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Stage 2 Meaningful Use Near 1,000 for Eligible Professionals, but Hospitals Lag Badly

Nearly 1,000 physicians and other eligible professionals have attested this year to meeting the more stringent Stage 2 meaningful-use requirements under the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program, but only 10 hospitals have done so through the first half of their program year. The numbers, through July 1, were presented Tuesday at the federally chartered […]

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Practice Makes Perfect: ICD-10 Delay Allows Time for Clinical Documentation Improvement

In June, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members’ most pressing practice-management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we’ll tackle No. 1 on that list: preparing for the transition to ICD-10 diagnostic coding. In DATA, the CMS announced that the new implementation deadline for the International […]

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Move to ICD-10 will Hurt Low-Margin Practices, Study Finds

Pediatricians and other low-margin practices could take a significant financial hit during the transition to ICD-10 procedural and diagnostic codes, according to a study in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The 68,000-code ICD-10 system is scheduled to replace the 14,000-code ICD-9 system Oct. 1, 2015. Researchers at the University of Illinois […]

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