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Relocating Your Medical Practice: 4 Tips for Success

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 26, 2013

If you are considering moving your medical practice to a different office location, you want to make sure your relocation goes as smoothly as possible.  You will have to manage plenty of small tasks as part of the move, but there are a few key items you need to move to the top of your list.

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

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

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

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

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

4 Secrets of the Medical Self-Pay Strategy

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 5, 2013

With the growing costs of healthcare, patients are required to pay more out of their pockets than ever before!  Medical insurance deductibles and co-payments are on the rise while fewer necessary procedures are covered in-full by many insurance companies.  According to ACA International, 29 percent of adults reported medical debt or trouble paying medical bills, and 16 percent had been contacted by a collection agency for unpaid medical bills.   

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

EMR Physician Practice Tips to Maximize Revenue

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 14, 2013

Best Practices for Collecting Out-of-Pocket Patient Fees

One of the most important aspects of a medical practice’s success is collecting the money that a patient owes them. This seems like a “no-brainer,” right? Well that does not necessarily make it an easy feat. Patient out-of-pocket fees account for 30 percent of a practice’s revenue, yet once a patient walks out the door, chances of collecting that money are practically cut in half.

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

GroupOne Helped These Practices Raise Monthly Revenue By 32%

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 9, 2012

According to a recent study, GroupOne Health Source’s staff of medical billing experts, which includes certified coders and reimbursement specialists, has helped numerous medical practices of various specialties and sizes generate, on average, a 32% increase in monthly collections.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management

5 Ways EMRs Can Boost Profitability

by Nicole Laucks on November 9, 2012

Since the electronic medical records (EMR) market continues to boom, we thought it'd be helpful to dig into ways that physician practices can use an EMR to boost their profitability. Here are five tips to help you understand how an EMR can contribute to bottom line growth. 

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Topics: EHR, Practice Management

EHR System Increases Quality Care

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 24, 2012

Study from the Journal of General Internal Medicine Finds Higher Care Quality Linked with EHR Use

Having trouble making up your mind about EHRs? In a new study published by the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM), providers' use of EHRs was shown to lead to significantly higher care quality scores for certain health conditions compared to scores from providers using paper records. The study looked at the association between EHRs and ambulatory quality in a community-based setting, finding that EHR use led to:

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Topics: EHR, Practice Management

7 Reasons to Purchase EHR by end of 2012

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 18, 2012

  1. Expiring Favorable Tax Law – Tax Savings
  2. Patients Prefer Patient Portals and EHRs
  3. Free iPad 3 promotion thru 12/31/2012
  4. Deferred financing on license fees by 12/31/2012
  5. $39,000 - $63,750 stimulus payment
  6. No down payment required with GroupOne
  7. Become a Modern and Paper Free Practice in 2012 – New Year’s Resolution

1. Expiring Favorable Tax Laws – Tax Savings

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, EHR, Incentive Programs

EHR Adoption Continues to Rise

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 5, 2012

Physician adoption of ambulatory electronic health records is on an upswing, with 69 percent of physicians surveyed owning an EHR, up from about 61 percent in 2011 and 42 percent in 2010, according to a new survey published by CapSite.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

New Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Guide

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 6, 2012

Take a Look at CMS' New Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Guide for Eligible Professionals; Remember to Register Now for the EHR Incentive Programs

CMS has created a new comprehensive guide, An Introduction to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals, to help walk EPs through all of the phases of the Medicaid program. This guide includes chapters on:

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

eClinicalWorks P2P - Connect the Docs

by Nicole Laucks on August 4, 2012

Let’s face it - communication and clinical data exchange between providers is an inefficient process. How much time is lost on the phone, calling to gather information or to make a referral appointment? How much time is wasted scanning and faxing patient documents back and forth between providers and specialists? Time is money, correct? There has to be a better way.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Incentive Programs

Mastering EHR after Rollout Is Key to Productivity Gains

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 2, 2012

The fear of lost productivity — as in seeing fewer patients — ranks as a major barrier to implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system, yet among healthcare groups that have mastered their use, productivity is far more likely to rise than fall, according to a new survey by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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