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Pay that motivates your medical practice staff
American Medical News
Physicians know who their best employees are — hardworking, competent, loyal and emotionally invested in the practice and its patients. They're essential to the quality care doctors provide each day and increasingly vital to ensuring a financially healthy practice that can withstand ongoing changes in health care expectations, technology and regulations. So how can physicians continue to ensure that their practice is a place where valuable employees want to work and give their best effort every day?
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Half of all eligible providers have received EHR incentives
Medical Economics
More than 291,000 eligible professionals, mainly physicians, have received incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for adopting or meaningfully using electronic health record systems, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced. The milestone, reached at the end of April, means that HHS has exceeded its goal that 50 percent of physician practices be using the technology by the end of the year.
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Meaningful use, 3-D imaging drive health data storage demand
CIO
Healthcare providers have unique data storage challenges. Not only is the data they deal with highly sensitive and highly regulated, but much of it needs to be stored in a live or nearly live state indefinitely. The data must also be kept sacrosanct. For a host of medical reasons (and a few legal ones as well), you cannot alter patients' records once they are archived. The industry is also experiencing explosive growth in data — from 500 petabytes in 2013 to 25,000 PBs by 2020. This is due to a confluence of factors: Digital imaging for diagnosis is improving, 3-D ultrasound technology is working its way into clinical settings, and 3-D X-rays and mammograms are becoming industry standards.
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Study: ER's account for half of hospital admissions
The New York Times
Emergency rooms account for about half of the nation's hospital admissions and accounted for virtually all of the rise in admissions between 2003 and 2009, according to a study recently released.

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Credit guidelines: The secret weapon to reduce stress and increase collections
By Jan Keller
When was the last time you and your team had a meeting to review and collaborate on your expectations regarding collections? If you're like many, the honest answer is "never."

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Skipping ICD-10 for ICD-11 not recommended
Health Data Management
A new report from the American Medical Association Board of Trustees concludes that the advantages of skipping implementation of the ICD-10 code sets and waiting until ICD-11 are outweighed by the disadvantages.

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ED physicians key to half of hospital admissions
HealthLeaders Media
Doctors in the emergency department are the major decision-makers in nearly half of all hospital admissions, giving them a significant role in controlling healthcare costs, research shows. Dr. Jay A. Kaplan has been an emergency physician for more than 30 years and over the decades he has witnessed firsthand what he says is the evolving role of the emergency department in providing frontline healthcare.
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ICD-10: An important and positive change
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If you work in any healthcare environment, you know how inundated we have become with information around ICD-10 — most of it leaning toward the negative end of the spectrum. Yes, there is a lot to learn. Yes, there are time and financial burdens involved. Yes, it is one of the most significant changes ever for the healthcare industry. And Robert Tagalicod, director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, reminds us why it is an important and positive change and why it should matter to us.
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CMS data: 95 percent of Medicare RAC 'corrections' are overpayments
Health Data Management
Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors are increasingly successful at finding overpayments, but the amount of underpayments the contractors unearth continues to dwindle, according to data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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What do hospitals, physicians think of bundled payments? 37 statistics
Becker's Hospital Review
The majority of physicians and hospitals say bundled payments have the most potential to improve healthcare affordability rather than patient-centered medical homes or accountable care organizations, according to survey results from Booz & Company. "Of course, ACOs, PCMHs and bundles are not mutually exclusive structures," the study authors wrote. "But bundles are likely seen as the most easily separable because they can be developed independently of the other two approaches. In that sense, they are viewed producing results more quickly, with most of the benefits being cost-based."
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Plan for the worst, hope for the best: Why you must have a HIPAA risk assessment
The National Law Review
When the Office for Civil Rights auditor drops by your health facility to ensure that you are complying with HIPAA, one thing is for certain: He will be asking to see your Risk Assessment. Do you have one? Is it completed? Has it been used to develop and implement appropriate policies and procedures?
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Coordinated care models in digital health
E-Commerce Times
The Affordable Care Act opened up the use of new coordinated care models in health, and those in turn are providing opportunities for digital health initiatives to work their way into the medical mainstream. The overall goal is to stress the quality of patient care and the connections between patients and doctors. Use of telehealth technology to manage patients with chronic conditions will also be much more common in a coordinated care model.
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