Cloud Computing Benefits

Can a Client Server EHR Provide All the Same Benefits of Cloud EHR?

Cloud solutions in virtually all business sectors have been growing faster than client-server solutions.  Yesterday we discussed here the fastest growing companies in the healthcare IT space.  John Lynn (@ehrandhit) of www.emrandhipaa.com by request has offered up what he feels are some of the most compelling reasons so many businesses and medical practices are moving…

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ICD-10 training: Complications of pregnancy

ICD-10 training: Complications of pregnancy

ICD10 training tips from Medical Economics in very digestible form. As physicians and coders transition to the International Classification of Diseases—10th Revision—Clinical Management (ICD-10-CM), several coding and documentation issues will need to be addressed related to complications of pregnancy. Codes for reporting complications of pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium are located in chapter 15 of…

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Fastest Growing Companies in Healthcare

24 of the fastest-growing privately held health IT companies

Health IT solutions using newer technologies are hot.  Amazing growth for twenty-four companies.  Check out this list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the health IT space from Becker’s. This year’s edition of Inc magazine’s annual list of the fastest-growing privately held companies, calculated using the companies’ 2013 revenue as compared with their…

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Taking the Guesswork Out of Prior Authorization

Electronic authorization transactions are needed to improve efficiency across both clinic and revenue cycle operations. This is an excellent step forward. “Is this medication covered by my patient’s health insurance plan?” This frustrating question is faced many times each day by physicians.  Getting drug coverage answers is often tedious and time consuming due to the…

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How to properly document wellness visits and physicals

Documenting wellness visits and physicals for Medicare

Coding Medicare physicals and wellness visits per Medical Economics. Renee Dowling Q: Our physicians perform a lot of annual wellness visits (AWVs) and preventive visits for Medicare patients. Can we use the same template for each of these visits? A: Each template needs to be different. If the documentation for your initial or subsequent AWVs…

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Physician Assistants and Provider Identification Numbers

Tips on PAs and PINs from Medical Economics. Q: Is it a requirement that PA have their own provider identification number (PIN) for the physician to bill incident-to if all the guidelines are met? A: I understand that not credentialing a PA might be easier for your office; however, a PA should be credentialed along…

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Incident-to billing tip

Incident-to billing tips from Medical Economics. Q: Can a new patient be seen initially for history taking, measurements and vitals before the physician sees the patient and still be considered “incident-to”? Or does the physician have to conduct the information gathering? A: In an incident-to situation, the physician must conduct the initial visit and establish…

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Could electronic transactions save healthcare $8B in these 6 areas?

There is room for greater efficiency in every area of revenue cycle management at present.  Becker’s touches here on 6 areas: Claims Submission Eligibility & Benefit Verification Prior Authorization & Referral Certification Claim Payment Claim Status Inquiries Claims Remittance Advice & Receiving & Posting Payments The value of improvements in these areas is an estimated…

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Primary Care Fighting Back

Patient Engagement & Solving the crisis in primary care

Primary care physicians are in trying times.  Medical Economics outlines some of the challenges facing primary care providers in their recent article “Solving the crisis in primary care”.  Some solutions are also hinted at in this article.  One of those is going direct to patients.  This is far more realistic than it would seem at…

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Care Coordination Reimbursed CMS

Medicare will pay doctors to coordinate care for chronic conditions

A reimbursement change is in line for physicians to coordinate the care of patients with chronic disease.  Details below. CMS next year plans to start paying physicians a monthly fee to coordinate the care of beneficiaries with chronic diseases as part of a broader effort to improve continuity of care, the New York Times reports. For each…

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