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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

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

ACA Provides New Revenue Opportunities to Some Physicians

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 3, 2013

Why Physicians May Seek Out Medicare Patients Under New ACA Rules

Like clockwork, once again, physicians would have faced a 26.5 percent reduction in the Medicare physician payment rate on January 1, 2013, as a result of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.  Congress has intervened 14 times since 2002 with a stopgap measure to prevent major cuts in physician Medicare reimbursement.  Created as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the SGR formula and has never been corrected permanently by Congress.

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

New EMR Mobile App: healow

by Nicole Laucks on February 15, 2013

healow_icon.pngAs the business of healthcare IT continues to evolve, helping doctors provide access to their patients' continues to be at the forefront of the industry.  Patients are constantly looking for new ways to manage their health while doctors look for new ways to advance patient engagement.  With eClinicalWorks, providers and patients have the opportunity to fill the gap in improving health outcomes. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, 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

Do Not Ignore Medicare's Revalidation Process!

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 31, 2013

Have you received your Medicare Revalidation Letter Yet?

Section 6401 (a) of the Affordable Care Act established a requirement for all enrolled providers and suppliers to revalidate their enrollment information under new enrollment screening criteria. This revalidation effort applies to those providers and suppliers that were enrolled prior to March 25, 2011. Newly enrolled providers and suppliers that submitted their enrollment applications to CMS on or after March 25, 2011, are generally not impacted.

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act

Best Mobile Apps for Physicians Part 2

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 25, 2013

Filtering through the thousands of medical apps now available can be time consuming and stressful.  As a medical professional we know your time is limited which is why we have compiled a list of the top 20 apps for physicians.  Some will help you organize your life and practice while others are going to assist you in building relationships with patients through top notch medical care.  

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Topics: Practice Management

SGR Fiscal Cliff Updates and Medical Practice Impact

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 2, 2013

Yesterday, the United States Congress approved legislation that prevents most taxpayers from experiencing a tax increase; prevents the scheduled 26.5% SGR related cut in physician fee schedule payments; and delays (until early March) the 2% across-the-board cut in Medicare payments due to sequestration.

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

Tip To Boost Medical Practice Revenue | Patient Education

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 13, 2012

Increase Your Medical Practice's Revenue - Educate Your Patients on Free Preventative Care

The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010 has made preventative care services free for 47 million women.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released this information back in July of 2012 detailing eight new prevention-related services that must be covered by health plans allowing women to take control of their health.  Insurance companies did not cover these services before under their health plans which made women responsible for the co-pays and deductibles for the care they need to stay healthy.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, Practice Management, Affordable Care Act

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

Top 10 Mobile Apps for Physicians

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 16, 2012

More mobile phones than computers shipped last year—1.8 billion versus 300 million—according to research from Gartner. Everyone, including doctors, is living in a mobile world powered by apps. While there are hundreds of healthcare apps to choose from, we've put together a comprehensive list of some of the top apps for engaging patients, networking, and medical industry news.

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Topics: Practice Management

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

EMR Roundtable: HIStalk Practice Panel Highlights

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 12, 2012

The HIStalk Practice Advisory Panel is a group of physicians, ambulatory care professionals, and a few vendor executives who have volunteered to provide their thoughts on topical issues relevant to physician practices. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Patient Portal, EHR, Practice Management

In-House vs. Outsourced Medical Billing Services Analysis - Surgery

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 21, 2012

8 Points on Whether In-House Billing or Outsourcing Services Makes More Sense for ASCs

Industry experts discuss different situations when either outsourcing billing services or creating an in-house billing department makes more sense for surgery centers.

Outsource billing services

1. High volume centers. In some situations, it makes sense for high volume surgery centers to outsource billing services because you don't want to fall behind on collections. "If you are a high volume surgery center and you constantly have dirty claims and you aren't making headway on your accounts receivable, it's usually a direct effect of your staff," says Kelly Grier, vice president of business operations for ASD Management.

Michael Pankey, RN, administrator of Ambulatory Surgery Center of Spartanburg (S.C.), runs an outpatient surgery center where physicians have about 10,000 patient visits per year. "The larger a center gets, the more beneficial outsourcing becomes because the more people your vendor can put on your account," he says.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management

Save the Date: Certified EHR Technology Call on June 27

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 19, 2012

Register for CMS and ONC's Joint National Provider Call on Using Certified EHR Technology to Meet Meaningful Use

CMS and ONC are holding a joint National Provider Call on Wednesday, June 27, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET for eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals to hear an overview of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and learn about the use of certified EHR technology to meet meaningful use. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS

eClinicalWorks Ranked Best In Class EHR System

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 7, 2012

IDC Ranks eClinicalWorks EHR Highest in Industry Analysis

In two reports, one released in May 2012 and the other in November 2011 by IDC Health Insights, eClinicalWorks earned high scores for its EHR, placing the company as the only one in the Leader Quadrant for small, midsize, and large medical practices. The reports, titled IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Midsize and Large Practices 2011 Vendor Assessment (20+ providers) and IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Small Practices 2012 Vendor Assessment (20 or less providers), focus on electronic health and medical records for the ambulatory market. Combined, they target small, midsize and large practices, showing the success eClinicalWorks has had in these markets. Download the report for the small practices as well as the one for the midsize & large practices.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management

EHR Training: Avoiding Problems That Can Affect A Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 5, 2012

EHRs can improve your practice’s efficiency, patient outcomes, and physician productivity. But if you don’t train practice staff and providers correctly, none of these benefits will be realized. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Practice Management, EHR Training

Meaningful Use: Last Chance for Docs?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 18, 2012

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs