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A key part of MACRA, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has changed the way many providers qualify for Medicare reimbursements. Here is what you should know about complying with these regulations. Who Does it Affect? According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, approximately 600,000 providers fall under the requirements of MIPS. That…

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Fear of the unknown is keeping many medical practices from joining Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) or Clinically Integrated Networks (CIN), or the IPA that is associated with them. All of these groups are actively trying to take on new types of contracts with payers, commercial and Medicare/Medicaid. They hear things like value-based payments, capitation, and…

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Is it possible that despite significant efforts of your providers and groundbreaking innovation focused on improving healthcare quality and affordability, the cost of care in your facility just won’t slow down? Perhaps you have an optimized EHR, state-of-the-art health IT and dedicated providers, yet bringing down the costs requires focusing on little things we often…

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Have you ever come across the story of Dr. Reed of MS Family Medicine Health care? The story where her consistent efforts to stay connected with her patients had helped them achieve not just their personal health goals but also improve their overall health status. The impact she created on her patient population was so…

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As the transition to electronic health records continues, we’re beginning to see how the use of EHR software can transform the ways that care is provided, as well as the quality of that care. With increased adoption, EHR software is becoming an integral part of the healthcare experience for both providers and patients. In the…

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A favorite criticism of EHRs is that they are glorified billing platforms, rather than clinical tools. Despite being sold to — and subsequently, by — the federal government as being healthcare’s ticket into the modern age, and to leveraging big data, EHRs haven’t so far facilitated the kinds of analytics initially touted as the new…

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The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, or FHIR (pronounced ‘fire’), is a new term in healthcare that’s witnessing growing interest and spreading almost like fire. FHIR is the latest standard to be developed under HL7 and is expected to contribute significantly to improving patient care, countering the barriers to interoperability, boosting information sharing, and unboxing innovation…

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The digital health industry is continuing its growth in record-breaking ways, as funding to the industry pushed past $6.5 billion in the first half of 2017, according to a recent report by StartUp Health. This year’s numbers are already well on their way to overtaking the annual totals of previous years.   As the digital health…

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A startup by the name of Better has announced it will temporarily be putting all of its revenue towards relieving Americans’ medical debt. With national medical costs hitting $3.35 trillion last year, the startup’s pledge appears to be a nice bit of goodwill news for the more than 40% of Americans who are unable to…

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Vince Ciotti and Elise Ames of HIS Professionals LLC have ranked the rankers in a new analysis of the most popular Physician EHR review sites. Their analysis took the five most frequently used Physician EHR review sites for a test drive, and when stacked up against other popular review sites Software Advice, Capterra, EHR Compare,…

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This past week the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a big move to abandon their in-house VistA system in favor of a commercial EHR system. VA’s decision has come after years of push from Congress to move to an EHR system that has much stronger interoperability with the DoD’s current system, MHS GENESIS, which…

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