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August 20, 2014

John Heinke: LIVE from the ADIS Summit

Adar Dental Network

Dr. John HeimkeJohn Heimke DMD General Dentistry is an accomplished Cosmetic/Restorative Dentist with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Heimke is known for his exceptional talents in creating, Amazing – Natural Rejuvenated Smiles. He focuses on FAD, Facial Aesthetic Designing, He is an expert in “The Aging Smile”,Smile Rejuvenation, Full Mouth Reconstruction, and treating Occlussal Disease via Veneers, Crowns, Bridges, Dental Implants, The Prettau Screw Retained Implant Bridge, Dentures, Fillings, and General Dentistry.

Learn more about Dr. Heimke!

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August 19, 2014

David Henriksen: Specialty practices and Meaningful Use #MU

David Henriksen

David HenriksenWHO: David Henriksen
WHAT: CEO
WHERE: Nextech Systems

Today’s discussion guide:

How NexTech has assisted more than 400 specialty physicians in attesting to Meaningful Use under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) EHR Incentive Program.

Best practices for preparing specialty practices for Stage 2 meaningful use.

Best practices for helping facilities implement meaningful use simply and effectively

Key reasons why practices should look for a Complete ONC-ACB certified EHR vs. a modular EHR to help with the attestation process.

Difficulties practices face when implementing Stage 2 meaningful use.

Key differences between Stage 1 and Stage 2.

About David Henriksen:

David brings over a decade of executive management experience in healthcare information technology to his role as president and CEO of Nextech. Prior to joining Nextech, Henriksen was previously the president of healthcare information solutions for Carestream Health, a global medical IT business. Before that he spent seven years at McKesson as a senior vice president responsible for the physician practice solutions business. Additionally, Henriksen spent ten years with General Electric, including general management roles with both the outpatient and acute care software divisions of GE Healthcare.

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August 18, 2014

Dr. Hugh Flax: LIVE from the ADIS Summit

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Hugh Flax

Dr. Hugh Flax

WHO: Dr. Hugh Flax
WHERE: Flax Dental

Dr. Hugh Flax is an award-winning, internationally respected cosmetic dentist who strives for perfection with every patient. He has a passion for continuing education and far exceeds the state of Georgia requirements by averaging 150 hours of continuing education each year – nearly eight times the required amount. Even though his reputation continues to attract patients, it’s his gentle, caring demeanor that keeps them returning time and time again. He is dedicated to serving his patients with excellence throughout their dental visits by:

Creating a relaxed environment

Providing the most advanced preventive, health and cosmetic treatments

Educating them on their dental options

Respecting their opinions, background, and time constraints

Helping them feel better, look better, and enjoy a longer, healthier life

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August 17, 2014

Dan Hogan: Optimizing processes and improving patient-centered care by unlocking the value of data

Dan Hogan

Dan HoganWHO: Dan Hogan
WHAT: President and CEO
WHERE: Medalogix

Today’s discussion guide:

How healthcare technology can help post-acute care providers improve patient care

Why reducing your readmissions matters!

Identify – Act – Improve

Medalogix’s Bridge solution for dual providers

The value (both monetary and quality of life) of transitioning eligible patients to hospice

Medalogix’s new partnership with Homecare Homebase

Medalogix’s new clients and rapid expansion in 2014

About Dan Hogan:

Dan Hogan founded Medalogix—a post acute specific predictive modeling technology company based in a Nashville, Tenn.—in 2011 to equip health care providers with analytic-based insights that would enable more efficient and effective patient care. A former home health agency owner and operator, Dan’s hands-on healthcare knowledge guided Medalogix in solving some of today’s most pressing healthcare challenges like readmissions and care coordination.

For his work developing Medalogix, Dan has been honored as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEOs.” Additionally the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society awarded Medalogix the 2012 Health Information Technology award, which distinguishes the software as one of the best emerging technologies in the Southeast. Most recently, Medalogix was recognized by Fierce as a Fierce Innovation finalist. Dan has also presented at the post-acute industry’s premier conferences, including The National Association of Home Care and Hospice’s and the Visiting Nurse Association of America’s.

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August 17, 2014

Dr. Douglas Wirth: LIVE from the ADIS Summit

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Dr. Douglas Wirth

Dr. Douglas Wirth

“I am truly blessed to be able to spend time with so many wonderful people, to be able to serve them, and help to solve their dental problems. I have worked hard to create an atmosphere of confidence where our patients can be comfortable and relaxed while having all their dental needs met.”

Dr. Wirth attended Bethany College, in Bethany, West Virginia for his undergraduate studies. He went to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA for his dental degree, earning his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 1979. Following graduation, he spent three years on active duty in the US Navy as a general dentist and was stationed at the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island.

Dr. Wirth has continued to advance his training in dentistry by completing extended education programs in endodontics, oral implantology, smile design, cosmetic dentistry, and CEREC® crown technology. He regularly attends classes to remain at the top of his profession and feels it is essential to enhancing his patient care.

You can find Dr. Wirth at Whidbey Dental Associates.

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August 13, 2014

my next Adventure

Joe Lavelle

Dear Friends and Colleagues

In the early part of this year after a series of emotional conversations with my seven year old son regarding his dissatisfaction with my weekly traveling for work and my subsequent inability to be head coach of his baseball team, my wife and I agreed that after I finished up supporting my primary client’s transition to #ICD10 on Oct 1 2014, I would find some way to earn money to pay a few of the bills without traveling each week.  More importantly, we committed to my son that by the end of 2014, I would be working locally and would be able to coach his teams and be involved in his everyday life.  For those of you not involved in Healthcare,  the government through a big hitch in my plan when they delayed the implementation from Oct 1 2014 to Oct 1 2015.

I was not sure how I would make the transition at my client, but I started laying the groundwork for my next adventure even before I made the commitment to my son.  I met Todd Schnick years ago via social media because he is a thought leader in many areas and I have learned a great deal from his work.  His company Dreamland Interactive is a non-traditional media company that helps improve the sales and marketing effectiveness of their clients.  I have developed a close relationship with Todd over the past year by referring several clients to him and by becoming involved in Dreamland Interactive on the periphery.  Earlier this year, I worked with Todd to create TheHCInsider and even more closely with him to create a new roundtable offering for Dreamland and the first roundtable is The ICD-10 Roundtable.  I also was happy to participate as a co-host and blogger on Dreamland’s GoodLiving.Club and that is where I posted my blog journals of my bucket list trip to Greece this summer.   As we have achieved more success than we imagined for each of these properties, we began to discuss how we could work more closely together and we decided that I would join the Dreamland team to enhance what the team can do for our clients.

At the end of July, due to the overwhelming number of other projects that were consuming available resources and funds, my client informed me that they would be taking a break on ICD-10 for a while.  I will finish up putting the project on the shelf in August.  The timing could not have been more perfect!

Dreamland Interactive is a small company with less than 10 people including subcontractors and I will be doing everything from creating sales and marketing strategies, booking and interviewing guests, hosting trade show radio gigs, providing outsourced social media “uplifting”, editing media, blogging, and tweeting to sweeping, cleaning, and mopping.  When I added my new role to LinkedIn earlier this week, I gave myself the title of Executive Producer.  It sounded good to me at that time I entered it, and after a few glasses of wine with Todd, I think that I will go with that for now.  My title does not really matter, I am excited to be a part of a team that is committed to really making a difference for clients and really doing innovating things.  I will be in contact with many of you soon to be a radio guest, a potential customer, an advisor on a project that I am working on or just to catch up.  Until then, wish me well and thank the good Lord that I can meet the important family commitment we have made while joining a team where I will be able to have great fun and instigate great outcomes for clients.

Sincerely, Joe

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August 10, 2014

Episode 7: #ICD10 Roundtable: Dr. John Showalter and Leigh Williams: Forging ahead in 2014 with Improved Documentation

#ICD10

Episode 7 of our #ICD10 Roundtable:  Dr. Showalter and Leigh Williams have led the ICD-10 transition efforts brilliantly at UMMC.  In fact, they are so ready for ICD-10 that their organization has decided to move forward with the Clinical Documentation Improvement components of their efforts on October 1, 2014.  Listen in to learn about this and much more!

Co-Hosts  Todd Schnick and Joe Lavelle

Guests Dr. John Showalter, CMIO, and Leigh Williams, Director of Revenue Cycle at University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC)

Leigh T Williams Today’s discussion guide:

  1. How did you initially react to the news of the one year delay of ICD-10?
  2. Please describe how you updated your approach and how you arrived at that approach?
  3. How hard was it to get your physicians to agree that changing the way they document was important?
  4. How hard was it to make the required changes for your coding and CDI personnel.
  5. What benefits have you already achieved for your patients and clinicians?
  6. How was important has data analytics been for your project?  Please explain.
  7. How important has it been to create even better partnerships with your payers?

BIOs

Dr. John Showalter is a leader in the field of Clinical Knowledge Management. His training has uniquely prepared him to bridge the gap between clinicians and the expanding world of health information systems. John attended Columbia University and received his BS in Biomedical Engineering in 1999. He obtained his medical degree form Penn State College of Medicine. John completed the first American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) approved combined residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine and Medical Informatics at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He also holds a Masters of Information Systems (MSIS) from Penn State University. John is board certified in Internal Medicine. In July 2011, John assumed the role of Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Leigh Williams is director of revenue cycle at the University of Mississippi Medical Center specializing in health information management and physician charge capture and coding. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), a Certified Professional in Healthcare and Information Management Systems (CPHIMS), and is certified in Epic Resolute Professional Billing Charge Capture. She holds a degree from Wellesley College and will complete a master’s in Health Informatics & Information Management with RHIA in May 2014.

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August 8, 2014

Dr. Cheryl Pearson: LIVE from the ADIS Summit

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Dr. Cheryl PearsonToday’s Guest: Dr. Cheryl Pearson

Dr. Pearson is originally from Miami, Florida. She initially began her dental career in 1970 as a dental assistant. Her love of dentistry and desire to respond to patients’ needs led her to attend Miami Dade Community College for Dental Hygiene, where she graduated cum laude in 1974.

She then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a degree to teach dental hygiene in the university setting.

Dr. Pearson graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry with high distinction in 1981. There she was inducted into the dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Epsilon, which she continues to be a member of. She then completed her post-graduate residency at Tufts University in Boston. She has been in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky for the past 20 years.

Dr. Pearson has the distinct honor of being one of the 300 accredited members (in the world) of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is also an Associate Fellow of th American Academy of Implant Dentistry and an active member of the AAID Educational Committee. In addition to being a member of the AACD and an Associate Fellow of the AAID, she is also co-founder of the Kentucky Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. Pearson’s patients know they can trust her with their individual needs. Her expertise in implant, cosmetic and general dentistry has restored the smiles and confidence of her patients throughout her years of practice. To find out what implant and cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, and how Dr. Pearson can help, please call to make an appointment.

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August 7, 2014

Dr. Carmen McCaffrey: LIVE from the ADIS Summit

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Carmen McCaffreyToday’s Guest: Dr. Carmen McCaffrey
Dr. Carmen McCaffrey offers the latest in preventive, general, and cosmetic dentistry in a comfortable supporting environment.

Dr. McCaffrey discovered her passion for science at an early age and in 1992, while studying for her graduate degree, she decided dentistry was the career path for her. After earning her DMD, she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency which focused on complex restorative cases along with implantology. In the mid 1990’s she attended an American Students Dental Association (ASDA) meeting in Atlanta and immediately knew this was the city for her. The day after completing her residency, she moved to Atlanta. While attending dental school she was elected President of ASDA, President of her fraternity, Senior Class President, and also earned the Pre-Doctoral Achievement Award from the International Congress of Implantologist. She stays on the leading edge of dentistry to provide her patients with the best care. She challenges herself to be the very best by attending continuing education courses above and the beyond the recommended requirements and by attending local study clubs.

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