More than four in five clinicians use a smartphone every day and nearly half of physicians use a combination of a smartphone, tablet, and laptop/desktop routinely in a professional capacity. The Epocrates-prepared report predicts that 90 percent of physicians will use smartphones by next year and almost as many will have adopted tablets. The top task on tablets and computers: EHR, notes, and e-prescribing.
Precision Billing and Consulting Services will implement the CureMD platform for billing and practice management for its 400 physician clients.
BCBS of Michigan reports “strong evidence” of cost and quality savings from its PCMH project, which includes over 3,017 physicians and 994 groups. BCBS documented savings of $155 million during the first three years by avoiding hospital admissions and readmissions, ED visits, and through increased use of generic drugs and fewer radiologic studies.
The 15-physician Puget Sound Institute of Pathology (WA) contracts with McKesson Business Performance Services for RCM services and strategic planning.
Aprima PRM 2014 EHR/PM v. 14.0 earns Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification as a Complete EHR.
TrustHCS joins Greenway Medical’s online marketplace to offer PrimeSUITE customers access to its coding and ICD-10-readiness solutions.
Patients who have used EMRs through online portals express significantly more satisfaction with their physicians, believe they receive better quality of care, and engage in clearer and more responsive communications with their physicians.
Boulder Community Hospital Physician Clinics select Wellcentive’s Advance platform to facilitate care coordination in support of its PCMH implementation and as part of its comprehensive primary care initiative.
In 2012, Medicare paid physicians participating in the Primary Care Incentive Payment Program more than $664 million. The PCIP program pays primary care professionals a quarterly bonus of 10 percent if their primary care billings comprise at least 60 percent of their total Medicare allowed charges.
The AMA notifies CMS of additional problems with the Medicare Physician Compare website, including issues with the search function and inaccurate practice demographics. The AMA claims that problems with the current design make it difficult for users to identify a physician’s location, hospital affiliation, board certification, and other practice information.