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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.

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Author's Posts

SGR Fiscal Cliff Updates and Medical Practice Impact

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 2, 2013

Yesterday, the United States Congress approved legislation that prevents most taxpayers from experiencing a tax increase; prevents the scheduled 26.5% SGR related cut in physician fee schedule payments; and delays (until early March) the 2% across-the-board cut in Medicare payments due to sequestration.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

Tip To Boost Medical Practice Revenue | Patient Education

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 13, 2012

Increase Your Medical Practice's Revenue - Educate Your Patients on Free Preventative Care

The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010 has made preventative care services free for 47 million women.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released this information back in July of 2012 detailing eight new prevention-related services that must be covered by health plans allowing women to take control of their health.  Insurance companies did not cover these services before under their health plans which made women responsible for the co-pays and deductibles for the care they need to stay healthy.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, Practice Management, Affordable Care Act

GroupOne Helped These Practices Raise Monthly Revenue By 32%

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 9, 2012

According to a recent study, GroupOne Health Source’s staff of medical billing experts, which includes certified coders and reimbursement specialists, has helped numerous medical practices of various specialties and sizes generate, on average, a 32% increase in monthly collections.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management

eClinicalWorks Customer Coastal Medical Receives HIMSS Davies Award

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 31, 2012

Washington, DC, October 26, 2012 – eClinicalWorks, a leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that eClinicalWorks' customer Coastal Medical, founded in Providence, R.I., has received a 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. The award, recognizing outstanding achievement in the implementation and value from health information technology, specifically electronic health records (EHRs), will be awarded at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013.

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EHR System Increases Quality Care

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 24, 2012

Study from the Journal of General Internal Medicine Finds Higher Care Quality Linked with EHR Use

Having trouble making up your mind about EHRs? In a new study published by the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM), providers' use of EHRs was shown to lead to significantly higher care quality scores for certain health conditions compared to scores from providers using paper records. The study looked at the association between EHRs and ambulatory quality in a community-based setting, finding that EHR use led to:

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Topics: EHR, Practice Management

7 Reasons to Purchase EHR by end of 2012

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 18, 2012

  1. Expiring Favorable Tax Law – Tax Savings
  2. Patients Prefer Patient Portals and EHRs
  3. Free iPad 3 promotion thru 12/31/2012
  4. Deferred financing on license fees by 12/31/2012
  5. $39,000 - $63,750 stimulus payment
  6. No down payment required with GroupOne
  7. Become a Modern and Paper Free Practice in 2012 – New Year’s Resolution

1. Expiring Favorable Tax Laws – Tax Savings

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, EHR, Incentive Programs

Recovery Auditors Aim at EHR Medical Practices

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 11, 2012

Recovery auditors (RACs), which had been primarily focused on the billing activities of hospitals, will expand their scrutiny to examine physician practices, reported American Medical News.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Coding

EHR Adoption Continues to Rise

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 5, 2012

Physician adoption of ambulatory electronic health records is on an upswing, with 69 percent of physicians surveyed owning an EHR, up from about 61 percent in 2011 and 42 percent in 2010, according to a new survey published by CapSite.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

EHR Meaningful Use Stage 2 New Core Objectives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 17, 2012

With the HITECH Stage 2 Meaningful Use Criteria release a few weeks ago, doctors have been scrambling to learn what the Stage 2 criteria mean to their individual practice.  Many are asking, how does Stage 2 differ from Stage 1?  The experts at GroupOne Health Source have reviewed the legislation and have provided some key changes between the Core and Menu Set criteria of Stage 2 when compared to Stage 1.

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EHR Patient Portal: Vital to Your Practice?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 14, 2012

Not only are patient portals a necessity for Stage 2 Meaningful Use compliance, an increasing number of patients are expecting web-based access to their health information.

With the Stage 2 rules for the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs recently announced, it is obvious that a patient portal will be vital to many practices.  Patient engagement technology will make it easier for physicians to meet the new objectives proposed by CMS including providing patients online access to health information and secure messaging between patient and provider.  Stage 1 may have required a patient portal to be in place but Stage 2 will be enforcing the use not only by physicians but also their patients.

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Top 10 Mobile Apps for Physicians

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 16, 2012

More mobile phones than computers shipped last year—1.8 billion versus 300 million—according to research from Gartner. Everyone, including doctors, is living in a mobile world powered by apps. While there are hundreds of healthcare apps to choose from, we've put together a comprehensive list of some of the top apps for engaging patients, networking, and medical industry news.

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Topics: Practice Management

New Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Guide

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 6, 2012

Take a Look at CMS' New Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Guide for Eligible Professionals; Remember to Register Now for the EHR Incentive Programs

CMS has created a new comprehensive guide, An Introduction to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals, to help walk EPs through all of the phases of the Medicaid program. This guide includes chapters on:

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Mastering EHR after Rollout Is Key to Productivity Gains

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 2, 2012

The fear of lost productivity — as in seeing fewer patients — ranks as a major barrier to implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system, yet among healthcare groups that have mastered their use, productivity is far more likely to rise than fall, according to a new survey by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, EHR Training

EMR Incentive Program Updates

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 18, 2012

CMS and ONC Announce Over 100,000 Providers Have Been Paid Under the EHR Incentive Programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced that over 100,000 health care providers have been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

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Topics: Medical Business, CMS, Incentive Programs

EMR Roundtable: HIStalk Practice Panel Highlights

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 12, 2012

The HIStalk Practice Advisory Panel is a group of physicians, ambulatory care professionals, and a few vendor executives who have volunteered to provide their thoughts on topical issues relevant to physician practices. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Patient Portal, EHR, Practice Management

In-House vs. Outsourced Medical Billing Services Analysis - Surgery

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 21, 2012

8 Points on Whether In-House Billing or Outsourcing Services Makes More Sense for ASCs

Industry experts discuss different situations when either outsourcing billing services or creating an in-house billing department makes more sense for surgery centers.

Outsource billing services

1. High volume centers. In some situations, it makes sense for high volume surgery centers to outsource billing services because you don't want to fall behind on collections. "If you are a high volume surgery center and you constantly have dirty claims and you aren't making headway on your accounts receivable, it's usually a direct effect of your staff," says Kelly Grier, vice president of business operations for ASD Management.

Michael Pankey, RN, administrator of Ambulatory Surgery Center of Spartanburg (S.C.), runs an outpatient surgery center where physicians have about 10,000 patient visits per year. "The larger a center gets, the more beneficial outsourcing becomes because the more people your vendor can put on your account," he says.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management

Save the Date: Certified EHR Technology Call on June 27

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 19, 2012

Register for CMS and ONC's Joint National Provider Call on Using Certified EHR Technology to Meet Meaningful Use

CMS and ONC are holding a joint National Provider Call on Wednesday, June 27, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET for eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals to hear an overview of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and learn about the use of certified EHR technology to meet meaningful use. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS

Medical Billing Changes Coming Soon

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 9, 2012

Starting July 1, 2012, Medicare Fee For Service Will Reject 4010 Transactions: Are You Ready?

Effective July 1, 2012 only ASC X12 Version 5010 (Version 5010) or NCPDP Telecom D.0 (NCPDP D.0) formats will be accepted by Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS). Providers that are still conducting one or more of the Version 4010 transactions electronically, such as submitting a claim or checking claim status, or rely on a software vendor, billing service or clearinghouse to do this on their behalf, are affected by this change. Now is the time to contact your software vendor, billing service or clearinghouse, when applicable, if you have not done so already to ensure you are ready. Transactions conducted by Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), fiscal intermediary (FI) or carrier telephone interactive voice response (IVR) systems, Direct Data Entry (DDE) and Internet Portals, for those contractors with Internet Portals, are not impacted.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, HIPAA, CMS

eClinicalWorks Ranked Best In Class EHR System

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 7, 2012

IDC Ranks eClinicalWorks EHR Highest in Industry Analysis

In two reports, one released in May 2012 and the other in November 2011 by IDC Health Insights, eClinicalWorks earned high scores for its EHR, placing the company as the only one in the Leader Quadrant for small, midsize, and large medical practices. The reports, titled IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Midsize and Large Practices 2011 Vendor Assessment (20+ providers) and IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Small Practices 2012 Vendor Assessment (20 or less providers), focus on electronic health and medical records for the ambulatory market. Combined, they target small, midsize and large practices, showing the success eClinicalWorks has had in these markets. Download the report for the small practices as well as the one for the midsize & large practices.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management

EHR Training: Avoiding Problems That Can Affect A Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 5, 2012

EHRs can improve your practice’s efficiency, patient outcomes, and physician productivity. But if you don’t train practice staff and providers correctly, none of these benefits will be realized. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Practice Management, EHR Training