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Greenway Marketplace: October 2014 Update

Marketplace-Blog-Update-icon-OctoberThrough the power of the internet, consumers now have the ability to research practices before making a decision about their healthcare. Often, the first place they’ll look is your website. Does yours stand out?

Your website is a gateway to customers who are interested in your services, and should answer some key questions for prospective patients: What makes your practice unique? Why should a patient choose your office over other practices in town?

A website is often the first impression patients will have of your practice. And if it’s not a positive one — because they can’t find the information they’re looking for or the website hasn’t been updated in weeks — you won’t get a second chance.

To make sure you’re making the right first impression, our webinar partner, Dr. Leonardo Website Builder, will explain the benefits having an intuitive, up-to-date website and why it’s so important for your practice.

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ICD-10 again: Five things you can do now to benefit from the delay

5-checklistIf you’re like many healthcare providers, you might be well aware of the potential disruption that ICD-10 can bring to your practice one year from today — the new deadline for the transition. It might even be old news to you. But the fact is, the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will present new and possibly unforeseen challenges … unless you use the extra time to your advantage.

With the number of diagnosis codes increasing from around 14,000 codes to approximately 68,000, simply getting paid for services provided will be a lesson in diligence. But even with the most fastidious documentation and billing practices — and an additional 12 months to prepare — experts warn providers to expect a bumpy transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

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Greenway Marketplace: September 2014 Update

Marketplace-Blog-Update-icon-SeptemberMore than 60 Greenway Marketplace partners exhibited in the Knowledge Center at ENGAGE14, giving customers the opportunity to browse and explore Marketplace solutions. ENGAGE14 also included three Marketplace-focused breakout sessions, where customers saw live product demonstrations from a number of partners.

Prior to the conference, we asked Marketplace customers to submit reviews for solutions they currently use or have used previously for a chance to win one of several prizes. Congratulations to Linda Bourguet, CJ Early and Jennifer Flowers, the winners of our Marketplace review drawing!

Unable to make it to ENGAGE14? Want to learn more about partners that exhibited? The Greenway Marketplace website has all the solutions featured at ENGAGE14 and more!

This month, our guest blog comes from Kirk Clove, the Chief Analytics Officer for Lightbeam.

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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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