Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare & EMR General’

The benefits of coordinated care

The benefits of coordinated care Communities in which health-care providers work together to coordinate evidence-based hospital discharges… See a six percent drop in hospitalizations and rehospitalizations in just the first two years, according to a new project study For the project, described January 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) The Colorado…

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Make the ICD-10-CM transition

Make the ICD-10-CM transition When it comes to operating a business, you are always walking a fine line, trying to balance costs and profits. This means you are probably eager to cut costs whenever possible. One area that has likely demanded a large investment is technology. The problem with technology is that it can be…

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Get your Section 179 tax deduction

Get your Section 179 tax deduction Year-end brings some important tax planning implications for physicians because both the Tax Relief Act of 2010 and the Jobs Act of 2010 affected Section 179 of the tax code in a positive way You can basically write off 100% of up to $139,000 of equipment and software you…

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Tips for successful EMR implementation

How to have a Successful EMR Implementation Buying quality hardware, hiring external assistance, and getting buy-in from practice staff are key steps to a successful electronic medical record (EMR) system implementation, according to primary care physicians. That information comes from a recent Medical Economics survey in which 30 doctors were asked to identify what helped…

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Will the election impact health-care IT?

Will Health-care IT be Affected by the Election? The results of the presidential election is not expected to change the strength of the health-care IT sector, according to an innovative study by Mercom Capital Group. Because health-care THAT touches nearly every person in some way It’s turned into a sizable market that spurred the interest…

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Stage 2 rules published

Stage 2 rules published The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have published the final rules for Stage 2 of meaningful use. The federal incentive program for Medicare and Medicaid physicians to adopt electronic medical records (EMRs) began in January 2011 Stage…

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Mixed reviews for meaningful use Stage 2 rule

Mixed reviews for meaningful use Stage 2 rule It hasn’t been long since the release of the Stage 2 meaningful use final rule—some 700 pages that will define how eligible Medicare and Medicaid providers can qualify for incentive payments—and it’s already getting mixed reviews. Leaders of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) say…

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Understanding CCDs

Interpreting CCDs The Continuity of Care Document (CCD) is a health-care standard electronic medical records (EMRs) EHRs will use to exchange data based on requirements outlined in meaningful use—but that’s not all you need to know about it. What is it? The CCD is based on the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), a document standard governed…

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Health Care Ruling Opinions

Health Care Ruling Opinions Four opinions on the Supreme Court’s health-care ruling Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—is constitutional. We know what it will provide from a consumer point of view: many uninsured will soon have access to affordable coverage The plan will…

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EMRs pinpoint preventative/follow-up care faster

EMRs pinpoint preventative/follow-up care faster Primary care practices using electronic medical records (EMRs) identify patients who need preventative or follow-up care 30 times faster than practices using paper, according to a recent study. The study was commissioned by Canada Health Infoway, a not-for-profit organization funded by the Canadian government, and conducted by researchers at St.…

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