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In This Issue:
  • Tier3MD Expands Its Reach with Eight New Offices
  • Cyber Security and HIPAA Threats / Lunch and Learn Results
  • Dr. Gulshan Harjee presented with John Houston Allen Humanitarian Award
  • How to Prepare Bottlenecks in ICD-10 Transition
  • A Message from the CEO
  • Client Comment
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Tier3MD Expands Its Reach with Eight New Offices

Atlanta Healthcare IT Company Adds New Locations in Eight States

Posted by Michael H Brown

 - National Director, Tier3MD

(April 24, 2015) ATLANTA, GA -- Tier3MD (www.Tier3MD.com), a leading healthcare IT consulting and support company based in Atlanta, Georgia, announced today the opening of eight new locations throughout the United States. The offices have opened in South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and New York.

“We are proud that so many practices are choosing Tier3MD for their healthcare IT consulting and support,” said Sheryl Cherico, Tier3MD Co-Founder and CEO/COO. “With strong regional demand for our services in these areas, we are confident we will succeed in each of these markets.”

The increasing need for Tier3MD’s locations is due to the growing technological demands of small and large medical practices. Tier3MD provides HIPAA compliant IT consulting and support, and cloud hosting solutions, which reduce the need for medical practices to hire full-time IT staff.

“Our goal is to be readily available for all of our clients’ IT needs,” Cherico explained. “We are opening offices in high-demand regions, so that we’ll have more IT staff to serve these areas.

While Tier3MD is opening physical offices in select areas, the company’s remote managed services and HIPAA compliant hosting capabilities for medical practices can be utilized by any healthcare practice throughout the United States.

“We are very excited about the company’s growth, and look forward to serving the United States, from coast to coast, with quality IT consulting and support services for the healthcare industry,” Cherico added.

About tier3md

Tier3MD specializes in IT support and consulting for medical practices. Established in 2005, Tier3MD originally focused IT efforts specifically on medical practices, but began expanding services to the entire field of healthcare. Tier3MD is a full service IT support and consulting company for any size medical practice, from the East Coast to the West Coast.

Tier3MD offers IT solutions such as cloud hosting, helpdesk support, HIPAA compliance services, EMR support, and medical practice education. Visit Tier3MD Online at: http://www.tier3md.com/

Cyber Security and HIPAA Threats / Lunch and Learn Results
Posted by Michael H Brown
 - National Director, Tier3MD

Tier3MD was busy in March 2015. We held a total of 4 Lunch and Learns across the Southeast in Raleigh Durham, NC / Atlanta, GA / Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. Sheryl Cherico, CEO of Tier3MD led the discussions on how you can protect your practice, and minimize risks that can cause harm to your systems. “There is more to HIPAA than putting together your policies and procedures. It is important to PROTECT your systems from hackers, threats and viruses. Exposure to these threats can cause serious HIPAA violations.” Sheryl Cherico.

“I now have a better grasp on how I can and need to protect my practice from risks and comply with HIPAA regulations” Kerry Norris, Administrator “The Endocrine Clinic”

Tier3MD will offer more Lunch and Learns in the future. Please let us know if you would like us to schedule one in your area and what topics you are interested in.


Dr. Gulshan Harjee presented with John Houston Allen Humanitarian Award

March 19, 2015

Dr. Gulshan Harjee, a long time Tier3MD client and advisor was presented with the John Houston Allen Humanitarian Award at the 2015 AIB Allen Award Program on March 10.

The John H. Allen Humanitarian Award is an award presented in honor of AIB’s founder, John Houston Allen. The award is the highest award presented by AIB. It recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious service by an organization or individual that bridges religious, ethnic and social backgrounds and makes our world a better place.

Inspired by her dream to be a physician but having to overcome many difficulties, Dr. Harjee’s goal is to make it possible for someone else who has a dream of being in health care to have a chance to pursue his or her passion and find the kind of satisfaction that has so deeply enriched her life.

Established in 2008, the Dr. Gulshan S. Harjee Scholarship is an award of up to $1,500 to graduating high school students who are pursuing education in medicine or allied healthcare. The scholarship money is given annually to deserving young men and women finishing high school who want the chance to pursue a career in an allied health care field.

“I was the recipient of a scholarship when I was a student and it meant a lot to me,” she explains. “Now it’s come full circle, and I want to help other students who need assistance to pursue their dreams.”

Born in Tanzania, Dr. Harjee graduated from Emory University Medical School and subsequently joined Dekalb Medical in Atlanta, practicing internal medicine. Dr. Harjee’s distinguished career in internal medicine spanning 30 years, includes numerous community initiatives such as health fairs for members who do not have health insurance, Chair of the first Cancer Summit for Asian Americans as well as community based medical associations.

Dr. Harjee She has served on several boards including the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, DeKalb Regional Health System, UNICEF South East, and is currently a member of the Georgia Coalition Board of Breast Cancer. The numerous awards she has received include the Humanitarian Award from Medical Association of Georgia, Distinguished Alumnus Award from Morehouse School of Medicine, Excellence in Teaching Award from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Institute and Dedication for Community Healthcare from the Indian American Cultural Association.

Source: http://www.dekalbmedical.org/news/2015/03/dr-gulshan-harjee-presented-with-john-houston-allen-humanitarian-award

How to Prepare for Bottlenecks in ICD-10 Transition
Posted by Susan D. Hall

With the sustainable growth rate bill passing without another ICD-10 delay, it's time to refocus on preparing for the new code set, according to Juliet Santos, ICD-10 principal consultant for Leidos Health. That preparation should focus on preventing bottlenecks in the process come Oct. 1, Santos writes at ICD-10 Monitor.

While organizations might be worried about problems down the line--and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has warned that could be an issue--providers can only actually do something about potential problems on their end, Santos says.

Among her advice:

Be proactive and anticipate delays. There could be problems with transmission, communication, acknowledgement and payment, Santos says. Be prepared financially and with people and resources.

Avoid the "big bang" approach. Try a soft launch by going live one department at a time, starting now.

Consider staggering claims. Submit the most accurate and complete claims first--those not likely to be rejected.
Establish a strong command center with efficient processes and contingency plans.

Have at least six months of operating funds available.

In the end, the ability to over-prepare will be the marker of success, Santos says.

WEDI warned earlier this month that many providers have not taken advantage of the previous delay to adequately prepare.
"Unless all industry segments take the initiative to make a dedicated effort and move forward with their implementation work, there will be significant disruption on Oct. 1, 2015," Devin Jopp, president and CEO of WEDI, said in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

In addition, while physician practices are optimistic about their ability to meet the deadline, only 21 percent feel they are on track with preparation efforts, according to one survey.

To learn more:
- here's the article
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Message from CEO

I am very pleased to announce that I will be a speaker at the MGMA Annual Conference in Oklahoma http://www.okmgma.com/events.

It is being held at Hardrock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, OK on May 7-8, 2015.

My presentation will be on Cyber Security and HIPAA Threats. I will be attending the event with our Regional Director for Oklahoma (Scott Fikes - Scott.Fikes@tier3md.com).

I hope to see you there.

Sheryl J. Cherico,
CEO/COO, Co-Founder

Sheryl is the CEO of Tier3MD and one of the leading Healthcare IT Consultants in the country.

Client Comment

"Hey Michael,
Jackie and I really enjoyed today, and appreciate all Tier3MD does for CPA. Your efforts to keep us informed and safe are a breath of fresh air. Keep doing what you are doing! Thanks a million!!"

Leigh Ann Blackman
Chief Administrative Officer
Coastal Pediatric Associates

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