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Keith Lage

Keith is the Director of Business Development at GroupOne Health Source. His CPA experience and forward thinking has helped shape GroupOne's customer success and growth.

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2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Impact

by Keith Lage on December 4, 2013

Last Wednesday, while most of us were stuffing the turkey and preparing for a long weekend, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized payment rates and policies for 2014 in the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule.  Care management outside of the routine office visit and policies to promote high quality care and efficiency in Medicare were a major focus in the proposal.  The final rule sets payment rates for physicians and non-physician practitioners paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014 and addresses the policies included in the proposed rule issued in July. CMS projects that total payments under the fee schedule in 2014 will be approximately $87 billion.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

Latest Meaningful Use Incentive Program Stats From CMS

by Keith Lage on September 3, 2013

$15.9 billion paid since the EHR program’s inception, including $6.4 billion to 312,000 Eligible Providers.

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Handy Cheat Sheet - Meaningful Use & Payment Timeline

by Keith Lage on July 23, 2013

Handy Cheat Sheet - Meaninful Use and Incentive Payment Timeline

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Medical Claims Payments via EFT: No Brainer

by Keith Lage on August 16, 2012

doctor_money.pngElectronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is a payment method utilizing electronic means (as contrasted with paper checks) to transfer monies between parties. EFT payments can be nearly instantaneous (avoiding postal delays) and reduce personnel costs associated with depositing payments. Many practices already use EFT to transfer employees’ wages electronically into each employee’s designated bank account, reducing administrative payroll expenses.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Denial Management

eClinicalWorks Video Demonstration - PM and Billing Tips

by Keith Lage on September 19, 2011

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In depth demo of eClinicalWorks’s practice management features with EHR billing tips from GroupOne's Dianne Swanson.

Dianne Swanson is a highly regarded medical practice consultant.  She has consulted with practices nationwide, focusing on maximizing eClinicalWorks revenue cycle management functions.  As president of GroupOne Health Source, Inc.  Dianne's revenue cycle management experience has helped hundreds of practices overcome eCW RCM challenges such as declining reimbursement, low cash flow, and lack of EHR optimization. GroupOne is a “Gold Certified” eClinicalWorks implementation and sales partner that specializes in medical billing services on the eClinicalWorks system and provides billing services to hundreds of eClinicalWorks users.

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

Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire? - There's an ICD-10 Code For That

by Keith Lage on September 19, 2011

ICD-10 codesWalked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire? – There’s a Code for that. This is an article from the Wall Street Journal that was posted on Sept 13, 2011 regarding ICD-10. Some may find this interesting/amusing. ICD-10 is a good reason for medical practice to partner with a professional billing service firm like GroupOne Health Source.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10, Coding

CMS Posts Guides to Help Care Providers Plan HIPAA, ICD-10 Changes

by Keith Lage on September 14, 2011

Implementation Widget and Timelines 

For detailed timelines of activities that providers, physicians, medical practices, payers, and vendors need to; undertake to prepare for Version 5010 and ICD-10, download our timeline widget to your desktop or mobile device.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10

National EHR Provider Call: Understanding Meaningful Use

by Keith Lage on July 28, 2011

Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs: Understanding Meaningful Use
Thursday, August 18, 2011
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (Americas) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, CMS, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

Free Live Webinar - eClinicalWorks EMR & the Cure for MU

by Keith Lage on July 26, 2011

Registration is now open for the the September and October 2011 live webinar slots.  Reserve your spot today.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

ICD-10 National Provider Call

by Keith Lage on July 26, 2011

Registration Now Open for the ICD-10

 Implementation Strategies for Physicians

National Provider Call

Is your office preparing for a smooth transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2013? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a National Provider Call on "ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Physicians." CMS subject matter experts will discuss ways that physician offices can prepare for the change to ICD-10 for medical diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10, EHR Training

Helpful EHR Meaningful Use Attestation Tools and Resources

by Keith Lage on July 22, 2011

Take a Look at CMS' Attestation Resources

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Topics: EHR, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

EHR Medical Billing Checklist - Should I Outsource?

by Keith Lage on March 2, 2011

Many medical practices focus on cost when evaluating options. In many cases, the fees charged by a larger medical billing firm will be less than the cost of the in-house option. However, the real focus should be placed on the success of the billing process. Because of the amount of money involved in the average medical claim, even a slight 5% improvement in collections means exponentially more to the bottom line than a 5% reduction in billing fees. For the average provider:

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, Practice Management