The importance of preventative care

By | August 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

When you think of ways that doctors save lives, many might imagine an emergency room doctor or nurse running around treating patients who might be having a heart attack, or a surgeon who is performing a life-saving surgery for someone who was in a deadly accident. Even though these are the images that typically come […]

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The importance of having a connected EHR

By | July 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Elation Health is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned partners page. We’ve reimagined this page to make it easier than before to locate and find information about the dozens of partners that work with Elation’s Clinical First platform. At Elation, we know that an electronic health record (EHR) is a vital tool […]

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Why independent physicians should be proactive about value-based care

By | July 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Waiting for legislation to be passed or for new regulations to be implemented can leave independent physicians struggling to determine how their practices should operate. The future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in doubt. Some Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) directives and demos have been delayed. Independent physicians have always been […]

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AAFP launches primary care innovation fellowship

By | July 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is a medical organization focused on health information technology solutions that will help independent family care physicians as they work to provide better quality healthcare to their patients. This organization recently announced its first Primary Care Innovation Fellowship with a goal of improving the usability and interoperability of health […]

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How investing in primary care can enhance care coordination

By | July 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

What is the relationship between primary care and care coordination? Most patients, particularly those who are critically ill or elderly, see more than one medical care provider. They are referred to specialists or sent to outside medical facilities for tests or procedures. Primary care coordination is a critical piece of overall care management for these […]

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Healthcare bill update: plan to repeal and replace Obamacare becomes less likely

By | July 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Yesterday, Senate Republicans announced that they lacked enough votes to move their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, forward. With this latest bill effectively dead, policy analysts believe an overhaul of Obamacare is less likely than before. What’s happened so far? In March 2017, the American Health […]

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Revised Health Bill Released: What Independent Physicians Need to Know

By | July 14, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Yesterday, Senate Republicans released a newly revised draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) in hopes of passing the bill through a divided Congress. Though the bill does not change any of the fundamental aspects of its original version, lawmakers made several significant changes in an effort to sway specific Republican lawmakers on the […]

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Check out the direct care playbook by Elation Health

By | July 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Direct care, the patient-centered model of care that forgoes insurance in favor of a retainer fee and closer patient relationships, is one of the fastest growing movements among independent physicians. As the direct care community grows, new physicians looking to start their practices and existing direct care practices need resources and tools to scale up […]

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Practice Insights: Dr. Dennis Fong

By | July 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Outside Dr. Fong’s front office, a vibrant pink sign reads, “We Keep Our Patients Healthier! Our Patients go into Hospital 25% Less Than the Average in This Area.” In a time where providers are under increasing scrutiny to reduce their average cost-per-patient, independent practices are more mindful than ever about the burden of delivering quality […]

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ONC and CMS to drive data accuracy initiative

By | July 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

At the practice level, accurate data is imperative for appropriate patient treatment plans and for reimbursement purposes. When data is not accurate, mistakes can be made. Accurate data is also important at the administrative level, when efforts are made to track provider information to ensure records are current. The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) […]

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