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Like the other experts in our patient burnout story, health IT executive Sidd Shah has seen the burnout problem up close, and shares his thoughts on how to cool it down.
Do you have a no-show problem? Even if you struggle with unexpected holes in your schedule only occasionally, you can take steps to improve your patient-contact rates and turn those no-shows into visits.

Image from www.phreesia.comOne of your biggest opportunities for new revenue in 2011 and beyond is Medicare’s new annual wellness visit (AWV). One of the biggest obstacles to billing the AWV quickly and efficiently has been finding the right form for the visit, which is unlike a regular physical. Now some vendors are catching on and offering ways to cut physician time by digitizing the new encounter form needed to bill the AWV under Medicare guidelines.

Photo by Grant HuangMost electronic health record (EHR) vendors have a meaningful use "guarantee" -- but the fine print usually specifies that their EHR product has the capability to meet meaningful use and earn you incentive money, if you do your part. But athenahealth (the company name is deliberately lower case, for whatever reason) is trying to stand apart from the pack by offering a more substantive meaningful use guarantee.

Image used with permission from UroplastyUrologists have a new code to describe posterior tibial neurostimulation, which was previously billed using unlisted code 64999. However, it's slow going for the new code, 64566 (posterior tibial neurostimulation, percutaneous needle electrode, single treatment, $129.11). There is currently only one device on the market that can perform the procedure -- the Urgent PC, manufactured by Minnesota-based Uroplasty.


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