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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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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

Cuts in Medicaid Pay to Physicians by State

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 11, 2011

According to a report released by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, almost every state is cutting costs related to Medicaid.  Many states are implementing cost-cutting initiatives, such as restricting Medicaid benefits, implementing new and higher copayments for beneficiaries, and/or enacting provider rate restrictions. In fact, since July 1, 2010, 22 states have already slashed physician pay rates.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, CMS

Overnight EHR roll-outs aren’t effective

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 27, 2011

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Topics: Patient Portal, EHR, EHR Training

CQM & EHR Incentive Program Webinar

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 24, 2011

CMS is Holding a Second Webinar on the CQMs and the EHR Incentive Programs for Small-Practice Providers

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Topics: EHR

eClinicalWorks EHR 2012 Product Initiatives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 7, 2011

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.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, EHR

eRx Hardship Exemption Deadline - Nov 1, 2011

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 6, 2011

The Deadline to Request a Hardship Exemption for the eRx Incentive Program is November 1, 2011

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.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, CMS

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