eyefinity blog | April 26, 2016
4 Benefits of Using the App vs. Website on an iPad
When you want to stay up-to-date on the latest news, do you tap the CNN app or do you go to the CNN website on your iPad? If you’re going out to dinner and are wondering if you’ll need a jacket, do you open the weather app or do you go to weather.com?
While you’ll get the same information either way, whether you use an app or a website on the iPad can make a huge difference. That’s because on an iPad, apps outperform a website every time.
eyefinity blog | April 7, 2016
Five Questions with Phernell Walker, International Vision Expo Visionary
Earlier this year, Phernell Walker II, ABOM, Senior Product Manager for Eyefinity EHR, was selected by The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions as the International Vision Expo Visionary.
Like past Visionaries, Phernell, a renowned lecturer and peer-recognized master optician, has dedicated himself to advancing the field of ophthalmic optics. He is a Master in Ophthalmic Lenses, has a Bachelor of Science in Business, and holds an Associate Degree in Optics. Phernell’s career is focused on teaching and training opticians, ophthalmic technicians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists in the art of opticianry and ophthalmic care.
We caught up with Phernell as he was gearing up for Vision Expo East and asked him a few questions.
eyefinity blog | February 23, 2016
Meaningful Use Registry Deadline: February 29
An important meaningful use deadline is approaching. February 29 is the last day to register with a specialized registry and fulfill the public health objective for meaningful use in 2016. You must register with a specialized registry by February 29 to demonstrate “active engagement” in 2016. Your registration fulfills your specialized registry obligation for the year. Depending upon the scope of your practice, you may be required to register with a second registry. Learn More
eyefinity blog | February 16, 2016
CMS Extends the Deadline for Reporting 2015 Meaningful Use
Last week, CMS pushed the deadline for attesting to meaningful use (MU) from February 29 to Friday, March 11. This extension applies only to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for the 2015 reporting period. Eligible providers who are participating in their state’s Medicaid EHR incentive program should check with their state to determine their attestation deadline. Learn More
eyefinity blog | February 5, 2016
Set Your Game Plan with the OfficeMate Business Insights Dashboard, powered by The EDGE
Just as a football coach needs to prepare for the big game, an office needs a game plan for success. Imagine if the coach never looks at any stats other than his win-loss record. Do you think the team has a chance of making it to the big game? Coaches use advanced statistics to understand the actual effect of each player on their team. As a business owner or office manager, you too must understand more than whether you have a win. A business-savvy professional understands the reason why there is or isn’t money in the bank. Learn More
eyefinity blog | January 25, 2016
Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Requirements Announced
CMS has released the requirements for filing hardship exception applications for the 2015 reporting year. The good news is that CMS has reduced the amount of detailed information needed to complete the application. Additionally, CMS is allowing groups of providers to file a single hardship exception application. Hardship exception applications are due by March 15. Learn More
eyefinity blog | January 18, 2016
Patient Portals: Training Your Patients to Use Them
An EHR patient portal offers patients a secure way to view records, schedule appointments, and interact with your office. Check out how Robert Bass, OD, increased patient portal usage with his patients. Read the entire article: Patient Portals: How to Train Your Patients to Use Them
eyefinity blog | August 7, 2015
CMS and AMA Helping Doctors Get Ready for ICD-10
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) teamed up to help doctors ease into the transition for ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. Their recent FAQ document lists the most commonly asked questions related to the joint CMS/AMA announcement. Learn More
eyefinity blog | July 16, 2015
Prepare Now for ICD-10’s Uptick in Claim Denials
A.J. Johnson, General Manager of Analytics Solutions, TriZetto Provider Solutions
Operational costs for providers continue to rise while reimbursement rates decline. The transition to ICD-10 is expected to compound this problem with denial rates projected to rise anywhere from 100 to 200 percent. Providers can offset these financial challenges... Learn More
eyefinity blog | June 5, 2015
Software up to date
Maintaining your car, home, appliances, and personal health is important to ensure optimal performance. Your software is no different! Are you protected from computer security risks? Is your technology allowing you to run a profitable business while delivering a great customer experience? Learn More
eyefinity blog | May 28, 2015
Technology That Lets You be a Doctor
By James Winnick, OD
Until recently, the only reliable choice for PMS/EHR solutions were on-premises server-based systems, built around Windows-based programming. The cost of the hardware, combined with the dependency of the doctor to use a keyboard in the exam room, were major obstacles. Thankfully, with the industry moving into cloud-based and iPad-compatible systems, these barriers have been dramatically reduced. Learn More
eyefinity blog | May 21, 2015
Industry Behavior Insight Into the Challenge of ICD-10
By James Winnick, OD
My practice, like many others, has taken a “wait and see” approach to preparing for the ICD-10 transition. Optometrists, in general, are often slow to make major changes in their practices unless significant impacts to our income are recognized. This goes in both directions: dollars out and dollars in. Learn More
eyefinity blog | May 14, 2015
Counting Down to ICD-10 – Do You Have a Plan?
By James Winnick, OD
As a private practicing optometrist, it seems like there are more and more pressures being applied on how we run our practices. One of the biggest looming pressures has been the implementation of ICD-10 codes. We’ve heard about this massive change in how we will have to bill and code our patient visits for several years. We’ve also heard all of the horror stories of how much more complex this system will be, as compared to the ICD-9 coding system that we’ve become accustomed to. Learn More
eyefinity blog | May 1, 2015
End of Support for Windows Server 2003 Raises HIPAA Concerns
If your practice maintains an in-house server for (OfficeMate/ExamWRITER or AcuityLogic), you should consult your local IT professional to determine if you have Windows Server 2003 and need to upgrade. If so, make plans to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 or Server 2012 as soon as possible. Read More