Several GroupOne Health Source employees recently attended the 2011 eClinicalWorks National Users Conference in Phoenix, AZ. During its 2011 National Users Conference, eClinicalWorks unveiled four new and exciting product initiatives designed to further enhance medical practices and change the EHR industry. When combined with the already impressive assortment of product features like Patient Portal, eClinicalMobile, and eClinicalMessenger, eClinicalWorks continues to improve upon its industry leading EHR solution.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to remind eligible professionals and group practices that the deadline to request a hardship exemption for the 2012 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program adjustment is November 1, 2011.
Practices face a variety of daunting challenges — dealing with healthcare reform, increased regulation and reporting requirements, shortages of primary care providers, and endless others — and they all seem to lead to or involve negative consequences.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported an estimate of nearly $48 billion in improper Medicare payments during the 2010 fiscal year, or approximately 38 percent of the total $125.4 billion estimate for the entire federal government, according to a summary of testimony recently delivered by representatives with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – but officials labeled even that lofty estimate “incomplete” because HHS has yet to develop a comprehensive projection for the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
The GAO has made a series of recommendations intended to help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) strengthen its ability to prevent or detect and recoup improperly distributed reimbursements, officials announced last week. Those recommendations were unveiled as part of GAO testimony delivered before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management, which is part of the House’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“It is important to recognize that the $48 billion is not an estimate of fraud in Medicare,” the summary noted. “Because the improper payment estimation process is not designed to detect or measure the amount of fraud that may exist, there may be fraud that is not reflected in HHS’s reported estimate.”
The GAO cited inadequate documentation, medically unnecessary services, coding errors and payment calculation errors as several causes for the improper payments, noting that CMS is facing challenges in designing and implementing internal controls to prevent or detect and recoup improper payments. In 2010, CMS established the Center for Program Integrity to serve as its focal point for all national Medicare integrity issues, and based on past work, the GAO identified five key strategies to help reduce fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare.
Meaningful use expert Jim Tate has written that the Medicaid EHR incentive program reminds him of 'zero entry' swimming pools: very easy to get into, with almost no barriers. Given its less stringent requirements compared to the Medicare EHR incentive program, Tate writes, he's surprised that more eligible professionals are "not jumping into this incentive program with both feet."
Jefferson City, MO - August 10, 2011 – GroupOne Health Source, a medical consulting and billing firm, and Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) agreed to renew and extend GroupOne’s OneRate platform of medical services for its growing group of affiliated health providers. Located in Wailuku, the hospital originally opened in 1884 and is currently the largest facility run by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and the only acute care hospital on Maui.
Federal meaningful use incentive payments continue to be a strong driver of physician adoption of electronic health records, according to a new survey by Sage Healthcare Division and Forrester Research, Healthcare IT News reports.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national provider call on the Physician Quality Reporting System & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
As part of its commitment to keeping physicians up-to-date on evolving issues in medicine, the American Medical Association (AMA) today released a new chapter in its physician resource manual, “ACOs, CO-OPs and other Options: A "How-To" Manual for Physicians Navigating a Post-Health Reform World.” The new chapter provides an overview of the process and issues to be considered when negotiating a physician-hospital employment agreement.
With the exception of dually-eligible hospitals, providers can only participate in one of the EHR Incentive Programs—Medicare or Medicaid—each year. This listserv message outlines key differences between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs to help you determine which EHR Incentive Program is right for you.
CMS Registration & Attestation Tutorial - 11 min guide on how to register and attest for EHR incentive payments
Within three months, GroupOne’s eClinicalWorks Billing Center more than doubles community health practice’s collections.
For medical practices that were with GroupOne for all of 2010, GroupOne’s overall net collection rate for 2010 exceeded 99.9%. Based on industry survey reports, the average net collection rate for all medical practices is slightly better than 96.3%. The rate for the better performing medical groups according to industry criteria is slightly more than 99.7%.
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