One month after six Republican senators published a white paper calling for a new approach to the federal meaningful use incentive program, the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association has drafted a point-by-point response. MORE
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Electronic health records and their developers are reaching farther in more "meaningful" ways, incorporating extensive, additional perks and functions into their systems to ensure provider compliance across the board.
Medical schools are doing their part to expand enrollment to meet the projected physician shortage of more than 90,000 primary care and specialty doctors the nation faces by 2020, said Darrell Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO. He expressed concern that caps on federal funding of residency training may slow that drive.
That statistic emerged from an electronic newsletter distributed May 2 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which provided a progress report on various federal health IT initiatives, including the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs.
A new mobile health application that enables individuals to manage their families' health through customized prevention data has been pronounced the grand prize winner of the Department of Health & Human Services' Healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge.
Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York announced this week that 25,000 people have signed on to participate in its biobank program, BioMe, with each patient consenting to DNA sequencing and longitudinal studies related to data embedded in their electronic medical records.
According to MGMA’s recent Physician Placement Starting Salary Survey: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data, primary care physicians just starting out make a median average of $180,000 in their first years, a jump up from the $175,000 reported in 2011.
Clinicians-to-be are losing touch, according to a recent Johns Hopkins study, which clocks the time medical interns spend talking and examining patients at 12 percent, superior only to time spent walking about a facility (7 percent) and partaking in other miscellaneous tasks (9 percent).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will hold a meeting May 3 to discuss the effect of EHRs on care quality and provider efficiency, as well as coding challenges facing clinicians and hospitals. The event is free and open to healthcare providers and HIT vendors.
Organizations need to weigh compliance and security concerns when assessing regulatory mandates such as HIPAA. Larry Hurtado, CEO of Digital Defense, a risk assessment firm in San Antonio, Texas, offers several tips on how to improve your security culture.
The American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards want doctors to "pause before posting" when it comes to their social media activities. A new policy paper from the two organizations advises physicians on how to protect patient interests - and themselves - while applying principles of professionalism to online settings. Read on for further recommendations from the paper.
When Mike Jordan, MD, started his pediatric practice in 2004, it made no sense to work with paper records. With the help of a consultant, he carefully selected an EMR that has remained a practice constant to this day.
Following the process established for the EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servcies (CMS) announced on April 8 that frequently asked questions (FAQs) and corresponding answers regarding HIPAA Administrative Simplification are now available on the CMS website.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 4 issued guidance to eligible professionals on how they should select menu objectives for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs. CMS' instructions include information for 2014 and Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.
If you're looking for payment information from the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, a tool on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website can help you with your search. You can retrieve payment amounts, relative value units, payment policy indicators and geographic practice cost indexes for a single procedure code, a range of procedure codes or a list of procedure codes.
Because of advancements in programming, almost anybody can design an appealing and functional website to attract new customers, or in your case, patients. Here are four essential tips for creating a successful medical website design.
Conventional wisdom has it that "doctors are lousy buinesspeople" and, what's more, they should just take care of patients and leave the business stuff to someone else. In my opinion, the first part is not true and the second part is no longer sustainable.
It's not a stretch to assume that EHR technology will continue to evolve. However, assurance of a "better" future may not be much consolation to providers who are wondering when, if ever, they're going to see a return on their substantial investment.
With the rise of social media and the prominence of tablets and smartphones in practices of all sizes, the diary has been re-fashioned for the future and is as trendy as ever. Not only can a journal essentially be shared via the means of Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and the bloggersphere — it’s doubly covert and easily tucked away when business beckons.
The next time you're sitting across from a patient who needs a nudge when it comes to physical activity, consider scrolling through a few mobile apps together. Most are free or available at nominal cost. Chances are you'll find one or two that may help the patient get a sense of what's possible in working toward better health.
Technology is revolutionizing healthcare as medical professionals adopt cloud technologies and mobile apps to help them be more efficient in and out of the office. In fact, according to GlobalData, the mobile health technology market is expected to exceed $8 billion by 2018. Among these solutions, communications apps play a key role in helping medical professionals to stay in touch with patients and colleagues and exchange vital information on the move.
Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that SimonMed Imaging, the largest specialized outpatient physician imaging practice in the country, will implement Merge's integrated suite of radiology solutions along with iConnect® Access and iConnect® VNA to provide anywhere, anytime viewing of images and achieve Meaningful Use (MU).
Patients looking for a second opinion or healthcare resources while traveling can now access a massive database of U.S. medical professionals and facilities via their iPhones. The DoctorsElite iPhone app, now available free at the Apple App Store, allows patients to log in through their DoctorsElite.com account or sign up via the app to access a database of physicians, clinics and medical specialty centers that can be searched by name, location, specialty and more. Additional features are in the development phase to help patients manage a variety of conditions.
Most electronic medical records (EMRs) require a standard username and password, leaving many physician's offices – often unknowingly – open to security threats and data breaches. In an effort to address growing physician concerns around patient data protection, drchrono added a new layer of security to its cloud-based EMR platform which offers physicians extra protection around patient data accessed through mobile and tablet devices such as iPads and iPhones."
SRS, a leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, announced today that Southern Oregon Orthopedics (SOO) has selected the SRS EHR to replace its failing EHR system for its 18 providers. SOO is located in Medford, Oregon, and is the largest orthopaedic surgery group in southern Oregon.
CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services, today announced that it has partnered with Lone Star MSO, the leading medical practice management services organization in Texas, to offer CareCloud's cloud-based software and services to medical practice clients. Lone Star MSO currently services hundreds of medical group clients throughout Texas and multiple other states and will look to further assist them in optimizing financial and clinical outcomes through CareCloud's platform and services.
Veridex, LLC announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will determine payment rates for two new Current Procedural Technology (CPT) codes for circulating tumor cell (CTC) testing. CPT codes are assigned by the American Medical Association (AMA) to medical, surgical, and diagnostic services to communicate uniform information about medical services and procedures among physicians, patients, payers and others for administrative, financial, and analytical purposes.
United Surgical Partners International's (USPI) Physician Strategy Group (PSG) and Provista, LLC announced that they are working together to deliver supply chain services to over 9,000 physician customers who perform procedures at surgical facilities centers operated by USPI. The program, called Purchasing Plus, is expected to help those physicians save 10-15% on supplies, services, and capital equipment.