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Nation’s PQRS Leader, Covisint, a Compuware Company, to Outline Best PQRS Practices at HIMSS12 – #HIMSS12

Covisint to Help Healthcare Organizations Understand Benefits and Answer Questions on Submitting for This Important Incentive

DETROIT–February 17, 2012–Covisint, a Compuware (Nasdaq: CPWR) company, today announced that it will at HIMSS12 outline best practices for healthcare organizations to submit for PQRS incentives using Covisint. The interactive presentation will help leaders at health organizations understand what’s involved with this process, as well as the options, possible penalties and date requirements for PQRS.

“PQRS is a lucrative-yet-misunderstood topic, and we will show how little effort is involved and how great the returns often are for Covisint customers,” said David McGuffie, President and COO of Covisint. “We have been the nation’s undisputed PQRS submission leader for two years, and our customers regularly tell us how easy Covisint’s PQRS process is.”

This HIMSS12 learning session will focus on three key objectives:

1. what PQRS is and why it’s worth the time;

2. submission options and timeframes; and,

3. penalties for not submitting.

Who should attend: Health administrative professionals seeking best practices for PQRS submissions and ROI business drivers

When, where: 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21 and 7:30 a.m. on February 22, 2012, in the Palazzo Suite 3716 of the Venetian Sands Expo and Convention Center

Covisint’s PQRS solution was last year’s leading PQRS reporting service with more than 5,600 successful submissions–representing a 63 percent uptake from the previous year. More than 90 percent of last year’s submitters plan to do so again this year, and 95 percent who submitted through Covisint last year plan to leverage the company’s PQRS solution once again.

Last year’s submissions earned an average $2,000 per provider and $18,500 per practice. The PQRS submission process–formerly called PQRI–has recently been updated, and Covisint has incorporated all the changes required for 2011 submissions while maintaining the portal’s ease of use. Covisint will offer attendees a 10 percent discount (up to $7,500) off of this year’s enterprise price.

Covisint, a Compuware Company

Covisint, a Compuware company, enables information ecosystems that quickly revolutionize organizations by providing secure communication and collaboration between people and systems in remarkably simple ways. Covisint is a recognized cloud computing pioneer driving the on-demand revolution that helps organizations connect, communicate and collaborate with their partners–enabling anywhere, anytime information. The Covisint ExchangeLink™ platform provides industry-specific services for identity management, collaborative portals and data exchange, as well as a third-party application marketplace. Learn more at www.covisint.com.

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February 20, 2012 I Written By

Merge Healthcare Expands Capabilities in Revenue Cycle Management

Latest release of Merge Financials™ selected by Greensboro Radiology includes anesthesia billing and provisions for ANSI 5010

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare Incorporated (NASDAQ: MRGE), a global corporation dedicated to health IT interoperability solutions, announced the release of Merge Financials™ 6.1, the latest revenue cycle management solution for Merge’s billing community that processes over 100 million transactions annually. Merge now boasts over 60 customers on Merge Financials, including Greensboro Radiology PA, a large radiology practice with over 50 radiologists serving central North Carolina.

“We chose Merge because of their stability and we felt the Financials system features were what we were looking for in a practice management system,” says Debbie Hodges, Director of Billing Operations for Greensboro Radiology, PA. “We love having a partner that will listen to our needs and who will work with us. We are actively using the software to manage our billing, and feel confident we are prepared for the upcoming billing changes. Having a partner like Merge has taken away a big worry from our practice.”

Merge Financials now includes capabilities to prepare physician practices for upcoming reimbursement changes. In particular, the solution facilitates the transition of electronic data exchange to the new ANSI 5010 required format, accommodates new PQRI (Physician Quality Reporting Initiative) procedures and reporting, and begins the planning process for the upcoming ICD-10 requirements. Additionally, the new Merge Financials 6.1 allows for full conversion of patient accounts and accounts receivable data from legacy billing solutions.

Merge Financials now also includes capabilities for anesthesia billing. The new anesthesia module allows for top-notch charge handling and claim filing for both the anesthesiologist and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Using the robust automated features already established in Merge Financials, the system will now also enable important data entry items, such as: physical status units, medical direction, and ASA code crosswalks. This provides more capabilities to Merge’s growing user community of anesthesiologists who use the Merge AIMS™ solution for the electronic capture of anesthesia records throughout the perioperative process.

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“We’ve continued to focus our revenue cycle management capabilities on solutions our customers can not only use today but also throughout the upcoming market changes,” said Jeff Surges, Merge CEO. “Our customers depend on Merge for stable and forward-thinking solutions. Our latest release demonstrates our investments in both upcoming regulatory changes and extensions of the product to additional Merge customers, such as anesthesia practices and billing services.”

Merge Healthcare develops software solutions that automate healthcare data and diagnostic workflow to create a more comprehensive electronic record of the patient experience. Merge products, ranging from standards-based development toolkits to fully integrated clinical applications, have been used by healthcare providers worldwide for over 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

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March 10, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

GE Healthcare Announces New Solutions to Support EMR Meaningful Use

Centricity Practice Solution 10, Centricity Patient Online 12 Unveiled at HIMSS11 Conference
ORLANDO– Feb 21, 2011 – At the annual meeting of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) in Orlando this week, GE Healthcare announced two new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solutions that have been certified for meaningful use. Centricity* Practice Solution 10 and Centricity Patient Online 12 are enhancements to existing EMR solutions from GE Healthcare that will help customers achieve Meaningful Use and go beyond, meeting the needs of clinicians and patients with elegant design, intuitive workflows and easy-to-use features.

“2011 will be a critical year for adopting meaningful use and GE Healthcare continues to lead the way by delivering solutions that can help healthcare providers easily and quickly achieve their goals,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “Our broad solution portfolio offers healthcare providers the tools they need to lower costs and gain better control of the information in their practices – whether they are working a small primary care practice or a large academic hospital or something in between.”

Centricity Practice Solution 10
Centricity Practice Solution 10 is the evolution of GE Healthcare’s fully integrated EMR and practice management system for physician practices. Centricity Practice Solution 10 now has embedded reports that providers can use to track their progress toward becoming “meaningful users.” This new version has already attained 2011/2012 Meaningful Use Stage I certification as a complete EHR from CCHIT®**. Leveraging the quality improvement and reporting capabilities that have long been part of GE Healthcare’s Medical Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC), Centricity Practice Solution 10 customers will continue to be at the forefront of quality benchmarking through access to powerful and convenient reporting for Meaningful Use, PQRI, NCQA and other incentive-driven reporting initiatives. Centricity Practice Solution customers will now able to track the clinical quality measures for Meaningful Use, and also have improved data to drive quality care for their patients.

Centricity Practice Solution 10 features a welcoming design and easy navigation based on extensive research with EMR users. Robust without being overwhelming, each screen provides just the right amount of information, clearly demarcated so busy doctors can focus on just the patient data that’s needed at each moment – which can improve real, ongoing adoption of digital medical records. The solution is currently being implemented by several early-adopter customers. GE Healthcare expects the product to be generally-available in the second calendar quarter of 2011.

Centricity Patient Online 12
GE Healthcare is demonstrating Centricity Patient Online 12, a new release of the company’s established Patient Portal technology, at HIMSS11. Centricity Patient Online creates a single channel of communications that extends the provider workflow to the patient’s home to help reduce costs, enhance quality, and increase access to care. Centricity Patient Online 12 also helps providers meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 required and menu-pick rulings with many new capabilities. These include the ability to give patients an electronic copy of their health information upon request, to provide timely electronic access to the patient’s health information (including lab results, problem list, medication lists and medication allergies) within four business days of the information being available to the provider, to provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit and to offer patient-specific educational resources. Centricity Patient Online 12 is generally available today.

Additional GE Healthcare Solutions Certified for Meaningful Use
GE Healthcare also announced that two more of its solutions recently achieved Meaningful Use certification. Centricity Enterprise 6.9 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a complete EHR on February 17, 2011 by The Drummond Group***. Centricity Enterprise 6.6.3.2 had been previously announced as a certified Complete Eligible Hospital EHR.**** Centricity EMR 9.5, which is expected to be available in early Q2, is also 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on October 28, 2010 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT ®)*****. GE Healthcare also previously announced that Centricity Advance, its web-based EMR for smaller physician practices, is 2011/2012 Meaningful Use certified as a complete EHR******.

CCHIT and The Drummond Group made these designations in their capacity as Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Currently-available versions of the company’s specialty solutions, Centricity Perinatal 6.9 and Centricity Perioperative Anesthesia 7.6, have also been submitted to certifying bodies and are expected to achieve modular certification in the first half of 2011. Modular certification indicates that the vendor has passed the mandatory privacy and security tests established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and supports some of the Meaningful Use objectives. To certify as a modular software vendor, GE Healthcare must meet the same mandatory privacy and security tests as full EHR vendors. Upon successful completion of the modular certification, GE Healthcare will announce the detailed components for which it is certified.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.
For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com
*Centricity is a trademark of General Electric Company.

** Centricity Practice Solution 10 (certification #CC-1112-704359-2) was certified as being substantially equivalent to Centricity Practice Solution version 9.5, which was certified on October 28, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0059, NQF 0061, NQF 0064, NQF 0421. Additional software used in testing included: SureScripts OR Info Scan, SureScripts via Centricity eScript Messenger, Centricity Clinical Gateway & LinkLogic Interface Engine, Quality Reporting Services & Performance Reporting OR Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 Reports & Performance Reporting, Quality Reporting Services OR Centricity Practice Solutions 9.5 reports, Centricity Practice Patient Portal OR Patient Online, Medispan Drug Database, LinkLogic Interface Enginee.

*** Centricity Enterprise version 6.9 (certification #1028201043218) was certified on February 17, 2011 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0495, NQF0497. No additional software was used in testing.

**** Centricity Enterprise version 6.6.3.2 (certification # 1028201043218) was certified on October 28, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF0495, NQF0497, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376. No additional software was used in testing.

***** Centricity EMR version 9.5 (certification # CC-1112-704359-2) was certified on October 28, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0059, NQF 0061, NQF 0064, NQF 0421. Additional software used in testing included: SureScripts OR Info Scan, via Centricity eScript Messenger, Centricity Clinical Gateway & LinkLogic Interface Engine, Quality Reporting Services & Performance Reporting OR Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 Reports & Performance Reporting, Quality Reporting Services OR Centricity Practice Solutions 9.5 reports, Centricity Practice Patient Portal OR Patient Online, Medispan Drug Database, LinkLogic Interface Engine.

****** Centricity Advance version 10.1 (certification # CC-1112-470465-1) was certified as a Complete EHR on October 1, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0031, NQF 0034, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0064, NQF 0421.
2011/2012 certification does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.
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February 23, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Sandlot to Debut Quality Reporting and Measures Application at HIMSS11


Community Quality Reporting and Measures Delivered

To Physicians at the Point-of-Care

Fort Worth, TX, Feb. 22, 2011 – Sandlot, LLC, a healthcare solutions company founded by practicing physicians, will debut SandlotQRM®, a quality reporting and measures application at HIMSS11, the prestigious annual conference for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 20 – 24, 2011). SandlotQRM helps physicians integrate care delivery and “move the needle” on quality as they transform their clinical practice in the new era of accountable care.

With SandlotQRM, physicians will have the tools they need to improve quality outcomes before, during, and after the patient’s visit. Physicians and other clinicians can:

  • Prospectively track patients falling outside care guidelines
  • Deliver care recommendations based on the patient’s electronic, longitudinal community health record at the point of care
  • Retrospectively monitor performance through the lens of HEDIS, PQRI, EHR Meaningful Use, and other measures.

SandlotQRM is integrated with SandlotConnect®, a health information exchange (HIE) solution developed and supported by Sandlot, LLC. SandlotConnect is a unique point of care solution – a blending of HIE technology with quality management tools – enabling healthcare providers to integrate care delivery and achieve measurable improvement in quality outcomes. SandlotQRM can integrate with any source of patient clinical information, including: HIEs, claims systems, or electronic medical records.

Until now, physicians and healthcare organizations relied on fragmented retrospective reviews of patient data to manage care. SandlotQRM will help ensure that doctors exceed their quality objectives by presenting patient-measures that are important to their specialty. The web tool enables physicians to determine what patients are not meeting the measures of quality care and allows doctors to take immediate action, such as: scheduling a diagnostic test, a procedure, e-prescribing or ordering a laboratory test. This will enhance the physician’s ability to treat patients more successfully at the point-of-care and increase patient satisfaction rates.

Sandlot’s quality module will also serve as a vital benchmarking tool for physicians. Doctors can determine how successful they are in meeting their quality objectives compared to national targets and other physicians utilizing Sandlot’s HIE application, SandlotConnect. This will be beneficial for doctors in helping them develop alternative protocols to provide better overall treatment plans and cost effective care for their patients. The current Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive program in place will create increased demand for SandlotQRM.  Payments are rewarded to those physicians who satisfactorily report their specified measures during a reporting period.

The emerging era of accountable care induces hospitals and health systems to reduce costs and improve long-term financial objectives by participating in an accountable care organization (ACO). Based on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), an ACO is described as collaborations that include groups of healthcare providers, hospitals, and others. SandlotQRM is the cornerstone of an ACO because of the prospective, point-of-care, and retrospective quality measurement reporting that will support a profitable and sustainable patient care organization.

From a health plan perspective, Sandlot’s quality module will help insurers meet their business objectives. Insurers can meet their Med-Loss Ratio (MLR) requirements by utilizing its sophisticated data analysis and population reporting capabilities so they can be defined as a medical cost. To assist health plans in reaching CMS Five-Star status, SandlotQRM also provides analytical data on HEDIS measures. NCQA publishes the top 20 private health plans, with similar lists for the top 10 Medicaid and Medicare plans each year. HEDIS scores are a significant factor in ranking each plan.

SandlotQRM, will be available for limited live demonstrations February 20-24th at HIMSS11. iPhone and iPad applications will be available for clinical use once SandlotQRM is generally available March, 2011.

About Sandlot LLC

Based in Fort Worth, TX, Sandlot, LLC is an innovative healthcare solutions company founded by practicing physicians who pursue ways to make better clinical decisions at the point-of-care and collectively share clinical information. Sandlot focuses on advancing healthcare by using technology, process and people working together. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP). The company’s innovative HIE, SandlotConnect® launched in 2008, is based on Lawson Technology and is currently interoperable with many of the market’s leading EHR systems, including Allscripts, NextGen, and eClinicalWorks.   For more information, visit www.sandlotsolutions.com.

February 22, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.