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Seven Myths About Electronic Health Records

Guest columnist Brian O’Neill is president and CEO of Office Ally, which offers providers a full complement of revenue cycle management services, including a patient portal, electronic health records, a practice management system, a clearinghouse and a billing service.

One of the greatest professional challenges and business decisions physicians find themselves confronting today is the conversion of their office and systems to electronic health records (EHRs). While once found only in the most technologically savvy physician offices and viewed by many as a ‘nice to have’ luxury, EHRs are quickly becoming a ‘need to have’ in medical offices across the country. And with good reason!

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Top iPhone & iPad Devices for Physicians

Physicians often are portrayed as latter-day Luddites. However, that’s an urban myth, according to Peter Henderson of PatientKeeper, a Boston-based health information system provider.

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Make Next April 15th Less Painful: 3 Tax-Saving Ideas

This is a guest column written by David B. Mandell, a principal of the financial consulting firm O’Dell Jarvis Mandell LLC and Carole Foos, who works as a CPA and tax consultant at the firm. 

For many of you, April 15th (or April 18th in 2011) is a painful day. That’s because it’s that day you realize you spend between 40% and 50% your working hours for the year laboring for the IRS and your state when you consider income, capital gains, Medicare, self-employment and other taxes.

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Avoid the Most Common Doctor Financial Error

As authors of 4 books for physicians, including our latest, For Doctors Only: A Guide to Working Less & Building More (link to free ebook downloard or reduce price book order form), we have consulted with thousands of doctors of all specialties during the last decade. From this experience, we have become intimately familiar with the mistakes physicians make when working with their CPAs, attorneys, and other financial advisors. Whether it is in the area of tax, asset protection, retirement planning, or other areas, the #1 problem is always the same – a failure of the doctor to find, work with and continue to evaluate their financial/legal/tax advisors.

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Why Some Physicians Are Slow to Switch to EHRs

While the deadline for electronic record adoption is looming, some physicians remain hesitant. That’s because they view the conversion process as an expensive, time consuming, and often-overwhelming process.

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How the AMA is Using Amagine to Simplify Health IT

In an effort to reduce the anxiety and costs associated with the implementation of health IT, the American Medical Association has launched Amagine.

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Understanding Online Physician Rating Sites

As if Facebook and Twitter and other social media don’t offer enough cyber-information overload, the newest player in the age of social networking is doctor and hospital rating sites. More than 30 such rate-your-doctor Websites exist today, including Healthgrades.com and RateMDs.com, as well as more general consumer guides such as Angielist.com – more known for rating plumbers than clinicians – and Yelp.com.

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How to Find Your Footing in Social Media

As the HIMSS11 conference opened this past Sunday in Orlando, Fla., “meaningful use” of health IT were the buzzwords. So were the implementation of RFID technologies and the HIPAA conversion to the new 5010 standard. Also at the top of the agenda were the application of social technologies in healthcare and maximization of network activities.

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The Central or Non-Central Question: Identifying Patients Statewide

This guest column is special to The Progressive Physician. The authors are Dr. Scott Schumacher and Lorraine Fernandes of Initiate, an IBM Company. Schumacher is Chief Scientist and Fernandes is Health Ambassador.

Determining the best way to identify patients statewide or nationally is one of the hottest topics of debate within today’s health IT community.

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Meaningful IT Use Offers Sizable Financial Incentives

Guest contributor Michele Jones is the director of marketing for MedInformatix Inc., Los Angeles. MedInformatix is a national provider of fully integrated Electronic Health Records.

Malpractice insurance costs. Uncertainties about Obamacare’s full impact. The ever-present specter of increased regulation...

Amid these and other issues and concerns beguiling physicians and practices lies the highly positive financial impact of the recently activated Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Care Provisions of The Federal Government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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