All About MIPS: How to Prepare for this Reporting Period

It is time to start collecting data for the last reporting period of 2017 for MIPS. If you have not collected at least 90-days of performance data by October 2, 2017, you will get a negative adjustment from Medicare. Confused? As CMS released information a bit late, many practitioners are rather confused about how to avoid penalties, gather and report performance data, and reap incentives. Moreover, the narrow time frame is adding pressure, meaning that most practitioners desperately need help.

The process is complicated, time-consuming, and technical – something that can completely divert practitioners from their purpose. Practitioners need assistance and the process is likely to be more complicated in 2018 as new rules are introduced. Moreover, the requirements assume that practitioners have ample time and resources and can spend their entire day in the documentation. Click Here for More Information


Accessing & Using APIs from Major EMR Vendors–Some Data at Last!

Today I’m happy to release some really unique data about a pressing problem–the ability of small tech vendors to access health data contained in the systems of the major EMR vendors. There’ll be much more discussion of this topic at the Health 2.0 Provider Symposium on Sunday, and much more in the Health 2.0 Fall Annual Conference as a whole.

Information blocking, Siloed data. No real inter-operability. Standards that aren’t standards. In the last few years, the clamor about the problems accessing personal health data has grown as the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) increased post the Federally-funded HITECH program. But at Health 2.0 where we focus on newer health tech startups using SMAC (Social/Sensor; Mobile OS; Cloud; Analytics) technologies, the common complaint we’ve heard has been that the legacy–usually client-server based–EMR vendors won’t let the newer vendors integrate with them. Continue Reading

Reducing Heart Attack Chances

Coronary illness is the number 1 cause of death in United States, stroke is number 5. Risk of heart disease is affected by many factors including being overweight, malnutrition, smoking cigarettes, stress, high blood pressure, and lack of physical activity. Prevention measures and treatments can reduce the risk of heart disease, and your lifestyle choices are your best means of protection against coronary illness and stroke. A healthy lifestyle includes any and everything that helps maintain a strong and healthy heart; some major examples are outlined below.

Quit Smoking:

This is one of the best steps you can take to lower your chances of heart problems. One in every five deaths in the United States each year are due to smoking. Cigarettes are a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, often leading to heart attack and stroke. It doubles your chances of having a heart attack and increases the likelihood of death by 70 percent. The bottom line is that if smoking was to be banned, risk of heart attack and stroke would be reduced by 50 percent. Continue Reading

Do we really need Probiotics?

What exactly do probiotics do and why are they beneficial to our bodies? One would think, why to add more bacteria to our bodies when we are consumed by so many other tendencies.

We always think bacteria is bad for us or that cause diseases and that we must get rid of it. But actually, our body has an abundance of bacteria, along with both bad and good bacteria. They are naturally found in the body and in some foods and supplements, such as yogurt and chocolate. Probiotics actually are very helpful due to the overall benefits they provide the gut. Probiotics are active bacteria and yeasts that are substantial for our health, and a huge benefit to the digestive system.

Do we really need probiotics and what do they do for us?

  1. Probiotics aid in food digestion and implementation
  2. Formulate B complex vitamins and Vitamin K
  3. Break down Polyphenols, Flavonoids, and ➜➜➜ Continue Reading

The Unconventional Travel Guide to Brooklyn

When most tourists visit the Big Apple they focus completely on the island of Manhattan and neglect its outer boroughs. Sure, Manhattan has Broadway shows, Harlem and Little Italy, but you can see all of that in a day and a half, and then you’re left with shopping at an H&M store or Macy’s. Those stores are everywhere!
Brooklyn, on the other hand, offers visitors completely unique experiences. Here are 6 things you can do and see in Brooklyn that you can’t do or see anywhere else!

Take a Trolley Ride Through Greenwood Cemetery
Okay, now you may be thinking to yourself, “Why would I want to visit a cemetery on my vacation?” But this isn’t just any cemetery. Greenwood Cemetery is 478 acres of beautifully landscaped land, with rolling hills, flower gardens and ponds galore. It also happens to be one of Brooklyn’s most historic landmarks. Read More

A Guide to Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

It’s easy to feel helpless when trying to lose weight, especially when you’ve just had a child and are gearing up for the whirlwind years of early parenthood. Between the sleepless nights, the seemingly infinite crying, and the momentous “firsts” like walking and talking, it can be hard for new moms to find time for self-care, much less time to think about their diets. Losing weight while taking care of a newborn is never easy, but don’t feel discouraged! By adhering to a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise, you can lose those extra pounds in anywhere from six months to a year, according to LiveScience. So, here are a few important things to consider when trying to shed those extra pregnancy pounds! Continue Reading


Types of Medications That Most Likely Will Not Be Prescribed at Urgent Care
While there are many types of medications that can be prescribed at an urgent care clinic, there are certain medications that are often not prescribed by urgent care doctors.

Prescription Refills: If a patient forgot to get a refill from his or her doctor at the last visit, and the patient’s refills are all out, it is unlikely he or she will be able to obtain a refill at an urgent care. Most of the time urgent care doctors will not approve of the prescription refill request, because chronic conditions that require long-term medications are best monitored by a primary physician, who will be monitoring the patient through the medication treatment, and can help with lifestyle changes due to the condition.
If the patient does not have a primary care physician, an urgent care doctor would be able to provide a referral to go see one so that the patient can make a long-term relationship with a doctor who could monitor the condition and medications. Continue Reading