With payer networks narrowing and patients' out-of-pocket expenses rising, patient loyalty isn't what it was. But while many variables go into a patient's decision of whether to stick with a healthcare provider, research compiled by Medscape indicates strong relationships are critical to patient retention.

Now that the healthcare industry has another year to work on the ICD-10 transition, there will be a temptation to put a lot of steps on hold. When it comes to working with healthcare payers, this is a great time to forge ahead. Because you can create better relationships now with your healthcare payers while not so many medical practices are thinking about their delayed ICD-10 transitions. Read the source article at welcome

On Thursday, July 17, HIMSS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on their proposed rule modifying the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program.

DeniedThe ACA has enrolled approximately 8 million people through the healthcare exchanges sponsored by the government.

At the end of April, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) convened an “Emergency ICD-10 Summit” aimed at addressing the ICD-10 delay and its implications. The primary goal of the meeting was to develop a road map for the industry that offers clear guidance on implementing the code set moving forward.

In my work as a marketing strategist, I have the good fortune to meet some of the nation’s top doctors. As a group, these physicians have much in common.

Individually and collectively, they are highly intelligent men and women who excel as healthcare providers. Although the marketing areas they serve are diverse, and their clinical specialties vary, they share a commitment to excellence in leadership, personal and professional growth, and to success in business.

To address the question of whether or not to use data encryption when it comes to meeting HIPAA compliance and keeping patient health information (PHI) protected, let’s revisit the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA): A covered entity must, in accordance with §164.306… Implement a mechanism to encrypt and decrypt electronic protected health information.” (45 CFR § 164.312(a)(2)(iv)) If you choose not to encrypt data, the HIPAA Security Rule states you must implement an equivalent solution to meet the regulatory requirement.

Diabetic patients with co-pay-free access to their doctors through secure messaging and telephone-based communication were more likely to make in-person visits, according to a study published at the Annals of Family Medicine.

The research coincided with patient-centered medical home (PCMH) redesign in Group Health's integrated healthcare delivery system. It followed 18,486 adults with diabetes before, during and after the redesign.

ACA LoopholeThere is a loophole in the public exchange marketplace that physicians should be aware of as they plan for continued or expanded participation in networks serving patients purchasing plans through the Affordable Care Act.

Understanding the healthcare exchange, your client’s choices and the impact on your practice is the focus of our July webinar. Patients are ‘shopping’ for insurance as well as for providers. They are asking questions and comparing costs and services from one provider to another before choosing who they go to for their medical needs.  Understanding the impact of the HIX will help you meet the needs of your client and keep your practice growing in today’s challenging environment. Listen in to learn more.