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  • Want to maximize your EHR and RCM investment? Attend the 2018 Aprima User Conference!

    Register for the 2018 Aprima User Conference! This piece was originally published in July 2017. Minor updates have been made to reflect current dates and sponsors.
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  • Integrity and Commitment

    If you follow healthcare IT-related news, then you are likely aware of a recent Justice Department announcement that a certain EHR vendor had agreed to a settlement stemming from a False Claims Act lawsuit.
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  • We Are Not a Bank: Changing the Payment Culture

    Small physician practices have begun to dread the first financial quarter of the year. It’s the time when many large bills come due, like medical malpractice insurance. Meanwhile, it’s become an incredibly lean time for cash flow, as patients work off their skyrocketing deductibles. Many practices find they are sending out bill after bill or grappling with patient payment plans that bring in revenue at a slow trickle. It has become unsustainable for small physician practices to essentially act as lender to their patients, while coping with their own expenses.
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  • If it’s 2017, then it must be time for MACRA/MIPS

    After almost two years of preparation, the Quality Payment Program portion of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) went into effect January 1, 2017. On October 14, 2016 CMS released the final rule for the program, which is designed to reduce the administrative burdens on physicians and promote patient-centered, value-based care.
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  • Data sharing: Why does it remain such a struggle?

    The potential benefits of clinical data sharing include better care coordination, a reduction in duplicative treatments and the reduced risk of medical error.
    Despite the widespread adoption of EHRs in recent years, data sharing between clinicians remains a struggle. In fact, a 2015 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey found that nearly 60% of all U.S. primary care providers were unable to electronically exchange patient clinical summaries with clinicians outside their practice. In other words, the majority of clinicians – and their patients – are still not realizing all the potential benefits of clinical data sharing, including better care coordination, a reduction in duplicative treatments and the reduced risk of medical error.
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