In case you had not noticed it yet, the federal government is authoring substantial EMR incentives those who convert over to using electronic medical records and meet the meaningful uses requirements. The amount of these incentives can be quite substantial and are intended not only to convince you to make the switch, but to help offset the associated costs of making the change.
These EMR Incentives Are Not Going to Be Around Forever
You can use the money from these EMR incentives to help offset any or all of the costs associated with converting your facility over to using this type of record keeping system. These can include, but are not limited to enrolling in a web-based, ONC-ATCB certified EMR such as ours and making best use of all the integrated applications that we provide. Once you start using our application, you can retire all those paper filled files that you have been using for years.
There are many good reasons to switch your patient record keeping over to a web based EMR service. Chief among these is the amount of time that using this type of service will end up saving you and your patients. When you make the switch, you will find that all entries will only have to be entered in each patient’s records once, rather than having to be written down on paper and then either transcribed and placed in their charts or filed, each of these steps take up a lot of time.
Save Room in Your Practice with Web Based EMR
When you use web based EMR, your patients are always going to have access to their medical records wherever you send them for consultations. This is far better than their having to sign consent forms and wait for their records to be transferred or picking them up to take with them. Even more importantly, you will no longer have to use an entire room to store hundreds of medical records; this might even open up another exam room and speed up your patient care.
If one of the reasons that you have yet to make the change to using to electronic medical records is that you think it is going to cost you too much money, you might be surprised to find that there are Medicare EMR incentives being offered. These incentives have been put in place by the government not only to help offset the cost, but to convince everyone of the importance of making the switch.
Medicare EMR Incentives Are Offered On a Sliding Scale
The one thing you need to realize about the Medicare EMR incentives being offered by the government is that you need to make the change soon. This is because these incentives are in fact being offered on a sliding scale and will go down each year until 2014. By 2014 all medical care providers must have converted to using EMR. If you reach this year and have not converted, rather than receiving incentives to switch, you will end up being fined.
One of the biggest complaints that most physicians’ offices have with the medical transcription service they are currently using is that they offer such slow turnaround time. While there are times when time is not of the essence, for the most part if you do not get your transcriptions back within 24-48 hours, it can have a negative impact on your ability to care for your patients.
Our Medical Transcription Service is Among the Fastest
While 24-48 hours may be good enough for the average medical transcription service, we take pride in being better than most. You can dictate your notes from any telephone or into a digital recorder and we will have it transcribed and returned to you within 12-24 hours and guarantee it to be one hundred percent accurate. This is amongst the best in the industry and you never have to worry about a language barrier.
Here at Measolutions Inc./ZoomMD, we understand how stressful change can be. If your medical office is in the midst of changing from a paper based medical records system to an electronic one, you’re already going through a big transition. You’re probably not eager to make any more changes, especially not to your medical billing software. And that’s all right with us. When you hire us to handle your billing, we’re glad to customize a plan to keep your old software in place.
Can Your Medical Billing Software Do Everything Ours Can?
Although we’re willing to work with any system you currently have in place, we suspect that when you get a good look at our medical billing software, you’ll want to change over. Our software is easy to use and can be integrated with your EHR system. It offers a direct connection to payers so that you can verify coverage and benefits while a patient is in your office. Most importantly, our software can improve your bottom line by increasing the number of claims paid by insurance companies upon the first submission. Unless your software can perform all of these functions, you just might want to consider switching after all.
One of the biggest problems faced by most physicians’ offices is getting paid. In most cases, it is not the cash paying patients that present a problem. The main reason that doctors are not getting paid is the insurance companies. Many of them will not pay the bills being submitted based on simple mistakes, mistakes that our medical billing software can prevent.
Our Medical Billing Software Can Save You Money
Not only can our medical billing software help to ensure that the insurance companies pay their due, but because we keep it up to date, you will get paid more. This is because our software has been designed to seek out every possible code and make sure that when your bills are submitted, they are properly coded so that you get the most out of every submission and stop giving away your services.
The economy has been disappointing for the last several years, and many businesses are cutting back in order to remain afloat. This may seem like a bad time to switch to a brand-new electronic medical records system. If you work with ZoomMD, however, we can provide low cost EMR and help you qualify for thousands of dollars in government incentives.
How Can ZoomMD Offer Low Cost EMR?
ZoomMD is able to offer low cost EMR for several reasons. First, we’re not selling a software package, so you don’t have the upfront expense of buying and installing new programs on your computer. Second, we don’t make you sign a long-term contract. When you work with us, you have the choice each month of paying for another month of service or of dropping ZoomMD to turn to another provider. Obviously, we are confident that you will stay. Finally, we customize our programs to make them as friendly to your current routines as possible. This cuts down on time spent training staff. If it’s time to make the change to electronic medical records, ZoomMD can do it at a fraction of the cost of many of our competitors.
When ZoomMD was creating our electronic medical records system, we worked closely with physicians as well as computer experts. Our goal was to create a package that met the “meaningful use” criteria for Medicare incentives and was easy to learn and use. After getting feedback from both medical and technology experts, we decided that web based EMR was the way to go.
Three Chief Benefits of Web Based EMR
Web based EMR made sense to us for many reasons. First, buying software for every member of the office staff who handles patient records is a hefty upfront expense that might discourage smaller medical practices from participating. Second, a software based system can be accessed only through computer that have the proper software installed. A web based system can be accessed with any computer. Finally, data stored on site is vulnerable to unanticipated factors such as theft, fire, flooding, etc. Data stored securely on the web can always be retrieved, no matter what happens within your office. To give our web based EMR a try, call ZoomMD at 1-800-992-6382. You’ll be glad that you did.
Due to government incentives and the need to be able to keep accurate records about patient care, many physicians’ offices have decided to switch over to keeping electronic health records or EHR. If you’ve decided to make the switch, you’re probably finding out that you have a wealth of choices and more companies than you ever imagined existed are clamoring for your business. Why does it make sense to choose ZoomMD for your electronic health records?
Benefits of Using ZoomMD for EHR
ZoomMD boasts several features that put us head and shoulders above our competition. First, we are fully certified by CCHIT. We also offer the technology and advice you need to become a “meaningful user” which may make you eligible for financial incentives from the government. Finally, all of your patient information is stored securely at a remote location. You can log on and find out what you need to know at any time from any computer. There is no expensive software to buy and no long-term contracts to sign. As far as setting up EHR services go, we make things as easy and painless as possible. If you’ve decided it’s time to start keeping electronic medical records, give ZoomMD a call and let us help.
Some patients are nervous about the idea of their records being stored online in the hypothetical “cloud.” At ZoomMD, however, we believe that cloud EMR is absolutely the way to go for several reasons. First, if you store your records onsite, they are vulnerable to theft and damage. If a fire broke out in your office complex, for instance, it could destroy the hard drive containing information about all your patients. If the information was stored in the cloud, it would remain safe no matter what happened to your computers.
Cloud EMR Allows Easier Access
Suppose you’re on call when a patient telephones with an urgent medical question. In order to answer it, you need to know some information from your patient’s files. If you were using a software system, it probably would not be installed on your home computer so you and your patient would be out of luck. Cloud EMR, however, would let you access your patient’s information from any computer as long as you had the proper authorization. After intensive study and conversations with both physicians and engineers, ZoomMD has decided that cloud EMR technology is the way to go. If you have questions about the technology, give us a call at 1-800-992-6382, and our trained staff will be glad to address any of your concerns.