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PCC wants to assure all our practices that any client system vulnerabilities associated with the newly discovered Shellshock computer bug should be resolved today.

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We're thrilled to report that PCC has earned 2011 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Prevalidation from The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

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Four PCC practices in North Carolina  now have free, on-the-spot access to the benefit information of their Medicaid patients, thanks to PCC's participation in the state's enhanced eligibility and claim status program. 

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As a PCC practice, you can be confident that your EHR will be ICD-10-ready on Oct. 1. How far along your payers, clearinghouses and other third party vendors are in preparing for the new code set is another story, but one we also need to stay on top of.

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All our PCC EHR practices are now choosing problems and diagnoses from the SNOMED code set.

The shift from picking diagnoses using ICD-9, which served both clinical and billing purposes, to a fixed set of unfamiliar clinical codes is demanding, to be sure. Previously, your choice of  diagnoses went hand-in-hand with what service you provided and how much you should be paid for it. Now, the SNOMED codes you pick are for clinical purposes only, meaning your choice of diagnosis should directly reflect the condition of the patient.