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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

Upcoming Meaningful Use Conference Call - June 7th

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 31, 2012

Register for CMS' National Provider Call on Registration and Attestation

CMS is holding a National Provider Call on Thursday, June 7, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET for eligible professionals (EPs) to learn about registration and attestation for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Incentive Programs

Meaningful Use: Last Chance for Docs?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 18, 2012

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

Medical Providers Missing Billions of Incentives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 17, 2012

New research suggests that providers are missing out on as much as $20 billion a year in incentives because their availability is poorly communicated. The study, by Illinois-based ZS Associates, concluded that up to 75 percent of incentives are going uncollected.

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Topics: Medical Business, Incentive Programs

Warning – Less than 60 days to avoid 2013 eRx Penalty

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 9, 2012

Warning – Less than 60 days to avoid 2013 e-Prescribe Penalty

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Topics: Medical Business

The Most Profitable Free Medical App Available

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 8, 2012

The free medical app that currently makes more money than any paid one

Last November Physicians Interactive, which offer the popular Skyscape series of medical apps, began consolidating its many wares into one “destination” app, called Skyscape Medical Resources. The app is free to download but this week it topped Apple’s list of “Top Grossing” apps in the medical category. It’s the only top 10 grossing app on the list that’s free to download.

While the Skyscape Medical Resources app freely offers medical resources focused on drug information, medical calculators, and clinical information for more than 850 medical topics, the app also leverages Apple’s in-app purchasing functionality to offer users more than 600 premium resources that span 35 specialties. All in-app purchases are done through Apple’s AppStore but the new features are populated within the consolidated Skyscape Resources app. The company went from having hundreds of smartphone apps to just a few. Eventually, the strategy is to progress to just one app with in-app purchases, except for a few one-off apps PI develops with medical events partners and pharmaceutical companies.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management

Complete Survey: Help End the Underpayment of Med Insurance Claims

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 8, 2012

Are your claims underpaid by private payers?  Do you have any way of checking the accuracy? 

According to the 2011 AMA Health Insurer Report Card, 1 in 5 claims are processed incorrectly.  In addition to measuring overall claims processing accuracy, the report card examined how accurately insurers reported the correct contract fees to physicians. Contracted fees were correctly reported 62.08% on low side (Anthem BCBS) to 98.91% on high side (Medicare).  For more information, read this.   

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

Pay For Performance/Value Based Purchasing Initiative Heats Up

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 7, 2012

Thousands of physicians received a sneak-peek at their future recently when CMS sent them quality reporting data that could be used to determine Medicare payments. 

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

Success Story: eCW & Chronic Disease Management Program in New York

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 29, 2012

(From Dark Daily)

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, Incentive Programs

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Year #2 Payments Begin

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 19, 2012

Louisiana's Medicaid EHR Incentive Program First in Nation to Issue an Incentive Payment for Eligible Professionals for Meaningful Use

Louisiana is the first state in the nation to issue an incentive payment to a Medicaid eligible professional (EP) for demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals made the payment to the Winn Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), on behalf of three EPs. The Winn Community Health Center, a small rural community center staffed by a physician, a nurse practitioner, and a physician's assistant, was also the first FQHC in Louisiana to enroll with the state health information exchange (HIE).

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Incentive Programs

CMS Provides New EHR Incentive Program Q&As

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 16, 2012

Review Important Questions and Answers about Registration for the EHR Incentive Programs

After determining your eligibility for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, you should then register as early as possible for the Medicare and/or Medicaid program. CMS’ EHR Information Center is open to assist the EHR provider community with registration and other program-related inquiries.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

EHR Incentive Program - Feb. 2012 Participation Data

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 31, 2012

Latest Success Data on Provider Participation in the EHR Incentive Programs

CMS has released February 2012 data that highlights program-to-date (since January 2011) participation and payment totals under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The February report documents continued growth in  registrations and payments, including:

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

EHR Registration & CMS National Provider Calls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 24, 2012

Ensure Your Success in the EHR Incentive Programs by Registering Early

CMS recommends that all eligible professionals (EPs) register as early as possible for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

New iPad Gets Cautious Kudos for Healthcare

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 16, 2012

The debut next week of the iPad3, or "the new iPad" as Apple officials are calling it, has the IT world at large abuzz. But is it a slam-dunk for healthcare? A few of its new functions have certainly caught the eyes of healthcare providers.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, EHR

New FAQs on Meaningful Use and Attestation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 10, 2012

Provided by the CMS, we at GroupOne are happy to pass along some new FAQs for you regarding Meaningful Use and Attestation.

We want to help keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. CMS has recently added five new FAQs on meaningful use and attestation. Take a minute and review them below:

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Topics: Medical Business, CMS, Incentive Programs

HIPAA 5010 Transition Problems

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 5, 2012

Many Physicians experience problems during 5010 Transition

On January 1, 2012, all electronically submitted HIPAA covered health insurance claims were supposed to be submitted using the 5010 platform.  Although CMS had previously announced it would not take any enforcement action against any plan or provider who was not 5010 ready until after March 1, 2012, the January 1 deadline for compliance remained in effect.

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Topics: HIPAA

Prepare for HIPAA Audits

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 13, 2012

As the HIPAA compliance audit program draws near, healthcare organizations must take five steps to prepare, compliance specialist Bob Chaput urges.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Benefits of a Unified EMR System

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 9, 2012

We at GroupOne can appreciate what a daunting task it can be to compare all the various electronic medical records (EMR) systems currently available in the marketplace. An “apples to apples” comparison of features and usability can be difficult and costly if the EMR system selected does not meet the unique needs of your specific practice. Many of our customers ultimately choose GroupOne and eClinicalWorks because eClinicalworks is built in ONE unified application, ONE database.

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Topics: EHR

Upcoming CMS Sponsored Calls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 16, 2012

January 17, 2012 National Provider Call with Question & Answer Session on 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program; 1:30 - 3:00pm ET.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, PQRS

Top 5 ICD-10 pitfalls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 12, 2011

A panel of ICD-10 experts spoke last week at a conference co-hosted by the New England Health Information and Management Systems Society and Maine Healthcare Financial Management Association in South Portland, Maine, giving advice about the five ‘gotchas’ that can wreak havoc on the best-laid plans for implementing the new coding system.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, ICD-10, EHR Training

HIPAA 5010 Enforcement Delay Pitfalls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 2, 2011

"It's not a good idea to get too comfortable with the extension," according to industry experts.

Even with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) recently announced 90-day discretionary enforcement period (March 21 versus Jan. 1) for physicians to transition to HIPAA Version 5010 for claims transmission, physician practices must stay on task, making a "good faith effort" toward on-time compliance.

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Topics: EHR, HIPAA, ICD-10