News Home Page
Access the 15 most recent news items below. For older items, please click the 'view archives' link in the lower right.
ICD-10 Conversion Costs Less Than Anticipated
The ICD-10 data controversy continues as new research suggests the initial estimates of the financial and labor costs associated with the ICD-10 transition in physician offices has been exaggerated, according to research published by the Journal of AHIMA. The data also reveals considerable progress has already been accomplished by physicians, vendors, and health plans on ICD-10 implementation with fewer resources than previously estimated.The article estimates ICD-10 conversion for a small practice costs ...
Posted on: November 22, 2014
Community Health Centers, Inc. Wins 2014 HIMSS Davies Award
eClinicalWorks, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, is pleased to congratulate Florida's Community Health Centers, Inc. on being awarded a Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Community Health Organization Davies Award of Excellence as a federally qualified community health center (FQHC) that has demonstrated significant sustainable improvement of patient outcomes through the utilization of electronic health records (EHRs) and information technology while achieving return ...
Posted on: November 21, 2014
CMS Creates Office of Data Analytics
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Nov. 19 announced formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). Niall Brennan, previously acting director of the CMS Offices of Enterprise Management, will lead OEDA and serve as the first CMS chief data officer.OEDA is tasked with overseeing improvements in data collection and dissemination as CMS seeks to become more transparent. The agency has had difficulty with the veracity and usefulness of data it presently is making available, ...
Posted on: November 20, 2014
Navicure Selected by CMS for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing
Navicure, a provider of cloud-based healthcare billing and payment solutions, today announced it has been selected for ICD-10 "end-to-end" testing with eight Medicare payers during the week of January 26-30, 2015. The opportunity will allow participating physician practices to remedy potential problem areas before ICD-10 is implemented on October 1, 2015. Testing will enable Navicure clients to demonstrate that they are able to successfully submit claims containing ICD-10 codes to Medicare Fee-For-Service ...
Posted on: November 19, 2014
Mercy Health Expands Use of Explorys Programs
Explorys, the leader in big data-driven healthcare transformation, announced that Mercy Health, a provider of advanced, compassionate, quality care in Ohio, has expanded its relationship with Explorys, signing a multi-year contract with the company. Mercy Health will leverage the Explorys Risk Models and Value-Based-Care Program Framework to support its Value-Based Contracting programs, which include: the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization (ACO), several commercial ACOs, ...
Posted on: November 18, 2014
Cancer Registry Services Becomes Oncology Data Services
Care Communications Inc., a national healthcare data integrity and quality consulting and outsourcing firm, recently announced the name change of its Cancer Registry Services business unit to Oncology Data Services. Care Communications' Oncology Data Services business unit has grown dramatically. Since 2012, the unit's sales volume has doubled. The rapid growth is due to a commitment to data quality, a customer centric collaborative approach and very selective hiring standards creating a team of highly ...
Posted on: November 17, 2014
Applications Open for eHealth eQuality Incentive Program
The application period is now open for the eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP), a new program led by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MeHI). eQIP will provide eligible behavioral healthcare provider organizations in Massachusetts with access to financial incentives for adopting health information technology such as electronic health records (EHRs).eQIP is the first program launched under MeHI's eHealth eQuality Initiative. The initial funds released under ...
Posted on: November 15, 2014
eClinicalworks Customers Gain PCMH Recognition
eClinicalWorks, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, recently announces the success its customers have achieved in receiving National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. A PCMH organizes primary care to place care coordination and communication in a patient-centric manner. These organizations can experience higher quality and lower costs, and can improve the patients and providers experience. To date, eClinicalWorks has assisted more than ...
Posted on: November 14, 2014
SuperCoder Releases ICD-10 Version of CMS 1500 Claim Scrubber
The recent WEDI ICD-10 readiness survey indicates just two-fifths of vendors' products are ready to support the 2015 ACA- mandated provider reporting in ICD-10 -- and SuperCoder caps that list with its highly-used Claim Scrubber for Real-Time Processing now accepting ICD-10-CM codes. "Being able to clean claims in ICD-10 will really help coders and billers prepare for ICD-10's effective date of Oct. 1, 2015," said Apoorba Ganguly, CPC, CPMA, senior coding analyst and product manager for SuperCoder.com ...
Posted on: November 13, 2014
EZBillNow Certified Medical Billing Announces ICD-10 Coding
EZBillNow is centered on delivering the highest quality of service and has moved the company into the latest technology to adapt the new ICD-10 coding standards to ensure all medical billing needs are met. New regulation published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be introduced in 2014 and officially take effect next year on October 1, 2015. Although the original compliance date of October 1, 2014, was postponed to October 1, 2015, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ...
Posted on: November 12, 2014
Shareable Ink a Promising Healthcare Tech Solution Provider
Shareable Ink, an enterprise cloud-based platform that simplifies clinical documentation at the point-of-care, has been named one of the 20 Most Promising Healthcare Tech Solutions Providers by CIO Review. The positioning is based on evaluation of Shareable Ink's innovative approach to simplifying clinical documentation in healthcare with a portfolio of anesthesia, hospital, surgery center, and physician practice clients. The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of CIO ...
Posted on: November 11, 2014
TeleCommunication Systems Deploys New Healthcare Platform
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, recently introduced VirtuMedix, a highly secure, virtual collaboration platform designed for remote consultation of health care providers and patients. With the VirtuMedix platform, TCS addresses the rapidly growing market for video telemedicine solutions. Wake Emergency Physicians, PA (WEPPA), a North Carolina-based independent emergency medicine group, is the first to deploy the platform ...
Posted on: November 10, 2014
Accounts Payable Solution Cuts Paper Storage Costs
A typical accounts payable department is bogged down by manual, paper-based processes that are expensive, error-prone and inefficient. Burdened by inefficient processes, many businesses are losing money on a regular basis. According to Marina Martin, founder and CEO of business efficiency consulting firm The Type-A Way, inefficiency also reduces quality and damages morale. In fact, she said, "Inefficiencies cost many organizations as much as 20 to 30% of their revenue each year."To address this ongoing ...
Posted on: November 08, 2014
CHIME Presents 2014 Collaboration Award
Iatric Systems, Inc., a comprehensive healthcare IT integration company, and its longtime customer Memorial Healthcare recently received the 2014 College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Collaboration Award. The award, which recognizes a collaboration between a healthcare facility and technology vendor that uses healthcare IT to help the hospital solve a problem, was presented this morning to Iatric Systems and Memorial Healthcare during the CHIME14 CIO Fall Forum.Memorial ...
Posted on: November 07, 2014
New Mountain Capital Acquires HealthPort
HealthPort, the nation's leading provider of secure access to confidential medical information for healthcare organizations and insurance payors, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a fund managed by New Mountain Capital, LLC, a growth-oriented New York based private equity firm, in an all-cash transaction. Price and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.HealthPort, headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., processes over 20 million medical record requests each ...
Posted on: November 06, 2014