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.
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.
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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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.
Just when you thought medical billing couldn't become a more complex process, it is set to do just that in 2015. Medical facilities could find their incomes affected unless they have a strategy ready for many of the changes expected to take place this year. This may be true even for practices that are experiencing above average financial outcomes.
When your medical practice has a new patient, starting off on the right foot can make a positive difference over the short and long term. Information you collect at the beginning of the patient relationship helps both parties avoid surprises and ensure that medical billing is accurate.
The time has come for making the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, with the deadline being October 1, 2015. The old ICD-9 system is outdated and insufficient for meeting the demands of a healthcare system that uses electronic health records and sharing of information. With greater detail on things like laterality of a condition, ICD-10 documentation will ultimately provide much richer health data that conveys more information than the old codes.
For a medical practice to succeed in providing the care patients need and staying financially solvent, physicians and office staff must work together in a sometimes carefully choreographed team effort. The reality of operating a medical facility today includes electronic medical records (EMRs) for most.
Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Medicare eligible professionals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by July 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception.
eClinicalWorks®, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, is pleased to congratulate Massachusetts’ Grove Medical Associates (GMA) on being awarded a Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Ambulatory Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations that have used health IT, specifically electronic health record (EHR)-enabled improvement, to notably improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. This is the 13th eClinicalWorks’ customer to receive a HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence in the past eight years.
Located in Worcester County, Mass., GMA focuses on internal medicine and is affiliated with the Central Massachusetts Independent Physicians Association (CMIPA). GMA has four Board Certified Internal Medicine physicians, a Physician’s Assistant, a Nurse Practitioner, a Certified Nutritionist, registered nurses and medical assistants for more than 6,500 patients. In 2005, Grove Medical Associates implemented eClinicalWorks as a unified practice management and EHR solution to help improve the quality of patient care, streamline workflow and generate a return on investment (ROI), resulting in a 315% ROI.
“Grove Medical Associates focuses on a team approach to providing comprehensive health care in a high-quality and cost-effective manner,” said Dr. John E. Kelly, primary care physician at Grove Medical Associates, P.C. “We have seen a significant return on investment since implementing electronic health records, both financially and in regard to patient care. Now that we have our EHR system, we are seeing more patients a day, maximizing insurance incentives and adding health services. We have also seen significant care quality improvements and increased patient satisfaction.”
As stated in information on the HIMSS site, GMA’s use of technology along with a commitment by the practice has led to clear returns on this initiative. Since implementing the EHR system, charts are easily accessible with complete and accurate information, more patients are seen daily, additional health services are offered and preventative measures are easily tracked. Also, 81% of its patients have signed up for the eClinicalWorks Patient Portal, making it easy for the practice to communicate all normal lab results, imaging results and scheduled outside appointments. Appointment reminders are sent electronically and preventative measure campaigns, such as flu shot clinics, are established, reaching only the appropriate patients. This work culminated in GMA receiving a communications score of 97.4 in the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners 2013 Patient Experience Survey Report.
“Grove Medical Associates has been an early proponent of aligning technology and people to improve the care delivered to its patients,” said Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “The great success this practice has achieved after the eClinicalWorks EHR implementation, along with its commitment to providing a secure communication channel between the practice and patient, demonstrates the real clinical and practical value that can be derived from utilizing the right solutions for a practice. As demonstrated here, healthcare technology can work together with medical providers to deliver the best possible care. We are proud to be a partner of Grove Medical Associates and congratulate the practice on receiving this award.”
Grove Medical Associates will be recognized at the 2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 29-March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, according to HIMSS officials. For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS Davies Award website.
eClinicalWorks® (eclinicalworks.com) is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With physicians across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Thirteen eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past eight years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is second largest in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia.
On May 1, CMS posted the annual update for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures(eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. Providers will use these updated measures to electronically report 2016 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR), and the EHR Incentive Programs.
While some practices have denied use of an EHR, others are embracing electronic health records software to improve patient care, revenue, communication, and participate in various government incentive programs. HealthIT.gov recently released an infographic on how providers are using EHRs and Health IT to improve patient care. In fact, 8 in 10 physicians reported that EHR use has enhanced overall patient care.