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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: [email protected]

Author's Posts

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

Is 2014 the Year to Switch EHR Systems?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 24, 2014

With up to 23 percent of physician practices reporting they were trading in their current EHR system for a new brand system in 2013, what will 2014 bring? Eighty-one percent of survey respondents who indicated they were ditching their current systems said they were on track to replace their EHR within the next year; some 11 percent said they were unsure, according to the report.

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Topics: EHR

Electronic Health Records and the Data of Health Care [Infographic]

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 23, 2014

Are today's data science masters tomorrow's leaders in medicine? The transition to electronic health records represents a sea change for the medical industry as a whole. Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has said “In the next 10 years, data science and software will do more for medicine than all of the biological sciences together." Already, we're seeing results: electronic health records may reduce outpatient care costs by 3 percent, and some hospital systems have seen reductions in duplicate tests and adverse drug reactions, to the tune of half a million dollars. How does your state stack up when it comes to EHR adoption? Are radiologists more or less likely than psychiatrists to have transitioned to digital records?  And what is the difference between electronic health records and electronic medical records, anyway? In this infographic, [email protected] explores the past, present, and future of these game-changing EHRs.

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Topics: EHR

Possible Issue with EHR Hardship Exception Application Filings

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 6, 2014

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Topics: CMS

Review Latest Resources Posted to CMS eHealth University

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 5, 2014

Are you eligible to participate in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)CMS has added several new intermediate-level materials to eHealth University to help you successfully participate in PQRS and receive an incentive payment. These include:

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Topics: CMS, PQRS

Survey-Cost of Compliance to Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 3, 2014

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Topics: Practice Management

How is accountable care changing provider collaboration?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 30, 2014

Compared to other accountable care organizations (ACOs), Amarillo Legacy Medical ACO in the Texas Panhandle is relatively unique. The participant in the Medicare Shared Savings Program comprises a handful of independent medical groups and not one hospital partner. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, ACO, Care Coordination Medical Record

EPs Must Submit Hardship Exception Applications by July 1, 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 28, 2014

Are you a Medicare provider who was unable to successfully demonstrate  meaningful use for 2013? CMS is accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment for the 2015 reporting year.

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Topics: CMS

CMS and ONC Release NPRM Allowing CEHRT Flexibility and Extending Stage 2

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 20, 2014

Today, CMS and ONC released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014. 

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

New Resources Explain How to Report Once for Multiple Medicare Quality Reporting Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 14, 2014

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Topics: CMS, PQRS

Poll: Patients Want Access, Control Over Their Health Data

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 7, 2014

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CMS Cancels July ICD-10 Testing; Industry Reacts to New Deadline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 6, 2014

On Friday, CMS announced that it has canceled ICD-10 testing scheduled for late July for a  small sample group of health care providers as a result of the ICD-10 compliance deadline delay, Health Data Management  reports (Slabodkin,  Health Data Management , 5/2).

Background

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

Healthcare Spending Escalates in First Quarter

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 5, 2014

New federal data finds that health care spending increased by 9.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014. According to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Economics Analysis the recent rise in healthcare spending is the biggest jump since the third quarter of 1980.

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Topics: Medical Business, Affordable Care Act

The Consequences of Employee Turnover in Medical Practices

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 23, 2014

Whether a practice is small or large, employee turnover seems to be a main concern facing medical practices today.  Not only is employee turnover in medical practices increasing the operating expenses, but it is also creating a damper on your patients’ relationships with your practice.

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Information: Hardship Exception

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 22, 2014

EPs: Hardship Exception Applications due July 1, 2014

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

3 Reasons You are Still Using Paper Charts at Your Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 22, 2014

Still thinking about switching from paper charts to an EHR for your practice? If you are like most doctors still using paper, you probably think an EHR is either going to come in between you and your patients or is just too expensive. The start-up costs and implementation can be daunting for some. However, hanging onto your paper-based ways may not be as beneficial for your practice.

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Topics: EHR, Patient Engagement, EHR Training

EPs Must Start Medicare EHR Participation in 2014 to Earn Incentives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 16, 2014

Important Medicare Deadline Approaching for Eligible Professionals

If you are an eligible professional for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, 2014 is the last year you can start participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in order to receive incentive payments.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

New Meaningful Use Calculator Helps Providers Attest to Stage 2

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 8, 2014

Are you a provider participating in Stage 2 of meaningful use? If so, use the new CMS Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator to determine if you will successfully meet Stage 2 requirements.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

New ONC Security Risk Assessment Tool Offers Help with HIPAA

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 2, 2014

On Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a new tool to help small- and medium-sized health care providers assess their information security risks, Modern Healthcare reports (Landen, Modern Healthcare, 3/28).

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Topics: Practice Management, HIPAA

Senate Approves ICD-10 Delay and SGR Patch

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 1, 2014

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Topics: Practice Management, ICD-10, Coding