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Eyefinity Blog | March 31 2014

ICD-10 Delay Bill One Step Closer

BREAKING NEWS, APRIL 1, 2014:

H.R. 4302 was passed by both the House and Senate in March 2014, and was signed into law by President Obama April 1, 2014. H.R. 4302 delays the requirement of ICD-10 codes until October 1, 2015.

It’s been a hot topic for weeks, and has been passed in both the House and Senate. H.R. 4302, which delays the mandatory change to ICD-10 codes, has been passed by both the House and the Senate, and the only remaining step to pass this into law rests with President Obama signing off on this bill. What does this mean to you? Functionally, this means that the transition to ICD-10 codes would not be required – or accepted – until October 1, 2015 at the earliest. The passing of the bill also prevents the 24 percent reduction in reimbursement by Medicare that would have gone into effect March 31, 2014.

It’s important to remember that the transition to ICD-10 is not off the table permanently. The passing of this bill provides a one year reprieve, but doctors will still be faced with a transition to ICD-10 coding on October 1, 2015.

EHRs are the answer to address ICD-10. Eyefinity strongly recommends that practices continue preparing for the ICD-10 transition. We are committed to providing you with a quality solution to help you seamlessly convert to the new codes. See how Eyefinity EHR can help you easily make the switch. Request a demo today.

Eyefinity Blog | March 19 2014

New CMS 1500 Form Hits April 1

If you haven’t already, make sure you highlight April 1st on your office calendar. This is the day you must be using the new CMS 1500 (02/12) form. There are a number of updates to this form, but two of the main changes include:

  • The new form has 12 spots for the new ICD-10 codes, which will be required October 1.
  • Pointers change from numbers to letters on the new form to also coincide with the new ICD-10 codes.

Go to Eyefinity’s CMS 1500 Form Resource Page for directions to upgrade your products.

April is Important Month for Meaningful Use | March 19 2014

April Is Important Month for Meaningful Use

April 1 marks the second quarter for Medicare providers to begin meaningful use. No matter if you are a Medicaid or Medicare provider, attesting involves three months of reporting for meaningful use in 2014.

If you’re participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, the three months must begin at the start of the quarter (i.e., January 1, April 1, July 1,or October 1). Whether you are beginning Stage 1, continuing Stage 1,or beginning Stage 2, you must update your software prior to your three-month reporting period.

The EHR Incentive Program requires eligible providers to integrate meaningful use of certified EHR technologies into their practices in stages. Each stage requires providers to meet specific measures and attest to their completion. Many providers began Stage 1 in 2011 and 2012. Those providers are required to begin Stage 2 in 2014. Providers who began Stage 1 in 2013 will continue with Stage 1 in 2014. Providers who have not participated in the program by 2014 will be subject to Medicare penalties in 2015.

Check out Eyefinity’s Meaningful Use Resource Page for helpful information about Meaningful Use 2014 Edition and certified product solutions.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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