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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.

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Author's Posts

CMS: Medicare ACOs have saved $372M

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 19, 2014

Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) have improved patient care and produced $372 million in savings for the program, according to performance results released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Topics: ACO, CMS

Register Today for eCQMs 101 Webinar on September 18

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 16, 2014

National Health IT Week is September 15-19, 2014. CMS will mark the week by hosting several webinars and launching new resources on eHealth University that help providers participate in eHealth programs. For the latest news and updates on CMS’ Health IT activities, visit the CMS eHealth website.

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Topics: CMS

Register Today for CMS and ONC Webinar on September 16th

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 11, 2014

CMS invites you to join a joint webinar with ONC about recent regulatory updates, including the  CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility final rule, and the  ONC 2014 Edition Release 2 final rule. The presentation will be held on  September 16th from 2:30 – 3:30pm ET during National Health IT Week.
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Topics: CMS

Broadband Access: Exclusions and Hardship Exceptions May Apply

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 10, 2014

CMS offers exclusions and hardship exceptions for eligible professionals who face challenges in meeting meaningful use objectives that require that they and their patients have broadband access and Internet connectivity.

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Topics: CMS

2014 Survey Reveals Insight Into Physicians' Incomes, Attitudes & Practice Changes

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 10, 2014

Medscape's 2014 survey of more than 24,000 physicians provi des insights into doctors' incomes, attitudes, and practice changes as a result of healthcare reform. Between December 11, 2013 and January 24, 2014, physicians in 25 specialties participated in providing detailed information that helps answer questions such as:
  • Who earns more? Employed or Self Employed Physicians
  • Which specialty is the earning leader in 2014?
  • Which physicians feel most failry compensated?
  • Who spends more than 40 hours per week seeing patients?

 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

New CMS Rule Allows Flexibility in Certified EHR Technology for 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 2, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule on August 29, 2014, that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Review New FAQs for the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 28, 2014

To keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, CMS has recently added three new FAQs to the  CMS FAQ system . We encourage you to stay informed by taking a few minutes to review the new information below.
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Topics: EHR, CMS

Is an ACO Right for Your Practice?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 25, 2014

It's not hard to recognize the popularity of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) considering the number of ACOs has risen from 32 in 2011 to over 600 today. The ACO health care model is part of the 2009 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and payers hope that ACOs will save money while improving quality.

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Topics: ACO

Now Available: Reporting Guides to Help Providers Submit 2014 Clinical Quality Measures

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 18, 2014

2014 CQM Electronic Reporting Guides for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals

Are you an eligible professional or eligible hospital participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program? If so, CMS has posted two new materials to help you report clinical quality measures (CQMs) in 2014, including: 

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Topics: CMS

100 Hours of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Attestation: A Success Story

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 15, 2014

Stasia Kahn, a physician in the Chicago suburbs, spent 100 hours attesting to meaningful use stage 2 requirements. Many were easy. Some were hard. She feels it was worth the work she invested in it.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Incentive Programs

4 Key Metrics Everyone in the Healthcare Industry Should Be Using to Measure Revenue Cycle Management

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 14, 2014

When it comes to revenue cycle management, limited information can lead to poor decisions. Management decisions need analytics. The financial sustainability depends on the performance outcomes but tracking the right analytics is critical to managing the billing operations.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management

130 Million Patients Will Receive Accountable Care by 2017

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 8, 2014

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) and value-based purchasing arrangements will be responsible for the care of 130 million patients by 2017, predicts a report by Parks Associates.  Accountable care will generate nearly $1 billion in revenue for healthcare providers in 2014 as they transform into ACOs and patient-centered medical homes (PCMH).

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Topics: ACO

5 Ways Outsourcing Medical Billing is Like Buying Your First Car

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 5, 2014

Remember purchasing your first car; walking the car lot, searching through the auto trader, and feeling completely overwhelmed?  The process of buying your first car and the process of selecting a medical billing / RCM firm for your practice contains many similarities.  Here are 5 ways outsourcing the medical billing is like buying your first car.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

Online Tool Predicts Physician Shortages at Local, National Levels

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 4, 2014

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

ICD-10 Final Rule Released - Compliance Date Set

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 1, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule Thursday afternoon for a compliance date of October 1, 2015 for conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes.

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Topics: ICD-10

EHR’s Role in Population Health Management: Q & A with eClinicalWorks CEO Girish Navani

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 29, 2014

Accordingly to a recent survey of 18,575 physicians across 25 specialties, 40% of physicians do not use an EHR because EHRs interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. Patient engagement has been a difficult concept for most EHR vendors and developers to grasp leaving providers frustrated with their EHRs meeting the Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, ACO, Care Coordination Medical Record

Review Your 2014 PQRS Interim Claims Feedback Data

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 28, 2014

If you are an individual eligible professional who has reported at least one PQRS quality measure this year via claims-based reporting, you can now view first quarter data (January 2014 – March 2014) regarding your submission(s) using the 2014 PQRS Interim Feedback Dashboard.
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Topics: CMS, PQRS

Learn about Changes in the Meaningful Use Vital Signs Core Objective

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 8, 2014

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Topics: Incentive Programs

Now Available: Interactive Tool to Help Providers Understand 2014 CEHRT NPRM

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 7, 2014

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

ICD-10 Documentation and Coding Concepts Webcast: Family Practice and Internal Medicine

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 3, 2014

CMS invites you to view a newly released webcast on ICD-10 documentation and  codingconcepts for family practice and internal medicine. This webcast is the first in the CMS  “Road to 10”  series designed to help you with ICD-10 clinical documentation specific to your medical specialty. 

An AHIMA-certified coder presents on the webcast, which focuses on unique ICD-10 clinical documentation needs and hot topics for family practice and internal medicine:

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Topics: ICD-10