• The Importance of Continuing Education

    In this world of ever-increasing technology and new products, applications, and features, it is very easy to develop information overload. It’s also easy to overlook the importance of learning how to use your digital tools. Just think about your smart phone: it can do so much, yet most of us use it for only those few functions that we really needed and learned when we first purchased it. Who has the time to figure out every bell and whistle – not to mention learn all the new features that get added with every update!
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  • Excellence is Richard Gibney, M.D.

    Richard Gibney, M.D. receives Medal of Excellence Award from the American Association of Kidney Patients
    Excellence in healthcare is often taken for granted. We all expect our medical professionals to be excellent at what they do – and for the most part they are. But within the realm of excellence, there are certain clinicians who stand above all others.
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  • Automating documentation and billing makes chronic care management more achievable

    When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced its Chronic Care Management (CCM) program in 2015, its main goal was to begin aligning financial incentives with evidence-based best practices.
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  • 8 Tips To Help You Transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10

    How to survive hurricane ICD-10
    It seems only fitting to compare the October 1, 2015 transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to a hurricane. Like a hurricane, we tracked the pending event well in advance. The news media were filled with stories speculating whether ICD-10 would hit as expected and what the potential impact might be.
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  • Meaningful Use - What Do We Do Now?

    Meaningful Use - What do we do now?
    As Dean Martin once said, ain’t that a kick in the head? After the billions of dollars spent by providers to meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 1 and Stage 2 requirements, and the $21 billion already paid to providers in the form of incentives, CMS took less than 140 characters to drop a huge bombshell on the healthcare industry January 11. But was it really a bombshell? Much like the Federal Reserve doesn’t communicate with blunt clarity, perhaps CMS has followed in their footsteps with a series of messages that may have obscured impending plans when considered separately, but which did foreshadow the future when considered in aggregate.
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