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All Things EMR | Healthcare Policy & Reform

Sometimes Breaking Up Isn’t That Hard To Do

Dan Haley, athenahealth VP of Government AffairsThis week athenahealth resigned from the Electronic Health Records Association (EHRA), the trade association that ostensibly represents the collective interests of the EHR industry in the many Washington, D.C.-based policy debates that impact EHR vendors and, by extension, their care provider clients. Members since late 2011, we joined the EHRA hoping to utilize the organization as a forum to spread our often-distinct points of view on particular issues — like the then-relatively-new Meaningful Use program — that were gaining prominence in the national debate over healthcare reform.

We’ve all been in relationships where each partner tries, subtly and not so … Read more

Meaningful Use | Patient Engagement

Stage 2 Meaningful Use: Attestation Progress Report

Libby Webb, Executive Director of Product ManagementAs many of you know, our cloud-based platform gives us and our caregivers a unique – and powerful – visibility into their performance. It’s that level of insight that lets us track our providers’ progress with Meaningful Use (among many other initiatives), make adjustments as needed and get as many participating providers across the Meaningful Use finish line as possible. Before we dive into what we’re seeing from providers participating in Stage 2 Meaningful Use, we want to congratulate those who successfully attested to meeting Stage 1 program requirements in 2013 – that’s 95.4% of our participating providers, in … Read more

mHealth | Patient Engagement | Practice Management

Revenue Cycle Management: How Digital Health Can Affect Your Bottom Line

Libby Webb, Executive Director of Product ManagementEarlier this year, I spoke at the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) Revenue Cycle Conference at Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots). Hundreds of executives gathered to discuss the changing landscape of health care payment models, hospital pricing and reimbursement, managed care organizations, and medical practices. As the conversation came around to mobile technology (as it often does when discussing health care) talk turned to revenue cycle management—and how it might be affected by the mobile world.

Mobile technology impacting revenue cycle, you ask? The topic hasn’t received much airtime compared to the dazzling attention that’s been … Read more

All Things EMR | Medical Billing & Payers | Patient Engagement | User Conference

Finding Technology That Supports My Orthopedic Practice Today and Tomorrow

Deanna Boyette, MDBecoming a physician is a long journey of perseverance, one we are all familiar with. With that long journey well behind me, I’m engaged in another, somewhat unexpected set of challenges: I’m here in my solo orthopedic practice figuring out how to make myself a more efficient physician while meeting government mandates, running a cost-efficient practice, and trying to maintain a balance between family life and career.

Just before I opened my orthopedics office in 2010, I knew one thing for certain: I wanted to work digitally. And not just any quick technology fix would do. I knew I needed … Read more

Analytics & Research

No Lack of Attention to ADHD

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to draw public attention, with articles appearing in the November New England Journal of Medicine and most recently in the New York Times. The Times article emphasized the rising use of ADHD drugs by both adults and children in 2012, based on a recent report issued by Express Scripts about ADHD medication trends. The Express Scripts study showed a steady growth in the number of children taking ADHD medication through 2012. Recently, athenaResearch examined diagnostic data coming in from physicians on the athenahealth network to see whether 2013 data indicate any slackening of … Read more

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