Physicians: The Omnipotent Consumer of EHRs

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  According to the American Medical Association, there were approximately 685,000 physicians in patient care, post-residency, not employed by the federal government, in 2012. 60% of these physicians practiced in independent private practice, and 84% were working in small to medium size practices. Assuming that the trend to employment of doctors by health systems continued unabated to this day, over half of practicing physicians are still in private practice and the overwhelming majority
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Cognizant Completes Acquisition of TriZetto

Cognizant Acquires TriZetto for $2.7 Billion In Cash

Cognizant, a global leader in information technology, consulting and business process services, today announced it has completed the acquisition of TriZetto Corporation for $2.7 billion in cash. The combination of the Cognizant and TriZetto platform and capabilities will enable healthcare organizations to focus on making their operations as efficient as possible, while at the same time investing to drive future growth in an increasingly competitive environment.  TriZetto develops, licenses
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Healthcare Supply Chain Leader GHX Closes Vendormate Acquisition

Private Equity Firm Acquires GHX, Healthcare Supply Chain Leader

Healthcare supply chain leader Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Atlanta-based Vendormate, a privately held company that specializes in vendor relationship management solutions for healthcare providers and suppliers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Vendormate solutions help healthcare providers better manage the process of who they do business with including vendor on-boarding, business associate management,
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NextGen Healthcare Earns KLAS Top Performance for Ambulatory RCM Services

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NextGen Healthcare,  a leading provider of healthcare information systems, services and interoperability solutions, announced today that its NextGen RCM Services offering has earned top ranking in the KLAS 2014 Ambulatory RCM Services “Uncovering Truths When Services Are Outsourced” report. In the newly released report, KLAS, a leading healthcare technology ratings provider, ranks the best-performing healthcare IT vendors providing outsourced billing/revenue cycle management (RCM) on their
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HHS Appoints Melissa Stafford Jones as the Region IX Director

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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced the appointment of Melissa Stafford Jones as the new Region IX Regional Director.  "I am delighted to welcome Melissa Stafford Jones to our team of regional directors at HHS. Melissa is a devoted public servant, and I look forward to working with her to help the people of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the U.S. Pacific territories secure the building blocks of healthy, productive lives,” said Secretary Burwell
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Practice Fusion Signs Care Coordination Deals with 2 Clinically Integrated Networks

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Practice Fusion, a cloud-based EHR platform today announced agreements with two provider networks to support their care coordination and accountable care initiatives. Oakland Physician Network Services and Citrus Valley Health Partners will offer Practice Fusion’s EHR to their physicians and healthcare providers, who can use the EHR to access data that can help them better understand the health of their patients. This means that a physician treating a diabetes patient can get information that
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Hospital CFO Faces 5 Years for $800k Meaningful Use Fraud

Former Hospital CFO Charged with Meaningful Use Incentives Fraud

Joe White, the former CFO of Texas-based Shelby Regional Medical Center has pleaded guilty to meaningful use fraud and aggravated identity. White falsely attested to meaningful use by using another person’s name and information without that individual’s consent or authorization. The false attestation resulted in CMS paying Shelby Regional $785,655 in January 2013. Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs paid hospitals operated Dr. Mahmood, including Shelby Regional $16,794,462.66 for fiscal
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EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup Forms Partnership with HIMSS, IHE USA

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HIMSS, IHE USA and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup announce plan to streamline and strengthen how electronic health records and health information exchanges share patient data.  Health information technology customers expect products to work efficiently and consistently - whether it’s a Wi-Fi connection for a computer or the ability to securely share health data across computer systems, states or regions.    Building on its current effort to connect electronic health records (EHRs)
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Supply Chain: Can It Help Providers Meet Meaningful Use?

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Lest we forget, asset productivity is a multi-million dollar blind spot. Cohealo’s Mark Slaughter explains why a quantified supply chain matters when talking about meaningful use. How will Stage 3 of meaningful use (MU) explicitly improve financial and clinical outcomes? That’s the question stirring the pot in healthcare, along with provider speculation that ONC’s (Office of National Coordinatior’s) well-meaning MU program needs changing (at all stages) to create meaningful impact.
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Is It Time to Replace Your Practice Management System?

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Practice Management systems form the backbone of any medical practice, helping physicians and their staff manage appointments, keep track of patients, and perform medical billing. While government incentives have put a spotlight on Electronic Health Records (EHR) in recent years, now is also a critical time for practices to take a close look at their PM systems. Many in use today are outdated, making daily tasks harder than they need to be, slowing staff down, and causing anxiety around industry
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