Medisoft Office Hours Reporting For Medical Scheduling Software

In addition to the Appointment Status Report, and Appointment Analysis Reports, Office Hours offers various other reports that can help your office in different ways. These reports can be printed from the Reports menu.

Appointment List: This report will give you a list of all appointments for a given date range and range of providers. You will see the time of the appointment, the name of the patient, the phone number, the length of the appointment, and any notes. This information will be given for each scheduled appointment that falls within the given ranges. This list can be used to make reminder calls.

The Appointment List can be printed in one of two different ways – with or without blank appointments. This is helpful to practices who want to have more clear visibility to blank appointments in the daily schedule. These two schedules show the difference that this option makes on the same appointments for the same doctor on the same date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Show Report: No Show reports are important to an office because they cost the office money. The time not spent seeing those patients who did not show up could have been spent seeing other patients. This report will give you the information for each appointment that was missed, as well as totals showing how many appointments were missed.

In order for this report to function properly, you must be properly utilizing your appointment status options.


Print Appointment Grid: The option to print the appointment grid will allow you to print a list of all appointments showing on the currently displayed view. This report can be printed in list format, which would be a format similar to the Appointment List.


 

This report can also be printed in a Grid View. This option will show the entire schedule for the day, including any blank appointment slots.


There are other reports available within Office Hours and Office Hours Professional. Please refer to the Help Files of these programs for more detailed information regarding these reports and the information available on them.

 

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Medisoft Office Hours and the Medical Billing Process

Office Hours and Office Hours Professional are critical pieces in the patient billing process. Office Hours Professional offers you the ability to view patient balances, and enter patient copays. These features are only available when Office Hours Professional is utilized in conjunction with Medisoft.

View Patient Balances

When a patient comes in for an appointment, it is generally a good practice to check on any outstanding balances. This would allow you the opportunity to collect on some or all of the outstanding balances.

In order to quickly check the patient balance, you can right click on the patient’s appointment and choose Quick Balance or you can click the Balance button from within the appointment.

You will then see the Quick Balance screen.


This screen will show the remainder balance. The remainder balance shows the amount due on charges that have been paid by any insurance carrier that would be responsible for the charge. These totals are lumped together into a Remainder Balance.

Patient Copays

You have the ability to enter copays for the patient from within the Office Hours program. It is good practice to collect the copay amounts at the time the patients check in to the office. This prevents the loss of revenue due to unpaid or uncollected copay amounts.

You have the ability to enter copays through either Transaction Entry or through the Deposit List. This decision was made when setting up your Program Options. If you would like to use transaction entry, place a check mark in the field labeled Use Transaction Entry to Make Copays. If you want to use the deposit list, do not place a check mark in this field.


Tips and Tricks:
In most circumstances, at the time the copay is made, the services for which the patient is paying have not yet been performed. If you enter your copay into Transaction Entry, you will be asked to apply the payment right away, unless the payment code is marked as a prepayment.

For this reason, we suggest entering your copayments through Office Hours Professional into the Deposit List.

Once you have made your selection, you will be able to enter your copays from within Office Hours Professional. This can be done by opening the appointment and clicking the Enter Copay button.


You can also right-click on the appointment, and click Enter Copay.

Your screen will then open to either Transaction Entry, or the Deposit List.

Deposit List

If you are applying your payments through the Deposit List, the following screen will appear.


You will need to fill in the fields with the applicable payment information. For detailed information on these fields, refer to the chapter discussing Payment Entry. As you can see, the Chart Number field will automatically populate with the chart number entered in Appointment Entry. If the appointment was not entered using a chart number, this feature will not be available for that appointment.

Print Receipt: The Print Receipt field will only appear if you are applying payments through Office Hours Professional. If this field is checked the program will print a simple receipt that shows the copay was made. This receipt format cannot be modified or changed, and will only include the copay that was entered at that time. This receipt will print when the Save button is pressed.

Once you have filled out all applicable fields, click Save.

At the end of the day, or on the next day, you will need to go into your Deposit List and apply the payment to the charges.

Transaction Entry

If you have selected the option to enter copays through transaction entry, the program will function differently when the Enter Copay option is selected. When this option is selected, Medisoft will open transaction entry to the Chart Number and Case Number that were entered in the appointment entry screen. If you have not entered a chart number or case number for an appointment, this feature will not be available for that appointment.


When you enter your payment, you will need to make sure you use a code that has been set aside as a prepayment. The charges normally have not been entered at this point in the billing process. This will prevent you from applying the payment. If the payment was not set as a prepayment, you would not be able to save and exit the Transaction Entry screen.

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Medisoft Office Hours Professional View Appointment Calendar for Mental Health Appointments, Physician Scheduling, Surgery Scheduling, or Physical Therapy Scheduling.

The Calendar within Office Hours (Standard) and Office Hours Professional functions in the exact same manner. You simply select the day you wish to view, and the schedule for that day is displayed.


 

When Office Hours is first opened, it will default to today’s date (based on the system date). You have the ability to manually select the date by simply clicking on the date you wish to see. You can advance the Day, Week, Month, or Year by simply clicking the arrows next to those fields.

As you are browsing the calendar, you may find that you want to quickly return to today’s date. This can be done by clicking the Edit menu and Go to Today, or by pressing [CTRL]T. This option relates closely with our next appointment finding option, Go to Date.

Go to Date

Within the Edit menu, you will see the option Go to Date. You can also press [CTRL][G] in order to access this feature. This feature lets you quickly browse to a specific date’s schedule. When you select this window, the following screen will appear.


You have the ability to select the date from the drop down menu, or to specify the number of days, weeks, months, or years you wish to advance the schedule. Once you have made your selection, click Go. You will be taken to the corresponding date’s schedule.

 

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Medisoft Office Hours Professional How To Print Supberbills From Medisoft

Superbills are also known as Routing Slips. This report will print one page per appointment scheduled. That page will include a listing of the diagnosis codes and procedure codes used by the office. The doctors take these sheets into the examination rooms with them, and indicate which diagnosis codes and procedure codes were performed during the visit. These sheets are then passed on to the billers, who use them to do the data entry into Medisoft. Because Superbills are used in conjunction with the billing process, this option is only available for those who are using Office Hours in conjunction with Medisoft. An office would generally print out the superbills for the day at the beginning of the day. Those sheets would then be inserted into the charts for the patients that will be seen that day, so they would be available for the doctor.

 

Print Blank Superbills

Some practices have the need to accommodate walk-in appointments. Often these practices do not want to create a patient record in Medisoft until after the appointment. Since the Print Superbills report requires a patient chart to be in the appointment, there is a Blank Superbills report so you can simply select how many superbills you want to print.

It is also possible to print blank Superbills from within Medisoft

 

There is also an option in Program Options in Medisoft ; Data Entry Tab; to determine if you want “Serialized Superbills”. This means that Medisoft will print a unique serial number on each superbill or encounter form and you will only be able to input or enter charges or transactions based on the superbill number. If there is not a superbill printed, you cannot enter charges or transactions (except for payment posting).

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Medisoft Office Hours Professional Find Open Time Slot for Physical Therapy Appointment Scheduling, Physician Scheduling, Mental Health Scheduling

The Find Open Time method for scheduling appointments is a robust method of searching for open appointment time slots, and allowing you to easily schedule appointments for the found slots.

This option is available by clicking the Edit menu and Find Open Time. You can also press [CTRL] [F].


If you are using Office Hours (Standard), you will be able to search for an open time slot based solely on the length of the appointment, the day of the week, and the time range for the appointment. Those fields are all self explanatory.

Some fields will only appear if searching while in the Multi Provider-Resource view.

Reason: The Reason field will allow you to search for time slots that have been set aside for a specific reason. This process was completed during the Template setup. For example, if you have certain hours dedicated to new patients, this search field will find any open time slots that have a template set up with the reason code for new patients linked to them. You still have the ability to specify the time of day and day of the week, which would allow the person scheduling the appointment to accommodate requests from the patient.

Search For: The Search For option allows you to search the schedules of multiple providers at the same time. Many group practices will see patients as a group. It doesn’t matter which doctor the patient sees. If you wish to utilize this option, you will need to perform your search from within the Multi-View screen. If you perform the search from within any of the other views, you will not have this option available to you.

If you want to search for a slot for a single provider, select the Single field, and specify the provider whose schedule you wish to search.

If you want to search the schedule for all the providers on the screen but do not want to search the schedule for the resources on the screen, select All Providers Viewed.

If you want to search the schedule for all the Resources on the screen, but do not want to search the schedule for the providers on the screen, select All Resources Viewed.

If you want to base your search on both the Providers on the screen and the Resources, select All Providers and Resources Viewed.

Once you have entered your search criteria, press the Search button. You will return to the scheduler screen. The screen will begin scrolling through the dates, searching for an open time slot that fits the criteria you entered in your search routine. If none can be found, you will see a message similar to the one below.


 

 

Tips and Tricks:

The search option will search the calendar starting at the date showing on the calendar at the time the search was initiated. Additionally, the search will only go 3 months forward from that date when performing the search.

If you need to search for time slots further in the future than three months, you will need to be viewing the future date you wish to be the beginning date of your 3 month time span.

 

If an open slot is found that fits the criteria, your cursor will be placed in that slot. If this slot does not work for the patient, you can click the Edit menu and Find Next Open Time. You can also press [CTRL][N]. This will move the cursor to the next slot that fits the criteria entered into the search window.

This method for finding appointments is a very simple, automated way of finding time slots for various reasons, providers, and resources. It can, however be difficult if the patient is looking for appointments on specific dates. If the patient needs appointments for specific dates, you would be better off using the Calendar itself to find open time slots.

 

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Medisoft Office Hours Professional – How To Use Views For Medical Appointment Scheduling

Now that we have gone through the preliminary setup process for Office Hours and Office Hours Professional, we are now ready to schedule appointments. When scheduling appointments, there are a few different methods you can use in finding the time you wish to schedule the appointment for. We will outline the processes for each method, as well as the pros and cons for each method.

Selecting a View

Prior to scheduling an appointment, you will need to select the view that is most appropriate for your use. This is done by clicking the appropriate view button along the lower portion of the screen. The order of the icons is day, week, month, multi-view.

Day

As you can see, the day view allows you to view the schedule for a specific day for one specific provider. In order to change the provider, click the down arrow next to the provider field at the top of the screen and select the provider whose schedule you wish to see.


Week

The weekly view will show the schedule for one provider for the entire week. You cannot create multiple columns for each day. When looking at this view, if you have set up multiple appointments for the same provider, date, and time, those appointments will appear as conflicting appointments on the weekly view. This view can be helpful when looking for a time slot for a patient and that patient wants to be seen during a specific week.


Month

The monthly view will show the schedule for one provider for an entire month. Similar to the week view, you cannot set up multiple columns for each provider. Double-booked appointments will show as conflicting appointments. This view is useful to offices that are very busy, and need the ability to quickly scan a month period for any available appointment slots.

 

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How To Setup Breaks In Medisoft Office Hours Professional

It is important that you completely set up your schedule prior to actually scheduling appointments for patients. This process includes setting up your breaks.

Breaks can be configured using templates, or the Break List. If you schedule your breaks through the Template setup screen, you will be able to schedule appointments during your breaks if you so choose, and they will not appear as a conflicting appointment. If you set up your breaks using the Break List, you will notice that it is possible to schedule an appointment that conflicts with your break if you so choose, but you have less control over how that appointment appears on the schedule.

If you decide to set up your breaks using templates, follow the process listed under templates to set up a repeating template with a reason code set up for breaks.

If you decide to set up your breaks using the Break List, take the following steps:

  1. The Break List can be accessed by clicking the Lists menu and Break
    List.


    If you have previously set up any breaks using the Break List, you will see those breaks listed on the screen.

  2. Click New. You will see the New Break Entry window.
  3. Fill in the fields with the following information:

    Name: If this break was the lunch break for a specific doctor, you would want to specify that information in the name of the break. Make the name as descriptive as possible, in order to avoid confusion when looking at the schedule.

    Date and Time: Similar to the Template setup, the Date and Time fields contain the STARTING dates and times for what is being scheduled.

    Length: The Length field should contain the number of minutes you would like to schedule for the break. This number should be an interval that corresponds with the scheduling intervals set in the Program Options.

    Repeat: Most breaks are going to be regularly occurring breaks. For this reason, you would want to set up most of your breaks as repeating breaks. Refer to the Repeating Appointment Handout for more information on how to configure the Repeating settings.

    Color: This field will let you specify what color you want this break to display on the schedule. This field will default to the value set in Program Options.

    All Columns: Office Hours and Office Hours Professional allow you to set up multiple columns for individual providers. This allows you to double-book time slots. Most breaks would prevent the doctor from seeing ANY patients. For this reason, you would want to place a check mark in this field.

    Providers: Any break can be configured for either specific providers, or all providers. Unless your doctors will all be following the exact same schedule, it is generally recommended that you set up individual breaks for each provider.

    Resource: You can schedule breaks for resources. However, it is not necessary to do so, since the use of the resource will generally require the presence of a provider. If you want to make sure that the break time is set aside for the resource as well, you can do so.

  4. Once you have made you selections on this screen, click Save. If you selected the option to schedule the break for some providers, you will see the following screen:


  5. Click on the provider names of the providers that will be utilizing this break. It is not necessary to hold down the [CTRL] button. Once finished, click OK.
  6. Your break will now appear on your Break List. Notice that if multiple providers were selected, the same break will appear in the list multiple times. It will appear once for each provider.


  7. Repeat this process until all desired breaks are scheduled.

 

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Medisoft Office Hours Professional Template Setup for Physical Therapy Scheduling Or Medical Scheduling

Templates are the method used for setting aside time slots for appointments with a certain reason. (Example: From 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. I want to only see new patients.) It can also be used to set aside certain parts of the day for breaks, meetings, and other similar purposes. If you properly utilize templates, you will be able to search your schedule for open time slots specific to a reason code.

This feature is only included in Office Hours Professional.

To set up a Template or multiple Templates, click the View menu and Edit Templates.

You will see a screen that looks similar to your appointment scheduling screen. To set a template at a particular time, provider or resource, double click on that time slot.


You will see the following screen:

Template Reasons: You have the ability to assign up to 6 reason codes for any single period of time. When searching for open reason specific time slots, these are the reasons that will be taken into account.

Description: The description field should contain an overall description of how your time will be spent during that portion of the day.

Provider: Each template is linked to no more than one Provider. This means that if you have an overall template that you wish to apply to every provider within your practice, you must set up identical templates for each provider. You are not, however, forced to do so. This allows each provider to determine how his or her time will be spent during any given day. The provider field is NOT required, as you may want a template to apply exclusively to a resource.

Resource: The resource field functions similar to the Provider field. If you enter both a resource and a provider, the template will be applied to the schedule of both.

Date and Time: The Date and Time fields indicate the STARTING date and time. If you utilize the Repeat option, the template will start on the date and time specified. The end date will be specified in the repeat options.

Length: The length field will specify in numbers of minutes how long the template will occupy. The number of minutes should be an interval that matches the appointment intervals set up in the program options.

Color: This field will let you specify the color these time slots will display when no appointments are scheduled. Once an appointment is scheduled, the color set for that appointment will be the color displayed on the schedule.

If you would like the template to repeat for future dates, click the Change button at the bottom of the window.

Refer to the Repeating Appointment Worksheet for information on the repeating options.

Tips and Tricks:
Templates can be used to allow for different schedules for different doctors in the practice. If you set up a reason code for “Out of Office”, and then set that template for the hours of operation that a particular provider will be unavailable, it will enable you to prevent appointments from be scheduled for that provider at that time of day.

 

Templates can be used to set up breaks and holidays as well.

Once you have set up your template, click Save.

You will then need to repeat this process until all desired templates have been created.

After configuring all desired templates, you will need to exit the Template Edit view. This is done by clicking the View menu and Edit Templates.


You will be returned to your appointment view screen. You should now see the color coding that was applied through your template setup.

Tips and Tricks:
Your templates are going to affect ALL of the views that are available within Office Hours Professional. It is not necessary to set up different templates for different views.

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Medisoft Office Hours Professional – Program Options – Appointment Display Tab

The appointment Display tab will allow you to determine which values are displayed on the schedule when an appointment is scheduled. It is important to note that the appointment will only display the same number of items as time slots taken up by that appointment. For example, if you have 15 minute time slots and a 30 minute appointment, Row 1 and Row 2 will display on the schedule for that appointment.

This feature is only available in Office Hours Professional.


 

Reason Codes

Reason Codes are used in conjunction with Templates to set aside portions of the day for specific purposes. Prior to setting up your templates, you will want to set up your reason codes. Some examples of reason codes you might want to establish are: New Patient Visits, Urgent Visits, Routine Check-Ups.

You do have the ability to set up Reason Codes within the standard version of Office Hours. The only difference is that you will not have the ability to set a Default Template Color, as the standard version does not allow you to set up templates.

You can set up a new reason code by clicking the Lists menu and Reason List. To create a new Reason, click New.


Code: The Code field is the unique identifier field for your reason codes. It is the value you will utilize in order to link the reason code to the template. For this reason, your Code should be descriptive of the actual appointment reason it will be representing.

Default Appointment Length: Whenever an appointment is scheduled for this particular reason code, the default appointment length will default as the length for that appointment, regardless of what is listed in program options as the default appointment length.

Default Appointment Color: This field functions similar to the Default Appointment Length. This color will default on all appointments entered for this reason code, regardless of the settings in program options.

Default Template Color: If you set a default template color, you will be determining the color of open time slots that have been reserved for appointments with that reason code.

Once you have set up your reason code, click Save.

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Office Hour Professional Medical Scheduler Software – Program Options – Multi-Views Tab

Multi-Views are only available in Office Hours Professional. Multi-Views allow you to customize your screen to include the schedules for multiple providers and resources. Within the standard Office Hours program, you are only able to view the schedule for one provider at a time.

Within the Multi-Views tab, you will have the opportunity to set up multiple multi-view screens. This gives you the ability to create various schedule views for different workers within the office.


To create a new multi-view, click New. You will see the following screen.


In the Type field, you will be able to specify whether the column you want to create within your scheduler view is for a Provider or Resource. The Code field will contain the code for the Provider or Resource you wish to assign to the column. The Width field will determine how wide that column is.

To add a column, click Insert Column. To delete a column, highlight it, and click Delete Column.

A complete Multi-View setup might look like this:


Once completed, click Close.

At this point, if you click the Multi-View button, you will be given the option to select which multi-view you wish to see.


You will now be able to view the schedules for multiple providers and/or resources at the same time. It is important to note that if you schedule an appointment for both a provider and a resource, that same appointment will appear in both columns.

 

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