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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

Time for an EHR Switch: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

by Nicole Laucks on March 4, 2014

Considering switching to a more moder, easy to use,  EHR software? You're not alone. Many practices are switching from an outdated legacy EHR software to a new system that allows for things like device integration, mobile access, smart phone apps, and more. However, not everyone is having an easy time letting go of their out dated software. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself if you're considering switching to a new EHR software.

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Topics: EHR

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

Less Than 10% of Physician Practices Ready for ICD-10

by Toshya Griffin, CPC on February 10, 2014

Englewood, Colo., Feb. 4, 2014 – As the Oct. 1 compliance date to transition to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) approaches for physician practices, MGMA research released today indicates that overall readiness for implementation continues to lag. Less than 10 percent of responding practices reported that they had made significant progress when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation, up only slightly (from 4.7 percent) since June 2013, when MGMA previously conducted research to assess readiness levels. The new research includes responses from more than 570 medical groups where more than 21,000 physicians practice.

“The critical coordination that must take place between practices and their software vendor, clearinghouse and health plan partners is simply not happening at the pace required for a seamless implementation. Very simply, ICD-10 is behind schedule,” said Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, MGMA president and chief executive officer. “MGMA continues to advocate on behalf of members and provides tools and resources to help practice executives make the transition to ICD-10 more cost effective and less disruptive to their organizations.”

MGMA urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to immediately take action to help ensure that physician practices can successfully undertake such a massive transition, including:

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

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

5 Tips for Improving Patient Communication with an EHR

by Nicole Laucks on January 24, 2014

While electronic health records software (EHR) may assist physicians in real-time communication with patients during office visits, they can also prove to be a distraction. Using an EHR can cause providers, nurses, and staff to seem disengaged from the patient. Keeping a healthy relationship with your patients is extremely valuable. 

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Topics: EHR, Patient Engagement

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

EHR Training Tips for Success: Before, During, and After

by Kathy Kuhn on January 17, 2014

When providers purchase an electronic health record (EHR) system, they are hoping to benefit from features within the system that will increase efficiency and produce cost-savings while improving patient care. Most physicians fear a productivity loss during the implementation process that could eventually lead to a reduction of their practice’s profitability. However, when paper processes are replaced with an electronic solution, productivity tends to increase, along with overall profits.

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, EHR Training

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

Outsourced Billing: Percentage of Net Collections vs. Flat Rate Fee

by Adrienne Schrimpf on January 2, 2014

Are you considering outsourcing your medical billing? Which pricing option is better for your practice? As a medical billing sales rep, I am often asked by practices why the standard fee structure for GroupOne clients is based on a percentage of the total revenue generated by the practice instead of a per claim basis or a base monthly rate charge. Not sure which option is best for your practice? Let’s take a look at each these revenue cycle management scenarios.
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management

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