MGMA mem­bers have their plates full, from IT and busi­ness process adop­tion to cut­ting costs and be­ing more ef­fi­cient.

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sider ap­proach­ing re­tire­ments and the chang­ing de­mo­graph­ics of the physi­cian work­force.

Pre­pare for the tran­si­tion to HIPAA Ver­sion 5010 and sub­se­quent ICD-10 im­ple­men­ta­tion. By now, prac­tices should be well aware of the Jan­uary 2012 dead­line for these elec­tronic trans­ac­tion stan­dards and Oc­to­ber 2013 switch to ICD-10 codes. Our data show that while the vast ma­jor­ity of prac­tices are aware that 5010 is com­ing, most have not com­pleted up­grades for the stan­dards. Prac­tices should con­tact their ven­dors to en­sure they re­ceive the nec­es­sary soft­ware up­grades and work with their clear­ing­houses and health plans to send test trans­ac­tions. Prac­tices risk cash-flow dis­rup­tion if they are not ready on time.

Un­der­stand the HIT land­scape. We hear sto­ries from our mem­ber­ship of amaz­ing in­no­va­tion in adopt­ing and us­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. They un­der­stand the im­pact tech­nol­ogy could and should have on a prac­tice. Many mem­bers have also re­al­ized the im­proved pa­tient out­comes that may re­sult from adopt­ing these tech­nolo­gies. We also are en­cour­ag­ing our mem­bers to stay abreast of the po­ten­tial im­pact of Medi­care in­cen­tive pro­grams such as the e-pre­scrib­ing in­cen­tive pro­gram, the Physi­cian Qual­ity Reporting sys­tem and the in­cen­tives for elec­tronic health

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