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Meaningful Use: Looking for Efficiencies Where You Least Expect It

inspector-looking-imageSuccessful primary care offices run like well-oiled machines: By the time the physician walks into the exam room, the insurance has been verified, the vitals have been taken, medical records are updated and the patient is prepped and ready.

To thrive in today’s challenging and complex healthcare environment, physicians and their staffs need to be efficient.

But “efficient” might not be the word that comes to mind when participating in quality-reporting and incentive programs. Practices that participate in meaningful use, patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) know there’s a huge amount of work and time that goes into meeting program requirements. So you might expect practices that participate in two or more programs to have double or triple the amount of work.

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2014 Meaningful Use Final Rule

How to Proceed in Medicare and Medicaid Pathways

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule detailing 2014 meaningful use (MU) reporting and attesting options for eligible professionals (EPs). The final rule mirrors the proposal issued in May.

Under the rule, EPs who have not yet attested in 2014 because they were “unable to fully implement” 2014 certified edition electronic health record technology (CEHRT) may select from several options as detailed in Table 1. EPs unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT will make a simple declaration of that inability when they attest.

EPs need not cite detailed reasons for their inability to implement 2014 Edition CEHRT. Please note, however, that in case of an audit procedure, CMS will consider only certain reasons acceptable. We have detailed these below, along with an outline of the new attestation procedure for EPs using the 2014 options.

The attestation deadline for all EPs is Feb. 28, 2015.

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ENGAGE14 Reminders Recap

Engage-blog-image-remindersENGAGE14 is this week! Can you believe it? Time has flown by. To help you best prepare for ENGAGE14, we’ve put together several reminders in one place. From sessions and travel to what to bring and meals, we’ll help you get the most from your conference time!

Breakout sessions

Don’t forget to sign up for breakout sessions as soon as possible. If you aren’t pre-registered for a session, you will not be able to join at the conference. Also, make sure that the sessions you are signed up for are sessions that pertain to your solution.

You can now view the handouts for your ENGAGE14 sessions by logging into the registration website and clicking here. You can locate the View Session Handouts option on the registration summary page.

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Make the Most of ENGAGE14 Using Social Media

Engage-blog-image-social-mediaEvents like ENGAGE14 offer awesome opportunities to learn more about your topics of interest and to connect with people, but you only have a few days to do so.

With such a limited amount of time, we know you want to make the most of it. Using social media is one of the best ways to maximize the ROI you receive from the conference and make sure you have a great experience at ENGAGE14!

Before ENGAGE14

Now’s a great time to follow @Greenway on Twitter! Before and during the event, we’ll send out details and updates about the Knowledge Center, conference events, and industry and product sessions.

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ENGAGE14: Visit the Knowledge Center to Gain Insight into the Future of Healthcare!

Engage-blog-knowledge-centerIf you’ve already registered for ENGAGE14, chances are you’re busy working to make the most of those valuable few days. You have so many options of breakout sessions, user groups, one-day workshops, specialty luncheons, “Ask the Expert” sessions and more. One of the best opportunities you’ll have at the conference to learn, network and benefit your organization is in the Knowledge Center, which will contain more booths and staff to help you than ever before.

In today’s blog, we’ll talk about all of the opportunities available to you in the Knowledge Center including the Help Center, partner booths, the Greenway booth, and the Greenway Store.

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4 Reasons Primary Care Providers Love Their Jobs

i-love-my-jobDo what makes you happy.

That’s one of the most common pieces of advice we all hear when first selecting a career path — and primary care physicians seem to have chosen wisely. When we surveyed a group of primary care providers about their personal and professional lives, we found that 64% of doctors agreed with the statement, “I love what I do,” and 60% said they felt fulfilled.

That means despite the demands of their profession, most primary care providers find aspects of their work that make them happy to come into the office day after day. We dug into our survey results even further to find a few specific reasons why physicians love what they do.

1. Physicians improve lives

A whopping 68% of primary care physicians were inspired to become doctors for the opportunity to make a difference – and for a good reason: A primary care provider doesn’t only treat patients with existing sicknesses and diseases, but also provides preventive care to keep them from getting sick in the first place. Day by day, physicians improve population health as a whole.

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