Benefits to using medical emr software in a doctors offic

Medical offices and clinics across the country have long borne the responsibility of keeping extensive paper records that not only consumer valuable office space, but are inefficient by today’s standards. These cumbersome anachronisms are the source of countless wasted employee hours, untold volumes of trees, and probably more than a few missed business opportunities. With the advent of medical EMR software the situation is rapidly changing. This is especially true thanks to initiatives set forth by the Obama administration offering incentives to move away from traditional paper filing systems.
Electronic Medical Records, or EMR for short, is the terminology used to describe the software which not only takes the place of the paper charts, files, and folders that have become a central part of most medical practices. By removing the need to keep a large filing system replete with detailed customer records in an easily accessible area medical EMR software is enabling medical providers to add additional service areas and capacity. Medisoft EMR software only needs the pre-existing office computer network and possibly a few new laptops to convert an office to a paperless (or at least paper-light) facility.
Offices can still keep paper records if they see fit, but they can now be relegated to the basement, or even off-site for security. While on the subject of security, medical EMR software is completely digital, meaning that thousands of records can be stored on something small enough to fit in a pocket. This allows backups that can be easily taken off site for increased security.
Being completely digital using McKesson Practice Choice or Medisoft EMR software means that records are available nearly instantly, and the ability to control which employees can access each record and how. This not only allows dramatic time saving when it comes to retrieving and filing patient records, but offers the ability to hide sensitive data from employees who have no need to see it, while allowing others the access to view/add/change as seen fit by the rules laid forth by the powers that be.
The power to search through patient histories can be a real time saver for highly paid personnel whose best use is seeing as many clients as possible, not sorting through their history trying to figure out when the last time a given patient had similar symptoms was.
With a growing environmental awareness and trend towards customers preferring greener businesses, offices utilizing medical EMR software give the impression that they care about the environment. It is all but inevitable that offices who are late adopters will come off as ‘quaint’ at best, but antiquated and archaic to others. Antiquated and archaic are not exactly the impression that most medical facilities want to leave on potential clients, even if it is over an issue like perceived environmental friendliness.
The increased security and completely digital nature of medical EMR software means that nobody ever has to search for a lost piece of paper this is required for billing purposes. All patient records all easily accessible and perhaps best of all, completely legible.
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Editing Existing Ticklers

The purpose of the collection list is to allow you to quickly move through the collections process. Each tickler has a Responsible Party attached to it. This field will display either the Guarantor or the Insurance Carrier responsible for the outstanding balance represented by that tickler. If you click the + sign next to that party, you will see all applicable information necessary for making a collection call.

You can also double-click the tickler to open it. You will see the following screen:

Here you can edit many of the values associated with this tickler. Most importantly, you can specify the date this issue was resolved. Usually the entry of this date corresponds with the receipt of payment on the outstanding debt. This payment could be for the entire amount, or for any other amount agreed upon by both parties. If the issue is resolved, you should also change the status of the issue to either Resolved or Deleted.

You would repeat this process for each subsequent tickler

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  1. The Show Unpaid Only field does not have any effect on patient payments.
  2. The Payment Procedure Code fields will automatically populate with the codes that were entered during the creation of the deposit. These are the codes that will be listed on the line item entries within the patient ledger after the applicable charges and adjustments are applied. You do not need to change these fields.
  3. At the top of the screen you will see a field labeled For. This field is used to designate the patient for whom the payment(s) and adjustment(s) are being entered. This field will default to the same chart number that was entered when creating the deposit. You do have the ability to change the chart number. If you select a patient that does not have the person making the payment listed as the guarantor, you will see the following message. Clicking Yes will allow you to apply the payment anyways. Clicking No will force you to select a different patient before proceeding.


  4. Once you have selected the chart number of the patient to whom the payment will be applied, you are ready to actually apply the payment. The first step in applying the payments (and adjustments) is to identify which charges are being paid or adjusted. You can identify the specific charges by using the Date, Procedure, Charge, and Remainder fields. The remainder field tells you the balance on each charge.


  5. Once you have identified the charges you wish to pay or adjust, enter the amount of the payment that will be applied to each charge in the column labeled Payment, and the amount (if any) that you wish to adjust off each charge in the Adjustment column.


Tips and Tricks:

If you apply a payment amount greater than the remainder amount, you are indicating that an overpayment was made on that charge. The patient is usually due a refund in this instance. The refund should be entered as a positive adjustment.

  1. After entering your payment and adjustment amounts, click Save Transactions. At this point, we are making line item entries into both the mwtrn.adt and the mwpax.adt tables.


  2. If the payment was made for multiple patient accounts, you can now change the chart number in the For field to the next patient to whom you wish to apply the payment.
Tips and Tricks:

Normally you would want to apply the entire payment before leaving the payment application screen. If you do this, the unapplied amount field will show 0.00.

If you do not apply a payment completely, the balance and AR totals will only be affected by the amount you apply.

  1. After applying and saving the payments and adjustments, click Close.

Following this process will allow you to enter and apply patient payments from the deposit list. It is important to note that copays entered through Office Hours into the deposit list will be listed as unapplied payments until you go through and manually apply them to the charges.

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12. We will now focus on the columns used to apply the payments and adjustments as listed on the EOB.

Payment: In the payment column, enter the actual amount paid by the insurance carrier. An entry here will cause a payment type transaction to be entered into the patients ledger in the amount entered.

Deductible: If a charge or portion of a charge was applied to the patient deductible, it will be listed on the EOB. Enter that amount here. The balance on the charge will not be affected by this amount.

Withhold: If the EOB states that an amount was withheld from the payment for this patient’s visit, enter that amount in this field. The most common use of this is when the insurance carrier had previously overpaid on this or another patient’s account. This will lower the balance on the charge by the amount entered.

Allowed: Allowed amounts are the amounts the insurance carriers will base their payments on. This field will automatically populate with the allowed amount entered for this combination of procedure code and insurance carrier. These values can be entered through either the procedure code entry screen or the insurance carrier entry screen. If the value defaulting in this field is 0, you can enter the allowed amount in the column on this screen, and it will automatically update the value in the procedure code and insurance carrier setup screens. Additionally, for the purposes of this particular payment application, you can change the value that is defaulting in this field and have it affect that transaction only.

Adjustment: The adjustment field is normally used to enter the disallowed amount adjustments. If you have entered your allowed amounts properly, this field CAN automatically calculate the adjustment amount for you. In order for this to happen, you must first make a selection within Program Options. On the Payment Application tab, place a check mark in the field labeled Calculate Disallowed Adjustment Amounts.

Takeback: If the EOB states that an amount was withheld for a previous overpayment, it will also indicate the patient who was overpaid. The Takeback column is used to take the money back from the previously overpaid patient. This will increase the balance on the charge by the amount entered.

Complete: The complete field is the most important field on this screen. This field is indicating that the payment from this insurance carrier is complete and that no more money is expected from the insurance carrier. If you will be appealing the amount, do not place a check mark in this field. If you do not expect any more payment on that line item, place a check mark. The check mark indicates that the aging and billing should move on to the next responsible party. You can automatically check insurance payments as complete by selecting the program option on the Payment Application tab labeled Mark Paid Charges Complete. This field will only be available if your deposit type was set to Insurance.

Rejection: The rejection field is used to create notes that will appear on a patient’s statement indicating the reason the charge was not paid by the insurance carrier. This is included on this screen because the EOB will indicate the reason it was not paid, and this is the screen used to enter the EOB. These messages must be set up prior to payment application. This is done through the Lists menu and Claim Rejection Messages. New Rejection Messages can also be added from the Deposit List by right clicking in the rejection area and select New Rejection Code (F8) or Edit Rejection Code (F9).

  1. Provider: You will not be able to edit the value in the Provider field. This simply indicates the attending provider, or provider who performed the medical services.
  2. Once you have entered all applicable values for this patient, click the button labeled Save Payments/Adjustments. At this point you will create up to 5 types of transactions in the patient’s ledger. This process will also update your mwtrn.adt and mwpax.adt files. At this point, these transactions will appear on your accounting reports.


  3. Change the chart number field to the next patient on the EOB, and repeat this process for each subsequent patient until the entire amount has been applied.

Following this process will allow you to quickly enter 5 different types of insurance transactions for multiple patients.

NOTE: This feature is only available on Medisoft Advanced and Medisoft Network Professional.

 

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Now, you can combine the best medical practice management software with the best cloud based EHR software by selecting McKesson Practice Choice For Medisoft.  This solution allows you to use your popular medical billing software program and your emr software program and pass information between them.

 

 

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