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Past & Upcoming Deadlines to Not Forget

We all know deadlines can creep right on up without us realizing. Don't let your healthcare practice fall behind because you missed an important deadline. For your convenience, here are some past and upcoming dates that should be reviewed to keep your practice compliant with regulatory changes. E&M coding 2021 guidelines When: January 1, 2021 [...]

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Hidden Gems In NextGen: Copying User Preferences

Are you a new user with a NextGen application? Did you know that from right within the EHR, you can copy user preferences?  This is a hidden gem within NextGen that many clinics are not aware of, but with appropriate access, this allows users to copy certain sections of various user preferences from one user [...]

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CDC releases new ICD-10 Codes effective 01/01/2021

In an effort to capture more information related to COVID-19 the CDC has issued six new ICD 10 codes effective 01/01/2021. Communicate these codes to your Providers and be sure your EHR and billing system can accommodate these codes. Encounter for screening for COVID-19 Z11.52 Contact with and (suspect) exposure to COVID-19 Z20.822 Personal history [...]

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MIPS 2021 Final Rule

2021 is rapidly approaching and eMedApps wants healthcare organizations to be aware of the 2021 MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) Final Rules. Below we have a few categories with updates that should be reviewed to ensure that reporting goes smoothly in the upcoming year. Traditional MIPS Performance threshold and category weights The performance threshold is [...]

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4 MIPS TIPS for Covid-19 Relief and a Successful End of Year

As we approach the end of 2020, we’d like to make sure healthcare organizations are aware of what’s available now for the MIPS program. Below we have some tips on what is available: Performance Year 2019 Feedback (This is available but requesting a targeted review has ended) Accessing your 2019 performance information including your [...]

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Remote Desktop Issues with High Definition Displays on Windows 10

  Working with a 4K High-Definition or Retina Display is becoming “the norm,” especially with the introduction of new modern notebooks and tablets. The problem is with the newer technology, there can be unforeseen compatibility issues with applications your users rely on daily within Windows 10.  One of these applications is Microsoft Remote Desktop Services [...]

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NextGen Spring 2020 Release SQL Server Requirements

We wanted to share some information with you regarding the NextGen Spring 2020 (v.5.9.2020.1) release. With this release NextGen is recommending minimum Microsoft SQL Server 2016 for Database. Please see the attached capability matrix from NextGen. There are many things to review and consider in this document, however, we wanted to bring to your attention [...]

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MIPS & COVID 19

MIPS & COVID19 Like most things right now, MIPS has also been effected by COVID19. CMS has created a COVID19 Response fact sheet that you can find here. This fact sheet contains information about submission deadline extension, hardship application reopening’s, new MIPS policies for the 2019 reporting period, new measures related to COVID19 and QCDR [...]

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FrontLine Nursing During COVID-19: A Word From One of Our Own

With this being Nurse Appreciation Week we thought it might be nice to hear from a new Nurse working on the front-lines who has just finished her Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN). Caitlin Cernik decided on a career in nursing after high school and she started her journey at Loyola University in Chicago in 2016. [...]

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HHS Funding: Why did you receive it and how do you keep it?

May 6, 2020 Hi Everyone! In this post, I want to talk about the funding your organization may have received in its bank account last week from HHS. In mid-April HHS started releasing $30 billion in relief payments to hospitals and clinics across the United States. All of this happened so quickly that most providers [...]

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