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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

Holding April 2014 Claims Paid Under Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 31, 2014

Information Regarding the Holding of April 2014 Claims for Services Paid Under the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule stipulated a negative update to the MPFS that was to be effective January 1, 2014. That reduction was averted for three months with the passage of the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013, which provided for a 0.5 percent update for services paid under the MPFS through March 31, 2014.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

House Delays SGR Cuts, ICD-10 for a Year | Senate to Vote Monday

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 28, 2014

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed legislation to delay the 24% physician fee schedule cut slated to take effect on April 1, 2014. However, the legislation did not stop there. A number of other changes were made that will have long-lasting implications. A listing of these changes is available at the end of this post.

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Topics: ICD-10

Congress to Vote on ICD-10 Delay Today

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 27, 2014

A new bill has been introduced into the US House and Senate that features a brief mention for the delay of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until 2015.

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Topics: ICD-10

Black Book Names Top EHR Systems in 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 21, 2014

Hospitals have ranked their favorite EHRs in recent Black Book Study.  Black Book Rankings has revealed two reports identifying its top-ranked electronic health record systems for 2014.  With a client/user survey, Black Book Rankings investigated 611 EMR vendors utilized by 22,059 validated EMR users nationwide and an additional 10,727 respondents in pre-use, implementation, system decision-making or purchased but not yet installed status.  The rankings were compiled based on user ratings in 18 operational areas including training, integration and interfaces, reliability and support and customer care.

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Topics: EHR

New Online Resources to Help You Prepare for eHealth Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 6, 2014

Register for eHealth Webinar on March 11

CMS recently launched a new online resource—CMS eHealth University—to help providerunderstand, implement, and successfully participate in the CMS eHealth programs, including the EHR Incentive Programs, Physician Quality Reporting System, Administrative Simplification, and ICD-10. Whether you are just beginning participation in the eHealth programs, or further along in the process, CMS eHealth University will assist you in successfully participating in and meeting eHealth implementation requirements.

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Topics: CMS

CMS' Tavenner: ICD-10 Deadline Will Not Be Delayed

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 28, 2014

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

CMS Launches New eHealth University

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 27, 2014

New eHealth University, A Go-To Resource for eHealth Programs

This week at HIMSS14, CMS launched eHealth University, a new resource that helps providers find information and materials on each of the eHealth programs in one location.

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Topics: EHR, CMS

Now Available: "Road to 10" Resource to Help with ICD-10 Transition

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 26, 2014

The transition to ICD-10 is going to change how you do business from registration and referrals to superbills and software upgrades.  However CMS has the following resources to help your practice prepare for the transition.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding

Use New PQRS Interactive Timeline to Prepare for Upcoming Milestones

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 24, 2014

If you are an eligible professional or group practice participating in PQRS, CMS wants to make sure you are prepared for the many important program milestones that are approaching. To help you navigate these program deadlines, CMS has released a new PQRS interactive timeline that will help you identify key program dates for PQRS between 2014 and 2016, and direct you to related resources.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, PQRS

New CMS and ONC Tool to Help Meet Transitions of Care Measure

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 21, 2014

Are you a provider who is demonstrating Stage 2 of meaningful use? If so, a new CMS and ONC tool called the Randomizer will let you exchange data with a Test EHR in order to meet measure #3 of the Stage 2 transitions of care requirement.  Measure #3 requires at least one summary of care document sent electronically to a recipient with a different EHR vendor or to a CMS test EHR. Click here to learn more about the Randomizer application

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Medicare Eligible Professionals Must Attest by March 31 at 11:59pm ET to Receive 2013 Incentive

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 7, 2014

Due to the large volume of providers attesting, please submit your data as soon as possible and during non-peak hours to avoid system delays.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

SGR Repeal Deal Reached

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 6, 2014

A bipartisan team of U.S. House and Senate negotiators has reached a deal to repeal the unpopular sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, according to MedPageToday. 

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New EHR Data Brief Takes a Closer Look at EHR Participation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 31, 2014

This week, we released a new data brief outlining how providers are progressing with participation in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Today, let's take a closer look at the EHR Data Brief, and some of the exciting progress we saw as we begin our fourth year of the programs.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Next eHealth Provider Webinar: Overview of ACOs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 23, 2014

Are you interested in learning more about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)? Join CMS for the next eHealth provider webinar on Tuesday, January 28th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET to receive more information about ACOs and how they are improving health care quality and delivery.

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Topics: ACO, CMS

eClinicalWorks Maintains Top Spot Across the Board

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 22, 2014

As the EHR industry continues to expand rapidly, eClinicalWorks maintains a top spot across a number of studies.  View the slideshare below to learn more about how eClinicalWorks ranks among the competition today.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Incentive Programs

The End of SGR Cuts As We Know It

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 14, 2014

Ending the sustainable growth rate cuts this year would be one resolution for Congress in 2014 that could dramatically change physician payment as we know it.  Recently, the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees reported out nearly identical bills to repeal the Medicare SGR formula.  With the end goal being to move Medicare at a faster pace to paying physicians based on quality improvement activities.   This is by far the closest Congress has ever gotten to reaching a bipartisan, bicameral accord on permanently repealing the SGR. 
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS, PQRS

WEDI Survey a Snapshot of ICD-10 Implementation Status

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 7, 2014

 “When compared to a similar WEDI survey given in February 2013, the healthcare industry has slipped further behind key ICD-10 compliance milestones suggested in the WEDI/NCHICA timeline,” the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) explained in a prepared statement.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, ICD-10, Coding

Medical Billing in 2014: 5 Quick Reminders for Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 3, 2014

Every year we set new goals and expectations for ourselves.  January 1st is a clean slate for most of us hoping to make a change for the better in our lives.  This year, make the commitment to your practice. Devoting time and effort to each of the following 5 points will help prepare your practice for the upcoming changes and help you better manage your practice in 2014.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, ICD-10

Verifying Patient Coverage in a Health Insurance Marketplace Plan

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 31, 2013

The New Year and the new Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as Health Insurance Exchange, is here.  Over a million people will have a new insurance plan and in many cases their first insurance plan in years.  Some may have signed up a few months ago while others just a few days.  While some patients visiting your office will be aware of the need to carry their card with them, some won't and others may have not even received their card in the mail yet.  It is likely that your office will need to verify their coverage.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, Affordable Care Act, Patient Engagement

24% Cut in Medicare Payments Averted For 3 Months

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 27, 2013

CMS has released the following statement now that President Obama has signed into law the legislation necessary to prevent the SGR related cut from taking place on January 1, 2014.  According to this announcement, additional revisions may be made in the conversion factor.  It is not clear when those revisions will be announced but once they are we will be posting the updates to our website. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS