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What You Need to Know Before Changing Your EHR

Harold Gibson

Sooner or later it’s bound to happen that your once-fast and accurate EHR has become slow and full of errors, as well as not always receiving the updates necessary to keep it up to speed in processing your office’s claims or retrieving patient information. In last 5 years, more than 60 percent of users have replaced their EHR systems – a fact attributable to not only changes in the way claims are billed, including those ICD-10 codes,  but in rapid technological advances in both medicine and IT that have reduced the usefulness of many older systems.

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Topics: EHR

Alternatives for Practice Fusion Users Post Acquisition by Allscripts

Patrick Dougherty

Practice Fusion was founded in 2005 to fill a widening gap in the burgeoning electronic medical records and medical billing industry that was leaving behind smaller, independent or underserved practices unable (or willing) to afford the fees charged by larger healthcare IT and electronic record technology firms catering to larger practices and hospitals. By offering a comprehensive, cloud-based array of EHR services at no charge to the provider clientele, and paid for entirely by well-placed advertising, the company’s popularity soared, growing to a user base of approximately 100,000 healthcare providers, and putting it just behind Allscripts in overall usage.

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Topics: EHR, emr

EHR Promises and Problems: How to Maximize its Potential

Harold Gibson

Twenty years ago, most hospitals and other providers used paper-based patient charts and other information kept in folders in file cabinets. Updating patient information or transferring records to another facility altogether, were time-consuming and cumbersome tasks.

 In 2009, President Obama announced the goal of reducing “red tape” as well as wasted effort from duplicate testing or treatments while improving care outcomes by computerizing medical records.  To encourage providers to get on board with the new systems, various financial incentives were offered.

To date, approximately 87 percent of hospitals and 54 percent of office-based practices utilize electronic health records (EHRs), so a certain level of success has been achieved. However, the underlying goals of reducing waste and improving efficiency as well as care outcomes have fallen short.

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The MACRA Final Rule for 2018: information for Medical Practices

Harold Gibson

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reorganization Act (MACRA) of 2015 was intended to reward clinicians for value of care quality over volume – a departure from fee-for-service – by streamlining multiple quality programs under a new Merit Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS).  As an added incentive, participation in eligible alternative payment models (APMs) further qualified providers for earning bonus payments.

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Topics: EHR

How Medicare MIPS Penalties Negatively Impact Your Bottom Line

Harold Gibson

The year 2017 marks one of the most significant year for Medicare changes in history as MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) takes full effect. This particular legislation includes the introduction of MIPS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, which in turn impacts the management and reporting of performance measures throughout the medical community. If you don't fully understand the new MIPS penalty regulations work, you may not see how it's negatively impacting your bottom line until its too late. 

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Topics: EHR

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Established in 2002 by a group of physicians, we are a national provider of medical billing services to group practices, clinics, and individual physicians. We also specialize in provider credentialing, payer contract reviews, and medical coding for a wide range of clients - from solo practitioners to multi-site, multi-specialty practices.

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