• The RCM Workflow Process Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) is the financial process, leveraging the power of medical billing software to track patient care experiences from registration and appointment scheduling to the final payment. RCM unites the business and clinical sides of your practice by merging administrative information such as patient and insurance provider data, with the treatment a patient receives and their healthcare data. Now more than ever independent clinicians need to remain steadfast regarding their practice’s financial health.  With decreasing payouts from insurance companies, demanding government healthcare initiatives, and increasing A/R…how does one even begin to initiate an internal proactive process? We have a tool that comes standard with one of our RelayHealth Clearinghouse options called Financial Diagnostics. In a moment’s notice, you can view: the average turnaround time for a claim a transmission status payor processing time with claim dollars receivable dollars with ERA opportunities your practice’s performance
  • Cyber attacks can be devastatiing to any business. This is a growing threat that includes the new and dangerous WannaCry Ransomeware hacking. On Friday the WannaCry Ransomware attack  affected over 75,000 machines in 99 countries across Europe.  This was one of the largest and most damaging cyberattacks in history.  This attack affected hospitals, major companies and other government agencies. Ransomware cyber attacks are usually through email spam.  Messages are typically fake invoices, job offers or other lures which are sent to random email addresses.  The email contains a file and once clicked, this is how the virus spreads.  Once this file is opened, the virus spreads on internal networks which locks down all files and asks the owner to pay money to regain control of them. In order to protect yourself from these ransomware attacks, you should make sure: You keep all of your computers, including your servers up to date
  •   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians need to take part in MIPS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. MIPS is an important part of the new Quality Payment Program. In late April through May, practices will get a letter from the Medicare Administrative Contractor that processes Medicare Part B claims. This letter will tell the participation status of each MIPS clinician associated with the Taxpayer Identification Number or TIN in a practice. Clinicians should participate in MIPS for the 2017 transition year if they bill more than $30,000 in Medicare Part B allowed charges a year AND provide care for more than 100 Part B-enrolled Medicare beneficiaries a year. The Quality Payment Program intends to shift reimbursement from the volume of services provided toward a payment system that rewards clinicians for their overall work in delivering the best care for patients. 
  • Hello everyone!  It has certainly been a bit since we’ve posted on our Blog.  It could be the remnants of a mild winter has affected our circadian rhythms?   Regardless of spring-like weather in February, our team has been busy at the MediPro office handling an influx of interest in the medical software products and add-on services we offer.  Two things we’ve been speaking a lot about lately are MediPro’s Billing and Cloud services.  Since ICD-10 went into effect, medical practices want more assistance with their revenue cycle management process—we welcome you to Med-Ops.  For those who no longer want to be attached to their brick and mortar—ultimately desire world-wide mobility to access patient information, ePrescribe, Chart, Bill and view provider schedules while on the go—we welcome you to the Cloud. One of our long-term goals has always been to look for affordable, effective solutions to help your practice become more
  • As circulated by CMS on 1/17/17 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by February 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. The EHR reporting period was any continuous 90 days between January 1 and December 31, 2016. If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to your state’s deadlines for attestation information. If you are eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, you MUST demonstrate meaningful use to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment. You may demonstrate meaningful use under either Medicare or Medicaid. Reminder: Remember to visit the registration tab in the Registration and Attestation system to ensure your personal information is accurate. For more information on registration, visit the Registration
  • The CMS issued something of a get-out-of-Medicare-penalties-free-card for two years to physicians and group practices due to a glitch with quality reporting measures based on a recent update to the ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes. The CMS pointed its finger at updates that went into use Oct. 1, 2016, to the ICD-CM (Clinical Modification) and ICD-PCS (Procedural Coding System) and their impact on the Physician Quality Reporting System. The updates “will impact CMS’s ability to process data reported on certain quality measures for the 4th quarter of CY 2016,” the agency said in a statement posted on its website. The CMS said it will not apply the 2017 or 2018 PQRS payment adjustments to any “eligible professional” or “group practice that fails to satisfactorily report for (calendar year) 2016 solely as a result of the impact of ICD-10 code updates on quality data reported for the 4th quarter of (CY)
  • It’s that celebratory time of year where people both young and old make promises to themselves to improve upon their financial status, spend more quality time with family and minimize social history documentation in their medical record. If you are like me, I have lofty aspirations to better myself so those around me can benefit too.  I don’t necessarily have issue with creating the resolution however sticking to it can be a whole other chapter in a self-help book. Luckily, I found this post online to share about actually following through on your resolutions.  Happy 2017 from all of us at MediPro, Inc.  We are truly thankful for our clients!   For many, sticking to a New Year’s resolution can be a breeze in the beginning, but as the year progresses, it becomes harder and harder to stay committed. It doesn’t have to be that way. Randy A. Shuck, DO,
  • Next year 171,000 physicians, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians will take a 3% pay cut from Medicare for failing to demonstrate that they met the government’s requirements for meaningful use of an electronic health record (EHR) system in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. A government liaison for a major medical association blames CMS for setting up clinicians to fail in the controversial EHR incentive program. However, there’s hope that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump might undo the damage. The snafu, said Robert Tennant, director of health information technology policy for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), goes back to October 6, 2015, when CMS issued its final Stage 2 rules for achieving meaningful use that year and avoiding a penalty in 2017. The agency said clinicians needed to meet the requirements only during a 90-day stretch of 2015. However, there were fewer
  • It’s that time of year to consult with your tax preparer or accountant to see what office deductions may be possible for the 2016 calendar year.  If you haven’t purchased your Lytec upgrade or transitioned over to the CureMD PM/EHR software yet, you better get moving! What is the Section 179 Deduction? Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn’t, as you will see below. Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Several years ago, Section 179 was
  • Chances are it won’t happen—but you’d better be prepared if it does: The feds will be conducting a “small number” of onsite HIPAA audits in 2017, according to an HHS Office for Civil Rights official. OCR senior adviser Linda Sanches, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Privacy & Security Forum in Boston this week, explained what healthcare leaders can expect from the process, according to Healthcare IT News. “We’re looking for evidence that you are implementing the policies and procedures,” Sanches told the audience. “Two huge problems we’re seeing are implementation of risk analysis and risk management.” HIPAA privacy audits were put on hold last year as the agency developed its phase 2 policy. This spring, HHS posted a new HIPAA audit protocol. OCR will look “at risk analyses and risk management, notices of privacy practices and access and response to requests for access, and content timeliness of notifications,” OCR
  • MediPro, Inc. has partnered with BillFlash for years.  It has a tight integration with Lytec and CureMD software solutions while continuing to develop progressive patient statement and payment technology.  Easy to enroll, quick set up and commanding results. To learn more, click here or contact us at 1.800.759.1321 opt 2
  • Survey analyzes how practices adjust their operations as patients have more choices for care, including improving wait times, office hours, appointment scheduling, financial management, and patient portals New Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) (@MGMA) data find that medical practices focus on patient experience and access as patients face more options in how their care is delivered. The first-of-its-kind Practice Operations Survey analyzes a range of important benchmarking data that’s never been available before, including patient portals usage, wait times, call volumes, hours of operation, appointment length, scheduling and other nuts and bolts of running a medical practice. “From what time the doors open to how long a patient waits in an exam room, operations affect a practice’s bottom line as well as its ability to deliver quality care to patients,” said Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, CMPE, President and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association. “As patients increasingly