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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

24% Cut in Medicare Payments Averted For 3 Months

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 27, 2013

CMS has released the following statement now that President Obama has signed into law the legislation necessary to prevent the SGR related cut from taking place on January 1, 2014.  According to this announcement, additional revisions may be made in the conversion factor.  It is not clear when those revisions will be announced but once they are we will be posting the updates to our website. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

Simple EHR Training Advice That Will Help Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 26, 2013

We can often take our computer skills for granted. Not everyone is fortunate enough to learn basic computer skills and that can impact efficiency in a modern medical office. As an electronic health records (EHR) trainer, I have experienced the difficulty of training nurses and medical assistants on an EHR/EMR system. The transition is difficult for some to understand, and sometimes the nurses do not see the value the EHR can bring to a medical practice. I understand that nurses focus primarily on patient care as well as making sure the patient is ready to be seen by the provider. When a practice is moving from paper records to an EMR, the nursing staff is often skeptical of the benefits that will result.  Here are a few things to help ease the transition process from paper medical records to an EMR for the nursing staff.

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Topics: Patient Portal, EHR, Practice Management, EHR Training

New Proposed EHR Incentive Program Timeline and How it Affects You

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 20, 2013

How will the proposed new timeline affect you?

CMS and ONC announced the intent to change the Stage 3 timeline and extend Stage 2 of meaningful use through 2016. 

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Topics: Incentive Programs

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