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Five traits of an efficient business practice in a clinical office

Managing a practice in a swiftly changing reimbursement and regulatory environment is not for the faint of heart. However, evaluating foundational tenets of successful practices can assist any manager through uncertain times. In a 2015 Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) study called, “Defining Value – Practical Applications For ‘Medical Practice Today: What members have to say,’” found that dealing with rising operational costs was the number two concern of practice managers, behind preparing for value-based payment programs. The survey report highlights comments from Sara Brown, MGMA Government Affairs representative, where she notes that, “even when a group meets the regulations

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Health data network offers paperless records

Health data network offers paperless records ‘There’s no more hunting for charts’ By Dave Hodges Tallahassee Democrat Business Editor If a new Tallahassee technology venture has one message for doctors, patients, hospitals and other health care provid­ers, it’s that the digital world awaits and there’s room for all who are making the tran­sition to electronic medical records. In Florida, the new health infor­mation exchange company HIE Net­works LLC will be spreading the word about the potential for more coor­dinated patient care, better treat­ment outcomes, increased privacy and gains in efficiency. HIE Networks has created and launched the Florida Health Data

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Florida Trend: Healthy Progress in the Push for Digital Medical Records

Florida Trend: Healthy Progress in the Push for Digital Medical Records

In six years, the Big Bend Regional Healthcare Information Organization has amassed and digitized medical records of 500,000 individuals in Leon and eight surrounding counties. It expects to add 50,000 by the end of 2012. Despite a national push to create digital medical records, today’s healthcare industry remains 90% paper-driven, says volunteer Executive Director Allen Byington, one of five founders of the organization. “It’s been estimated that physicians often have to make clinical decisions based on 60% of the available information,” Byington says. Digital networking, meanwhile, “is much safer, reduces clinical errors and improves the outcome,” he says. Instant availability

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Big Bend RHIO Chosen for Statewide Health Exchange

Big Bend Regional Healthcare Information Organization (BBRHIO), a health information exchange network currently serving nine North Florida counties, has been selected by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as one of three organizations to participate in Florida’s first statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). The goal of the new HIE is to enable participating providers to streamline patient care by having the ability to share electronic patient records and medical information. “We are proud to have been selected by AHCA for this very important initiative,” said Allen Byington, executive director of BBRHIO. “It affirms the great strides we’ve made over

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