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Meaningful Use Stage 3 launches

CMS recently released its Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule and it appears to address some of the most vocal criticism from industry stakeholders regarding final rules for Stages 1 and 2.

The new rule aims to:

* Simplify meaningful use reporting periods
* Promote greater EHR interoperability
* Drive more and better healthcare analytics

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Conway and Shalala speak at conference

Patrick Conway, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, recently sat down for a Q&A with Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami, at “The Business of Health Care” conference.

“I’m CMO at CMS for 4 years,” Dr. Conway said. “Which means if I make it another year, I’ll be the longest serving Chief Medical Officer in CMS history. And at CMS it’s like dog years, so it feels more like 28.”

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Do you have a general sense that you’re not receiving all the revenue you earn? Is the upcoming switch to ICD-10 coding only adding to your anxiety?

You’re not alone. Less than one in three physicians believes their billing and collections processes will be ready for ICD-10 implementation, according to the Practice Profitability Index survey of more than 5,000 doctors. Another 44% are unsure.

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The 2015 NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off this week with 68 teams competing for the championship. Predicting the winner isn’t easy, even for the most die-hard fans of men’s college basketball.

There’s a method to the “March Madness,” however, that researchers say could help anyone faced with an important decision and several choices. A tournament elimination approach can increase chances of picking the best option — whether it’s a car, home or new medical billing software for your practice.

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Avoiding all medical billing errors may be impossible — especially in busy offices where details can get lost in the shuffle. However, by focusing on stopping the most common medical billing mistakes, you can make the most of your staff’s time and maximize practice revenue.

Medical billing experts Alice Scott and Michele Redmond identify common billing and coding errors — and explain how the most profitable practices prevent them.

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Amidst all the buzz about the new apple Watch, Apple also announced its new ResearchKit — which holds the potential to affect many people’s lives by revolutionizing medical research.

“Perhaps the most profound change and positive impact that iPhone will make is on our health,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said during a March 9, 2015 unveiling of new products and enhancements.

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Meaningful Use gets flexible

It’s almost as if CMS made a new year’s resolution to be more flexible on Meaningful Use.

In January, the agency announced it will consider cutting the 2015 mandatory reporting period to 90 days — perhaps in response to numerous complaints from physician groups that 365 days of attestation would be just too difficult to achieve.

In February, CMS extended the deadline for 2014 Medicare attesting to March 20, 2015.

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