Eyefinity Blog | February 12 2014
Payment Adjustments Information for Medicare Eyecare Professionals
As meaningful use Stage 2 ramps up in 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) continues to post reminders and updates to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program that eye care professionals (ECPs) need to be aware of.
ECPs participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to payment adjustments beginning on January 1, 2015. CMS will determine the payment adjustment based on meaningful use data submitted prior to the 2015 calendar year. ECPs must demonstrate meaningful use prior to 2015 to avoid payment adjustments.
If you are only eligible to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, you are not subject to these payment adjustments.
Determine how your EHR Incentive Program participation start year will affect the 2015 payment adjustments:
Eyefinity Blog | January 29 2014
Eyefinity EHR Customer Leads the Pack
Doctors just like you have completed more than 10,000 exams using Eyefinity® EHR just since October—and Ami Ranani, OD is one of them.
A strong advocate and early adopter of Eyefinity® EHR, Dr. Ranani has used Eyefinity practice management and EHR solutions for more than 20 years.
Check out why Dr. Ranani was motivated to adopt Eyefinity EHR, and why it’s vital to his practice’s success.
Eyefinity Blog | January 23 2014
Health Thought Leaders One-to-One interview with Steve Baker
How important is patient engagement, and how can EHR help you? For some answers to these questions and more, listen to this Health Thought Leaders One-to-One interview with Eyefinity president, Steve Baker.
Eyefinity Blog | January 10 2014
Health IQ interview with Eyefinity president
The move to electronic health records (EHR), Meaningful Use (MU), and how all of this affects both providers and patients is an important topic. But does EHR and MU create any benefits for providers and patients?
Find out in the Health IQ interview with Eyefinity president, Steve Baker.
Eyefinity Blog | January 9 2014
Cloud-based EHR helps doctor improve efficiency and documentation
Mary Anne Murphy, OD, has been a beta tester for Eyefinity® EHR since September. She enjoys being a part of the large group of ODs who are providing feedback as Eyefinity expands its offerings to include the cloud-based Eyefinity EHR. “Having doctors involved in the software development as beta users is going to make this so much better for optometry,” she says.
That’s particularly useful as she’s looking ahead to 2014, where greater efficiency is part of her on-going resolutions for her practice. “This is one area that can help me differentiate my practice and build efficiency,” she says.
Eyefinity Blog | December 16 2013
Eyefinity wins 2013 EyeVote Readers'Choice Award
For the third consecutive year, Eyefinity has received the EyeVote Readers’ Choice Award for Best Practice Management Software Company. This award is based on voting by readers of Vision Monday and 20/20. Steve Baker, Eyefinity president, summed it up, “This award is only possible because of our awesome and loyal customers! We’re pleased to work with the best eye-care providers across the country, providing practice management solutions to help providers offer excellent care to their patients and enhance their business.”
Eyefinity Blog | December 4 2013
EHR Mobility: Access EHR on Tablets
By Kathleen M. Andersen, OD
Electronic health records in the cloud can be easily accessed on mobile devices like tablets enabling your staff greater efficiency and better service to patients.
EQUIP staff with mobile devices like iPads.
INTEGRATE use of EHR on device into patient flow.
FINE-TUNE observing what works best and how to best guard patient privacy.
Eyefinity Blog | December 2 2013
Worried about Attesting for Meaningful Use?
If you’re concerned about meaningful use (MU) and how you’re going to achieve the objectives in Stage 1 and/or Stage 2, you’re not alone. If you’re a little unsure about the timing of it all, there is plenty of time to get going. And - if you’ve already attested for Stage 1, then you’re right on track for Stage 2.
As a reminder, or introduction for those who aren’t as familiar with the topic, MU is defined as positively affecting patient care through the use of certified EHRs. There are currently three stages of meaningful use (with future stages still in planning/definition):
- Stage 1 started in 2011
- Stage 2 begins in 2014
- Stage 3 begins in 2017
Each stage of MU has required objectives and a menu of “optional” objectives from which to choose. Stage 2 for example has a total of 20 objectives that must be met by eligible providers. This includes 17 core objectives and 3 menu objectives to choose from a list of 6. To receive Federal incentive funds, you must successfully attest.
The most frequent question we’re hearing now is, “What is the timing to attest?” You don’t have to start in January. If you decide that later in the year is better for you and your practice, you can do that as well. There are also some timing requirement differences between Medicaid and Medicare that you should be aware of:
- Medicaid: any uninterrupted 90-day period
- Medicare: 90-day requirement starting January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1.
Eyefinity is ready to help you with your MU planning and requirements as well as all aspects of managing your practice. Learn more here.
(Note: CMS has extended Stage 2 MU attesting through 2016. We’ll update information as we have more specifics.)
EMR & EHR | November 15 2013
The Top Three Things that You Can Do to Minimize the Challenges of Meaningful Use
With all the talk about Electronic Health Records (EHR) in the medical industry these days, it is easy to be overwhelmed about the complexity. One aspect of EHR is Meaningful Use (MU) and the associated three stages for attesting. MU presents some challenges, but it can also be an opportunity to improve your business and enrich your patient relationships.
Read more in this article by Eyefinity® president Steve Baker.
The Power Hour | November 17 2013
The Power Hour with Steve Baker and Ryan Wineinger, OD
EHR, MU stages 1 and 2, cloud computing, improving the patient experience – all important considerations in today’s practice. If you haven’t already, check out Eyefinity® president Steve Baker and Ryan Wineinger, OD, discuss these important topics on The Power Hour Internet radio show, hosted by Gary Gerber, OD.
The Power Hour is optometry’s only live talk radio show that can be heard every Wednesday night at 9p.m. ET, offering a live discussion vehicle for current practice-building events in optometry, political viewpoints and clinical topics.
EYE2 | October 21 2013
The Potential of Google Glass
You’ve heard of Google Glass, right? Been thinking about how it might be used in your practice? Check out the article in EYE2 to see more about one of the most exciting technologies in the last decade with so much potential for VSP network providers. Matthew Alpert, OD and VSP board member shares that, “Glass has many potential benefits for the profession of optometry and the patients VSP serves.”
Read article here.
Eyefinity Blog | October 16 2013
Doctor Anticipates the Convenience of Cloud-based EHR
Amanda Schmidt, OD, of Fresno, Calif., had been an ExamWRITER® user for two years before volunteering to test the conversion to a new cloud-based system called Eyefinity® EHR. She’s expecting it will bring some convenient changes for her. Notably, she won’t have to worry about hardware purchases and maintenance. She’ll be able to access patient records easily from home. “In terms of support, since it’s cloud-based, Eyefinity will be managing it, and that will make it much easier for me.”
For example, even though Eyefinity’s IT support people would manage the updates, those events needed to be scheduled and a support person had to come into the office. Now those updates will be done remotely. For major changes like the conversion to ICD-10 codes, for example, that will be much more convenient. As often as codes change, that simplicity becomes even more important.
Eyefinity Blog | October 11 2013
Utilize EHR to Enhance Doctor-Patient Interactions
By Palmer N. Lee, OD
Electronic records can improve interaction between doctor and patient in the exam room resulting in more meaningful discussions of eye health and lifestyle needs.
When facing your patient in the exam room, it can be easy to overlook important eye health and lifestyle issues to discuss. It helps if you have a record at your fingertips prompting to you to talk about these things with each patient. That’s what electronic records does in the exam room for me–provides an easy-to-access file of data on patients including past eye health, vision complaints, diagnoses and past purchases that I can use to start in-depth conversations. Here is how my practice uses our electronic records, ExamWRITER, with our practice management system, OfficeMate, to facilitate enhanced interaction between doctor and patient in the exam room.