Interesting article posted on on February 12, 2014  written by Frank Irving - Editor.

Reimbursement completes the quartet as reported in this article posted by HIM-HIPAA Insider, February 10, 2014.

4th HorsemanThere before me was a pale horse and its rider was named Reimbursement.

consumer engagement imageThere are many new terms being bandied about in healthcare - consumerism and patient engagement are just two of them.  Those two terms are often used interchangeably - they both involve the patient, right?  They are related but actually speak to two different trends.

mgmalogoIn a February 5, 2014 article written by Kyle Murphy, PhD, and posted on EHRIntelligence , MGMA reports that physician practices are very concerned about ICD-10 and the approaching October 1 deadline.

We have been receiving many inquiries related to the nuances of adding a practice location or acquiring a practice outside of your current state. This is a relevant topic and one which we addressed in our Smarter Credentialing webinar last fall.

Some reminders about adding another state to your practice:

Medicare’s delivery system reform initiatives achieve significant savings and quality improvements - off to a strong start as reported by CMS on 1/30/14.

CMS site-logoCMS has released the PQRS specifications for the 2014 reporting period and as expected, they are full of changes. eMDs has published the list of revised, retired and active claims based measures in our Healthcare Resources page so you can see the measures impacting your reporting requirements and understand the potential impact on your revenue by not reporting on these measures.  provides direct information on a variety of EHR topics surrounding the HITECH act, the 2014 mandates and the penalties providers will be impacted by in 2015 if they are not meeting the 'meaningful use' guidelines by the end of 2014. This article, reposted from the EMR Mandate website, outlines the three stages of the EMR Mandate.

ama-logoIn an article posted in the Healthcare  Business News section of Modern Healthcare on January 14, 2014 , Joe Carlson reports on the AMA's fear of privacy loss as Medicare moves to reveal docs pay reporting The American Medical Association is warning that the Obama administration could violate physicians' privacy rights if it poorly implements its new policy for info

President Obama signed the “budget bill” which includes the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 on December 26thThis 3-month SGR (sustainable growth rate) patch is intended to give Congress time to find a replacement for the SGRThe impact on Medicare reimbursement is: