Are You Ready for the June PQRS Deadline?

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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 deadline that they will report […]

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Bridge Patient Portal May Product Updates

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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 it easy to disable the […]

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Don’t Breach HIPAA While Messaging & Texting Patients

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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 a moment’s notice. Using services […]

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Additional Meaningful Use Changes Posed By CMS for Stages 1 & 2

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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 to heart, especially in the case of meaningful use. After dispatching a sizeable Stage 3 proposal mere weeks ago, CMS is now tending to the roots of the […]

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Measuring the Success of ACOs & Next Steps for Continued Growth

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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 model – one that focuses […]

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Bridge Patient Portal April Product Updates

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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 wellness tracking, Bridge has also […]

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What It Takes To Be a Top Patient Portal Vendor

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The Meaningful Use program and its push for patient engagement has 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 of use, interoperability and possibilities […]

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Using a Healthcare Patient Portal to Improve Communication, Drive Engagement

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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 again until the patient has […]

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Haven’t Hired a Care Coordinator Yet? You Will Soon

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In 2010, almost half of all Americans (147 million people) were living with a chronic condition and were responsible for 84 percent of all U.S. healthcare spending. Despite advances in diagnostic testing and initiatives to identify preventable diseases, the number of individuals with chronic diseases is expected to continue to grow – that is, unless […]

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Bridge Patient Portal March Product Updates

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In March, the Bridge team worked on adding new functionalities to the patient portal to improve the user experience. The portal’s new features offer enhanced appointment scheduling and patient intake, and provide greater control to administrator users in configuring appointment notification settings. We also incorporated ICD-10 codes and added Meaningful Use Stage 2 reporting to […]

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