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What Do the Proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 Rules Mean for Your Organization?

Posted by Bruce Eckert, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, National Practice Director on Mar 23, 2015 4:16:00 PM

MUstage3CMS' release of the proposed rules for Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3 and the related proposed rules for 2015 Edition Health Information Technology Certification Criteria (2015 CEHRT standards) include the most significant changes to the program since Stage 1. If we've learned anything from Stage 2, eligible hospitals (EHs) and eligible providers (EPs) should not wait for the final rules to begin planning for attainment of Stage 3. 

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Topics: Meaningful Use

Six Strategies to Maximize Patient Collections and Increase Satisfaction

Posted by Diane Walizer, CPHIMS, National Practice Director on Mar 18, 2015 8:59:00 AM

revcycledollarsigns1As healthcare organizations continue their move to value-based reimbursement, they are already impacted by patients enrolled in high deductible insurance plans. Paying hundreds of dollars versus a $30 co-pay up front may present significant challenges for many patients. The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals’ survey statistics suggest precarious trends for the financial health of organizations as the cost burden is shifted toward patients:

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Topics: Revenue Cycle

Four Steps to Prepare for Meaningful Use Stage 3

Posted by Bruce Eckert, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, National Practice Director on Mar 4, 2015 8:55:00 AM

Roadsign_14While a collective sigh of relief was shared upon hearing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) announcement to reduce Meaningful Use’s full-year reporting period to 90 days, the pause will be brief as Stage 3’s hurdles are just around the corner. Unfortunately, the proposed Stage 3 mandates present many of the same obstacles, such as limited implementation time, that organizations are coping with now to meet Stage 2. The good news is if your organization used an electronic health record (EHR) in 2015, there is still time to successfully attest to Meaningful Use Stages 2 to avoid significant future financial losses. 

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Meaningful Use Stage 2, Meaningful Use Stage 3

Leveraging Technology to Achieve Successful Patient Engagement

Posted by Marcia Peterson, National Practice Director, and Bryan Straz, Consultant on Mar 2, 2015 1:18:00 PM

Family_computerMeeting Meaningful Use requirements and population health management benchmarks demand increasing patient engagement to improve care quality outcomes and achieve revenue goals. Patient engagement strategies have also been shown to reduce costs by up to 21 percent, according to a Journal of Information Management study.

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Topics: Patient Engagement

It’s Time to Move Full Speed Ahead with ICD-10

Posted by Craig Greenberg, CMPE, National Practice Director, Advisory Services on Feb 19, 2015 8:51:00 AM

are_you_ready_doctor_tablet“Are we there yet?” has been the nagging, never-ending question asked during the years-long ride to ICD-10 implementation. While other developed countries transitioned to the code set as early as 1998, the day of reckoning appears to finally be here for the U.S.  While some may be hoping for another delay, a recent report from the Government Accountability Office verified that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is ready to move forward with ICD-10. They came to this conclusion after examining the status of CMS’ activities to support healthcare providers and payers, as well as CMS’ own readiness to process claims from providers. 

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Topics: ICD-10

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