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4-10-2013 8-40-05 AM

Athenahealth files a lawsuit against CareCloud, a four-year-old PM/EHR company that athena claims is infringing on one of its patents. The 2001 patent addresses the way claims processing rules are injected into athenahealth’s billing workflow. Above is a 2011 tweet from Jonathan Bush. Several former athenahealth employees now work for CareCloud. Athenahealth’s director of communication was unable to comment on the lawsuit, but CareCloud CEO Albert Santalo provided us with this statement:

“To the best of our knowledge Carecloud is not infringing on Athenahealth’s 13-year-old outdated method and we won’t be making any additional comment at this time.”

4-10-2013 4-21-17 PM

Main Line Health (PA) implements eClinicalWorks EHR across 42 practices.

4-10-2013 4-22-49 PM

The Polyclinic (WA) selects Phytel’s Population Health Management solution and Verisk Health’s Provider Intelligence program for population health management.

4-10-2013 2-40-20 PM

CMS creates a fact sheet to help providers if they are selected for EHR incentive program audits. CMS notes that documentation supporting attestation responses should be retained for six years and should support all payment calculations, such as cost report data.

4-10-2013 4-36-11 PM

Arkansas Heart Hospital selects eClinicalWorks EHR for its physician clinics.

HIMSS Analytics recognizes the ambulatory clinics of NorthShore University HealthSystem as the first group of ambulatory facilities to reach Stage 7 of the Ambulatory EMR Adoption Model.

Clinical effort, teaching, and research are named as the factors that most heavily influence physician compensation in academic settings in an MGMA report on academic practice compensation. Other factors influencing compensation: department rank, specialty, and geographic location.

4-10-2013 3-39-09 PM

Intuit Health announces that seven million patients have now registered for the Intuit Health Portal, including one million in the last six months.

4-10-2013 3-46-52 PM

Athenahealth celebrates the fifth anniversary of its Belfast, ME location, which now employs 570.

Bankruptcy attorneys and physicians blame a weak economy, shrinking reimbursements, changing regulations, and rising malpractice and drug costs for a recent spike in physician practices filing for bankruptcy. The American Bankruptcy Institute reports at least eight filings by physician practices in recent weeks.

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