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Monthly Archives: April 2012

There are few opportunities that excite healthcare administrators more than the ability to lower costs and reduce utilization of services. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a group of technologies that minimizes costs while at the same time improves the care of patients suffering from chronic diseases. In addition, RPM has the ability to improve quality…

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Many providers were caught off guard by the e-prescribing penalty that started earlier this year. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do at this point to stop the penalty on 2012 claims but it is not to late to avoid next year’s penalty. For those who are unfamiliar with the program and what you need to…

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One of the areas drawing considerable attention among the clinician community (EPs or Eligible Professionals) is the focus on patient/family engagement. Here are the proposed measures: Greater than 50% of patients provided online access within four business days Greater than 10% of patients view, download, or transmit their record to a third party For EPs,…

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When patients become more actively involved in their own health, there’s a much stronger likelihood their health outcomes will be better. “Questions are the Answer,” is a new public education initiative from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The initiative encourages patients to have more effective two-way communication with their doctors and…

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Could you imagine the national road system without standards for width, signage, stop lights, and exits? Similarly, how about the railways without standard gauges for railway tracks? It is these standards that make systems work safely and effectively. Many organizations establish and manage the standards, defining how and when changes are made. In healthcare IT…

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In the past few years, the prevalence of cloud-based applications in healthcare has expanded rapidly. But, what is cloud computing and how does it apply to the medical practice and EHRs? For practical purposes, cloud computing describes a situation in which the software you are using and applicable data is accessed via the Internet instead…

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed delaying the implementation of ICD-10 by one year to Oct. 1, 2014, through a proposed rule: “Administrative Simplification: Adoption of a Standard for a Unique Health Plan Identifier; Addition to the National Provider Identifier Requirements; and a Change to the Compliance Date for ICD-10-CM and…

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Looking for an EHR? The “Request a Proposal” feature simplifies and automates the process of contacting a vendor for information on their EHR product. Designed for practice managers, physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Highlights: Takes five minutes to complete. You can contact up to three EHR vendors at a time. Don’t want to manage…

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The rapid transition to EHR and the integration of information technology in the delivery of patient care has had a transformational impact on medical offices and hospitals. There are many positive effects of the technology, including rapid access to laboratory information, diagnostic reports, and medication histories. However, there is also a potential dark side to…

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