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Be prepared for changes to stage 1 meaningful use!

There are some changes coming in 2014 for all those meaningful users still in stage one.   While some of these changes are positive, there are a few that may come as a surprise-especially if a practice attested for the first time in 2013, and plan to do the second year of stage one in 2014.  Here are just a few things to be aware of:

  1. You can no longer count an exclusion toward the minimum 5 menu objectives.  In other words-there are 10 to choose from and a provider must be able to attest to 5 of those with no exclusions.
  2. Seeing patients ages 3 and over? You have to record blood pressure, height and weight on more than 50% of patients.  An EP can exclude his or herself, though if there is no relevance to the scope of practice.
  3. The capability to exchange key clinical information among providers of care and patient authorized entities electronically is no longer required starting in 2013.
  4. Providing patients with timely access to their health information within 4 business days has been changed in 2014 to being able to provide patients the ability to view online, download and transmit their health information within 4 business days of the information being available to the EP.  This will have to be reported for more than 50% of all unique patients.
  5. LOTS of changes with Clinical Quality Measures (CQM).  Prior to 2014, providers have 44 measures to choose from in which they had to report 6 total (3 core and 3 alternate).  Starting in 2014 and beyond a provider must report 9 measures (out of a total of 64).  Selected CQM’s must cover at least 3 of the National Quality Strategy domains.  For more information please refer to www.cms.gov/EHRincentiveprograms.

Providers who were early demonstrators of meaningful use in 2011 will meet three consecutive years of meaningful use under the Stage 1 criteria before advancing to the Stage 2 criteria in 2014.  All other providers would meet two years of meaningful use under the Stage 1 criteria before advancing to the Stage 2 criteria in the third year.  This is regardless of the year you started to participate.

Looking forward to stage 2 of meaningful use?  Although you can’t begin to collect data for stage 2 meaningful use until 2014, there are a couple of things to have in place ideally before 2014.

The first thing is to establish a patient portal and become familiar with the workings of the portal.  Work out any changes to your workflow in order to become successful in establishing protocols for staff and for patients.  Make sure to give yourself plenty of time for marketing.

Another item for action would be to get with your lab (if you haven’t already done so), and make sure your EHR has a way to incorporate lab results as structured data.  This menu objective for stage 1 becomes a core objective for stage 2.  Creating this “bridge”, can take some time to do so the sooner the better.  Some labs are more backlogged than others and this could very well take up to 6 months to complete.

Any questions?  We’d be happy to help visit our website- www.sunrize.com or email me-  Kelly@sunrize.com.

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Practice Choice EHR

 

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McKesson Practice Choice™ is a cost-effective Web-based electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) solution inspired by small, physician practices just like yours.   Intuitive and efficient, McKesson Practice Choice does more than maintain records and protect cash flow; it has the power to improve the quality of your patient interactions.
When care is your priority and simplicity is your choice

With 20+ years developing PM and EHR technologies, McKesson understands the juggling act of the small, physician practice, and is committed to utilizing technology to make your life easier, flexible and more efficient. That’s why McKesson Practice Choice is more than an EHR product — it’s a comprehensive, full-practice solution.
Utilizing a SaaS (Software as a Service) model, McKesson Practice Choice allows physician practices to exchange data with other practices, patients, HIEs, hospitals, pharmacies, labs and payers. These connections help to streamline care coordination, to enhance patient care, and to position your practice for the future direction of healthcare.
One solution for your entire office

Simplify your administrative overhead and learning curve with just a single solution: choicepic

• Electronic Health Record (EHR)
• Practice Management (PM)
• Patient Portals
• Patient Health Maintenance Tracking
• e-Prescribing
• Claims Management

One Choice for Connecting Providers, Payers and Patients

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Spend less time charting and more time interacting with your patients, as everything you enter automatically flows data into all pertinent fields throughout a chart.

• Document on a single screen while pulling and pushing
data from anywhere in the patient’s chart.
• Search codes using natural terminology and view
cross-sectional chart summaries.
• Create a template that suits your note-taking preferences

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McKesson Practice Choice brings needed efficiencies to a busy front office.


Meaningful Use Dashboard and Reporting

From a single screen, gauge your progress in real time for both core and selected requirements, and gain an instant view of your practice’s performance. Also, customizable controls allow you to observe detailed performance levels of every member of your practice.

Need more information?  Call us at 888-880-0384 or visit us on the web at http://www.sunrize.com.

 

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Patient portals and stage 2 meaningful use.

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Offering a Patient Portal for Meaningful Use Stage 2

Although you can’t begin attesting to  Stage 2 Meaningful Use  until 2014, you may be either preparing to implement or have already implemented a patient portal to meet the patient engagement requirements.

In order for providers to show meaningful use of their EMR software and qualify for federal incentives, eligible professionals will need to:

  • Provide electronic access to clinical summaries to more than 50 percent of patients
  • Use secure, electronic messaging to communicate with at least 5 percent of patients on relevant health information

Both of these requirements can be easily met through an online patient portal, provided healthcare professionals can convince patients to access it – an easy feat?  It  is really going to depend on your patient demographics.   Don’t judge by age, necessarily.  The baby-boomer generation,  is just as tech-savvy as any 20 year old today.  Look in your waiting room-who is texting on their smart-phones or reading on a Kindle?  Those are the folks to market a patient portal to.  It’s the “getting the horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” analogy.   You can offer it, but how are you going to get your patients use  it?

Healthcare organizations have petitioned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove these objectives from its meaningful use stage 2 guidelines; however, officials have yet to do so. Instead, CMS officials have hinted that the requirements could be revisited should they prove to be too difficult for providers to attest to.

In the meantime, look at what your existing EHR has to offer in terms of a patient portal.  If you aren’t already paying for this service, the cost to start up a portal is nominal.  Start promoting this now to your patients so when you do your attestation in 2014 this will be one of the core objectives that is a “no-brainer” to meet!

For additional information, please contact a sales representative at Sunrise Services, LLC.  Our toll free number is 888-880-0384, or on the web at http://www.sunrize.com.

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Practice Choice EMR

7 Value Propositions of McKesson Practice Choice

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1.      Lowers Cost of traditional EHR/PM Technology ·
         Avoid costly servers and IT staffing using a Web-based solution
         Learn, setup, & maintain one integrated solution
         Practice Management
         Health Records
         Patient Portal
         e-Prescribing
         Claims Engine including ERA, Electronic Eligibility Checking & Relay Health EDI.
         Low-hassle rolling upgrades always keeps your practice current and compliant
         Automatic backups & security
2.    Is Intuitive, Designed for the Small Independent Medical Office
         Be at ease with McKesson – a leading healthcare company that’s been in the EHR space for over 20 years
         Be confident in an built-from-the-ground up investment using Microsoft’s latest technology stack designed specifically for the independent practice
         Be efficient with our multiple role layout. We studied this space specifically, and laid out the software considerate of the many hats you wear during the day
         Learn easily and train new staff with integrated training videos, guides, and online help.
        Share best practices online chatting with other Choice practices like your own
3.       Protects Cash Flow
         Check patient eligibility real-time to guarantee reimbursement
         Ensure recommended procedures are performed to benefit patient health and encourage visit volume
         Improve collections by taking visit and account payments at check-in
         Embedded Claim/ERA services with auto-posting keeps cash moving
4.    Helps you Go Electronic without compromising Patient Care
         Avoid excessive clicking with single screen documentation that mimics paper
         Smart Notes design enables clinicians to pull and push data from the chart while you build the note
         Gain efficiency using natural terminology to search codes
         Care for patients with a powerful cross sectional chart summary
5.       Creates New Efficiencies with Technology
         Make patient care simpler via electronic prescriptions with clever interaction checking
         Maximize reimbursement with insurance-preferred labs automating when creating an order
         Save time eliminating paper lab results via an electronic connection
6.    Enhances Patient Touch
         Supplement patient-provider interaction with electronic messaging
         Give patients and their providers a consolidated health summary in-hand or electronically
         Quickly manage refill requests online
         Keep patients informed via patient education material summaries
7.       Gains Visibility to the Health of your Patient and Practice
         Speedily generate patient lists and reminders to communicate with the right audience
         Benchmark yourself against Meaningful Use performance and clinical quality measures
         Interrogate your financial health with comprehensive report generation

For additional information please visit our website at www.sunrize.com or call 502-538-4665.

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Medisoft Supports All Aspects of Your Practice

Medisoft, makers of one of the most highly regarded suites of medical billing software on the market today, provide a lot more than medical billing software. The company’s practice management software, electronic health records software and billing software combine to provide 360 coverage for all of the needs of your medical or health-related practice. Whatever your practice needs are, Medisoft has you covered.
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Medisoft EMR and Medisoft Clinical are comprehensive electronic patient records solutions for small to medium-sized practices. Medisoft Clinical v.17 provides all the functionality you need to post, manage and maintain patient records, and meets the federal government’s Meaningful Use requirements as a EHR for both Medicare and Medicaid providers. It integrates patient records with appropriate diagnostic codes and third party billing codes. Easy to install and maintain, it’s an easy way to bring your paper office into the electronic age.
Medisoft Services for Your Practice
From appointment setting to collections, Medisoft helps you track all interactions with patients in one database so that you can easily pull up any information you need to run your practice properly. Your Medisoft installation provides the framework on which your practice depends to run smoothly. Medisoft integration saves time for your office staff and reduces your need for outsourcing tasks such as billing and collections.
The Medisoft interface makes it easy for providers to enter patient notes in the way that’s most comfortable for each using Bright Note technology. Once the note is entered, the software disseminates it to every relevant field in the patient’s chart. Because all of the information originates from a central database, there’s far less chance of an error being introduced during transcription of charts and information from charts to billing.
In addition, Medisoft is regularly updated with the latest codes and standards so that your billing statements always go out on the right forms with the right codes. The reduction of errors means that your claims are more likely to be paid quickly by insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid, reducing the amount of work your office staff has to do to follow up on rejected and amended claims.
Your practice can also take advantage of patient reminder software by Medisoft. Since it also integrates with your Medisoft installment, your patients will get timely reminders of upcoming appointments, reducing the amount of income you lose to unfilled blocks of patient time.
Overall, Medisoft provides everything you need to run your practice smoothly and efficiently – except, of course, your staff.
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Tips for successful EHR Implementation

Successful EHR Implementation

By Chris Torregosa, Project coordinator

With all the government stimulus money made available to hospitals and clinics these days, many groups are purchasing and implementing an EHR system. Some implementations go smoothly and achieve their goals while others they struggle or stall due to inexperience and frustration with the selected system. Some tend to fall short due to limited resources or IT issues. In certain instances, many groups experience little or no success at all. These groups then begin to contemplate whether it is a problem with their staff learning the system, the workflow processes within the group, or simply the EHR system’s abilities to meet their requirements. Regardless of your group’s size, many implementation issues are common throughout. Like any new journey in life that requires a certain amount of knowledge, there is much to learn and many things that can go wrong without proper direction. Here are a few tips to help ensure a successful EHR implementation:

1) There is no “I” in the word “Team”.

Any football fan knows that any given play can’t be run on the field unless everyone is completing their assigned role. The quarterback can’t throw or handoff the ball unless his offensive line is providing the proper protection from the opposing defense. I can go on and on, but the point is that the sane team concept can and should be applied to an EHR implementation. Navigating through an EHR implementation is not solo task. Everyone from the receptionist to the biller, to the medical assistant, to the physician will play a role in the success of the implementation. Involvement from the stakeholders is essential to create buy in into the project and to identify any ways the EHR could fail.

Like any normal team, there needs to be leadership. In an implementation, a Physician champion should be elected. The role of the Physician champion is to provide good input and communication, and to be an energetic supporter and positive motivator throughout the project. He or she is responsible to keep driving the project forward despite any road blocks that lie ahead.

Lastly, like any good team, practice makes perfect. It is incumbent of the staff to learn and practice. The more and more you practice with the system, the more familiar and comfortable you will be. This will ease any anxiety and in turn provide confidence within the group.

2) Setting realistic goals and expectations.

Implementing an EHR is by no means an easy task. A successful implementation involves a great deal of planning long before you go live. One of the first tasks during the process is to create a realistic implementation timeline that everyone is comfortable with. It is important to be flexible and open to modifying the schedule if necessary. Also, remember that you don’t have to do everything at once. A phased-in, incremental approach is suggested so that users are not learning everything at once and become overwhelmed. Another important aspect of the implementation is staying focused throughout the project. Staying on schedule in the timeline is more about making the EHR implementation a priority.

3) Positivity despite challenges.

Many challenges and frustrations will present themselves during an implementation. It will create uncertainty and doubts as to whether these challenges can be overcome. It is important to stay positive and realize that there is no reason why these challenges can’t be overcome.

4) Consult with experts with EHR experience .

It is a tall order to successfully implement an EHR without prior experience. There are many aspects of an implementation that can be overlooked that may result in failure. Assistance from someone with experience in implementing EHR systems can make a difference towards the outcome of the implementation ….. Visit www.sunrize.com  or call 888-880-0384 to speak with one of our experts on implementation of an EHR.

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What is ANSI 5010?

 

What is ANSI 5010? ANSI 5010 is the new version of HIPAA transaction standards that regulates the electronic transmission of healthcare transactions. The 5010 standards will replace the existing 4010/4010A1 version of HIPAA transactions and address many of the shortcomings in the current version, including the fact that 4010 does not support forthcoming ICD-10 coding.  
When must the transition to ANSI 5010 be completed?
 By January 1, 2012, practices will need to complete electronic transactions in an ANSI 5010-compliant format. These electronic transactions include claims, eligibility inquiries and remittance advices. Failure to comply may result in denied claims, slower payments and increased customer service issues.
What is the urgency to upgrade my practice management system? Significant changes have been made to Mc Kesson’s Medisoft® practice management systems to comply with the new ANSI 5010 standards. These changes affect the amount of data and the way data is stored in the systems as well as your practice workflow. If you are on an older version of the software, the implementation of the compliant versions will be more complex and time-consuming than previous upgrades. In addition, testing of the new ANSI 5010 standards has already begun. By upgrading now, you can take advantage of the testing period and ensure that your claims are compliant in advance of the deadline. 

  How can Sunrise help? 

Visit our websites, at www.sunrize.com and www.ppemr.com , to find out more about our limited-time offers.

Medisoft v17 and Practice Partner are our ANSI 5010-compliant releases. Medisoft v17 is currently available Don’t wait to start preparing.

 

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At Sunrise, we are here to help your practice transition to ANSI 5010.
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Five ways HIT will reduce the cost of health care

HIT presents many opportunities to improve healthcare delivery in America, from changing the way healthcare is financed to enhancing efficiency. Jerry Buchanan, account director, healthcare technology and services at eMids Technologies, shares five ways that health IT can cut healthcare costs in the long-term.

1. Improved standards of care

Analyzing data collected by electronic health records provides the best treatment methods, leading to a healthier population. “Whether this data is combined with financial data to analyze cost effectiveness or not… is tangential to the overall goal of knowing the best way to handle treatment for each individual patient,” Buchanan noted.

2. Increased patient involvement and collaboration

America’s health expenditure is in a large part due to chronic health issues. Chronic diseases brought on by poor lifestyle choices are difficult to handle, but health IT “provides a clear avenue for enterprising organizations to develop innovative disease management solutions to address the issue,” according to Buchanan. Data retrieved from EHRs could also be useful in determining ways to stem costs associated with chronic illness.

3. Putting information at the forefront

The healthcare industry is constantly changing, and that results in an overwhelming amount of information to distill and absorb. Health IT offers a way to bring that information to the forefront.

4. Focus on outcomes

“The coming tidal wave of electronic clinical data provides an opportunity to replace our outdated, volume-based, fee-for-service business model with one focused on the quality of the product,” Buchanan said.

5. Transparency to the patient

Health IT should be used as a tool to include the patient in his or her own care. “Our current system of financing healthcare leaves patients completely insulated from the cost of their care,” said Buchanan. “Until we find a means for patients to educate themselves and question services, quality and price, the market forces that can naturally contain rising healthcare costs will never have an opportunity to work.”

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Beta release Notes for Medisoft version 17

Enhancement: Electronic Transaction Reporting

Medisoft® Version 17 (v17) includes four new reports to help you manage electronic transactions related to verifying your patients’ insurance eligibility and submitting claims to insurance providers.

The reports include:

  • Appointment Eligibility Analysis – Detail
  • Appointment Eligibility Analysis – Summary
  • Electronic Claims Analysis – Detail 
  • Electronic Claims Analysis – Summary  Each of these reports offers several filters for controlling the information that shows. In addition, several summary values appear on each report so that you can see the information at a glance.

Enhancement: Audit Reports

Medisoft v17 includes a feature that allows you to track the reporting and exporting of data when you generate audit reports. A new option on the Audit tab in Program Options allows you to turn this feature on or off. It is turned on by default. Certain reports or grids that are printed or saved to disk will be audited. Note: Previewed reports will not be audited.

The following types of information are included as part of the audit reports:

  • Data grids
  • Custom reports, including claims and statements

 When printed from either Transaction Entry or Statement Management, but not the Report menu or Report Designer, the audit reports include.

  • Medisoft reports
  • Office Hours data
  • Final Draft reports or data printed or saved to disk
  • Internal reports
  • Statements
  • Eligibility information

 Enhancement: BillFlash Integration

BillFlash integration applies to the Medisoft Advanced and Network Professional programs.

Medisoft now uses BillFlash to print and mail patient statements. With Medisoft v17, you can enroll in BillFlash directly from within Medisoft, as well as upload your statement files directly from Medisoft automatically. You can view and approve statement uploads to BillFlash by clicking links from within Medisoft. For more information on BillFlash and to learn how to enroll, go to http://www.BillFlash.com.

Within Medisoft, you can control several aspects of what prints on your statements, including which credit cards you accept, service messages you want to print, printing of account summaries and aging, and printing up to six messages to appear on statements. For more information, go to the Program Options – BillFlash tab.

Options on the Activities, BillFlash menu allow you to enroll with BillFlash, view and approve statements that have uploaded to BillFlash, see your account settings at http://www.BillFlash.com, and view reports such as the Disposition report. Each one of these menu options will open a different page on the BillFlash website.

The following windows in Medisoft have quick access to the eView page of the BillFlash website via a new View eStatements button. (In addition, when a patient is selected and Ctrl + F7 is clicked, the eView page will open for any statements for that patient.)

  • Patient List
  • New/Edit Case
  • Quick Ledger
  • Guarantor Ledger
  • Apply Payments (through Transaction Entry)
  • Collection List/Tickler
  • Edit Statements
  • Deposit List
  • Apply Payments
  • Transaction Entry (note that Calculate Totals has been moved.)

HIPAA X12 Version 5010 (ANSI 5010)

The following are changes made to Medisoft v17 to accommodate the upcoming change from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 version 4010A1 to ASC X12 version 5010 (referred to as ANSI 5010), as well as the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) version 5.1 to NCPDP version D.0.5010. ANSI 5010 and NCPDP version D.0.5010 are new sets of standards that regulate the electronic transmission of specific healthcare transactions, including eligibility, claim status, referrals, claims and remittances. Covered entities, such as health plans, healthcare clearinghouses and healthcare providers, are required to conform to ANSI 5010 standards