• Different electronic medical record systems have different strengths and limitations. To decide which one to purchase, a medical practice can start by understanding how to assess the difference between systems. Electronic medical record systems may have different component software packages, including those for patient medical records, appointment scheduling, billing or patient education. Since patient medical records are a critical component, it is best to understand the software used to implement electronic medical records. While electronic medical record systems remove the need for paper-based data entry, data still needs to be entered electronically. Some systems use keyboards, while others offer data entry options via touchscreens or verbally, with the use of voice recognition software. A key objective in installing an electronic medical record system is to reduce paper-based records. However, the need to print patient medical records often arises. Since most electronic medical records have a complex layout, printing a complete
  • Medical software has proved to be of enormous help to doctors all over the world. There are a couple of medical software available on the market that can guarantee that everything is going smoothly in the medical community. This software is estimated to increase by 30% the medical office revenues. Even more it has been attributed a lot of successes or failures of medical practice and thus its importance should not be underestimated. Purchasing, installing and correctly using the proper software is able to considerably reduce or even eliminate the major bane of healthcare facilities nowadays, that is inefficiency. Having good medical software is guaranteed to increase the management proficiency in almost every sector of the contemporary medical office. There are a lot of aspects like patient scheduling, claims processing, collection problems and accounts receivables that can be abated with the proper use of medical software. Also programs such as
  • Technology modifies various aspects of the way things are done, so it is also stretching its reach and improving the field of chiropractic medicine. By contributing knowledge from the various aspects of their fields, medical professionals, industrial and software engineers developed innovative solutions to prevent injuries. Ergonomics is a branch of industrial engineering that studies and develops new equipment that ensures the most natural form of the physiology. By combining the engineer’s expertise with a chiropractor’s knowledge, a software chiropractic that can compute and detect stresses in the spinal cord took shape. Chiropractors use various software, and the most basic one available is the 3D modeling software chiropractic that allows patients to view a computer rendered view of the bone structure, while the chiropractor explains the injuries. This type of powerful software chiropractic allows the doctor to pinpoint specific vertebrae in the spinal cord while the injury is displayed on
  • Many people are wondering nowadays whether technology is really useful or it’s only a thing that we got accustomed to and on which we never seem to have all the necessary information. Still there are some who would never give up using software and technology in their businesses. And they might be right. By using specific software and electronic processing methods, the work is significantly decreased on behalf of the people. There is a lot of argument about electronic claims processing when is comes to medical issues. More and more insurance companies, if not all of them already, require their clients to adopt these electronic claims processing methods as to ease the work. But what are the advantages of using such a system? First of all, electronic claims processing reduces all the paperwork involved. There are even cases in which paper claims are no longer accepted. This leads to the
  • If you’re a dentist and haven’t heard or dental practice management software, then chances are you’re still keeping your records in a cabinet or you have a stockpile of files and folders around your office. It would be about time to give your dental clinic a makeover and make your secretary’s job a lot easier by installing some dental practice management software. Dental practice management software will allow you to receive patients’ files instantly and organize your database more comprehensively. With the aid of dental practice management software you will be able to concentrate on fast services and on your customer’s satisfaction, your secretary or receptionist will be smiling at patients all day long. If you are wondering what exactly dental practice management software is, you need to know that it is a computer program that records, organizes and maintains patient’s dental records. With dental practice management software installed you
  • Nowadays, everybody is looking for different tools that would make their work around the office easier. Physicians now have at their disposal medical practice systems, a tool that is getting more and more popular. The advantages are oblivious. Here are some of them: Apart from treating people, in a medical practice there is always paper work to do. Patients’ personal info and their medical record, different schedules, appointments and so on. It would seem that a lot of time has to be spent organizing and filing. But today’s advancements allow doctors and nurses to dedicate more time to their patients and less to this type of work. This is possible due to the medical practice system, which can pretty much help you do all the things mentioned above and many more. If you work in a medical practice, either as a doctor or as a non-medical employee, then the utility
  • Originally posted from HealthData Management – A new report from the American Medical Association finds patients now are responsible for almost 25 percent of their medical costs. In its sixth annual National Health Insurer Report Card, AMA for the first time studied patient responsibility via co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance. In February and March 2013, patients on average paid 23.6 percent of the amount of reimbursement that insurers set for physicians. The report card is based on about 2.6 million electronic claims for 4.7 million medical services submitted in February and March to eight insurers: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Care Service Corp., Humana, Regence, UnitedHealthcare and Medicare. The claims came from 450 physician practices covering 80 specialties in 41 states. Findings of analysis of the claims data found: * Insurers are getting more accurate in payments, with an average error rate of nearly 20 percent in 2010 falling
  • The American Medical Association reminds physicians that they must report generation of at least 10 electronic prescriptions by June 30 to avoid reimbursement penalties under Medicare’s e-prescribing program. The penalty is a 1.5 percent payment reduction for all Medicare claims filed in 2013. Physicians can apply for a hardship exemption but it must be done prior to the June 30 deadline. The application for exemption is available here. AMA has additional information on Medicare e-prescribing reporting requirements here.  
  • American Medical Association (AMA) – November 2, 2011 After hearing yesterday that some physicians were having difficulty accessing the CMS Communication Support Page, the AMA was able to work with CMS to secure an extension. The new deadline to file for an ePrescribing hardship exemption is Tuesday, November 8, 2011.The hardship exemption categories include: Your practice is located in a rural area without high-speed internet access. Your practice is located in an area without sufficient available pharmacies for ePrescribing (CMS clarified by providing more examples including disruption of e-prescriptions between physician offices and pharmacies caused by natural disasters). You are registered to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Program and you adopted certified EHR technology by October 1, 2011, and did so prior to requesting an exemption. You are unable to electronically prescribe due to local, state or federal law or regulation, (CMS clarified that
  • Medical billing is an increasingly popular office or home-based small business opportunity that ultimately involves using skills and knowledge in medical terminology, insurance claims, and customer service to ensure that physicians and medical clinics receive payment from patients and insurance companies. Whether working from home based small-businesses or at large hospitals, every medical biller utilizes medical practice software. Though still referred to as medical billing software, today’s electronic medical practice software is also more accurately called medical practice management software and covers many functions. Up-to-date medical practice software will generate a variety of reports based on data, manage appointments, as well as collect, transmit, and track billing information and payments. Current medical practice software will also make sure that records are kept in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act security standards. When deciding on software to buy, compliance with this act is an extremely important consideration and
  • CMS: EHR Incentive Program Updates On November 7th, the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program launched in Arkansas, Delaware, Montana, New Jersey, New York and North Dakota. This means that eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals in these six states will be able to complete their incentive program registration. More information about the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program can be found on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Basics page of the CMS EHR website. If you are a resident of Arkansas, Delaware, Montana, New Jersey, New York or North Dakota, and are eligible to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, visit your State Medicaid Agency website for more information on your state’s participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Click on the State below to access its website: Arkansas Delaware Montana New Jersey New York North Dakota As of November 7th, 39 states have launched Medicaid EHR
  • Those ‘Difficult’ Patients Whom You and Your Staff Dread You know who they are: patients who are angry, disrespectful, and rude; patients who demand specific drugs or tests, even when they’re not indicated; and patients who growl at everyone, act suggestively to the nurses, or ask you to submit a fraudulent bill so the insurer will cover the cost of treatment. In a recent Medscape article, physicians discussed how they deal with the types of patients doctors dread. One suggestion, for example, is to draw boundaries with angry patients, clarifying behavior that’s unacceptable and demanding respect. Many patients are unaware of how they appear to others. If this doesn’t work, such patients are sometimes asked to leave the practice. Another tack is learning how to say “no” without being negative. Apologies can also win over difficult patients. One doctor readily apologizes for things that aren’t her fault: an overlong waiting