October 7th, 2015

Latest revisions to Meaningful Use rules are now out, here are some first pass highlights:

  • Reporting periods for 2015 are any continuous 90-day period in the 2015 calendar year - instead of calendar-quarters. 
  • Attestations for the 2015 reporting period can be submitted to  CMS's portal from January 4 - February 29, 2016.
  • For 2015 and 2016 reporting periods, the View, Download, Transmit component of the Patient Electronic Access objective now requires that only one (1) patient view, download or transmit their health information to a third party.
  • The Secure Electronic Messaging objective is changed for 2015 (The capability for patients to send/receive secure electronic messages with the EP was fully enabled during the reporting period) and 2016 (A secure message is sent to at least 1 patient seen by the EP during the reporting period).

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Details from the Mother Ship


Posted by Jim Sherrill | Topic: News

History Lesson

September 30th, 2015

It starts tomorrow, so you do not have time for this video now; but after the dust settles (does it?), you may enjoy learning where all these codes came from:

ICD-10 history - from

Of course, the United States using ICD codes for billing makes us uniquely late to ICD-10, but press on as we all decipher the new ways to work.


Posted by Jim Sherrill | Topic: News

CMS has made it clear there will be no delay on ICD-10 and that means you need to be prepared. There are many resources for ICD10.   

Here are some links that might help you:

MSA ICD10 Information


Posted by Ginnie Hollingsworth | Topic: Events


July 29th, 2015


Find out what ICD-10 brings!

In our EDI Claim Manager, there is a new graphical report that shows the ICD-10 codes that would be used based on your uploaded data. To run the report:

  1. Select the "Search Tools" button on the main screen
  2. Select the "Report Manager" Button
  3. Select the ICD-10 Code Analysis report (Class = Claim, Type = Web Browser)
  4. Run the report for a desired date range, ordered by claim volume or ratio

This report can be helpful in determining your ICD-10 transition strategy.The one-to-many matches may seem daunting: the highest count that we have seen yet is a single ICD-9 code mapping to 7,745 ICD-10 codes - GAH!

(for the curious, that ICD-9 code is V58.89 - ENCOUNTER FOR AFTERCARE OTHER SPECIFIED)

In spite of this insane appearance, stay calm; you will make it through the transition. The new CMS adjustment provides partial relief from strict adherance for one year. We can help with planning and the actual mapping process with a new service.


Posted by Jim Sherrill | Topic: Tips

I updated our list of safe software to use and safe places to get that software.

The paranoid among you will not trust any of these links (well done!) but will search for the tool or site name in a trustworthy search site. Yes it is cumbersome to get squared away but is your work and home information worth it?

Posted by Jim Sherrill | Topic: Tips  | Category: Security

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.



Posted by Ginnie Hollingsworth | Topic: Tips  | Category: Tips


October 24th, 2014

We have helped a few sites where staff have infected their computer *and* server files. This behavior MUST stop and you have the power.

Delete the message. If you are thoughtless enough to open the message, then do not click any links.

This behavior works to prevent issues, every time, no matter how evil and virulent the malware is.

Do you ever get messages with any of these subject lines? You know what to not do. Do not trust anything in your inbox, do not open these. Ignore them all, delete them all. If it is legitimate, someone will contact you in another way. This list is only a sample, Bad Guys use similar and clever techniques.

  • USPS - Your package is available for pickup ( Parcel 173145820507 )  
    USPS - Missed package delivery ("USPS Express Services" <[email protected]>)
    USPS - Missed package delivery  
    FW: Invoice
    ADP payroll: Account Charge Alert  
    ACH Notification ("ADP Payroll" <*>)
    ADP Reference #09903824430  
    Payroll Received by Intuit
    Important - attached form  
    FW: Last Month Remit
    McAfee Always On Protection Reactivation  
    Scanned Image from a Xerox WorkCentre
    Scan from a Xerox WorkCentre  
    scanned from Xerox
    Annual Form - Authorization to Use Privately Owned Vehicle on State Business  
    My resume  
    New Voicemail Message
    Voice Message from Unknown (675-685-3476)  
    Voice Message from Unknown Caller (344-846-4458)
    Important - New Outlook Settings  
    Scan Data
    FW: Payment Advice - Advice Ref:[GB293037313703] / ACH credits / Customer Ref:[pay run 14/11/13]  
    Payment Advice - Advice Ref:[GB2198767]
    New contract agreement.  
    Important Notice - Incoming Money Transfer
    Notice of underreported income  Notice of unreported income - Last months reports
    Payment Overdue - Please respond  
    FW: Check copy
    Payroll Invoice  
    Corporate eFax message from "random phone #" - 8 pages (random phone # & number of pages)  
    past due invoices
    FW: Case FH74D23GST58NQS  
    Symantec Endpoint Protection: Important System Update - requires immediate action



Posted by Jim Sherrill | Topic: Tips  | Category: Security

Meaningful Use Stage 2 "MGMA & AMA both 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."

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.


Posted by Ginnie Hollingsworth | Topic: News  | Category: Tips

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