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According to the World Health Organization, the change to the new ICD-10 system will make it easier for physicians to identify known diseases, and classify symptoms and procedures. However, many physicians and health practitioners aren’t sure if the benefits of the new system will outweigh all the trouble it will…

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Thus far, 2015 has been a year of tremendous growth for Bridge Patient Portal. Our team has worked hard to introduce new functionalities in the portal that improve usability, enhance performance and productivity, and establish Bridge as the leading EHR-agnostic patient portal. We have also taken user feedback into account…

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Guest post by Frank Irving, Editor of Medical Practice Insider There’s an important deadline looming on June 30, 2015, the end of the reporting year for CMS’ Physician Quality Reporting System. Any practice with at least two doctors using the same tax ID has the option to declare by that…

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In May, the Bridge Patient Portal development team worked on making updates to the portal in order to improve usability, facilitate system maintenance and more. We also made the patient portal more care coordinator friendly. Learn more about our new features below. Disabling the Portal for Maintenance We have made…

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Secure messaging, video conferencing and social media are all useful communication tools for physicians in light of the accelerating digitization of the healthcare industry. Social media outlets, in particular, are a seductive alternative to traditional communication channels, such as email and telephone, as they allow users to be connected at…

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Outdated as of May 2021. This article is outdated. Please find our updated resource that explains the current MACRA / MIPS / Meaningful Use regulations.  Guest post by Madelyn Kearns, Associate Editor for Medical Practice Insider It seems the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is taking the concept of Spring cleaning…

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With rising costs a major concern in healthcare, many steps have been taken in recent years to improve care quality and curb spending. Maximizing value for patients has been one solution to the problem, with organizations attempting to achieve favorable outcomes by shifting from fee-for-service care delivery to a fee-for-value…

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In April, we worked on adding new functionalities to Bridge Patient Portal in order to make it easier to market the portal to patients. We also incorporated new features to the Care Plans section of the portal, including embedded videos and the ability to assign forms as tasks. For improved…

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The Meaningful Use program and its push for patient engagement have created a growing need for online patient portals. However, not all portals are equal in their ability to meet providers’ needs. To be a top patient portal vendor, software developers must consider things like MU Stage 2 requirements, ease…

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Patient-provider communication is an integral component of patient care, and it is necessary for the promotion of patient engagement. Yet, seamless communication is often difficult to accomplish in the modern healthcare setting. In fact, once a patient leaves the physician’s office, communication oftentimes stops, and it doesn’t get picked up…