcome some of the most difficult healthcare reimbursement challenges. We're looking forward to another great year and will continue to publish helpful content that helps your practice succeed in a rapidly changing healthcare reimbursement environment. But before we head into 2017, let's take a look back at some of our most popular posts from 2016.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 15, 2016

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The Cures Act invests in President Obama's priorities in Science and Health by providing funding for various projects such as the Precision Medicine Initiative and Cancer Moonshot while targeting better EHR use and supporting health data interoperability.

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Topics: Interoperability, Incentive Programs, Healthcare Policy

Quiz: What's Your Medical Billing Monster?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 31, 2016

Medical billing monsters are some of the worst. They can cause you to lose time, money, and sleep. Take our short quiz this Halloween to find out which medical billing monster is haunting your revenue cycle management.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

5 Things Your Medical Billing Company Should Be Doing

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 11, 2016

Whether you already have a medical billing company taking care of your revenue cycle management, or you are in search of one to help you improve your revenue, there are many things to consider. Partnering with a billing service can often be a long term agreement that will have a lasting impact on the financial health of your practice. Here we'll cover the 5 most important things your medical billing company (if you choose to outsource) should be doing for your practice on a regular basis to help you accelerate your revenue cycle.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business

6 Key Components to a Successful Medical Practice Marketing Plan

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 6, 2016

Whether you are just starting up your practice, or you're looking to grow your practice, it's important to understand the key components that make up a successful medical practice marketing plan. Not every practice will use every marketing method. You may try some and find that they simply don't work for you, and that's fine. Here are some of the most popular yet also succesful marketing components used in medical practice marketing.

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Topics: Marketing