From LightsOut: “iPractice Group. The company posted a notice on its Website that it has ceased operations as a result of ‘depressed sales in the late 4th quarter leading to insufficient funding to continue operations.’” Between market saturation, practice consolidations, and MU requirements, I am certain that iPractice will not be the only EHR vendor to close up shop this year.
Huron Valley Physicians Association (MI) chooses eClinicalWorks EHR for its 600 providers. eClinicalWorks also announces that Holyoke Medical Center (MA) is adding eCW Care Coordination Medical Record for advancing ACO and PCMH objectives.
The website Software Advice scrubs CMS data on MU attestations through October 2012 to identify the top ambulatory EHR vendors. Epic, Allscripts, and eClinicalWorks had the most complete EHR MU attestations and accounted for 42 percent of all attestations. A total of 355 vendors had at least one attestation, though two-thirds of all attestations came from the top 10.
MacPractice and RT-MediBus integrate their MacPractice PMS and RT-MediBus EHR programs.
Cara Buckhaulter, a medical billing and coding consultant with Nuesoft, offers some tips for boosting practice revenues, decreasing rejected and underpaid claims, and reducing claims A/R days. Recommended steps include verifying insurance, submitting claims daily, following up promptly on rejected or unpaid claims, reviewing codes semiannually, and monitoring financial reports monthly.
Medical Office Today profiles NextGen customer Associates in Women’s Health (KS) and its use of NextGen’s NextPen digital pen technology.
SOAPware will implement the ELLKAY connectivity bridge for its EHR clients to provide integration with third-party PM systems.
CPA B.J. Hoffman suggests some internal control procedures to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in medical practices. The bottom line: physicians should regularly review key financial documents and staff should segregate financial tasks to ensure proper checks and balances.