• Protecting Electronic Medical Records and Medical Practice Liabilities EMR discussions usually focus on what are the best EMR systems and specific functionalities. Most medical practices shopping for one of the best medical software programs overlook two very important considerations – EMR security and HIPAA compliance. Read further to learn why they should be part of your decision-making process. ITEM 1 – EMR / EHR Security and Privacy EMR security and privacy confidentiality concerns are something most electronic medical records vendors shy away from discussing. For the owner or manager of the medical practice, EMR security and privacy protection need to be explored. Even a seemingly small disclosure could be grounds for a lawsuit or generate government fines for non-compliance. Let’s take a realistic look at how your choice of record keeping can impact your practice. Paper Files are Safer Than EHR . . . Right? Paper-based medical records can pose
  • Electronic Medical Records vs. Paper-Based Records This article presents the advantages and disadvantages of electronic health records (i.e., EMR, EHR) and paper-based medical records advantages and disadvantages. This article takes a practical look at how converting from manual record keeping to EMR software typically affects a private medical practice. The Growing Need for EMR – The Elephant in the Room Private practice clinicians have or will become involved in discussing the pros and cons of switching from paper-based records to electronic medical records. Clinicians often apply a negative focus on government pressure and regulations to implement EMR as reasons they have yet to make the transition. The positive focus that is too often given a backseat is realizing the opportunities that EMR / EHR can provide. With EMR, a medical practice can improve front office efficiency, increase patient care quality, and mitigate high-risk situations. How Does Your Choice of Medical
  • What Is Practice Management Software? Medical practice management software (PMS) is an electronic solution to better manage a medical practice, clinic or facility. The best practice management software features ways to improve the patient experience, increase operating efficiency, and grow the bottom line. PMS is generally used for front office administrative as well as billing insurance and patients, however; there are options for EMR management and more. What Is the Purpose of Practice Management Software? PMS solutions serve the internal business needs of a medical practice and billing services which contribute to improving the patient experience. Medical practice management software is the basic part of a comprehensive electronic practice management system. PMS provides an efficient system to manage patient accounts including patient information, insurance and billing data. PMS solutions also enable optimal efficiency for appointment scheduling, billing tasks and generating various reports. Screenshot of Billing Screen with Easy Navigation Practice
  • Medical Software with 24/7 Mobile Access Healthcare mobile apps should be part of every practice management software. Mobile apps certainly make it possible to access records and share information 24/7. As the use of hand held devices has grown, people have developed a strong preference for better ways to manage certain aspects of their life from a mobile device. Within the healthcare industry, from small medical practices to large healthcare facilities, there is a growing demand for having mobile medical apps to access information. The reasons for this are two-fold. Give Your Patients What They Want – Mobile Access Patients want convenient ways to access their information, pay bills online, and communicate with healthcare providers. With a robust mobile app patients may complete many of these tasks in small bursts of time, and when they are on-the-go. Medical apps for patients provide easy access to their healthcare provider’s systems which
  • Medical Software Implementation Best Practices Medical software implementation should be relatively easy. Someone would recognize a need, find the best software to address that need, and everyone would be on the same page from the beginning of the implementation process to the end. Unfortunately, any new medical software implementation is likely to incur a few hiccups along the way. For this reason, a best practice is to assign a project champion that can control the process. Where Does Medical Software Implementation Go Wrong? Medical software aims to automate office work-flows and optimize various practice tasks, including those related to billing, record keeping, and patient care. The best medical software will meet practice-specific needs, enabling better patient outcomes, lower administrative costs, fewer errors, and full compliance. However, problems can arise if the wrong software is chosen, employees and patients aren’t fully on board, the cost of use is deemed to be
  • How Patient Referral Programs Work Every patient referral is almost guaranteed to become a patient. People trust the advice and recommendations of friends and co-workers. Encouraging your existing patients to refer their contacts is a smart and relatively inexpensive way to grow your practice. Every medical practice needs to establish a way to attract new patients in order to grow. The truth is that practices lose patients every year for a variety of reasons out of their control. As much as ten percent of a practices patient base will be lost annually due to regular attrition. Change of job and moving are two of the most common external reasons. Implementing a patient referral program is often thought of as a cost-effective marketing technique to attract new patients. A practice may be able to get as much as fifty percent of its new patients through referrals. But is it right for
  • You can now use the updated CMS MIPS Participation Lookup Tool to check on your 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Just enter your National Provider Identifier, or NPI, to find out whether you need to participate during the 2018 performance year. Changes to Low-Volume Threshold To reduce the burden on small practices, we’ve changed the eligibility threshold for 2018. Clinicians and groups are now excluded from MIPS if they: Billed $90,000 or less in Medicare Part B allowed charges for covered professional services under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) OR Furnished covered professional services under the PFS to 200 or fewer Medicare Part B -enrolled beneficiaries This means that to be included in MIPS for the 2018 performance period you need to have billed more than $90,000 in Medicare Part B allowed charges for covered professional services under the PFS AND furnished covered professional services under
  • Price is Not the Most Important Factor A fact in life is that everyone has a budget and is looking to save where they can. Saving money and finding deals are both prudent and often smart but is going with the lowest-priced good or service always the best idea? We would argue that it isn’t. Take, for example, a car repair. If you go to the lowest-priced shop or ask a buddy who knows a few things about cars to do it, you might not be happy with the end result. And because the job wasn’t done right, it might end up costing you more in the end. Choosing the Best Medical Software Should Involve More than Price We wanted to take a second and talk about the cost of medical software because we know and understand that every practice will have a budget and want to avoid spending additional
  • CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline from March 31 to April 3 at 8 PM EDT If you’re an eligible clinician participating in the Quality Payment Program, you now have until Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8 PM EDT to submit your 2017 MIPS performance data. You can submit your 2017 performance data using the new feature on the Quality Payment Program website. Note: For groups that missed the March 16 CMS Web Interface data submission deadline, it’s not too late to submit your data through another mechanism. How to Get Started Go to qpp.cms.gov and click on “sign in” on the top right side of the web page. You’ll be required to log into the Quality Payment Program data submission feature using your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials user name and password. If you don’t have an EIDM account, you’ll need to obtain one. Review this EIDM
  •   Deadlines are fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)performance period.     The two key dates are: March 16 at 8 pm ET for group reporting via the CMS web interface March 31 for all other MIPS reporting, including via the Quality Payment Program website   Source:  MLN Connects | 2/15/18 |
  • Medical records are at the center of every doctor’s practice, which makes an EHR implementation both critical and stressful at the same time. Everything doctors do revolves around these records, so changing systems introduces an understandable level of stress. As long as you follow a few basic guidelines, you can trust that your EHR system will be up and running in an efficient manner shortly quickly and with minimal issues. While Your Office is Going Through an EHR Implementation: Plan Ahead – Any time you are working with software, the unpredictable is always possible. One thing you can do to stay prepared is to create a backup of your data before anything is changed on your current computer infrastructure. knowing you have access to the old records can help give you peace of mind. A good medical software company will make sure that your practice’s computer hardware meets the qualifications
  • With Hurricane Irma quickly approaching the US, all of us at MediPro will be thinking about everyone that will be affected by this storm.  The most important thing is the safety of you and your family.  If there is anything that we can help with such as our free offsite backup or hosting service, please let us know.   Thank you and stay safe.