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Funding for ONC slashed under Trump's budget proposal

President Donald Trump released 2018's budget proposal on Tuesday, May 23, and the document indicates that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will receive less funding than it has come to expect in recent years - the cut amounts to some 37 percent, Healthcare IT News reported. [cont...]

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An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Telehealth Bills Seek to Provide More Access, Increase Reimbursement

Finally, telehealth folks, legislation is attempting to catch up with the technology of the day. Telehealth services and capabilities have become increasingly popular in the last half decade, but reimbursement, primarily through Medicare and Medicaid, has been lacking. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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MACRA Misery Loves Company and Practices Are Not Ready

MACRA’s almost here; it ain’t going anywhere. But. Guessing on recent headlines, there’s a very good chance, if you’re running your own practice that you are not ready for it. Breathe easier, misery loves company -- you’re not alone.

These are the results of a survey published by Healthcare Informatics of more than 2,000 of your peers, almost half (43 percent) claimed that they need help with their MACRA preparation needs. Even more dramatic is that another 30 percent of these fine folks said that they are not at all prepared. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Why the American Health Care Act is Sick or Not, Depending on Who’s Diagnosing It

For those following the politics of healthcare, there has been nothing larger than the Affordable Care Act (ACA/ObamaCare) for the last seven years. Until now.

In the first quarter of 2017 the Trump Administration and the Republican-led Congress put forth the act that is supposed to “repeal and replace” the original social healthcare act. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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More States Allowing Primary Care Nurses the Right to Practice Independently

This writer’s native state, South Dakota, is the 22nd in the Union to allow nurse practitioners the right to practice independently, once they’ve completed 1,040 hours of work under a supervising physician. This is the result of new legislation signed by the governor allowing nurses in the state to deliver services on their own, following adequate training. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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CMS Spends $20 Million to Help Small Practices Succeed in the Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has awarded about $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in “individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer.” This is the first infusion of cash in what the federal organizations said will add up to about $100 million over the remaining four years of th [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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HIPAA-Compliant Texting May Increase Care Outcomes

Since the Joint Commission ended its ban on text messaging mid-last year, many health systems have developed approved texting programs. Under the Joint Commission’s program, licensed independent practitioners or other practitioners may text orders as long as a secure text messaging platform is used and the required components of an order are included. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Physicians Worry About Preparedness and Financial Impact of MACRA

Independent physicians – once and still the backbone of the US healthcare economy – are claiming to have trouble with their mulling of MACRA and what its Quality Payment Program will require of their practices. Clear enough, even though many don’t believe MACRA is all that clear.

But fear, which seems to be making up quite a bit of the healthcare landscape the past decade or so – Meaningful Use; EHR technology; 5010; ICD-10; and now MACRA – won’t keep this group of physicians from trying to move forward as best they can by navigating the regulation. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Healthcare’s Annual Fraud List Details Criminal Activity Worthy of a Feature Film

The Fraud and Abuse Control Program Report for 2016, as collated by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice reads like a salacious novel of all the underworld and unsavory activities taking place in healthcare during the year in question. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Healthcare Biggest Jobs Driver, but Will it Last?

While the United States economy only added about 156,000 jobs in December and the overall growth rate is less than what many say it needs to be, the good news for those of us in healthcare is that the sector produced the most jobs with more than 43,000 of them coming from the sector, according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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