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3 Tips for Closing the Gap: EHR Training and Patient Communication

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 23, 2013

According to a recent report from the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, an EHR in the exam room has the ability to improve the doctor-patient relationship.  Before you try to enhance your relationships by downloading the first EHR software system you demo, consider the training you will receive with the EHR implementation.

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

Payment Adjustments and Hardship Exceptions for EHR Program

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 14, 2013

Register for August 15th National Provider Call on Payment Adjustments and Hardship Exceptions for Medicare EHR Incentive Program

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Topics: EHR, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

Webinar - How EPs Participate in the EHR Incentive Program

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 8, 2013

Join the August 13 eHealth Provider Webinar to Learn How Eligible Professionals can Successfully Participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

The next eHealth provider webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 13th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET, and aims to help eligible professionals successfully participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The webinar, “Medicaid EHR Incentive Program: How Eligible Professionals Successfully Participate,” will feature CMS experts who will provide a comprehensive overview of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, including:

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Topics: EHR

The Real World Impact of Meaningful Use

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 25, 2013

A CMS press release from a few weeks ago provided an update on the EHR Incentive Programs. Specifically, the release discussed the real impact of Meaningful Use requirements on the nation’s health care system.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

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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Improve the Health of Your Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 15, 2013

You Are Not Alone

1 in 5 Physicians Are Worried  But One Visit Can IncreaseYour Practice's Financial Health
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, CMS

EHR Incentive Program Milestones | Key Deadlines Coming in 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 13, 2013

2014 will be a big year for CMS eHealth programs— there are key deadlines for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs; an expansion of eReporting will be coming up; the implementation of quality reporting program alignment begins; and the ICD-10 transition takes place on October 1st. Each of these milestones supports the overall goals of the eHealth initiative—helping health care providers deliver better patient care by simplifying the use of electronic standards and encouraging the adoption of health information technology.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10, Affordable Care Act

2013 Physician Survey | Outlook for the Future Includes EHR

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 9, 2013

Deloitte's 2013 Survey of US Physicians finds they believe the profession's future is decidely different than its past. Their view: the future is practicing in larger organizations using health information technologies (HIT) and team-based models.

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

Annual Wellness Visit Increases Profitability

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 6, 2013

300% More Revenue Than an Office Visit?

New Technology Greatly Simplifies Medicare Program Requirements

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS

Learn How the New ACA Benefit Leads to Boost in Practice Revenue

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 1, 2013

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Simplified - Free Webinar

Find Out How the Underutilized Program Can Increase Medical Practive Revenue Significantly 

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS

Average 2011 Payment for PQRS and eRX was $935 and $1009 Respectively

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 24, 2013

This report summarizes the reporting experience of eligible professionals in the PQRS and eRx programs in 2011, historical trends, and preliminary results for the 2012 program year.
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Topics: Incentive Programs

Medicare ePrescribe (eRx) Deadline Approaching This Month

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 5, 2013

A significant deadline for the Medicare eRx Incentive Program is fast approaching.   This June 30, 2013 deadline affects any provider who submits Medicare Part B Fee for Service (FFS) claims.  Act now to ensure that you avoid the 2.0% payment adjustment (penalty) that would be imposed in 2014. 

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, PQRS

PQRS and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs Guidance

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 16, 2013

Guidance for Eligible Professionals: How to Participate in Both the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and PQRS in 2013 and Beyond

Providers who treat Medicare patients and bill for Part B services on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) may be eligible for two incentive programs at CMS: the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program. CMS encourages you to read more to learn about the opportunity to participate in both.

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Topics: EHR, PQRS, Incentive Programs

Your Peers Have Received EHR Incentive Payments

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 7, 2013

More than 250,000 physicians and other medical professionals eligible for the federally funded electronic health record incentive payment programs have received payments, according to the latest government data.

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EHR Adoption Leads to Cost Savings in Canada

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 30, 2013

The increased use of electronic health record systems helped reduce costs in Canada's health care system by about 1.3 billion Canadian dollars -- or about $1.27 billion -- over six years, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, EHR Intelligence reports (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 4/22).

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management

eClinicalWorks Mobile EHR Selected by the National Football League

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 26, 2013

The NFL draft is getting underway, and the league has made a draft choice of its own: It has called on eClinicalWorks to create a mobile electronic health record that will be used by team caregivers to provide real-time access to player videos and information on how to diagnose and treat sports injuries.

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Meaningful Use: Pre-Payment Audits in 2013

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 12, 2013

It’s not just about demonstrating Meaningful Use in 2013.  CMS will now be performing pre-payment audits in addition to the post-payment Meaningful Use audits.  Before mailing out some bonus checks, CMS says the audits (which will affect 5-10% of incentive applications) will be random and start with attestations submitted during and after January 2013.

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

Medicare PECOS Edits Begin May 1, 2013 - Claim Denials Possible

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 6, 2013

Effective May 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will turn on the Phase 2 denial edits. This means that Medicare will deny claims for services or supplies that require an ordering/referring provider to be identified and that provider is not identified, is not in Medicare's enrollment records, or is not of a specialty type that may order/refer the service/item being billed. 
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Topics: EHR, CMS, Affordable Care Act

CMS U-turn on Medicare Advantage Payment Cuts

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 4, 2013

Medicare Advantage Payments to be Increased Instead of Cut

Medicare Advantage customers need not fear the painful benefit cuts in 2014 as anticipated by Health Insurers. CMS backtracked on plans to cut Medicare Advantage payments to insurers by 2.2% in 2014 and instead decided on a 3.3% increase. 

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, CMS

Avoiding 2015 PQRS Payment Adjustments

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 29, 2013

Purpose

This article provides information on the 2015 PQRS payment adjustment and guidance on how individual eligible professionals and group practices can avoid the 2015 PQRS payment adjustment. Information provided in this article is based on the 2013 Medicare PFS Final Rule.
This article focuses on the PQRS payment adjustment and does not provide guidance for Value-Based Payment Modifier upward adjustment or payment adjustments from other Medicare sponsored programs. See the Additional Information section below for links to the CMS Value-Based Payment Modifier website, and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program website.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, PQRS, Incentive Programs