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Online EHR Data Access Benefits Patients

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Apr 4, 2013 3:46:00 PM

Patients "overwhelmingly" experience positive benefits when they have online access to their electronic health records, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, FierceEMR reports (Durben Hirsch, FierceEMR, 4/1).

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Topics: Patient Portal, Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management

What the Sequestration Means to Medicare Payments for Providers

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Mar 11, 2013 3:15:00 PM

Medicare Claims processing, Sequestration and 2% Cut

As you know, on March 1st, President Obama issued a sequestration order as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.  Although for most federal programs the effects of sequestration began immediately, for Medicare Part A and Part B, the sequestration related cuts do not take effect until April 1st.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

eClinicalWorks Customer Unity Health Care Receives HIMSS Davies Award

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Mar 4, 2013 12:56:00 PM

DC Health Center Achieves 106% Return on Investment for Implementing Electronic Health Records

NEW ORLEANS, Mar 04, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- eClinicalWorks, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that eClinicalWorks' customer Unity Health Care of Washington, D.C., has received a 2012 HIMSS Community Health Organization Davies Award, which honors excellence in implementing electronic health records (EHRs). The award will be presented at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Practice Management, eClinicalWorks New Features

Holyoke Medical Center Expands eClinicalWorks Relationship

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 29, 2013 10:43:00 AM

Medical Center Chooses eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record Solution to Advance Accountable Care Organization Goals

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—January 29, 2013—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announces that Massachusetts’s Holyoke Medical Center is expanding its relationship with the company to include eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record™ (CCMR) for advancing its Accountable Care Organization (ACO)-related objectives, coordinating care across the continuum as well as evaluating population health and quality improvement activities. Holyoke Medical Center currently utilizes eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution, including its peer-to-peer network for sending discharge summaries to a patient’s primary care physician.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Practice Management, ACO, eClinicalWorks New Features

EMR Meaningful Use Medicare and Medicaid Payments Top $10.3B

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 23, 2013 1:32:00 PM

Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are estimated to have blasted through $10.3 billion to a total of 180,200 physicians and hospitals through December since the program's inception. December's payments of $1.25 billion were driven by the largest amount of hospital payments for an individual month, according to Robert Anthony, a specialist in CMS' Office of eHealth Standards and Services.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

Several Changes to Stage 1 Meaningful Use Measures Begin This Year

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 22, 2013 11:10:00 AM

The Stage 2 rule for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs included changes to the Stage 1 meaningful use objectives, measures, and exclusions for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). Some of these Stage 1 changes took effect on October 1, 2012, for eligible hospitals and CAHs, or January 1, 2013, for EPs. Several are optional, but others are required.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, CMS, Incentive Programs

HITECH EMR Meaningful Use Tip Sheet

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 12, 2013 2:32:00 PM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has received numerous questions regarding Specialists meeting the EHR Meaningful Use (MU) criteria to either receive the bonus payments or avoid the penalties.  In response to those inquiries, CMS has created a "Tipsheet" to provide some insights and suggestions on how Specialists can meet the Meaningful Use criteria.

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Topics: Incentive Programs

Fiscal Cliff Impact on Physicians

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 2, 2013 8:49:00 AM

The House of Representatives late Tuesday approved the Senate's last-minute fiscal cliff package (PDF) that staves off a sharp Medicare physician pay cut by cutting billions from other Medicare providers, including hospitals, pharmacies and dialysis clinics.

Early on New Year's Day, the Senate voted 89-8 to approve the American Taxpayer Relief Act, an amended version of a tax bill that House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced last summer. House members on Tuesday considered the Senate-passed legislation in meetings during the day and floor debate in the evening. In a vote of 257 to 167, the House passed the measure, which permanently extends middle-class tax cuts and postpones the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester for two months. The legislation also averts the expected 26.5% Medicare physician payment cut and extends current Medicare payment rates for doctors through Dec.31, 2013.

Now that both chambers have approved the package, Congress will send the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature. Moments after the House vote, the president said in a brief news conference that Tuesday's agreement helps reduce the nation's deficit by raising $620 billion in revenue from the wealthiest households in America. He also noted there will be more deficit reduction as Congress considers how to address the sequester, and he indicated he's open to reforms in the Medicare program.

“As I've demonstrated throughout the past several weeks, I am very open to compromise. I agree with Democrats and Republicans that the aging population and the rising cost of healthcare makes Medicare the biggest contributor to our deficit," the president said. "I believe we've got to find ways to reform that program without hurting seniors who count on it to survive. And I believe that there is further unnecessary spending in government that we can eliminate. But we can't simply cut our way to prosperity."

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

Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center ACO Selects eClinicalWorks CCMR

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Dec 19, 2012 10:23:00 PM

Medical Center Chooses eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record Solution to Advance Accountable Care Organization Goals

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—December 19, 2012—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that New Jersey’s Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) has chosen eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record™ (CCMR) and comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution. Using these technologies will aid MHMC in meeting its objectives as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), coordinating care across the continuum as well as evaluating population health and quality improvement activities.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, ACO, eClinicalWorks New Features

EHR Regulations Could Be Changed

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Dec 5, 2012 2:58:00 PM

A proposed federal rule nips and tucks previously issued regulations governing the testing, certification and use of electronic health-record systems.

The proposed rule, issued jointly by the CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, tweaks several of the meaningful-use criteria that healthcare providers must meet to qualify for payment under the federal EHR incentive program.

For example, it adds an alternative meaningful-use criterion for the electronic transmission of structured lab results from hospitals to ambulatory-care providers who ordered the lab test.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

NFL Selects eClinicalWorks EHR Platform

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Nov 26, 2012 4:12:00 PM

As criticism mounts over the National Football League’s failure to do enough to prevent repeat head injuries and their lasting cognitive effects, the NFL announced that the league would convert to an electronic health record system next season with software provided by Westborough-based eClinicalWorks.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR

Medicaid Primary Care Benefits Increase

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Nov 2, 2012 2:18:00 PM

The CMS issued a final rule late Thursday temporarily increasing primary care physician payments from Medicaid.

The rule (PDF), which implements a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, details the extent and target of the increase, which takes effect in January and lasts through 2014.

The provision is designed to match Medicare rates, but the rule specifically covers only the difference between the Medicare rate and states' Medicaid rates as of July 1, 2009. The additional federal funding may not be enough to increase the rate to Medicare levels because some states have enacted Medicare provider rate cuts since mid-2009.

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS

Medical Practice Takes a $1.5M Hit From Meaningful Use Violations

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Oct 28, 2012 12:02:00 PM

The Office for Civil Rights appears to be sending a stern and serious message to practices nationwide as the first stage of Meaningful Use wraps up. Less than four months after the Alaska DHHS’s $1.7 million settlement we reported on in August, another practice has been slammed with a $1.5 million fine for a potential breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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Topics: EHR, Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

Prepare for ICD-10 Implementation

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Oct 11, 2012 7:50:00 PM

National Provider Call: Preparing Physicians for ICD-10 Implementation - Register Now

 Thursday, October 25; 1:30-3pm ET

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

Community Medical Clinics Increase Electronic Health Records Adoption

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Oct 3, 2012 6:32:00 PM

Community clinics are turning technologically savvy. Spurred on by federal funds, they are adopting electronic health records at rates exceeded only by HMOs.

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR