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Prepare for HIPAA Audits

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 13, 2012

As the HIPAA compliance audit program draws near, healthcare organizations must take five steps to prepare, compliance specialist Bob Chaput urges.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Benefits of a Unified EMR System

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 9, 2012

We at GroupOne can appreciate what a daunting task it can be to compare all the various electronic medical records (EMR) systems currently available in the marketplace. An “apples to apples” comparison of features and usability can be difficult and costly if the EMR system selected does not meet the unique needs of your specific practice. Many of our customers ultimately choose GroupOne and eClinicalWorks because eClinicalworks is built in ONE unified application, ONE database.

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Topics: EHR

Upcoming CMS Sponsored Calls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 16, 2012

January 17, 2012 National Provider Call with Question & Answer Session on 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program; 1:30 - 3:00pm ET.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, PQRS

Top 5 ICD-10 pitfalls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 12, 2011

A panel of ICD-10 experts spoke last week at a conference co-hosted by the New England Health Information and Management Systems Society and Maine Healthcare Financial Management Association in South Portland, Maine, giving advice about the five ‘gotchas’ that can wreak havoc on the best-laid plans for implementing the new coding system.
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, ICD-10, EHR Training

HIPAA 5010 Enforcement Delay Pitfalls

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 2, 2011

"It's not a good idea to get too comfortable with the extension," according to industry experts.

Even with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) recently announced 90-day discretionary enforcement period (March 21 versus Jan. 1) for physicians to transition to HIPAA Version 5010 for claims transmission, physician practices must stay on task, making a "good faith effort" toward on-time compliance.

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Topics: EHR, HIPAA, ICD-10

Cuts in Medicaid Pay to Physicians by State

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 11, 2011

According to a report released by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, almost every state is cutting costs related to Medicaid.  Many states are implementing cost-cutting initiatives, such as restricting Medicaid benefits, implementing new and higher copayments for beneficiaries, and/or enacting provider rate restrictions. In fact, since July 1, 2010, 22 states have already slashed physician pay rates.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, CMS

Overnight EHR roll-outs aren’t effective

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 27, 2011

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Topics: Patient Portal, EHR, EHR Training

CQM & EHR Incentive Program Webinar

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 24, 2011

CMS is Holding a Second Webinar on the CQMs and the EHR Incentive Programs for Small-Practice Providers

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Topics: EHR

eClinicalWorks EHR 2012 Product Initiatives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 7, 2011

Several GroupOne Health Source employees recently attended the 2011 eClinicalWorks National Users Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  During its 2011 National Users Conference, eClinicalWorks unveiled four new and exciting product initiatives designed to further enhance medical practices and change the EHR industry.  When combined with the already impressive assortment of product features like Patient Portal, eClinicalMobile, and eClinicalMessenger, eClinicalWorks continues to improve upon its industry leading EHR solution.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, EHR

eRx Hardship Exemption Deadline - Nov 1, 2011

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 6, 2011

The Deadline to Request a Hardship Exemption for the eRx Incentive Program is November 1, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to remind eligible professionals and group practices that the deadline to request a hardship exemption for the 2012 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program adjustment is November 1, 2011.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, CMS

eClinicalWorks Video Demonstration - PM and Billing Tips

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 19, 2011

In depth demo of eClinicalWorks’s practice management features with EHR billing tips.

GroupOne's eClinicalWorks revenue cycle management experience has helped thousands of physicians with claim management and revenue cycle management. With an end-to-end solution customized for eClinicalWorks users, we help our customers overcome eCW RCM challenges such as declining reimbursement, low cash flow, and lack of EHR optimization. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, EHR, Practice Management, Denial Management

Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire? - There's an ICD-10 Code For That

by Keith Lage on September 19, 2011

Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire? – There’s a Code for that. This is an article from the Wall Street Journal that was posted on Sept 13, 2011 regarding ICD-10. Some may find this interesting/amusing. ICD-10 is a good reason for medical practice to partner with a professional billing service firm like GroupOne Health Source.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10, Coding

CMS Posts Guides to Help Care Providers Plan HIPAA, ICD-10 Changes

by Keith Lage on September 14, 2011

Implementation Widget and Timelines 

For detailed timelines of activities that providers, physicians, medical practices, payers, and vendors need to; undertake to prepare for Version 5010 and ICD-10, download our timeline widget to your desktop or mobile device.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10

EHR's and Other Opportunities: For Practices, The Clock is Ticking

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 6, 2011

Practices face a variety of daunting challenges — dealing with healthcare reform, increased regulation and reporting requirements, shortages of primary care providers, and endless others — and they all seem to lead to or involve negative consequences.

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Topics: EHR

Over $48 Billion Reported in Improper Medical Payments

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported an estimate of nearly $48 billion in improper Medicare payments during the 2010 fiscal year, or approximately 38 percent of the total $125.4 billion estimate for the entire federal government, according to a summary of testimony recently delivered by representatives with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – but officials labeled even that lofty estimate “incomplete” because HHS has yet to develop a comprehensive projection for the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

The GAO has made a series of recommendations intended to help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) strengthen its ability to prevent or detect and recoup improperly distributed reimbursements, officials announced last week. Those recommendations were unveiled as part of GAO testimony delivered before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management, which is part of the House’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“It is important to recognize that the $48 billion is not an estimate of fraud in Medicare,” the summary noted. “Because the improper payment estimation process is not designed to detect or measure the amount of fraud that may exist, there may be fraud that is not reflected in HHS’s reported estimate.”

The GAO cited inadequate documentation, medically unnecessary services, coding errors and payment calculation errors as several causes for the improper payments, noting that CMS is facing challenges in designing and implementing internal controls to prevent or detect and recoup improper payments. In 2010, CMS established the Center for Program Integrity to serve as its focal point for all national Medicare integrity issues, and based on past work, the GAO identified five key strategies to help reduce fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare.

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