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Kaitlyn Houseman

As the Marketing Specialist at GroupOne Health Source, Kaitlyn leverages the company's experience in revenue cycle management and healthcare IT to bring readers expert advice on all things healthcare practice management. Since joining the sales and marketing division at GroupOne, Kaitlyn has been able to identify the top concerns of healthcare professionals and develop content that provides answers and insights into healthcare policy, patient pay strategies, EHR optimization, and medical coding and billing.

Email: khouseman@g1hs.com

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4 Steps to Help You Trump ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 29, 2014

If you have not heard by now, CMS has delayed ICD-10 implementation until October 2015. The delay either has you annoyed, doing a happy dance, or perhaps both.  Already start your ICD-10 implementation phase?  If so, it is crucial not to lose the ICD-10 momentum.  If you have not implemented a plan yet, you are in luck!  However the luck will run out so it is important that you take steps to prepare for the ICD-10 implementation.  The thought of the switch alone is stressful but procrastination will only make the transition more difficult.

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Topics: ICD-10, Coding

The Consequences of Employee Turnover in Medical Practices

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 23, 2014

Whether a practice is small or large, employee turnover seems to be a main concern facing medical practices today.  Not only is employee turnover in medical practices increasing the operating expenses, but it is also creating a damper on your patients’ relationships with your practice.

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Information: Hardship Exception

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 22, 2014

EPs: Hardship Exception Applications due July 1, 2014

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

3 Reasons You are Still Using Paper Charts at Your Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 22, 2014

Still thinking about switching from paper charts to an EHR for your practice? If you are like most doctors still using paper, you probably think an EHR is either going to come in between you and your patients or is just too expensive. The start-up costs and implementation can be daunting for some. However, hanging onto your paper-based ways may not be as beneficial for your practice.

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Topics: EHR, Patient Engagement, EHR Training

5 Must Know Medical Billing Measures at Your Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 18, 2014

A successful medical practice needs a variety of reports and metrics to measure performance and make improvements as needed. GroupOne understands that many practices are facing financial challenges due to the changes that continue to take place in the healthcare industry. Monitoring the 5 measures mentioned below will provide insight into your practice’s performance.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management

EPs Must Start Medicare EHR Participation in 2014 to Earn Incentives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 16, 2014

Important Medicare Deadline Approaching for Eligible Professionals

If you are an eligible professional for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, 2014 is the last year you can start participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in order to receive incentive payments.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

New Meaningful Use Calculator Helps Providers Attest to Stage 2

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 8, 2014

Are you a provider participating in Stage 2 of meaningful use? If so, use the new CMS Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator to determine if you will successfully meet Stage 2 requirements.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

New ONC Security Risk Assessment Tool Offers Help with HIPAA

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 2, 2014

On Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a new tool to help small- and medium-sized health care providers assess their information security risks, Modern Healthcare reports (Landen, Modern Healthcare, 3/28).

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Topics: Practice Management, HIPAA

Senate Approves ICD-10 Delay and SGR Patch

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 1, 2014

By a vote of 64 to 35, the U.S. Senate on March 31 approved legislation that includes a provision to delay the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to Oct. 1, 2015. The US Senate has joined the House of Representatives and passed legislation to prevent a 24% cut in physician fee schedule payments from occurring as previously scheduled. Instead, Medicare physician fee schedule payments will continue to be paid as they have been for the past 3 months.
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Topics: Practice Management, ICD-10, Coding

Holding April 2014 Claims Paid Under Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 31, 2014

Information Regarding the Holding of April 2014 Claims for Services Paid Under the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule stipulated a negative update to the MPFS that was to be effective January 1, 2014. That reduction was averted for three months with the passage of the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013, which provided for a 0.5 percent update for services paid under the MPFS through March 31, 2014.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

House Delays SGR Cuts, ICD-10 for a Year | Senate to Vote Monday

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 28, 2014

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed legislation to delay the 24% physician fee schedule cut slated to take effect on April 1, 2014. However, the legislation did not stop there. A number of other changes were made that will have long-lasting implications. A listing of these changes is available at the end of this post.

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Topics: ICD-10

Congress to Vote on ICD-10 Delay Today

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 27, 2014

A new bill has been introduced into the US House and Senate that features a brief mention for the delay of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until 2015.

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Topics: ICD-10

Black Book Names Top EHR Systems in 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 21, 2014

Hospitals have ranked their favorite EHRs in recent Black Book Study.  Black Book Rankings has revealed two reports identifying its top-ranked electronic health record systems for 2014.  With a client/user survey, Black Book Rankings investigated 611 EMR vendors utilized by 22,059 validated EMR users nationwide and an additional 10,727 respondents in pre-use, implementation, system decision-making or purchased but not yet installed status.  The rankings were compiled based on user ratings in 18 operational areas including training, integration and interfaces, reliability and support and customer care.

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Topics: EHR

New Online Resources to Help You Prepare for eHealth Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 6, 2014

Register for eHealth Webinar on March 11

CMS recently launched a new online resource—CMS eHealth University—to help providerunderstand, implement, and successfully participate in the CMS eHealth programs, including the EHR Incentive Programs, Physician Quality Reporting System, Administrative Simplification, and ICD-10. Whether you are just beginning participation in the eHealth programs, or further along in the process, CMS eHealth University will assist you in successfully participating in and meeting eHealth implementation requirements.

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Topics: CMS

CMS' Tavenner: ICD-10 Deadline Will Not Be Delayed

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 28, 2014

During a keynote address at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Florida, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced that the ICD-10 deadline will not be delayed. However, she is offering relief to providers, payers, and HIT vendors struggling with Stage 2 of Meaningful Use requirements.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

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