Next #KareoChat Reviews Best of 2016 Patient Engagement Tech

December 21st, 2016 by Kareo

The Kareo community and HC disruptors everywhere made big predictions for tech-enabled patient engagement strategies for 2016. We saw some bold applications to include post-visit QA applications, remote monitoring enhancements, and of course FHIR. But we also saw push back against some developments in patient portal models. We saw security challenges continue and interoperability continue to be elusive. “This discussion is important because in order to move forward, we must re-assess and reflect,” said Shereese Maynard who returns to host #KareoChat this Thursday, December 22 at 9 AM PT. “As I tell my provider clients, ‘Time to reflect, correct, and re-direct!’” Come join @shereesepubhlth and @GoKareo and share your two cents on the best of patient engagement tech in 2016.


Here are the chat questions to help you prepare your thoughts and join the conversation.

  1. In 2016, we learned that #PatientEngagement went beyond basic portals. How did you define it?
  2. What new engagement tech impressed you in 2016?
  3. What could we have gone without? What repelled providers/patients?
  4. Of some of the best tech, were there places where a vendor missed the mark?
  5. What patient engagement applications were easy for patients/providers?
  6. Did you/your org get FHIR-ed up in 2016?

Bring your questions, post them to #KareoChat ahead of time, or tweet them to the host @shereesepubhlth or @GoKareo. Hope to see you there!

About the Host

Shereese Maynard is the CEO of EnvisionCare Inc, a healthcare strategies firm specializing in policy, information governance, HealthIT strategies and marketing. She consults regularly with executives from every area of the healthcare spectrum to help create synergistic solutions to patient-impacting problems. Prior to her current position, she was COO at MayHAC Corp and Nursing and Health Services Training Consultants, Inc. leading both firms into the areas of information governance and HealthIT marketing.

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Kareo Clinical is MACRA-Ready

December 14th, 2016 by Kareo

Kareo Clinical is MACRA-ready! This release includes updates to the Patient Care Checklist for the MACRA Quality Payment Program’s (QPP) Merit Based Incentive Program (MIPS). Of the specialties affected by the QPP starting on January 1, 2017, Kareo Clinical will be ready for our “core” specialties:

  • General Practice
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Psychiatry
  • OB/GYN
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

Previously, Kareo Clinical’s Patient Care Checklist only supported documentation of preventative screenings and exams required under the Meaningful Use (MU) program. With this release, the Patient Care Checklist has been updated to support documentation of additional preventative screenings and exams required under the QPP, coming into effect January 1, 2017. The Patient Care Checklist dynamically generates a list of preventative screenings and exams required on a patient-by-patient basis, based on the patient’s age, gender, and problem list and can be accessed directly from the encounter note or the patient’s chart.

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For more details, read the full release notes.

For more information on MACRA and how it affects your practice, visit

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See What’s Coming in 2017 in December Getting Paid Newsletter

December 13th, 2016 by Kareo

The December Getting Paid Newsletter highlights some changes in medical billing and incentives programs coming in 2017 along with articles on getting the most from patient statements, and helping patients with prescription costs. You can also check out recent events you may have missed as well as upcoming events you might want to add to your calendar.  Read all this and more now!



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At Next #KareoChat… Can Patient-Centric EHR Improve Security & Portability?

December 12th, 2016 by Kareo

After last week’s discussion of data breaches in health care, we’ll be exploring whether patient-centric encryption is the answer to our #healthcybersecurity crisis. “Patient engagement has been called the next wonder drug; could it also keep our PHI safer?” asks first-time #KareoChat host Tom Reid (@SEEDProtocol). “As patients, we are the ones most invested in the accuracy and security of our medical information, so it makes sense to organize the data around the individual.” At the next #KareoChat on Thursday, December 15, at 9 AM PT, Tom wants to hear your thoughts on patient-centric health records.”



Here are the chat questions to help you prepare your thoughts and join the conversation.

  1. Can patients understand the raw health records without post-processing?
  2. What is the potential for using individualized encryption to power the patient-centric organization of data?
  3. What’s the right balance between patient-control and provider-control over health records?
  4. How do we create a single “truth” about a patient to reverse the propagation of errors now occurring when medical records are shared via duplication?
  5. As we aggregate patient data, how do we defend against the rogue insider or hacked insider?
  6. Can the existing HIE hierarchal model survive or is decentralization the future?

Bring your questions, post them to #KareoChat ahead of time, or tweet them to the host @SEEDProtocol or @GoKareo. Hope to see you there!

About the Host

Tom Reid (@SEEDProtocol) is a technology visionary and hands-on leader with three decades of experience in network protocols, cybersecurity and IT management. He has spent the last 10 years working with rural health care providers on their unique HIT needs. Tom invented the Secure Exchange of Encrypted Data (SEED) Protocol to meet his clients’ demand for secure portability and affordable storage of proprietary information. SEED Protocol LLC is a transatlantic startup commercializing Tom’s groundbreaking cybersecurity solution.

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Register Now For Elizabeth Woodcock’s Getting Paid in 2017 Webinar

December 7th, 2016 by Kareo

Getting Paid in 2017: What You Need to Know
Thursday, December  15
10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM ET

In this free webinar expert Elizabeth Woodcock looks at the changes coming to medical billing and reimbursement in 2017.

Are you wondering how the implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS), the end of the ICD10 grace period, and the government’s scrutiny of surgical global periods will affect your practice in 2017? This is no time to go into retreat mode. In this high-energy educational webinar, national speaker and author Elizabeth Woodcock highlights the key changes in payments for practices in 2017.

Take this webinar’s tactics back to your practice to improve your bottom line in 2017. You’ll come away from this event:

  • With an overview of the new CPT codes that will go into effect in 2017, as well as the fall-out from the October 2016 conclusion of the ICD-10 grace period—and the release of thousands of new diagnosis codes
  • Awareness of the reimbursement changes to the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including care management
  • Having the ground rules for participating in the government’s incentive programs for 2017 to gain incentives—and avoid penalties
  • Understanding the new government incentive program—MIPS—and how to prepare

Join Elizabeth, and you’re sure to be enlightened!

Register Now

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC is a professional speaker, trainer and author specializing in medical practice management. She has focused on medical practice operations and revenue cycle management for more than 20 years.

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