Health Care Information Technology

7 ways to prepare for a meaningful use auditHere are seven strategies your practice can use to make sure you meet all the requirements of the MU program should the auditors come calling, and ensure you can keep the incentive money you earned.
How to fix meaningful use to help physiciansWhile the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have made tweaks to the meaningful use (MU) program to help physicians attest to stage 2, many physicians are still struggling with the burden.
How an employee manual can help control risk, contain costs

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How physicians should negotiate with payers
Letter: EHR requirements will ruin small practicesA reader shares a letter written to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services about the hardships electronic health records impose on small medical practices.
Coding changes for 2015: New evaluation and management codes explainedThe new year brings changes to many evaluation and management codes physicians use, including chronic care management and advanced planning

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Streamlining your practiceWhy upgrading the workflows of your front desk, clinical practice and administrative functions are necessary to improve efficiency and gain time
Electronic prior authorization: The solution to physicians' headaches?Efforts are underway to find technology solutions to the efficiency problems physicians experience with prior authorizations
ONC must decertify closed-platform EHR systems, Congress demands
ONC must decertify closed-platform EHR systems, Congress demandsCongress urges the ONC to certify only products that “clearly meet current meaningful use program standards and that do not block health information exchange.”
Getting paid for chronic care
Getting paid for chronic careBeginning January 1, 2015, medical practices can, for the first time, bill Medicare for the non face-to-face time spent managing care for patients with multiple chronic diseases. But doing so may prove challenging for many practices, at least at first.

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