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 Answers and Insights Every Healthcare Professional Needs.

 

Anderson Reveals “Scary” Truth About ICD-10 Test Results

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 16, 2013

The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance executive director Holt Anderson revealed a ‘scary’ finding after some end-to-end ICD-10 testing.  Anderson made the announcement of their findings during the MGMA 2013 annual conference last week.

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

Insurance Exchanges & Your Practice Part 2: Reimbursement & Whether to Join

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 11, 2013

What will happen with reimbursement now that the government has opened the insurance exchanges to Americans?  Well each state chose to either set up their own health insurance exchange, have the federal government set it up for them, or chose the joint-run option. 

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3 Months of Meaningful Use in 2014 For Medicare Providers

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 10, 2013

CMS Permitting a One-Time 3-Month Reporting Period in 2014 

In order to allow for adequate time for providers to upgrade to 2014 Certified EHR technology, CMS is permitting this one-time three-month reporting period in 2014 for eligible hospitals and eligible providers.  Eligible Hopsitals have until July 1, 2014 and Eligible Providers have until October 1, 2014 to begin their three month reporting period with 2014 Edition software. Therefore, some providers will be able to achieve Meaningful Use in the first quarter, rather than the last, and receive incentives earlier.

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act, PQRS, Incentive Programs

Insurance Exchanges & Your Practice Part 1: What to Expect

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 9, 2013

Health Insurance Exchange Impact on Medical PracticesBy now you have probably read a number of articles and blog posts regarding the exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In case you have been hiding under a rock the past couple of days, the federal government opened the exchanges on October 1st to Americans which will offer them four tier levels of health insurance plans.  The lower monthly premiums will come with substantially higher deductibles however the exchanges will ultimately provide Americans with healthcare plans at a low cost.  On top of the low costs, some Americans will be eligible for tax credits and subsidies.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act

Effect of Government Shutdown on Medicare

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 1, 2013

The federal Fiscal Year runs from October 1 through September 30th.  This means that Fiscal Year 2014 begins today on Tuesday, October 1.  In order for the government to operate, the Congress must pass and the President must sign appropriations bills that release the money necessary to fund the operation of the federal government. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS

There's an ICD-10 Code For That?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 29, 2013

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

Struck by a Turtle? Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire? – There’s a Code for that.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding, Denial Management

Is Your EHR Your Certified Professional Coder (CPC)?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 26, 2013

The key to successful Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption is not only selecting the right system, but ensuring you have the right people involved in the process. Many EHR’s pledge the reduction of coding staff because the EHR will allow you to swiftly document, accurately code your progress notes, and auto generate your coding. Sounds easy enough, right? What you might want to consider when listening to the sales demonstration is who is giving the demonstration. As a software vendor, do they have the experience of medical coders and reimbursement staff that have lived the tricks of the trade? Do they understand that sometimes submitting a clean claim requires more than automated claim creation and filing?

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, Coding

Telemedicine: How It Can Work for Your Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 25, 2013

As a child, I never dreamed I would be able to communicate with a person several thousand miles away while looking at their face via video. Now, we can not only communicate via video with our family and friends, we can receive medical treatment from our providers.

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Topics: Practice Management, Telehealth

New CMS Eligibility Fact Sheet Available

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 24, 2013

New Eligibility Fact Sheet Helps Health Care Professionals Determine eHealthProgram Participation

CMS released a new resource that will help you as a health care professional determine your eligibility for eHealth programs. The tool outlines eligibility for eHealth programs based on your area of practice.

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Topics: CMS, PQRS, Incentive Programs

EHR Satisfaction and Profitability Study Results

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 21, 2013

EHRs with Integrated Billing Solutions Key to EHR Satisfaction and Improved Practice Profitability Reveals Black Book RCM study

In this segmented survey of healthcare financial leaders, over 8,000 respective CFOs, CIOs, administrators and support staff of US hospitals and physician practices contributed their perceptions to Black Book™ between April 2013 and August 2013.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management, Incentive Programs

8 Steps to Prepare Your Practice for On-Site EHR Training

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 18, 2013

You have decided to implement an electronic health records (EHR) system. Great! You are on your way to becoming a 21st century medical practice. But now what?

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Topics: EHR, Practice Management, EHR Training

Now Available: New EHR Interactive Timeline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 17, 2013

Plan Ahead: Review Upcoming eHealth Milestones Using New eHealth Interactive Timeline

CMS posted a new interactive timeline that highlights key 2013 and 2014 milestones for its eHealth programs. The timeline helps you identify key program dates and corresponding required actions, as well as resources to help you complete each milestone.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS, PQRS, Incentive Programs

CMS eHealth Provider Webinar on Clinical Quality Measures

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 17, 2013

Join the Next eHealth Provider Webinar on Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) and Reporting Beginning in 2014 for Eligible Professionals

Eligible professionals are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar on clinical quality measures (CQMs), which will be held on Tuesday, September 24th from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar is titled “CQMs for 2014” and will focus on reporting CQMs beginning in 2014. CMS experts will be presenting on the following topics:

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

Preparing for the HIPAA Omnibus

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 13, 2013

Understanding the HIPAA Omnibus Rule is likely something you have been working on since the Federal Register published the 138 three-column pages on January 25, 2013.  The deadline for compliance is required with respect to most provisions no later than September 22, 2013. 

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, HIPAA, Affordable Care Act

Electronic Prescribing Requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 1

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 5, 2013

Spotlight on the Electronic Prescribing Measure for Stage 1 Meaningful Use

Eligible professionals have sent more than 190 million electronic prescriptions for Stage 1 of meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs since the programs began in 2011. Learn more about the requirements for the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) core measure, and join these providers who are advancing our health care system through the meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

2013 PQRS Program: What Providers Need to Know

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 3, 2013

Providers are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar, which will be held on Wednesday, September 11th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar is titled, “2013 PQRS Program: What Providers Need to Know about Upcoming PQRS Deadlines.” CMS experts will focus on upcoming deadlines for the 2013 PQRS and Value Based Payment Modifier programs, with topics including the following:

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Topics: CMS, PQRS

How to Evaluate Revenue Cycle Management Companies

by Arun Murali on September 3, 2013

Are you thinking about outsourcing your revenue cycle management (RCM) services to a third party vendor? Welcome to the party!  Increasing pressures on physician groups to lower operating costs is forcing them to look at outsourcing options.  Well, outsourcing is nothing new and companies on-shore and off are saturating the market with thousands of options - one of which could be right for you.  

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

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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PQRS Medicare EHR Incentive Pilot: 10 Steps to Guide You Through

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 29, 2013

Learn how to Participate in the 2013 PQRS-Medicare EHR Incentive Pilot

10 Steps to Guide You Through Participation

CMS has released a new fact sheet on how to participate in the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Pilot Program. The PQRS-Medicare EHR Incentive Pilot Program allows eligible professionals to meet the clinical quality measure (CQM) reporting requirements for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program while also reporting for thePQRS program by submitting their CQM data electronically.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, PQRS, Incentive Programs

Relocating Your Medical Practice: 4 Tips for Success

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 26, 2013

If you are considering moving your medical practice to a different office location, you want to make sure your relocation goes as smoothly as possible.  You will have to manage plenty of small tasks as part of the move, but there are a few key items you need to move to the top of your list.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management