Physicians: Have you started billing for Chronic Care Management?

November 18th, 2015

Get to know CPT code 99490, Chronic Care Managements services.

Did you know that the Center of Medicare and Medicaide Services is now allowing physicians to bill for the rendering of non face to face services to Medicare patients that have two or more chronic conditions? The program and documentation seems simple enough, but not every Electrronic Health Redord system seems to think so.

The new CPT code 99409 pays over $40 per month and requires providing non face to face care coordination for Medicare beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions.  The chronic conditions include but are not limited to diabetes, hypertension, COPD, asthma and other chronic care health issues.

Chronic Care Management can play a crucial role in a patients well being, as well as offer a significant revenue stream for the Eligible Practitioners.

So, does your EMR or EHR system provide a CCM module to collect, submit and bill for CCM? For more information or to learn more abour Electronic Health Records and Chronic Care Management, visit us at and say hello under our General Inquiries page.



What Healthcare Can Learn From The Weather Channel

November 20th, 2014

The Next Hot Commodity: Your Personal Health Data

March 26th, 2014

The information contained about you in your doctors Electronic Health Record system is a commodity. A valuable one. But who owns it?

As consumers become more engaged with their own health care, the demand will soar for cost effective choices and products for patients. Consumers will rely heavily on mobile apps to track down and compare the best doctors, inexpensive imaging options and coupons for prescriptions.

And what about this data? Stage 2 and 3 of the Meaningful Use requirements already call for apps like secure doctor/patient communications, clinical summaries, patient education and product interoperability. Not only will sharing information save dollars, but it spells big business for advertisers.

How? By sharing a patients medical information, advertisers have a tremendous opportunity to deliver specific content to a consumer’s mobile devices based on behavioral patterns, current medical needs and preventative suggestions.

Capturing and sharing patient data through system interoperability can both cut costs of healthcare delivery as well as offer consumers more choices and savings for their healthcare. Security issues will surely be a ongoing concern, but such information can be rendered anonymous and depersonalized.

Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) is a work in progress, as are the components of Electronic Medical Record systems. The combination of revenue dollars, patient benefits and vendor marketshare will surely help to formulate the next milestone in healthcare interoperability.

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Dr. Watson? IBM to Expand Watson Supercomputer Abilities

January 10th, 2014

IBM is creating a business unit for the Watson supercomputer to encourage more apps built on the technology. The US $1B venture capital fund will include apps such as building versions of Watson that will data mine patient health records to determine optimal treatments and lifestyle changes.

Will Watson’s approach include access to willing Electronic Medical Record systems, patient Personal Health Records and healthy outcome resources? Perhaps even using social media for drawing comparisons? If so, this could be the beginning of a Grand Unified Theory of patient care and outcomes. After all, why should a patient get a second opinion when he can have a thousand?

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What is Population Health?

November 20th, 2013

Population Health Management (PHM) is an evolving approach to effectively
manage patients across the continuum of health and care by delivering
appropriate intervention according to patient risk and disease severity. Many factors are taken into consideration for PHM, such as data from a patients Electronic Health and Medical Records (EHR/EMR), depersonalized claim submission information, doctor-to-doctor/doctor-to-patient interactions and communications other data not part of a patients medical records.

President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

November 19th, 2013

November 19, 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

EHR/EMR Acronyms Used in RFP to Select, Replace EHR Systems

November 14th, 2013

ACRONYM / Definition

Affordable Care Act

Admit Discharge Transfer

Patient Allergy Information

Active Server Pages

Continuity Of Care Document

Clinical Document Architecture

Clinical Decision Support

Current Dental Terminology

Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services

Computerized Physician Order Entry

Current Procedural Terminology

Codes For Vaccines Administered

Diagnosis Information

Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders

E & M
Evaluation & Management

Electronic Health Record

EHR-Lab Interoperability And Connectivity Specification

Electronic Prescribing

Federally Qualified Health Center

Full Time Employee

H & P
History And Physical

Health Information Exchange

Healthcare Information Technology Standards Pane

Healthcare Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health
Health Level Seven Defined Standard Functional Model

History Of Present Illness

International Classification Of Disease

Integrating The Healthcare Enterprise

Logical Observation Identifiers Names And Codes

Medical Document Management

Master Files Change Notification Message

Master Patient Index

Medical Record Number

Mississippi Heath Information Network

Meaningful Use

National Committee For Quality Assurance

National Health Information Network

Observation Request

Observation Segment

Office Of The National Coordinator’s Authorized Testing And Certification Body


Observation Result

Para-EHR:  All of the information that should be in a patients EHR, but isn’t

Patient Centered Medical Home

Practice Management

Physician Quality And Reporting System (Formerly PQRI)

Patient Visit Information

Revenue Cycle Management

Patient Referral

Referral Information

Request For Proposal

Review Of Systems

Return Referral Information


Security Assertion Markup Language

Schedule Information Unsolicited

Systematized Nomenclature Of Medicine

Schedule Request Message

Single Sign-On

Uniform Data System

Uniform Resource Locator

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Virtual Private Network

Unsolicited Vaccination Record Update

Electronic Health Records Improvement Act (H.R. 1331)

November 12th, 2013

The summary below of the Electronic Health Records Improvement Act was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

Electronic Health Records Improvement Act – Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to exempt certain eligible physicians in solo practice and physicians near early retirement age from the application of the Medicare payment adjustment for not demonstrating electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use for certain payment years.

Establishes a special rebate for eligible professionals who receive a negative adjustment to their payments for failure to establish an EHR process but subsequently do establish a process meeting the criteria for establishing meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

Creates specified additional exceptions to the application of the Medicare negative payment adjustment for certain Medicaid providers participating in the Medicaid EHR incentive program and hospital-based eligible professionals not demonstrating EHR meaningful use.

Adds as a criterion for meaningful EHR user that an eligible professional satisfactorily uses a qualified national specialty registry system that measures quality improvement or improves patient safety.

Directs the Secretary to specify criteria for determining:

(1) if a national specialty registry system is qualified under this Act, and

(2) if an eligible professional has demonstrated satisfactory use of such a system for a period.


(1) Medicare EHR incentives (increased payments and adjustments) to eligible professionals practicing in rural health clinics, and

(2) Medicare Electronic Prescribing (ERx) and quality reporting incentives to rural health clinics.

Disqualifies claims for items or services furnished by an eligible professional at an ambulatory surgical center during performance years for the 2015, 2016, or 2017 payment determinations from inclusion in data used to determine if the eligible professional is a meaningful EHR user.

Exempts certain eligible professionals from certain EHR meaningful use requirements for purposes of the Medicare payment adjustment.

Creates a process for eligible professionals to appeal a determination that they did not qualify as a meaningful EHR user.

Amends SSA title XIX (Medicaid) to make certain requirements of this Act inapplicable to eligible professional Medicaid provider incentives to encourage the adoption and use of certified EHR technology.

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EHR Vendors Earn Incremental Revenue from Targeted Content Delivery

June 12th, 2013

EHR vendors are invited to use a patented online content delivery platform for clinical content for physicians and patients, drug sample programs, co-pay vouchers, DME orders and pharma promotional messaging to their entire EHR subscriber network.

This patented content delivery system is a HIPAA compliant, patented delivery model for a variety of clinical and promotional content to the EHR community. It also provides support for Meaningful Use stage 2 compliance. The benefit of a simple internet based connection, eliminating the high cost of establishing custom API’s and the ongoing maintenance associated with them, is an attractive proposition to the EHR vendor’s. The significant incremental revenue stream from multiple content sources is also very attractive proposition to help subsidize EMR adoption.

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Is Your EMR Being Forced Out?

May 21st, 2013

As the use of Electronic Health Records has reached a tipping point, many EHR vendors and their users are faced with the reality that a company is no longer financially sustainable. As a result, physicians may have too seek a new EHR system to replacce their old one.

Or do they?

If  “abandoned system” users are willing to pay $50 per month, they can likely not only keep the system alive, but make it thrive, keep updated with MU2/MU3, ICD-9 and other unforeseen changes in reporting regulations.

Also, If a practice has decided they can no longer stomach the HIT market
risk from unstable vendors, they can be provided their own PM and/or EMR. That’s right, they own it. A very affordable upfront cost, a system that works how they want it too.

Gone can be the model of ongoing SaaS fees. And, as a SaaS solution, customers can benefit from receiving INCREMENTAL REVENUE for their practice via a patented content delivery solution…Imagine communicating with every phycician and patient/consumer in the US on a targeted, granular level. Talk about ROI on, well, minimal ROI!

The result is an entire network of existing users on different systems with minimal disruption on their end.

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