Meaningful Use of EHR: How to Make the Grade

Over the next three years, meaningful use policy will be instituted in stages, and medical providers are required to prove their qualification or face penalties as early as 2015. While these penalties, or “adjustments,” are over two years away, the time for...

Oregon Coordinated Care Organizations Launch

Governor John Kitzhaber and his health care chiefs have invested two years to the cause of winning converts in their efforts to fix Oregon’s health care system, including reigning in costs. One healthcare initiative is the state’s new coordinated care organizations,...

HHS Announces 88 New Accountable Care Organizations

Earlier this month, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that since the first of July, there have been 88 newly-formed Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) serving 1.2 million people with Medicare in 40 states and Washington, D.C. The...

AMA Considers Skipping Straight to ICD-11

After months of pushing for a delay in converting to the ICD-10 codes, the American Medical Association is considering a new option: skip ICD-10 altogether and move to ICD-11. In reaction to protests, the Department of Health and Human Services published a proposed...

Benefits of Anesthesia Medical Practice Management

If you are part of an anesthesia medical practice, chances are you have a lot on your plate. You can lighten the load by hiring a medical practice management company who specializes in handling many of the business tasks of your medical practice. A good company is...