Intermountain Healthcare Selects SA Ignite to Automate Meaningful Use Electronic Filing
Intermountain Healthcare, a nonprofit health system serving the healthcare needs of Utah and southeastern Idaho residents, has selected SA Ignite’s MU Assistant® to automate their “last mile” of achieving Meaningful Use (MU) and attest for Medicare’s Stage 1 incentive payment.
“We are looking to MU Assistant to help us support our clinicians with the attestation process for meaningful use,” said Mark Briesacher, MD, Senior Administrative Medical Director, Intermountain Medical Group. “SA Ignite offers a good solution for a medical group of our size and will help us save time for both our clinicians and our staff that support them.”
Intermountain will utilize MU Assistant’s electronic filing tools in conjunction with its own proprietary Electronic Health Records (EHR) software, for more than 450 of its physicians. MU Assistant electronically files providers’ data to government attestation web sites, providing a one-click attestation process and automatically electronically archiving supporting data for impending audits.
“We are thrilled to be working with a national leader in both healthcare delivery and healthcare IT,” explained Tom S. Lee, PhD, CEO and founder of SA Ignite. “Our ability to work seamlessly with Intermountain’s homegrown EHR system is yet another example of the flexibility of MU Assistant to connect efficiently and deliver one-click attestation. Our ability to relieve their significant administrative burden is crucial as they can then focus their resources on their ground-breaking quality initiatives.”
PACSGEAR Adds itMD to Open Image Exchange
PACSGEAR, the leading provider of imaging connectivity for electronic health records, today announced an agreement with itMD, a medical image sharing company that enables the secure and on-demand exchange of medical images. itMD will participate in the Open Image Exchange, a cloud-based network designed to securely share medical images and information. PACSGEAR will integrate with itMD using the Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS) integration profile, a standards-based method for enterprise image sharing solutions.
“We welcome itMD to the Open Image Exchange,” said Eli Rapaich, PACSGEAR’s CEO. “Adding itMD to the network provides more imaging sharing options for everyone. By incorporating industry-based standards, PACSGEAR continues to demonstrate its commitment to the open exchange of medical images,” Rapaich said.
“Participating in the Open Image Exchange will improve clinical imaging access for patients and physicians,” said Barbara Perez Deppman, President of itMD. “Leveraging open standards like XDS promotes image sharing and ultimately enhances the quality of patient care. The network provides a secure method to exchange medical information from anywhere to anyone.”
SYBE Medical Management Launches Proprietary Software to Improve Clients’ Efficiency, Profitability
“Sybe invested over two years in developing this landmark software,” said Steven Garrett, manager of Sybe. “Physicians will immediately see vast improvements in daily office management functions and an improved bottom line,” Garrett added.
The web-based EHR Clinic Management Software automates all daily, time-consuming operations, increases efficiency and reduces costs. It allows users to capture patient demographics, schedule appointments and manage other calendar events, enter and track information about consultations, diagnostics and treatments, prescribe medications, attach documents and images to patient records, and generate reports.
Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate Meaningful Use of certified EHR technology.
Eligible physicians and hospitals can begin receiving incentive payments in any calendar year from 2011 to 2014. EPs may receive Medicare incentive payments for up to five years, depending on the year in which the EP first becomes a meaningful user of certified EHR technology.
Sybe’s EMR software has capabilities necessary to support the efforts of eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals to meet the goals and objectives of meaningful use and to qualify for $44,000+ in Meaningful Use incentives under the HITECH Act.
The Clinic Management Software provides intuitive and customizable Microsoft-style interface with secure access levels for healthcare providers to manage their day-to-day operations.
“More than ever, physicians are looking for ways to improve their bottom lines because of increased paperwork and reduced compensation from insurance companies and government programs,” says Garrett.
SYBE’s whole approach to physician billing and insurance paperwork is efficiency: the number one measure of their success in improving a physician’s bottom line.
Beginning with an analysis of concerns and needs through meeting with the doctors, SYBE then assigns one of their highly experienced teams trained to resolve and execute the doctor’s monthly billing. Each SYBE team utilizes the latest state-of-the-art billing and information management software to maximize payments and minimize the time it takes to get them.
The key to SYBE’s success is the high staff-to-client ratio for superior attention to detail. Typically, the SYBE team works directly with an office manager, keeping the physician’s office informed with detailed reports and monthly analysis.
All medical payments are sent directly to the physician. SYBE never receives billing payments.