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Archive for April, 2014

Endocrinology EHR Software Vendor Attending AACE 23rd Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress

Monday, April 28th, 2014

AACE conferenceLeading endocrinology and diabetology EHR software provider 1st Providers Choice is proud to announce they will be attending the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ 23rd Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress in May. The conference is being held from May 14-18 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During the AACE conference, physicians will be able to attend cutting-edge seminars, participate in comprehensive training sessions, and meet with endocrinology software and product vendors, including 1st Providers Choice.

Why Physicians Choose our EHR Software for Endocrinologists

1st Providers Choice’s endocrinology EHR software integrates seamlessly with a wide range of glucose meters and medical devices, allowing physicians to have complete records for all their patients without having to do manual data entry work.

Endocrinology EHR software

1st Providers Choice also delivers a software solution that can be accessed from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Our EHR software for mobile devices enables physicians to:

  • Review and update patient charts on-the-go
  • Take immediate action on critical issues
  • Generate superbills with accurate coding
  • Improve interaction with patients

Additionally, our medical voice recognition software makes it easy for endocrinologists to add data to the EHR and dictate in their own words – all the while ensuring accuracy in the 98% to 99% range.

To learn more about our endocrinology EHR software, stop by Booth #320 at the AACE Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress. You can also call 480-782-1116 today to learn more about the benefits of using our EHR software for endocrinologists!

Pain Management EHR Software Vendor 1st Providers Choice Attending 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

American Pain SocietyThe American Pain Society will be holding their 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Tampa, Florida this year from April 30-May 3 – and 1st Providers Choice will be attending as a Pain Management EHR software exhibitor.

The meeting will include exhibits, lectures, special interest group meetings, symposia sessions, and much more. This year’s lecture lineup promises not to disappoint, with topics ranging from “Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents” to “There Is an App for That: Using Mobile Technology to Improve Chronic Pain.”

Conference attendees will be able to interact with the best and brightest in pain research, translate scientific discoveries into clinical practice, network with colleagues, learn policy issues that directly affect them, discuss their own research and clinical observations, and visit an extensive number of exhibiting companies featuring pain management products, including EHR software.

1st Providers Choice will be exhibiting their Pain Management EHR and Ambulatory Surgery Center EHR software and Practice Management solution in Booth #410. Their EHR is 2014 Edition certified and provides a full range of solutions, including an online Healthcare Portal, to help physicians meet Meaningful Use.

Pain Management EMR software

1st Providers Choice Attending Valley of the Sun Podiatry Conference, Exhibiting Podiatry EHR Software

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Podiatry Institute logoPodiatry EHR software provider 1st Providers Choice is proud to announce that they will be attending this year’s Valley of the Sun Podiatry Conference as an EHR exhibitor. Co-sponsored by the Podiatry Institute and the Arizona Podiatric Medical Association, the 2014 conference is being held in Phoenix, Arizona from April 24-27.

Among the list of interesting topics that will be presented at the conference by various highly-respected and well-known doctors of podiatric medicine are: Surgical Treatment of Advanced Forefoot Deformity, Innovations in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Dislocating Personnel Tendons- Reliable Repair Techniques, the Role of Advanced Biologics in Wound Care, Syndesmosis Repair, and more.

There will also be several hands-on workshops featuring latest techniques and technologies including topics as such as: Ankle Foot Orthotics- Controlling the Uncontrollable Foot, Navigating the Challenges of MRSA Infected Wounds, and Treating Complex Hallux Valgus Deformities.

All these lectures, workshops, and education sessions will help educate conference attendees to better understand the various updates and strategies in would care, surgical approaches to complications and revision surgery.

Healthcare professionals will also have several opportunities to meet with podiatry EHR vendors and other companies showcasing their podiatry-related products. 1st Providers Choice will be exhibiting their EHR and practice management software. Some of the features of our podiatry EHR software include:

  • Podiatry-specific exam and procedure templates, letters and forms
  • Billing codes specific to podiatry (ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT)
  • Pre-loaded reports and ability to create custom reports
  • Image library with hundreds of foot-related diagrams
  • Client-server and web-based hosting options
  • Extensive drug formulary database
  • Ability to e-prescribe controlled substances
  • Meaningful Use Stage 2 certified

Podiatry EMR software

To learn more about the conference, click here. We hope to see you all in Phoenix!

ICD-10 Implementation Deadline Delayed to October 2015

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

ICD-10Healthcare providers can breathe a sigh of relief. Implementation of ICD-10 code sets has been delayed another year thanks to a bill passed in the Senate on March 31. The controversial Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which passed with a vote of 64 to 35, has pushed the compliance deadline to October 1, 2015.

The U.S. is one of only a handful of developed countries that is not yet using ICD-10 code sets, which are said to be more accurate and precise. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is set to release ICD-11 codes in 2017 – just two years after healthcare organizations in America will have started using ICD-10.

Industry response to the ICD-10 delay has been varied thus far. Many organizations have expressed satisfaction with the extra time it gives them to prepare internally for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 – on top of the other changes that they have had to implement, including installing EMR software.

Others have criticized the delay stating that hospitals and healthcare organizations have already invested a lot of time and money in order to achieve compliance this year. Additionally, according to AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association), a one year ICD-10 delay could cost between $1 billion to $6.6 billion.

Preparing for ICD-10 Ahead of Time

The ICD-10 extension, however, does not mean that physicians and healthcare organizations can put off thinking about upgrade requirements for another year. Preparing for ICD-10 requires extensive planning to ensure that different systems, like billing and practice management software, can all work together to submit claims accurately, allowing providers to get paid.

Those who have not yet started ICD-10 preparations will now have more time to work with software vendors and clearinghouses to ensure compliance, while those already prepared for the transition can continue getting educated on the new code sets and how the transition will affect billing and coding processes.

1st Providers Choice’s 2014 ONC fully certified EMR and Practice Management software is ICD-10 ready. We can help your practice get through a seamless transition. To learn more about our software solutions call 480-782-1116 today!

Why Physicians Need to Upgrade to Meaningful Use Stage 2 Certified EHR Software

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

ONC logoThe EHR Incentive Program has been around for several years now, and few healthcare providers are unfamiliar with Meaningful Use and all it entails. The program main draw is the stimulus payments that physicians can qualify for each year by successfully adopting, implementing, upgrading or demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

Starting this year, qualifying for incentive payments requires using 2014 Edition certified software. This means that physicians must attest to Meaningful Use using an EHR solution that has proven through extensive testing that it is capable of supporting requirements for both Stage 1 and 2, including electronic health information exchange, interoperability and patient engagement.

In order to accommodate physicians whose EHR vendors have not yet achieved Stage 2 certification, CMS and the ONC decided that in 2014 only all Meaningful Use participants will report for just 90 days – regardless of whether the physician is in their first year of Stage 1 or already getting started on Stage 2. This means that healthcare professionals can begin their Meaningful Use reporting this year as late as October 1, 2014. Physicians are warned, however, not to wait until the last minute to get started.

1st Providers Choice understands physicians’ concerns, and we want our users to start the reporting process early. That’s why we worked hard to get certified for Stage 2. Our EHR software and Patient Healthcare Portal solution are both 2014 ONC Stage 2 Certified, allowing physicians to start their 90-day reporting period immediately.

2014 Edition certified EMR software

To help you achieve your goals, we assign a Meaningful Use expert to your practice. They guide you through the reporting process and show you how to use the EHR’s Meaningful Use dashboard to keep track of your progress. Our trainers also work with you to go over using drug formularies, setting up lab interfaces, e-prescribing controlled substances, and using the patient portal to achieve Meaningful Use.

Our patient portal makes it easy for physicians to meet the following patient engagement requirements:

  • Provide online access to health information to more than 50% of all unique patients (who were seen by you during the reporting period) within 4 business days.
  • Have 5% of all unique patients view their health information online, download it, or transmit it to a third party.
  • Have 5% of unique patients (who were seen by you during the reporting period) send you a secure message.

1st Providers Choice has also made the necessary upgrades to ensure our EHR is up to date and our Practice Management software is ready for ICD-10. We have already begun testing our software with insurance payers and clearing houses to ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10 for hospitals and physician practices.

Interested in learning more about fully certified EHR software? Call 480-782-1116 today!