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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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eClinicalWorks Video Demonstration - PM and Billing Tips

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 19, 2011

In depth demo of eClinicalWorks’s practice management features with EHR billing tips.

GroupOne's eClinicalWorks revenue cycle management experience has helped thousands of physicians with claim management and revenue cycle management. With an end-to-end solution customized for eClinicalWorks users, we help our customers overcome eCW RCM challenges such as declining reimbursement, low cash flow, and lack of EHR optimization. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, EHR, Practice Management, Denial Management

EHR's and Other Opportunities: For Practices, The Clock is Ticking

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 6, 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.

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Topics: EHR

Over $48 Billion Reported in Improper Medical Payments

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 25, 2011

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.

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Webinar: EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 25, 2011

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

4 Tips for a Strong Post-Recession Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 22, 2011

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, EHR, Denial Management

Why the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is a No-Brainer

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 16, 2011

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."

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Maui Memorial Renews GroupOne’s eCW OneRate Medical Services Package

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 10, 2011

    As part of physician integration strategy, one of the largest hospitals in Hawaii extends partnership with medical billing and EMR specialist to implement electronic health records software and billing services combination package.

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.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, EHR, EHR Training, Incentive Programs

80% of EHR Users Have Lower Costs and Improved Patient Service

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 10, 2011

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.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Register Now: PQRI National Provider Information Call

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 3, 2011

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.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, PQRS, Incentive Programs

New Resources for Physicians Considering Hospital Employment

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 2, 2011

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.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Differences Between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 1, 2011

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Video: Meaningful Use Attestation Tutorial

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 7, 2011

CMS Registration & Attestation Tutorial - 11 min guide on how to register and attest for EHR incentive payments

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Topics: EHR, CMS

Medical Practice Doubles Revenue with GroupOne

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 29, 2011

    Within three months, GroupOne’s eClinicalWorks Billing Center more than doubles community health practice’s collections. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, EHR

GroupOne's 2010 Medical Net Collection Rate Exceeds 99.9%

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 27, 2011

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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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR

The Effects of the ICD-10 Transition on Provider Practices

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 27, 2011

Posted by Dana Deardorff 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

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