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Kaitlyn Houseman

Kaitlyn's interest in health and technology drove her to GroupOne where she works as the Marketing Specialist. She is constantly connecting healthcare professionals to expert advice on all things healthcare practice management by developing eBooks, writing blog posts, and conducting webinars.

Email: khouseman@g1hs.com

Author's Posts

What the Meaningful Use Change Means for Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 22, 2016

While many physicians had a sigh of relief when CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced last Monday that the end of the meaningful use program is near, many were left hanging with unanswered questions as to what is next. On Tuesday, CMS posted an update to Slavitt's comments that outlines the transition and what it means for doctors and hospitals.

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Topics: Incentive Programs

Five Healthcare IT Leaders Adopt Carequality Interoperability Framework

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 21, 2016

Athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts First to Adopt Enhanced Data Sharing Practices

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwired - January 21, 2016) - Carequality, an initiative of The Sequoia Project, today announced initial implementers of the Carequality Interoperability Framework released in December 2015. The companies are athenahealth®, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts.

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Interoperability

Balancing Business with Patient Care in Private Practices

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 8, 2016

Running a successful medical practice is more than taking care of patients. And while most doctors would prefer to just focus on medicine and patients, there are a number of other responsibilities that can come with being a physician at a private practice.

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Topics: Practice Management

5 Ways to Support Your Patients With Chronic Health Conditions

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 6, 2016

Though they can happen at any age, single and multiple chronic health conditions are more common in older patients, and managing them effectively requires that the patient take active part in daily healthcare decisions. A collaborative approach may require more time up front, but long term it can decrease demands on your time by empowering the patient to take better control of his or her health.

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Topics: Practice Management

Obama Signs Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Legislation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 5, 2016

Last week, President Obama signed into law a bill (S 2425) that expands providers' eligibility for hardship exemptions to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, EHR Intelligence reports. The legislation will create a blanket hardship exemption from 2015 meaningful use penalties, which would have been assessed in 2017.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

New Database Lets Consumers Search for Provider HIPAA Violations

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 31, 2015

ProPublica has created and launched a new database, called HIPAA Helper, which allows consumers to search for privacy violations by health care providers. An analysis of the database revealed hundreds of repeat HIPAA offenders between 2011 and 2014,ProPublica reports (Ornstein/Waldman [1], ProPublica, 12/29).

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Topics: HIPAA

Minimizing Malpractice Risks During Flu Season

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 27, 2015

The 2015-2016 flu season is here, and that means medical practices must be able to handle an influx of people who want to be vaccinated, as well as a possible surge in patient load should the disease spread significantly in your area. Obviously, you want to minimize malpractice risk year-round, but there are certain things you can do during flu season to help minimize risk then, even if you end up with a higher patient load.

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Topics: Practice Management

Most Commonly Unexpected Denied Procedures

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 23, 2015

Claim denials are an unpleasant fact of life, and too many of them can dramatically impact your practice's cash flow. Not only do coders have to cope with murky and complicated rules for coding and documentation but at the same time they have the threat of an audit hanging over them, and it's not easy.
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Coding, Denial Management

Improving Your Revenue Cycle Management in 2016

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 22, 2015

A new year on the calendar offers something of the "look and feel" of a clean slate, but any medical practice manager will tell you that things aren't going to get simpler or easier in 2016. The entire revenue cycle management process is undergoing a period of rapid change due to the Affordable Care Act, the rise of value-based reimbursement, and the proliferation of high-deductible healthcare plans.
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management

Congress Passes Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Legislation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 21, 2015

On Friday, Congress approved legislation (S 2425) that aims to make it easier for providers to obtain hardship exemptions to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, Health Data Management reports. The bill now heads to President Obama.

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Topics: Incentive Programs

Preparing Your Staff for a Successful EHR Implementation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 17, 2015

Medical staff are sometimes resistant to begin using EHRs, especially when changing from a paper system for the first time, due to a belief that the switch will waste time and interrupt their workflow. And when medical staff aren’t properly trained in the use of EHR software, this can actually be the case.

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Topics: EHR, EHR Training

How Telemedicine is Transforming Healthcare

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 15, 2015

 

Healthcare experts might have been pushing telemedicine for decades but only recently have we seen the rapid adoption of electronic health records push physicians to get on board with telemedicine. Telemedicine is transforming healthcare and is now becoming integrated into the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, private practices and consumer's home and workplaces.

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Topics: Practice Management, Telehealth

3 Ways to Avoid Patient Complaints About Medical Bills

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 12, 2015

Has your practice seen an increase in patient phone calls surrounding billing complaints? Mistakes on medical bills are not uncommon. In fact, over 80% of medical bills contain errors, whether from erroneous charges, double billings or, in some cases, abusive charging practices. Your practice can avoid these mistakes by following a few simple guidelines.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Patient Engagement

5 Surprising Ways to Fix Communication Breakdowns at Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 11, 2015

Medical practices often function at a fast pace, and in this type of environment, communication breakdowns will eventually happen. Maybe someone didn't hear a question, or wrote down a hasty note to do something and then forgot about it. When communication problems go unaddressed, problems can become entrenched and lead to even bigger problems down the road.
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Topics: Practice Management

CMS Releases Notice To Address ICD-10 Claims Processing Issues

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 7, 2015

CMS recently issued an update on the steps it has taken to address isolated problems with processing ICD-10 codes, AHA News reports (AHA News, 11/20). The U.S. health care system transitioned from using ICD-9 codes to the ICD-10 code set on Oct. 1. The switch required health care providers and insurers to change out about 14,000 codes for about 68,000 codes (iHealthBeat, 10/30).

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

"Always Be Recruiting" and Other Recruiting Tips Your Practice Needs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 2, 2015

Every industry on Earth has changed drastically in the 21st Century. Healthcare professionals, however, have been hit harder than most, with changing insurance policies, an uncertain economy, and the demands of the Information Age to contend with. People working in the medical industry are constantly coming and going, and savvy practices must learn how to recruit effectively to not only have the best and brightest in their field, but any doctors at all.

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Topics: Practice Management, Hospital Networks

Preventing Revenue Cycle Disruptions When Acquiring a Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 24, 2015


In recent years, hospital systems have been buying up physician practices, expanding their networks and preparing for managed health approaches to reimbursement. With meeting cost and outcome goals as the long term objective, hospitals are coping now with the inevitable shocks to the revenue cycle that result from these acquisitions.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management

Top Questions About Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 18, 2015

As with any business, healthcare providers must deal with the nuts and bolts of getting paid so that the business can continue to function and serve people. But in healthcare, revenue cycle management is complicated by a number of factors, including strict regulations, an ever-evolving payer mix, and consumers who are dealing with shouldering more of the cost of their care themselves.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

15 Things to Know About the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 12, 2015

On Friday, the Obama administration issued its final rule for the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that includes several health IT provisions.  The fee schedule – the first since repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) – includes changes to payment policies, modifications to misvalued codes, and updates to quality performance metrics under the PQRS, the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and Physician Compare, among others. (Internal Medicine News, 10/31)
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, CMS, PQRS

What PQRS Payment Adjustments Could Mean for Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 10, 2015

Revenue cycle management in many medical practices will soon have to take into account the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PQRS uses payment adjustments to encourage promoting of quality information by both group practices and eligible professionals (EPs).

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Topics: PQRS, Incentive Programs