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Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Year #2 Payments Begin

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 19, 2012

Louisiana's Medicaid EHR Incentive Program First in Nation to Issue an Incentive Payment for Eligible Professionals for Meaningful Use

Louisiana is the first state in the nation to issue an incentive payment to a Medicaid eligible professional (EP) for demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals made the payment to the Winn Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), on behalf of three EPs. The Winn Community Health Center, a small rural community center staffed by a physician, a nurse practitioner, and a physician's assistant, was also the first FQHC in Louisiana to enroll with the state health information exchange (HIE).

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Incentive Programs

CMS Provides New EHR Incentive Program Q&As

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 16, 2012

Review Important Questions and Answers about Registration for the EHR Incentive Programs

After determining your eligibility for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, you should then register as early as possible for the Medicare and/or Medicaid program. CMS’ EHR Information Center is open to assist the EHR provider community with registration and other program-related inquiries.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

EHR Incentive Program - Feb. 2012 Participation Data

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 31, 2012

Latest Success Data on Provider Participation in the EHR Incentive Programs

CMS has released February 2012 data that highlights program-to-date (since January 2011) participation and payment totals under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The February report documents continued growth in  registrations and payments, including:

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

EHR Registration & CMS National Provider Calls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 24, 2012

Ensure Your Success in the EHR Incentive Programs by Registering Early

CMS recommends that all eligible professionals (EPs) register as early as possible for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

New iPad Gets Cautious Kudos for Healthcare

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 16, 2012

The debut next week of the iPad3, or "the new iPad" as Apple officials are calling it, has the IT world at large abuzz. But is it a slam-dunk for healthcare? A few of its new functions have certainly caught the eyes of healthcare providers.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, EHR

New FAQs on Meaningful Use and Attestation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 10, 2012

Provided by the CMS, we at GroupOne are happy to pass along some new FAQs for you regarding Meaningful Use and Attestation.

We want to help keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. CMS has recently added five new FAQs on meaningful use and attestation. Take a minute and review them below:

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Topics: Medical Business, CMS, Incentive Programs

HIPAA 5010 Transition Problems

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 5, 2012

Many Physicians experience problems during 5010 Transition

On January 1, 2012, all electronically submitted HIPAA covered health insurance claims were supposed to be submitted using the 5010 platform.  Although CMS had previously announced it would not take any enforcement action against any plan or provider who was not 5010 ready until after March 1, 2012, the January 1 deadline for compliance remained in effect.

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Topics: HIPAA

Prepare for HIPAA Audits

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 13, 2012

As the HIPAA compliance audit program draws near, healthcare organizations must take five steps to prepare, compliance specialist Bob Chaput urges.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Benefits of a Unified EMR System

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 9, 2012

We at GroupOne can appreciate what a daunting task it can be to compare all the various electronic medical records (EMR) systems currently available in the marketplace. An “apples to apples” comparison of features and usability can be difficult and costly if the EMR system selected does not meet the unique needs of your specific practice. Many of our customers ultimately choose GroupOne and eClinicalWorks because eClinicalworks is built in ONE unified application, ONE database.

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Topics: EHR

Upcoming CMS Sponsored Calls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 16, 2012

January 17, 2012 National Provider Call with Question & Answer Session on 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program; 1:30 - 3:00pm ET.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, PQRS

Top 5 ICD-10 pitfalls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 12, 2011

A panel of ICD-10 experts spoke last week at a conference co-hosted by the New England Health Information and Management Systems Society and Maine Healthcare Financial Management Association in South Portland, Maine, giving advice about the five ‘gotchas’ that can wreak havoc on the best-laid plans for implementing the new coding system.
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, ICD-10, EHR Training

HIPAA 5010 Enforcement Delay Pitfalls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 2, 2011

"It's not a good idea to get too comfortable with the extension," according to industry experts.

Even with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) recently announced 90-day discretionary enforcement period (March 21 versus Jan. 1) for physicians to transition to HIPAA Version 5010 for claims transmission, physician practices must stay on task, making a "good faith effort" toward on-time compliance.

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Topics: EHR, HIPAA, ICD-10

Cuts in Medicaid Pay to Physicians by State

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 11, 2011

According to a report released by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, almost every state is cutting costs related to Medicaid.  Many states are implementing cost-cutting initiatives, such as restricting Medicaid benefits, implementing new and higher copayments for beneficiaries, and/or enacting provider rate restrictions. In fact, since July 1, 2010, 22 states have already slashed physician pay rates.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, CMS

Overnight EHR roll-outs aren’t effective

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 27, 2011

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Topics: Patient Portal, EHR, EHR Training

CQM & EHR Incentive Program Webinar

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 24, 2011

CMS is Holding a Second Webinar on the CQMs and the EHR Incentive Programs for Small-Practice Providers

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Topics: EHR

eClinicalWorks EHR 2012 Product Initiatives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 7, 2011

Several GroupOne Health Source employees recently attended the 2011 eClinicalWorks National Users Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  During its 2011 National Users Conference, eClinicalWorks unveiled four new and exciting product initiatives designed to further enhance medical practices and change the EHR industry.  When combined with the already impressive assortment of product features like Patient Portal, eClinicalMobile, and eClinicalMessenger, eClinicalWorks continues to improve upon its industry leading EHR solution.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, EHR

eRx Hardship Exemption Deadline - Nov 1, 2011

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 6, 2011

The Deadline to Request a Hardship Exemption for the eRx Incentive Program is November 1, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to remind eligible professionals and group practices that the deadline to request a hardship exemption for the 2012 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program adjustment is November 1, 2011.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, CMS

eClinicalWorks Video Demonstration - PM and Billing Tips

by Keith Lage on September 19, 2011

    Discover h

In depth demo of eClinicalWorks’s practice management features with EHR billing tips from GroupOne's Dianne Swanson.

Dianne Swanson is a highly regarded medical practice consultant.  She has consulted with practices nationwide, focusing on maximizing eClinicalWorks revenue cycle management functions.  As president of GroupOne Health Source, Inc.  Dianne's revenue cycle management experience has helped hundreds of practices overcome eCW RCM challenges such as declining reimbursement, low cash flow, and lack of EHR optimization. GroupOne is a “Gold Certified” eClinicalWorks implementation and sales partner that specializes in medical billing services on the eClinicalWorks system and provides billing services to hundreds of eClinicalWorks users.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, EHR, Practice Management, Denial Management

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

by Keith Lage on September 19, 2011

Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire? – There’s a Code for that. This is an article from the Wall Street Journal that was posted on Sept 13, 2011 regarding ICD-10. Some may find this interesting/amusing. ICD-10 is a good reason for medical practice to partner with a professional billing service firm like GroupOne Health Source.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10, Coding

CMS Posts Guides to Help Care Providers Plan HIPAA, ICD-10 Changes

by Keith Lage on September 14, 2011

Implementation Widget and Timelines 

For detailed timelines of activities that providers, physicians, medical practices, payers, and vendors need to; undertake to prepare for Version 5010 and ICD-10, download our timeline widget to your desktop or mobile device.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10