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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: CMS, Revenue Cycle Management

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, EHR Training, Practice Management

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

[Infographic] Important Healthcare Deadlines to Remember

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 19, 2013

Healthcare Deadlines Over the Next Few Years

Still trying to figure out the who, what, when and where of the upcoming healthcare deadlines? It can be hard to stay up-to-date with all of the changes with policies and payments. Check out the following timeline to plan for the changes over the next couple of years.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, ICD-10, Practice Management, Revenue Cycle Management, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

7 Reasons to Purchase an EMR in 2013

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 12, 2013

  1. Expiring Favorable Tax Law – Tax Savings
  2. Patients Prefer Patient Portals and EHRs
  3. Free iPad 3 promotion through 12/31/2013
  4. Deferred financing on license fees by 12/31/2013
  5. 2014 is Final Year to Qualify for Medicare EHR Incentives
  6. No down payment required with GroupOne
  7. Become a Modern and Paper Free Practice in 2014 – New Year’s Resolution

1. Expiring Favorable Tax Laws – Tax Savings

There are several tax law changes pending for 2014 that will significantly revise favorable business tax provisions for medical practices.

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

CMS Tip Sheet: Conducting a Security Risk Analysis for Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 11, 2013

Have you reviewed your practice processes to make sure that your patients’ personal health information is protected and secure?

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Stage 2 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use Extensions Announced

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 7, 2013

If you read it carefully, a joint CMS and ONC post divulges their intentions to elongate meaningful use stages 2 and 3 via a proposed new schedule.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Impact

by Keith Lage on December 4, 2013

Last Wednesday, while most of us were stuffing the turkey and preparing for a long weekend, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized payment rates and policies for 2014 in the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule.  Care management outside of the routine office visit and policies to promote high quality care and efficiency in Medicare were a major focus in the proposal.  The final rule sets payment rates for physicians and non-physician practitioners paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014 and addresses the policies included in the proposed rule issued in July. CMS projects that total payments under the fee schedule in 2014 will be approximately $87 billion.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

Join the Next CMS eHealth Webinar on Program Milestones

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 3, 2013

Join Next Provider Webinar on 2014 CMS eHealth Program Milestones for Eligible Professionals

Eligible Professionals (EPs) are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar on milestones for 2014 eHealth programs, which will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will help you prepare for major eHealth deadlines, transition milestones and benchmarks in 2014. CMS experts will present on eHealth programs including the EHR Incentive ProgramsICD-10, and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

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Topics: EHR, CMS, ICD-10, PQRS, Incentive Programs

The Best Kept Secret of Online Physician Reviews

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 27, 2013

Across the internet you can find just about anything.  Ask a question from your phone, tablet, or laptop and you have an answer in seconds.  Considering most people turn to the internet when deciding on a movie or restaurant, should we be surprised if patients too are searching for a physician online?

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New EHR Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 25, 2013

If you are an eligible professional preparing for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs, check out our new CMS tipsheet on Stage 2 health information exchange requirements.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Phase 2 Denial Edits Will Begin January 6, 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 14, 2013

Several years ago, CMS mandated that payment for referral services would only be paid if the referring provider were properly enrolled in Medicare.  Due to industry pressure, the effective date for this policy was continually delayed to allow providers sufficient time to meet the enrollment criteria.  According to the following announcement, CMS intends to instruct their Contractors to turn on the ordering and referring edits on January 6, 2014.  

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

4 Major Risks with ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 13, 2013

According to CMS, 1 in 5 physician practices will see their Medicare denials double for up to 6 months after October 1, 2014, the deadline for ICD-10. Your practice does not have to be one of them. Get started early with planning for ICD-10.

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

Most Popular EHR Systems | Infographic

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 11, 2013

The following Capterra infographic illustrates the top 20 most popular EMR software solutions in 2013 as measured by a combination of their total number of customers, users, and social presence.

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Topics: EHR, eClinicalWorks, Practice Management

The 5 Common Mistakes Made When Starting a Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 8, 2013

1. Assuming it will be easy

You are excellent with medicine, and maybe a few other things. But no one can be good at everything.  Starting a medical practice entails much more than just seeing patients. Yes, there is a business side to starting a practice which is ultimately your business. There thousands of variables you haven’t even considered yet so do not be afraid to ask for help. 

Bringing in a practice start-up expert can save you time, money, and a few headaches.  Having the correct staff on board for your start-up can help you avoid some commin pitfalls that new practices can encounter so you have the best chance of building your new practice into a profitable, and long term solution for your specific situation.

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

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