Presidential Press Conference on Healthcare

Tonight, President Obama spoke to the nation about his plans for healthcare reform. He outlined how he plans to reform the current system and how he plans to pay for it including cutting over $100 billion worth of subsidies to insurance companies as part of Medicare. Few key points: Wants to create an independent group

Republicans Create Nightmare Chart Depicting Democratic Healthcare Plans

Someone in the GOP needs to learn how to use Microsoft Visio, or the Democrats need to come up with a better plan for improving our healthcare system. If you believe this nightmare chart created by Congressman Kevin Brady’s office (R-Texas 8th District), then you’ll need a PHD in obfuscation to figure out what the

Meaningful Use — CCHIT Responds With a Vengeance

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has responded to the Office of the National Coordinator’s recently released Meaningful Use matrix [pdf]–and responded with a vengeance. The bottom line: “CCHIT recommends that meaningful use measures be either simplified for 2011, or postponed until 2013.” Its recommendation was formed by comparing the CCHIT 2008 criteria

A Warranty for Your Health?

When you buy a car, the manufacturer usually offers some kind of warranty on your purchase e.g. bumper-to-bumper coverage for 50,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first. Or coverage for 100,000 miles for the power train and 50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper. Some are now offering oil changes for life, free car washes, dry cleaning, or

Meaningful Use Has Arrived. What Now?

On June 16 the Workgroup on Meaningful Use presented its recommendations on the definition of Meaningful Use. They prepared a preamble describing their overall path to this definition and a matrix to organize their recommendations for each year. For those who have been under a rock for the past 6 months, “meaningful use” is the

What Does CCHIT Certification Mean to You?

You maybe asking yourself why MTBC, a medical billing company, pursued and received CCHIT certification. What does medical billing have to do with electronic medical records? The answer for us is simple: improving our clients’ work flow improves their collections. The only way we could find to help improve our clients’ work flow was to

The Cost Conundrum — Must Read Article in the New Yorker

In the June issue of The New Yorker magazine, Dr. Atul Gawande contrasts the high-cost health-care system in McAllen, Texas, with the lower-cost systems at the Mayo Clinic and in Grand Junction, Colorado. McAllen, Texas is one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country. Only Miami spends more. He explores why costs in

CCHIT Certification is Received by MTBC EMR v 4.0

We are thrilled to announce that MTBC EMR v 4.0 has received the prestigious CCHIT 2008 Ambulatory Certification. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology is the Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products. MTBC’s new, upgraded Version 4.0 of our EMR is already being praised for its intuitive

Who cares? The FTC hopes you do!

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a site to provide older patients–and those who care for them–a reliable source of health information for such topics as healthcare agencies, medications, alternative therapies, and Medicare fraud. Physicians and healthcare providers are encouraged to direct patients to the FTC site in order to access accurate and updated information.

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part V

Many providers have asked for information regarding the application process for participating in E-Prescribing. In fact, there is not a formal, onetime application. However, a provider (or practice, as the case may be) will not be entitled to a bonus unless he or she consistently represents – in the context of claim submission – that