Health Care Information Technology

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.
Meaningful use penalties sear more than half of EPs in 2015Starting in January, nearly 257,000 eligible professionals will face a 1% cut to their Medicare reimbursements for not meeting meaningful use standards, according to CMS.
EHR financial incentives are working to speed adoptionFifty-one percent of physicians cite financial incentives or penalties as a possible driver for them to make adopt EHRs.

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Maximize patient collections using the web
Maximize patient collections using the webWith the addition of EHRs and patient portals, many practices today are better positioned to incorporate modern processes and procedures to manage their accounts receivables more effectively, particularly by improving collections from patients.
ICD-10 supporters flood Congress members with tweetsAHIMA-sponsored Twitter rally reaps more than 5,000 tweets to stop another ICD-10 delay

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More practices to offer digital, self-scheduling in the near futureSoon patients will be able to interact with physicians the same way they buy clothes or music—online.
Another ICD-10 delay could be loomingThe AMA, along with many regional medical societies, is urging Congress to include another ICD-10 implementation delay to a stalled appropriations bill during the current lame duck session.
Top 4 technology challenges for 2015How physicians can manage growing technology obligations in the practice.
Letter: Good medical care requires physical contact with patientTelehealth can't replace personal encounters with patients, a physician writes

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