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From WatchDog “Re: Appeals. Thought you might want to remind your readers that the Affordable Care Act included a new provision for appealing the PQRS and e-prescribing programs. The informal process goes into effect now for the 2011 year.”  Good to know. Finding details on the appeals process on CMS Website  isn’t exactly easy, but I think I finally found the right link. If you think a mistake was made on your PQRS or e-prescribing data, you can contact the QualityNet Help Desk to request a review.

Doctor’s Medical Center (FL) selects Vitera Healthcare Solutions’ Intergy Meaningful Use Edition for its 23-physician practice.

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The local paper reports that more than 28,500 patients have access to Buffalo Medical Group’s (NY) patient portal, which is based on Epic’s MyChart. The 100 physician practice recently announced the availability of MyBMGChart from iPhones and Android-based smartphones.

Pacific Eye Specialists (CA) picks SRS EHR for its 10 provider group.

Practice Fusion updates its e-prescribing software, including changes to improve the overall workflow, make medication searches easier,and  simplify drug and allergy interaction alerts

iPractice Group achieves Gold Status as a partner in Greenway Medical’s Business Alliance program.

CareFirst BCBS is offering a free version of Medical Home Builder 2.0 software from the American College of Physicians for practices participating in its PCMH program.

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NCQA approves  the use of Phytel solutions to meet certain NCQA requirements for PCMH recognition.

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Welch Allyn CEO Julie Shimer announces she will retire at the end for 2012.

The American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine partners with Quest National Services to offer its members Quest’s billing and EMR solutions.

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A local paper profiles Dr. Kurt Frederick (TX) and his extensive use of Twitter and other social media tools. Frederick contends that more providers will use social media tools in the future as compensation becomes more closely tied to keeping patients well. In addition to engaging patients on Facebook with fun posts, such as his “Are You Smarter Than a Medical Student?” series, Frederick also shares personal details of his life, which he believes creates a bond with patients.  Frederick’s philosophy:

Patients want to know what we read; what we think about things. They want to know about our families.

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