Healthcare News August 25, 2012

  • ICD-10 Start Date October 1 2014
    ICD-10 Start Date October 1 2014

    CMS Sets ICD-10 Implementation Date

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced its Final Rule that they will delay the adoption of ICD-10 for one year from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014.  At that time all covered entities, which includes physician medical practices must comply with the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition which is known as ICD-10.

    This postponement will allow providers and insurance companies more time to get ready for this major transition from ICD-9, which has about 17,000 diagnosis codes, to ICD-10 which has almost 140,000 codes.

    Capture Billing wrote an article, ICD-10 is Coming, Will Your Medical Billing Department Be Ready?, which has a bit more information on getting ready for ICD-10.

    To view the CMS Fact Sheet: HHS Adopts a HIPAA Standard for Unique Health Plan Identifier, go to or CLICK HERE

    If you want some late night reading and download the 208 page Final Rule from The Office of the Federal Register. FINAL RULE


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  • Practice Fusion Passes 50 Million Patients, Outlines Company Growth

    Practice Fusion issued an infographic today in celebration of surpassing the 50 million patient milestone for their free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR). The free platform has already helped doctors attest for more than $35 million in Meaningful Use incentives. One out of four doctors choosing an EHR today picks Practice Fusion.

    The free, web-based Electronic Health Records (EHR) provider has seen 50 percent employee growth since the beginning of the year alone

    SAN FRANCISCO- August 8, 2012Practice Fusion, the nation’s largest doctor-patient community, has hit several significant milestones this year. Expected to reach 200 employees in its San Francisco headquarters this month, the company supports 150,000 medical practitioners serving 50 million patients nationwide. One in four doctors selecting an EHR today chooses Practice Fusion, which is reflected by the 49 percent increase in its users since August 2011. This growth confirms the urgent need for free, accessible and secure EHR systems for the nation’s physicians—particularly those in small practices.

    “We’re democratizing access to EHR technology for physicians. The faster we grow, the more doctors we can help—and the more lives they can save,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “This year is especially important for doctors seeking Meaningful Use, and we expect that our momentum is only going to build through the end of this year and into 2013.”

    Key Facts:

    • One out of four doctors choosing an EHR today picks Practice Fusion
    • Practice Fusion has helped medical professionals nationwide attest for Meaningful Use, with a total of $35.5 million paid to date. Of these, the top states to receive payments include California, Florida and New York
    • The average cost for an EHR system is approximately $50,000; by comparison, Practice Fusion is completely free
    • Practice Fusion is now connected to more than 100 labs, a 440 percent increase year-over-year, largely thanks to its recently-launched Lab API
    • To demonstrate meaningful use of an EHR and qualify for full government incentives, eligible professionals must begin their 90-day reporting period by October 3

    Practice Fusion – The free, web-based EMR


    About Practice Fusion
    Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based EHR system to physicians. With medical charting, scheduling, e-prescribing (eRx), lab integrations, referral letters,  Meaningful Use certification, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion’s EHR Software addresses the complex needs of today’s healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing Electronic Health Record community in the country with more than 150,000 users serving 50 million patients. The company closed a $34 million Series C financing led by Artis Ventures in June. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit

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  • Talus Foot Surgeons Selects ClearDATA for HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Hosting of BioMedix TRAKnet Practice Management Software

    Phoenix, AZ, August 22, 2012 – – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced that Talus Foot Surgeons, LLC., a Scottsdale-based provider of podiatric medicine and surgery, is hosting its BioMedix TRAKnet™ PM Advanced Practice Management Solution on the ClearDATA Private Cloud at the company’s HIPAA-compliant datacenter.  Running its practice management software on the ClearDATA Healthcare Cloud Platform saved Talus significant hardware and IT support expenses. The process of fully implementing the software and patient information into the cloud was completed in approximately two weeks.

    “Once we evaluated our options and cost comparisons, it was an easy decision to have our BioMedix practice management software hosted with ClearDATA rather than running it on computers within our offices,” said Dr. Serrina M. Yozsa, DPM, of Talus Foot Surgeons, LLC.  “We eliminated the expense of having to purchase new servers, as well as the usual IT support and maintenance costs. Best of all, we now have great peace of mind knowing our system is running with total reliability, our patient data is secure, and our practice is meeting HIPAA security requirements.”

    In early 2012, Dr. Yozsa decided to switch from an older practice management solution to BioMedix TRAKnet, which was certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and would allow them to achieve Meaningful Use.

    About ClearDATA’s HIPAA Compliant EMR Cloud Hosting Service

    In response to growing market demand, ClearDATA has developed a secure, HIPAA-compliant, and cost effective solution for EMR software delivery that features a pre-configured combination of ClearDATA’s private Cloud services, HP’s state-of-the art server and storage solutions, and EMR/PM software images to form a single solution delivered as a service. ClearDATA’s EMR Cloud Hosting Service, which includes online backup and recovery, saves healthcare organizations from substantial capital expenditures while providing secure, reliable, high performance access to EMR software and patient information according to HIPAA Security Rule and the HITECH Act.

    About ClearDATA Networks, Inc.

    ClearDATA Networks, Inc. is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs, and 100% dedicated to the healthcare field. ClearDATA’s services enable providers to fully automate and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage. The company provides HITECH HIPAA-compliant cloud and hosting infrastructure and managed services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, information security and world-class support. The company offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services through its U.S. Healthcare Compliance division to the healthcare industry in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales(at)cleardata(dot)net or visit:

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