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4 Ways an EHR Can Improve the Efficiency of Your Practice

by Nicole Laucks on August 19, 2015

Adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) is continuing apace as medical providers cope with a dizzying array of new regulations and demands from third party payers. Some healthcare providers have resisted implementing EHRs for fear of lower productivity, which they believe will lead to a reduced patient load and revenue.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR

Code Confusion: What to Expect With ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 10, 2015

Reactions to the looming changeover from ICD-9 coding standard to ICD-10 scheduled to take place October 1 range from general confidence to serious worry. There is little debate that ICD-10 is better. It will make codes more meaningful, allowing medical practices to pack more information into a simple code. This will make it easier to track individual health problems as well as societal health trends.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10

Banner Health Selects eClinicalWorks Cloud-Based Care Coordination Technology

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 7, 2015

The project outfits a percentage of BHN’s community providers with a Cloud-based EHR solution that will streamline processes between practices.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Care Coordination Medical Record, EHR Training

Will ICD-10 Make Your Staff Less Productive?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 6, 2015

Change is difficult, even if it is ultimately a positive change. ICD-10 is one of the biggest changes to hit healthcare in decades and the deadline is getting closer and closer. The upcoming transition from the ICD-9 coding standard to ICD-10 will lead to more accurate tracking of individual and population health trends, and will allow much greater specificity in medical coding. But there's no question that the transition will be challenging.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10

eClinicalWorks P2POpen Network Exchanges 1.5 Million Medical Referrals

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 30, 2015

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--eClinicalWorks®, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, today announces its free, electronic health record (EHR) vendor-neutral network, P2POpen, has exchanged one and a half million referrals between medical providers utilizing a variety of systems. Total communications to date is two million referrals, consults and messages for this network that ensures healthcare providers can connect with each other for patient care regardless of what EHR system is in use or if the practice is using paper records. The company has taken an additional step by receiving full accreditation as a health information service provider, or HISP, from EHNAC-DirectTrust for eClinicalWorks’ eClinicalDirect.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks

Why ICD-10 Has More Than 150,000 Codes - And What You Can Do About It

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 27, 2015

Use of the ICD-10 coding standard will no longer be optional after October 1. After that time, medical claims submitted without the correct ICD-10 codes will be rejected. Learning ICD-10 is comparable to learning a new language, one that is much more complex than ICD-9.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10

Finding the Right EMR for Pediatrics

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 21, 2015

An increasing proportion of physician practices, hospitals, and other healthcare businesses have adopted electronic health records (EHRs) to store the health information of their patients and improve efficiency. While some practices still make use of paper, pen, and clipboard, that method of keeping track of patients' health is going away due to the benefits that come with an electronic health records software.

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Topics: EHR

eClinicalWorks Named a Leader in Health Information Exchange Report

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 17, 2015

In a recent report by IDC Health Insights, and after careful evaluation for its eClinicalWorks Health Information eXchange (eEHX) solution, eClinicalWorks® placed in the Leader Category. This report, titled IDC MarketScape: U.S. Health Information Exchange Packaged Solution 2015 Vendor Assessment (Document #HI256010, July 2015), focuses on the health information exchange (HIE) vendor landscape.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks

How to Tell If Your EHR System is User-Friendly

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 13, 2015

The days of paper medical records being an adequate solution for healthcare providers are over. Not only do national healthcare initiatives and payers like Medicare drive demand for electronic health records (EHRs), they simply make sense considering the level of recordkeeping required today.

Some doctors have resisted EHRs, and not without cause. There are EHR systems that are cumbersome, buggy, and that don't enhance practice efficiency. If you have implemented an EHR solution and are less than thrilled with it, don't assume that all EHRs are useless. In fact,
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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR

Top 4 ICD-10 Frequently Asked Questions with CMS and AMA

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 7, 2015

Q. What if I run into a problem with the transition to ICD-10 on or after October 1st 2015?
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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

Physicians: Protect Your Online Reputation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 2, 2015

As a medical professional, it's imperative to make sure your patients see the right information when they search your name or your practice's name online. If you haven't taken the time to Google yourself, you might be in for quite a surprise. Reputation management services for physicians are on the rise; read on to find out why it's never been more important to monitor, manage and improve your online reputation.

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Topics: Practice Management, Marketing

5 Things You Must Know About Denied and Rejected Claims

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 1, 2015

As the ICD-10 deadline approaches, you might be wondering how your practice is following up on denied and rejected claims. According to CMS, 1 in 5 practices will see Medicare denials double for 6 months after October 1, 2015. Understanding how your practice is following up on denied and rejected claims now is critical to the success of your revenue cycle. Investing time into your denial management strategy can minimize the impact of ICD-10 on your practice.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Denial Management

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies Nationwide in King v. Burwell Decision

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 25, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the subsidies offered as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be available nationwide, regardless of whether they are used to buy health insurance on an exchange established by the federal government or an individual state.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

5 Signs That You've Outgrown Your Legacy EHR

by Nicole Laucks on June 24, 2015

Electronic health records (EHRs) by themselves are not the solution to a medical practice's efficiency problems. Implemented without planning, or in a haphazard manner, EHRs can increase problems, especially at first. However, there are fewer holdouts who stick with paper records every year. The long term advantages of using an EHR system are becoming more evident as the healthcare industry moves towards changes such as ICD-10, PQRS, and Meaningful Use.

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Topics: EHR

5 Hidden Ways Your Medical Practice is Losing Revenue

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 17, 2015

According to recent studies, approximately 25%-30% of all medical practice income is lost due to incorrect coding, underpricing, missed or never submitted charges, and nonexistent or improper follow-up. Physician practices have to have a comprehensive and strategic approach to medical billing that involves a skilled personnel mix, from those who schedule appointments to those who follow up with insurers about denied claims. Many practices have switched or are switching to electronic health record (EHR) systems, expecting them to solve medical billing problems.
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management

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