WEBeDoctor, Inc. Newsletter
WEBeNewsApril 2013
In This Issue
2012 Incentive Program Participants
Walk to End Lupus Now
Doctors Stop Scolding to Motivate Patients
Website to Disclose Payments to Doctors
Worst U.S. Cities for Allergies

2012 CMS EHR Incentive Program Participants



 The deadline to submit your attestation report to CMS for the 2012 EHR Incentive Program was February 28th, 2013 for Medicare and March 1, 2013 for some Medicaid States.  


WEBeDoctor would like to take a moment to congratulate some of our clients who have successfully submitted their attestation report for 2012:

Dr. Ira Weiner of Las Vegas, Nevada




Dr. Maryam Seyedi of Laguna Hills, California




Dr. Jooryabi of Laguna Hills, California




Dr. Zahida Bhutto of West Covina, California




Dr. Bina Kamdar of Azusa, California




Dr. Timothy Scott of Inglewood, California




Dr. Richard Campana of Williamsburg, Virginia




Dr. Sajid Latif of Port Orange, Florida




Dr. Laurel Humphrey Powell of Dallas, Texas




Dr. Lee Wittenberg of Las Vegas, Nevada




Dr. Patricia Glenn of Decatur, Georgia




Dr. Shahid Farooqui of Shrewsbury, New Jersey




Dr. Robert Teitelbaum of Freeport, Florida




Dr. Kristi Kaminsky of Las Vegas, Nevada




Dr. Brian Citro of Las Vegas, Nevada




Dr. Frank Vittimberga of Dallas, Texas




Dr. Edwin Edillon of West Covina, CA  




Dr. Raffaele M. Corbisiero of Glendora, CA




Dr. David Levitsky of Clinton, Michigan




Dr. Veronica Butler of Ottumwa, Iowa




Dr. Virginia Lee of Whittier, California




Dr. Rajiv Bhavsar of Fullerton, California




Dr. Rosalyn Morgan of Birmingham, Alabama




Dr. Suresh Kukreja of Garland, Texas




Dr. Nosheen Hasan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin




Dr. Mohammed Hamkii of Douglasville, Georgia




Dr. Lourdes Esteban of Brooklyn, New York




Dr. Richard Molina of Brooklyn, New York




Dr. Magally Prosper of Brooklyn, New York




Dr. Irwin Simon of Las Vegas, Nevada  




Dr. Nicole Johnson of Desoto, Texas




Dr. Edward Melkun of Oakland, California 




Dr. Jeffrey Abrams of  Norcross, Georgia 




Dr. Justin Ogbevoen of East Saint Louis,  Illinois 




Francis Tenewitz of Defuniak Springs, Florida



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CMS' EHR 'Meaningful Use' Bonus Money Subject to Federal Taxes

By Sheri Porter 


Are CMS incentive payments, which are available to physicians who invest in electronic health records, or EHRs, and use them in a meaningful way, taxable by the IRS? That question was asked during the recent AAFP Town Hall meeting in Denver.  


The simple answer is "yes." According to Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Center for Health IT, all health IT incentive payments received as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the accompanying Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health, or HITECH, Act are viewed by the IRS as taxable income.

Physicians who meet the incentive payment criteria are eligible to earn as much as $44,000 from Medicare, or they can choose to earn Medicaid incentives of as much as $63,750.

Waldren, who consulted with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, noted that family physicians should consult their tax accountants for recommendations on how to manage the tax burden.

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Walk to End Lupus Now

WEBeDoctor is proud to support the "Temecula Valley Lupus Ladies" for the Walk to End Lupus Now fundraiser on Saturday, May 19th, 2013, to raise money for more research of this cruel and mysterious disease.


Please join us in supporting this important cause by logging on to the team website and pledging a donation on behalf of you or your organization today at:




For every donation of $25 or more, the donor may email the "Temecula Valley Lupus Ladies" and the team will send you a purple Lupus Awareness bracelet and THANK YOU flyer!


For more information, contact Elizabeth Heath via email at EHeath@WEBeDoctor.com or via phone at 714-990-3999. 

To Motivate Patients to Change, 
Doctors Stop Scolding


Health-care providers are helping patients kick bad habits and start new regimens by turning the tables on the traditional doctor-patient relationship.


They are using a technique called motivational interviewing, which was developed and used effectively in the 1980s in substance-abuse and addiction counseling. It has since been adapted for chronic-disease management, medication adherence, smoking cessation and weight-loss counseling by health systems and companies including Aetna and Weight Watchers International Inc. 

Doctors are using a new untraditional strategy to help patients achieve health goals like quitting smoking or starting diet and exercise programs. Laura Landro and Healthwise founder and chief executive Donald Kemper explain. Photo: Getty Images.


Instead of telling patients what to do and scolding them when they don't do it, clinicians ask the individual what changes he or she is willing and able to make, and then promote patients' desire, confidence and commitment to following through.


Doctors who lecture or give scary warnings can cause patients to become defensive and disengage, says Stephen Rollnick, a professor of health-care communication at Cardiff University, in Wales, and a founder of the nonprofit Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, whose members provide training, coaching and consultation in 35 countries. "When people are struggling, they don't like to be told what to do, and they dislike being labeled and blamed," Dr. Rollnick says. Motivational interviewing "can bring patients back on board and empower them to consider difficult changes."


In workshops and courses, doctors, nurses and health coaches are trained to collaborate with patients on treatment decisions, offering choices rather than prescriptions and avoiding terms like "must," "should" and "have to." They might ask patients why they think they aren't losing weight or taking their medications properly, and they elicit goals from patients, such as being able to dance comfortably at a wedding.


While one aim is to resolve the ambivalence of patients who aren't ready to cooperate, clinicians also learn a technique known as "roll with resistance," which encourages small initial steps toward a goal the patient sets, such as cutting down on sweets or cigarettes a little at a time. Some programs incorporate the motivational interview into interactive online tutorials for patients at home.


Mona White had back surgery in 2010 and began to gain back weight she had lost after a 2009 lap band procedure. "The desire to change has to come from within and you get a much better result if a person is involved in setting goals for their own recovery," she says.


Motivational interviewing can help patients control blood pressure and diabetes, lose weight, start exercising and quit smoking, recent studies have found. A large federally funded study with sponsors including the American Academy of Pediatrics is looking at the effectiveness of motivational interviewing by pediatricians who are helping parents of obese children make progress toward a healthier diet and weight loss.


"Many doctors struggle finding the right balance between supporting patient choice and autonomy, and meeting their obligations to make informed recommendations," says Ken Resnicow, a University of Michigan health-behavior and education researcher who is leading the pediatric study. He owns Academic Assistance, a for-profit provider of motivational health-care training based in Ann Arbor. Generally, Dr. Resnicow says, these techniques are most effective with patients "who have low energy for change and a high level of resistance."


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New Website Will Disclose Payments To Doctors
By Ankita Rao

For the first time, the government will make information about financial relationships between doctors, teaching hospitals and drug manufacturers publicly available.


To comply with a provision in the Affordable Care Act, drug and device manufacturers, along with group purchasing organizations, will have to disclose all of their payments and other compensation to physicians and teaching hospitals. Those who don't comply could be fined.


The information will be gathered beginning in August and disclosed by Sept. 30, 2014 on a new website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The site is part of the National Physician Payment Transparency Program, an effort to bring the financial relationships to light.


The possible conflict of interest that occurs when physicians receive gifts and incentives from drug companies has made news for the past few years. Dr. Charles Nemeroff, former Department of Psychiatry chairman at Emory University, earned $2.8 million by speaking and consulting for drug companies over seven years. An article in the Economist in March said drug companies spent more than $24 billion marketing to doctors in 2012.


There was also a surge of coverage after the nonprofit media organization ProPublica produced a database called Dollars for Docs in October 2010, where people could look up physicians and payments they received from drug companies. "They have a right to know this information and ask questions about it if they want to," said Charles Ornstein, a reporter at ProPublica who was part of the project.


He said the service attracted more than 5 million page views, and sparked discussion among physicians, lawmakers and consumers. Ornstein attributed the popularity of Dollars for Docs to the ability of consumers to look up their own doctors.


But publicly reporting these financial relationships may not be a complete solution, said Donald Light, a fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.


Light, who researches institutional corruption in the development of prescription drugs, said a website like the new CMS database wouldn't put a stop to the problem. He said ending pharmaceutical and device payments to doctors altogether would be more effective, giving the example of Kaiser Permanente, which doesn't allow the physicians it employs to receive free drug samples or gifts.


"If we agree that the goal of medicine is to help patients become healthier, then these payments corrupt our goal," Light said.


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Worst U.S. Cities for Allergies

By Brad Broker


After a series of 15 consecutive, involuntary,

 rapid fire sneezes, I unofficially declared the beginning of allergy season.  Turns out, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) beat me to it by releasing its top 100 list of Spring Allergy Capitals - the worst places to be for allergy sufferers.


The AAFA list ranks cities on pollen score, number of people taking allergy medication, and the number of board certified allergists-per-patient in the region.  "We do this ranking to make people aware of their environment and what they may face," Angel Waldron, a spokesperson for the AAFA, said to USA Today.


Jackson, Mississippi led the way this year, up three places from 2012.  In fact, 15 of the top 25 Spring Allergy Capitals are located in the Southern part of the United States. Jackson's rise to the top was due to very high pollen and a large reliance on allergy medications among allergy patients.


Dr. Gailen Marshall, chief of clinical immunology and allergies at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, told ABC News he wasn't surprised to learn that Jackson was the No. 1  springtime allergy capital in the U.S. "We're caught in a perfect storm," said Marshall. "Right now, it's tree season, and as far as the eye can see [there are] groves and groves of trees. The sheer volume of pollen is huge here."


Northern cities predicted to face a more challenging spring allergy season compared to one year ago include: Buffalo, NY (rising 10 spots to rank #15 out of 100 cities), Springfield, MA, (rising 74 spots to #18), Detroit, MI, (rising 50 spots to #26) and Toledo, OH (rising 57 spots to #29).


Some of the increases in allergies in these regions can be attributed to more severe weather patterns, which "can bring higher temperatures, higher pollen levels and increased exposure to outdoor mold, resulting in spring allergies that can peak stronger and last longer," said Bill Berger, MD, Allergy and Asthma Associates of Southern California. Recent hurricanes, severe storms and tornadoes can also affect the severity of spring allergies. The increased presence of mold in areas damaged by floods can trigger allergic reactions.


Major urban areas and locations with significant construction may also see an increased risk for severe allergies, because pollen from weeds proliferates in places with development projects. The largest top cities on the list cluster from 23-26 include: Dallas, TX; San Antonio, TX; Philadelphia, PA; and Detroit, MI.


The best way for people to manage seasonal allergies is to avoid allergy triggers like pollen and outdoor mold, get properly diagnosed, and use fast-acting, more effective medications to prevent and treat symptoms.


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WEBeDoctor's Client Referral Program
We here at WEBeDoctor value each and every one of our clients, so we would like to Thank You by offering a new incentive program.

To participate, all you need to do is refer one doctor or clinic to us, have them give us your name when calling, and after they sign up with WEBeDoctor we will send you a $200 Gift Card of your choice to use in any way you please! 

This offer is good for anyone using the WEBeDoctor program, including but not limited to the Doctors, Front Desk Staff, Medical Billers, and Nurses within your practice!

So start spreading the word because it PAYS to be a WEBeDoctor client!
Thank You!

Elizabeth Basto Heath
Business Development
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