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Time for an EHR Switch: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

by Nicole Laucks on March 4, 2014

Considering switching to a more moder, easy to use,  EHR software? You're not alone. Many practices are switching from an outdated legacy EHR software to a new system that allows for things like device integration, mobile access, smart phone apps, and more. However, not everyone is having an easy time letting go of their out dated software. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself if you're considering switching to a new EHR software.

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Topics: EHR

CMS Launches New eHealth University

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 27, 2014

New eHealth University, A Go-To Resource for eHealth Programs

This week at HIMSS14, CMS launched eHealth University, a new resource that helps providers find information and materials on each of the eHealth programs in one location.

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Topics: EHR, CMS

Use New PQRS Interactive Timeline to Prepare for Upcoming Milestones

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 24, 2014

If you are an eligible professional or group practice participating in PQRS, CMS wants to make sure you are prepared for the many important program milestones that are approaching. To help you navigate these program deadlines, CMS has released a new PQRS interactive timeline that will help you identify key program dates for PQRS between 2014 and 2016, and direct you to related resources.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, PQRS

Less Than 10% of Physician Practices Ready for ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 10, 2014

Englewood, Colo., Feb. 4, 2014 – As the Oct. 1 compliance date to transition to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) approaches for physician practices, MGMA research released today indicates that overall readiness for implementation continues to lag. Less than 10 percent of responding practices reported that they had made significant progress when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation, up only slightly (from 4.7 percent) since June 2013, when MGMA previously conducted research to assess readiness levels. The new research includes responses from more than 570 medical groups where more than 21,000 physicians practice.

“The critical coordination that must take place between practices and their software vendor, clearinghouse and health plan partners is simply not happening at the pace required for a seamless implementation. Very simply, ICD-10 is behind schedule,” said Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, MGMA president and chief executive officer. “MGMA continues to advocate on behalf of members and provides tools and resources to help practice executives make the transition to ICD-10 more cost effective and less disruptive to their organizations.”

MGMA urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to immediately take action to help ensure that physician practices can successfully undertake such a massive transition, including:

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

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

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

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

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

[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: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, 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, Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act, 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

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

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

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: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Practice Management

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

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

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

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