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8-17-2011 6-51-21 AM

The Big Lake Clinic (MN) will go live on Epic EMR September 1. The four-provider clinic is part of New River Medical Center and CentraCare Health System, both of which also run Epic.

Anesthesia Healthcare Partners, a provider of anesthesia practice management, hires RCM service provider MediRevv to provide A/R management services.

Declining reimbursements, competition for specialists, and the cost of technology contributed to the significant operating losses many provider organizations experienced last year. Physician compensation was relatively flat, with 70% of specialties seeing small increases in pay;  overall compensation growth was about 2.4%.

8-17-2011 8-14-22 AM

Nuance Communications unveils Dragon Medical Practice Edition, which targets the needs of physicians in practices smaller than 25 providers.  Nuance reports that the new edition yields a 15% improvement in accuracy over previous Dragon Medical releases and supports dictation directly into ambulatory EHRs.

8-17-2011 8-20-07 AM

Medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, infection, and depression are the most commonly prescribed drugs by Practice Fusion users, according to the company’s Prescription Index report.

8-17-2011 9-05-54 AM 
8-17-2011 9-18-01 AM

The above charts show the breakdowns for Meaningful Use payments to eligible providers, though the end of July.  The Medicare figures (for a total of 1,078 total providers) break down the number of providers by specialty; Medicaid numbers (3,334 total providers) show recipients by provider type.  More nifty facts can be found on the CMS website under “Provider Registration and Payments.”

In communities across the country, increasing numbers of physicians are moving from independent private practices to become employees of hospital systems. An Idaho paper reports on the trend in Boise, where  Saint  Alphonsus Health System added 19 doctors between September 2010 and June 2011. At St. Luke’s Health System, staff physicians were increased  50% after the hiring of about 100 doctors from June 2010 to June 2011. Physicians are making the move for a variety of reasons, including concerns about ongoing technology costs, fear of pending changes in reimbursement, and the desire to reduce the administrative tasks associated with running a private practice.

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  • “The above charts show the breakdowns for Meaningful Use payments to eligible providers, though the end of July. The Medicare figures (for a total of 1,078 total providers) break down the number of providers by specialty; Medicaid numbers (3,334 total providers) show recipients by provider type. More nifty facts can be found on the CMS website under “Provider Registration and Payments.”

    Is it me? or does this number seem small relative to the potential number of EPs? I wonder if CMS is tracking the number by vendor or application. I would think that is possible. Is anyone collecting or reporting (and verifying, of course) the % of providers per vendor who attest and receive their MU payment? Are vendors willing to report that willingly, and honestly?

  • National numbers on eligible providers receiving MU incentive payments does little to encourage or discourage EMR adoption in local communities. CMS needs to step up and publish this informatoin broken down by state and by metropolotain area / rural areas. A little peer local pressure goes a long way in the physician community.

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