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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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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

AMA: Inaccuracy in Medical Claims Payment Increases to 20%

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 23, 2011

How Do These Errors Affect Your Revenue?

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR

Seeking Additional Revenue? Utilize a Medical Billing Firm

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 21, 2011

     
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR

7 Tips to Maximize Your Collections on an EHR

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 20, 2011

Submitting claims and following up on them effectively through the use of an electronic health records software can be time consuming and often complex. If your practice is switching to a new EHR with minimal training on the practice management module, the medical billing collections can suffer. Here we'll discuss 7 tips to help your practice optimize and maximize your revenue cycle collections using an EHR software.

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

CMS: More Exemptions Needed for Docs to Avoid e-prescribing Penalties

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 13, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed giving physicians additional "hardship" exemptions that will prevent them from being penalized by Medicare for not prescribing electronically this year. The only catch is that the proposed rule won't be finalized until sometime after July 25, when the comment period ends. With a deadline for obtaining an exemption set for Oct. 1, doctors will have roughly two months to apply for an exemption.
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Topics: EHR, CMS

EHR Certification Can Be A Challenge

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 10, 2011

For the last 12 months, one of the biggest tech challenges for practices has been achieving meaningful use through of a certified EHR. Note the word “certified.” Getting an EHR to achieve certification is not always an easy feat for practices that had EHRs pre-meaningful use, judging by the results of our 2011 Physicians Practice Technology Survey.

Of the 642 physician practices — both hospital-owned and independent — who answered a question about whether their existing EHR Is certified under CMS’ rules governing eligibility for stimulus, just 60 percent answered a definitive “yes,” while 11 percent said “not yet” and 23 percent said “not sure.”

It should be noted that independent practices were more certain of their EHR’s certification status (only 15 percent of independent practices answered “not sure” versus 38 percent of practices that are part of a hospital or integrated delivery network).

Often the vendor is to blame for those practices whose EHR certification status is in limbo. A handful of smaller EHR vendors were bought out by bigger corporations, so patches and upgrades weren’t available for those legacy systems. In other cases, the vendor is slow to roll out updates.

Then there’s the issue of finances — the money a practice must fork over to upgrade its EHR to make it eligible for federal stimulus dollars. According to our survey, 13 percent of practices paid more than $10,000 on their EHRs or other technology to do this.

Either way, if your practice purchased an EHR more than a year ago, don’t wait until the end of 2011 to see if your system is up to snuff (meaningful-use ready). Doing that could cause your practice to miss key deadlines and lose out on some of the incentive dollars.

Recently, healthcare consultant Susanne Madden, president of The Verden Group, told us the most important thing you can do if you have a pre-meaningful use EHR is to assess whether your system is appropriate for your practice's long-term goals.

“Practices need to talk to their EHR vendors," said Madden. "What are they doing? When are they doing it? How's this going to roll out? What are the costs going to look like? And really be able to make a good, solid assessment on what the costs are going to be for the practice. Then compare it to some of the options out there in the marketplace."

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Analysis: Internal vs. Outsourced Medical Billing Functions

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 10, 2011

Cost of Medical Practice Billing Functions - Internal vs. Outsourced Billing Analysis

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR

Office Manager Embezzles $1.2M Over 11 Years

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 9, 2011

A news story out of North Carolina proves that regular audits may not be enough to prevent embezzlement, and that longtime medical office employees aren't necessarily trustworthy. According to The Star newspaper, Marlene Rice Hoyle, 45, has been charged with embezzling $1.2 million from Jones Family Practice, where she worked for nearly 20 years, most recently as office manager.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR

HIPAA HAPPENS

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 2, 2011

HIPAA HAPPENS is a film produced by the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas to highlight the pitfalls many health care professionals make in violating HIPAA laws. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. For more information about HIPAA please visit http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/

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Topics: EHR, CMS

Benefit of Outsourced Medical Billing: Increased Cash Flow

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 19, 2011

Medical practices seeking additional revenue should consider partnering with a professional medical billing firm.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Denial Management

Meaningful Use Changes: #1 Patient Interaction

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 9, 2011

Patients Will Be More Involved in Their Care

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Topics: Patient Portal, Incentive Programs

Series: 5 Ways Meaningful Use Will Change Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 3, 2011

Complying with Meaningful Use regulations can earn additional revenue for your practice through the Medicaid or Medicare Stimulus programs -- but it also can change the way your office operates and the way you interact with patients.  Over the next  few weeks, GroupOne will look at 5 important ways that the Meaningful Use criteria will alter the future of your practice.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

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