MicroMD PM - Associating Lab Companies with Insurance Plans
With all of the new costs, rules, and restrictions on insurance plans it is important to help patients cut costs to keep their business. One way to do this is to make sure that you are using the in-network lab company associated with your patient's insurance plan to prevent the patient from receiving an unexpected and non-covered lab bill. MicroMD allows you to follow your patient's plan by setting up an associated Lab Company at the Plan level. Here is how to set this up:
1. Go into MicroMD PM
2. Go to Maint drop down menu and choose Plan to open the Plan Detail tab
3. In the Plan Detail tab, check mark 'Lab' in the lower right corner and specify the lab company by typing the lab name into the Lab Name text box. This information can then be set to print on the patient encounter form to alert your Provider's & Lab Tech's as to which Lab specimen's should be sent to.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 "MGMA & AMA both want MU Exemption extension" http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/mgma-ama-want-mu-exemption-extension
Every provider and Office Manager needs to be pushing legislators to allow ALL practices to continue with MU Stage 1 (at a minimum). It would probably help to add the penalizing physicians for things that are out of their control is unethical and should not occur!
Let's not forget about ICD10, yes, that ugly word is back in the headlines: "Even if the ICD-10 compliance date is farther away than it once was, it will arrive eventually. (For real, this time. We think.) And while you'd be forgiven for taking a foot off the proverbial gas, this is time that should be spent pushing ahead with preparedness plans." http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/prime-time-icd-10-starts-now
Who knows whether or not CMS will make October 1, 2015 a hard date for ICD10. Just make sure that you have a plan in the event they do.
Deadline: October 1, 2014 in 30 Weeks
ICD10 - Do you have a plan?
Everyone hoped that the ICD10 deadline of October 1, 2014 would be delayed, again. Despite the push by so many, including the AMA, it doesn't look like a delay is likely. Why? Because the industry as a whole has spent into the billions of dollars preparing for this mandate. As one of the last developed nations to adopt ICD10, the United States will be lucky to any delay whatsoever.
That means, you better have a plan for your practice.
Question: Who is affected by ICD10? Answer: Almost everyone in your practice.
The good news is that there are plenty of resources to help you begin preparing no matter where you are in the process. CMS has released "Road to 10," an online resource built with the help of providers in small practices. This tool is intended to help small medical practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition. "Road to 10," includes specialty references and gives providers the capability to build ICD-10 action plans tailored for their practice needs.
Other helpful sites: