EHR and HIT News for this tax day, April 15th, includes customer acquisition news from EHR Integration Services as well as a product announcement from MTBC and finally there is Meaningful Use attestation news from Modernizing Medicine.
Phreesia Partners With EHR Integration Services to Automate Patient Intake Process
EHR Integration Services has announced a partnership with Phreesia, the patient check-in company, to integrate its point-of-service patient intake solution into medical practices. Under the terms of the agreement, Phreesia will utilize EHR Integration Services to integrate its tablet-based, self-service solution with existing practice management and electronic health record (EHR IS) systems to maximize workflow efficiency at client facilities. In addition, EHR IS will promote Phreesia to its growing base of customer practices. By having patients check in with an electronic, touchscreen PhreesiaPad instead of a traditional paper-based clipboard, clinicians can digitally collect and store critical patient data during check-in—increasing cash flow, saving staff time and engaging patients at the point of service.
“Clipboards and paper documentation often lead to illegible and incomplete information,” said Craig Luce, president, EHR Integration Services. “This leads to transcription errors and administrative billing and clinical hassles. Integrating Phreesia’s comprehensive check-in solution into existing EHRs will help clinics improve efficiency and productivity at the point of care. In assisting Phreesia by leveraging our data integration tools and data workflow enhancement expertise , we are able to demonstrate our collective commitment to providing simple solutions that offer the ultimate level of patient data management in a paperless environment.
Phreesia’s self-service platform captures complete patient information, verifies insurance and deductible detail in real time, and automatically asks patients to pay their copayments and balances directly on the PhreesiaPad before they see their clinician. Phreesia is HIPAA-compliant and captures electronic signatures on all required consent forms. Now used by thousands of medical practices and millions of patients nationwide, Phreesia increases cash flow, streamlines the intake process, and engages patients at the point of care to improve patient-clinician dialogue and enhance overall quality of care.
“Phreesia is an optimal platform for engaging patients in their own healthcare documentation,” said Phreesia CEO Chaim Indig. “During check-in, patients enter their complete demographic and clinical information on the PhreesiaPad, which triggers questions specifically targeted to their current health status. In this way, Phreesia is able to easily elicit comprehensive responses from patients, while providing them with the utmost privacy and security. We are proud to partner with EHR IS to offer a seamless bidirectional integration and workflow management solution to Centricity practices. By automatically collecting copays, verifying deductible and insurance information, and securing private transactions, clinicians can increase cash flow, decrease accounts receivable and save time so staff members can attend to more important duties like enhancing patient care.”
MTBC Introduces Business Intelligence Reporting and Analytics Module to Support Physician Practice Management; Enhance Performance
MTBC recently announced the launch of its business intelligence and reporting module (BI Module) to enhance reporting capabilities for practices of all sizes. The BI Module is fully integrated with MTBC’s PracticeProTM suite of services and supports in-depth longitudinal and granular analysis of key performance indicators and revenue drivers.
“While powerful business analytics tools are leveraged by many of America’s largest physician groups to support strategic business planning and decision-making, these important tools have, until now, remained out of reach for most small physician groups,” said MTBC President Stephen Snyder. “Our new BI tools are powerful enough to support the largest and most complex physician groups, yet so intuitive and flexible that they can be used by virtually any small practices to better understand its business, improves its bottom line, and mitigate audit risk.”
MTBC’s BI reporting and analytics module was designed to support benchmarking, short-term and long-term planning, together with compensation program development and management. It is fully integrated with MTBC’s EHR and PM platform.
“This analysis provides an administrator with a holistic view of his or her practice, and can help practices identify opportunities to increase productivity, maximize revenue, reduce expenses and streamline workflows,” explained John Cox, Vice President of Hospital and Consulting Services at MTBC. “Our BI module caters not only to the needs of small practices, but also those of medium to large sized hospital-based and independent groups.”
MTBC’s BI module has an all-inclusive fee of five percent of collections and includes MTBC’s EHR, PM, RCM and mHealth applications. It will enable providers to:
- Compare provider E&M level utilization to local and national benchmarks to identify and manage audit risk.
- Analyze payer-level payment trends to support contract negotiations and payer participation decision-making.
- Examine collections & billing cycle patterns to identify bottlenecks and accelerate reimbursements timeframes.
- View performance by provider, group, location and more.
- Create customized reports to support compensation plan development and administration.
- Optimize the revenue cycle by gaining an insight into performance gaps to improve profit margins.
- Examine overall patient encounters per provider or practice to identify opportunity for revenue maximization.
- Improve and accelerate the decision-making process with transparent financial operations.
Modernizing Medicine’s Electronic Medical Assistant® Ranks First Among Specialty Specific EHRs for Dermatologists Successfully Attesting for Meaningful Use
Modernizing Medicine, the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), a cloud-based, specialty-specific, electronic health records (EHR) system, announced today that EMA Dermatology™ had the highest number of dermatologists successfully attest for Meaningful Use among dermatology specific EHR systems for the 2012 attestation year. Based on numbers from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), as of January 2013, a total of 362 dermatologists successfully attested using EMA Dermatology, Modernizing Medicine’s CCHIT Certified dermatology specific EHR system.
The ONC, along with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recently compiled a list of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems used for the attestation of meaningful use under the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. These programs provide a financial incentive for physicians that demonstrate they are “meaningfully using” certified EHR technology by meeting thresholds for certain objectives established by CMS. For physicians who want to attest for Meaningful Use in 2013 and earn their incentive payments, now is the time to implement an EHR system.
“EMA, which received CCHIT certification in February 2012, did not have any attestations prior to August 2012,” said Michael Sherling, MD, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “For successful attestations using EMA from August 2012 to December 2012, an estimated $6.5 million in meaningful use incentive dollars will be distributed. We’re thrilled to have helped those physicians earn their well-deserved dollars and honored to have them as customers.”
“Our five-physician practice attested for Meaningful Use in 2012,” said Dr. Jonathan Weiss, a dermatologist with Gwinnett Dermatology in Snellville, Georgia. “By doing our documentation with EMA Dermatology, it was easy for us to attain it. The system kept track of the parameters, and it turned out to be a simple process. Any physician who attests for the first time in 2013 can earn a $15,000 rebate from the government. As long as they learn and follow the guidelines, they should be able to easily obtain it with EMA.”