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CARES Act: Everything You Need To Know

We are keenly aware of the difficult conversations that are happening right now as businesses look down a tunnel of uncertainty, and AZCOMP firmly believes we have a unique opportunity to support each other as small businesses.

If you are worried about operational costs or covering payroll, we want to make sure you are aware of provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allots $350 billion in critical aid to small businesses to cover these core expenses.

We think every small business owner should know that there are forgivable loans available to help your business NOW, including a $10,000 advance that will be distributed within 3 days of a successful application. Note: There is a funding cap so businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, emergency loan applications will be accepted starting April 3, 2020.

On Monday, April 6th, we hosted a webinar that showed a clear picture of what the CARES Act Loans can do for you and your business. Joel Friend, accountant and financial advisor, explained a straightforward breakdown of:

  • Which loans provide the largest immediate assistance
  • Clear view of what the loans cover
  • Who can/should apply
  • Stipulations regarding loan forgiveness
  • How to apply

Click here to download a copy of the Excel spreadsheet Joel uses in this video!

Check out the video to learn more about the CARES act!

Ready to get help now?

Our main priority is to get you the information you need to make informed decisions for your business. We pulled in a professional to provide insight into the options available, but we encourage you to check out the following links below to dive into all the details right now:

Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Coronavirus Small Business Guide

COVID-19 Related Webinars

Need help with Telehealth, Billing, or how to stay secure while working from home? AZCOMP has a host of webinars scheduled to help you as you navigate through this time of uncertainty.

Check out our 2020 webinar calendar on our events page to register! Visit us at: www.azcomp.com/events for more information.

AZCOMP Technologies – the #1 eMDs reseller since 2005.

We are the ultimate source for all things Medisoft & Lytec. Whatever your question or problem or need with Medisoft & Lytec, we can help you. AZCOMP can help with sales, training, coaching, installation, support, EHR, add-on tools such as preferred clearinghouses, or patient statements, patient payments, appointment reminders and more.

For more Medisoft information, visit our website here: http://www.azcomp.com/medisoft/

For more Lytec information, visit our website here: http://www.azcomp.com/lytec/

Be sure to call us at (877) 959-8292 for all your network and healthcare technology needs.

Deadline for Reporting MIPS Postponed

Deadline for Reporting MIPS Postponed

To provide relief to clinicians who are on the front lines of the fight against the 2019 Novel Caronavirus (COVID-19), CMS announced that they will be extending the reporting deadline for MIPS from March 31, 2020 to April 30, 2020. In addition, CMS is evaluating options for providing relief for MIPS participation in 2020.

CMS has also updated the policy for extreme and uncontrollable circumstances ensuring that providers who are unable to report for 2019 at all will not be penalized. In an email sent out by CMS it states the following:

“MIPS eligible clinicians who have not submitted any MIPS data by April 30, 2020 do not need to take any additional action to qualify for the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy. These clinicians will be automatically identified and receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2021 MIPS payment year. All four MIPS performance categories for these clinicians will be weighted at zero percent, resulting in a score equal to the performance threshold, and a neutral MIPS payment adjustment for the 2021 MIPS payment year. However, if a MIPS eligible clinician submits data on two or more MIPS performance categories, they will be scored and receive a 2021 MIPS payment adjustment based on their 2019 MIPS final score.

CMS will continue monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation and assess options to bring additional relief to clinicians and their staff so they can focus on caring for patients.”

The full press release is available at https://cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-relief-clinicians-providers-hospitals-and-facilities-participating-quality-reporting

For More Information

Please reference the 2019 QPP Data Submission User Guide. CMS also has up to date information about its programs and response to COVID-19 on the Current Emergencies page.

For Quality Payment Program questions you can contact 1-866-288-8292, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM ET or by e-mail at: QPP@cms.hhs.gov.

AZCOMP Technologies – the #1 eMDs reseller since 2005.

We are the ultimate source for all things Medisoft & Lytec. Whatever your question or problem or need with Medisoft & Lytec, we can help you. AZCOMP can help with sales, training, coaching, installation, support, EHR, add-on tools such as preferred clearinghouses, or patient statements, patient payments, appointment reminders and more.

For more Medisoft information, visit our website here: http://www.azcomp.com/medisoft/

For more Lytec information, visit our website here: http://www.azcomp.com/lytec/

Be sure to call us at (877) 959-8292 for all your network and healthcare technology needs.

A Message from AZCOMP Regarding COVID-19

As the Coronavirus outbreak continues to expand and news continues to develop, many organizations are considering plans should employees be unable to travel to work.

We at AZCOMP stand by ready and willing to assist. We are mobilizing to serve our customers and fellow businesses. There are various tools available that make working remotely secure and relatively easy to setup. AZCOMP can consult with you on what might work best for your business, to be successful and work off-site.

Our purpose is to empower our customers and we take this very seriously. We will have technical resources on standby should you have questions. We are ready to help and assist any way we can in these times of uncertainty.

If you need anything, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do to help.

AZCOMP Technologies – the #1 eMDs reseller since 2005.

We are the ultimate source for all things Medisoft & Lytec. Whatever your question or problem or need with Medisoft & Lytec, we can help you. AZCOMP can help with sales, training, coaching, installation, support, EHR, add-on tools such as preferred clearinghouses, or patient statements, patient payments, appointment reminders and more.

For more Medisoft information, visit our website here: http://www.azcomp.com/medisoft/

For more Lytec information, visit our website here: http://www.azcomp.com/lytec/

Be sure to call us at (877) 959-8292 for all your network and healthcare technology needs.

How to Copy Data from One Practice to Another

How do I get all of my information transferred over from one practice to another?

If you have recently created a new practice in your Medisoft program, most likely the items you use the most are: Diagnosis Codes or Insurance information. Since you would need this in a new practice, this is the easiest way in your Medisoft program to copy this data over from one practice to another.

If you need to add a new practice, and gather the information that is applicable from your previous practice to the new one, with just a few clicks, you can have that information instantly.

Check out the video now!

AZCOMP Technologies – the Number 1 eMDs reseller for Medisoft since 2005.

We are the ultimate source for all things Medisoft. Whatever your question or problem or need with Medisoft, we can help you. AZCOMP can help with sales, training, coaching, installation, support, EHR, add-on tools such as the Medisoft preferred clearinghouse, or patient statements, patient payments, appointment reminders and more.

For more information, visit our website here: http://www.azcomp.com/medisoft/

Medisoft

Get AZCOMP’s Help

If you are having any problem with Medisoft whatsoever, we can solve it for you. Also, if you’d like to get more out of Medisoft…meaning, if you’d like to take Medisoft to the next level and have it become a powerful tool for your practice, we can help you get there!

We can help with speeding up your electronic claims process and help you save time. We can help you streamline your patient statements process, and make it so your patients can pay you online while you sleep. We can set Medisoft up for you to automatically remind your patients of their appointments and confirm their attendance. We can help with more as well.

Please give us a call at (877) 671-7501 to talk to a Medisoft specialist and we’ll help you get the most out of Medisoft!

How to Inactivate and Reactivate Patients in Medisoft

Can’t seem to find a patient in your Medisoft program?

If a customer calls and tells us they cannot find a patient in their database, this is a good indication that patient was made inactive. Whether they were made inactive intentionally, or not, it is always helpful to know how to make that patients chart active again, or how to make old patients inactive.

In this video we will show you the steps you need to take in your Medisoft program to inactivate a patient, as well as reactivate a patient.

Check out the video now!

AZCOMP Technologies – the Number 1 eMDs reseller for Medisoft since 2005.

We are the ultimate source for all things Medisoft. Whatever your question or problem or need with Medisoft, we can help you. AZCOMP can help with sales, training, coaching, installation, support, EHR, add-on tools such as the Medisoft preferred clearinghouse, or patient statements, patient payments, appointment reminders and more.

For more information, visit our website here: http://www.azcomp.com/medisoft/

Medisoft

Get AZCOMP’s Help

If you are having any problem with Medisoft whatsoever, we can solve it for you. Also, if you’d like to get more out of Medisoft…meaning, if you’d like to take Medisoft to the next level and have it become a powerful tool for your practice, we can help you get there!

We can help with speeding up your electronic claims process and help you save time. We can help you streamline your patient statements process, and make it so your patients can pay you online while you sleep. We can set Medisoft up for you to automatically remind your patients of their appointments and confirm their attendance. We can help with more as well.

Please give us a call at (877) 671-7501 to talk to a Medisoft specialist and we’ll help you get the most out of Medisoft!

How to Set Up Color Coding in Medisoft

If you’re looking for better visibility for patient statuses, this is the right video for you.

We’ve received calls from our customers who are looking to be able to identify patients based on their status, whether this is if they are insured, paying with cash upon their appointment, or even if they have a bill that is past due. Medisoft v23 features a color coding option for you in the scheduler, to help easily check patient statuses.

This color coding system has full customization, to be able to set certain colors for different scenarios you may use or need in your office. Check out this video for how-to knowledge on color coding within your Medisoft Program.

AZCOMP Technologies – the Number 1 eMDs reseller for Medisoft since 2005.

We are the ultimate source for all things Medisoft. Whatever your question or problem or need with Medisoft, we can help you. AZCOMP can help with sales, training, coaching, installation, support, EHR, add-on tools such as the Medisoft preferred clearinghouse, or patient statements, patient payments, appointment reminders and more.

For more information, visit our website here: http://www.azcomp.com/medisoft/

Medisoft

Get AZCOMP’s Help

If you are having any problem with Medisoft whatsoever, we can solve it for you. Also, if you’d like to get more out of Medisoft…meaning, if you’d like to take Medisoft to the next level and have it become a powerful tool for your practice, we can help you get there!

We can help with speeding up your electronic claims process and help you save time. We can help you streamline your patient statements process, and make it so your patients can pay you online while you sleep. We can set Medisoft up for you to automatically remind your patients of their appointments and confirm their attendance. We can help with more as well.

Please give us a call at (877) 671-7501 to talk to a Medisoft specialist and we’ll help you get the most out of Medisoft!

Technology Issues Every Business Must Plan For

Every Business Must Plan for these Technology Issues

Managing a business is difficult enough without technology issues complicating the way of operations. Here are a few common issues that have been known to cause problems for businesses more than they should.

Data leaks and security issues: Considering the vast number of businesses with valuable data out there to steal, many decision makers fall into a false sense of security by thinking that their company will be overlooked on account of its size. As a result, these companies may have substandard or outdated security solutions put in place that simply are not adequate protection for the data they have.

These companies are often prone to have their data compromised because of their lax security, damaging their reputation and, by extension, the business itself. After all, if you were doing business with a company and they allowed your credit card information to be compromised, would you feel inclined to continue doing business with them?

Inadequate hardware and software: It only makes sense that many companies will put off buying hardware until they absolutely to. However, this strategy is risky, and will much more likely end up costing these companies more over time.

Not only is it more difficult to repair older hardware, as the components involved will become harder to find and more expensive to purchase, but it becomes dangerous to neglect updating software. This is because software is regularly updated by its developers to resist newly discovered vulnerabilities and other serious issues, and without these updates, your systems will still be exposed to these dangerous vulnerabilities.

Also, while a software developer might provide tools and or instructions for moving from an older version of their application to the next, it may become drastically more difficult to pull your data over from a more ancient version that is several iterations behind.

No backup: It’s amazing how much damage lost data can do to a business. 60 percent of small business that suffer from data loss have to shut down within six months, and only 57 percent of medium-sized businesses reopen after experiencing a major data-loss incident.

These outcomes could be mitigated with a properly managed backup solution, but too many companies either find it to be an unnecessary, expense or simply aren’t as diligent in taking a backup as they need to be. The best backup solutions are those that each day and store the data offsite.

We also firmly believe that an unmanaged, unmonitored backup is about as good as no backup at all. If your backup isn’t being regularly maintained and tested, you have no idea if it’s even doing its job.

Insufficient IT support: Consider how many people you currently have on your staff as an IT resource. Chances are, if you wanted them to work on projects to drive business forward and properly service the equipment in your office, you might find your current in-house resources aren’t enough. The simple answer would be hiring more IT staff, but this isn’t a reality for many companies.

Fortunately, there is an option that can fulfill all these needs and then some–a managed service provider. A good MSP will ensure that your infrastructure and software solutions are optimized to your needs, and maintain your security as well as your backup solution in case of emergency. With an MSP, you will never be short on support for your IT needs.

AZCOMP Technologies can be that MSP for you. Give us a call at 480-730-3055 to get started today!

Fly Me To The Moon

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In a visit to NASA in 1962, President John F. Kennedy approached a man carrying a broom during his tour and said, “Hi, I’m Jack Kennedy. What are you doing?”

The man in the NASA issued uniform was only a humble janitor, but he responded, “Well, Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon.”

From the perspective of most people, this man was just a janitor, there to sweep the floor and clean bathrooms. But this janitor had a bigger purpose. He was there to help put a man on the moon.

No matter how large or small your role, make a contribution to the bigger picture.

I’m an all or nothing kind of person. If I’m going to do something, I’m going all out. That applies to nearly everything in my life, whether taking my wife out on a date, going on a vacation, doing my work, or learning something new.

When I was a kid, my dad and I were fascinated by computers. My dad is an entrepreneur, so what started as something we were almost obsessively intrigued by quickly turned into a business venture for the two of us.

At 14, I was working with my dad delivering, installing, and repairing computers. We knew everything about these machines from the inside out, and while we were hard at work building custom computers for our customers, Dell was bringing the standard PC to people everywhere.

The custom built computer business just wouldn’t survive, so I started to learn more about the software as well as networking and other aspects of computers to branch out.

After serving a mission to Spokane, Washington at 19, I went back to working on computers and a little later started up with Medisoft (still keeping up with my own venture on the side). I was a quick study and became a good support technician for Medisoft. But, it was easy to see that I didn’t enjoy working for someone else. Like my father, I wanted to be my own boss so I could treat clients the way I knew they deserved to be treated.

While being a support rep gave me an inside look into how I wanted to work, it also connected me with what I wanted to do. Doctors are great at being doctors, and they should be since I’m entrusting life and limb to them! And yet, we really shouldn’t expect them to also be billing experts, computer wizards, and software Einstein’s.

When it comes to small and independent practices that is certainly the expectation though.

Most independent practices don’t have a large enough staff or enough resources to keep a full-time computer guy on staff, and an expert biller, and someone who knows all the intricacies of Medisoft and how to troubleshoot any problems, and someone who can research all of the latest and greatest tools available to them, and who can also keep up to date on all the new regulations and industry changes.

Because of this, all too often a simple misunderstanding leads to a whole host of practitioners wasting their time trying to be the expert of the technology world, which makes patient care less intuitive and more complicated than it needs to be.

So, with a dealer partnership through Medisoft, AZCOMP was born in a 250-square-foot room in the back of my dad’s insurance office. We had one goal: to allow our clients to do what they’re good at (be a doctor) while we dealt with the minutia of what we’re good at (computers).

Operating as a turn-key technology service for physicians everywhere, we’re living that dream! These days, we’re well beyond those 250 square feet and are serving close to 10,000 offices, most of those are repeat clients.

Does AZCOMP help doctors be better doctors?

Here is the point: We know we aren’t doctors and don’t even know the first thing about being one, but we do know technology for independent practices.

We know that when we are able to work on your software, train your staff, and manage your computers and network, that is our contribution to helping deliver better patient care. We also know we play a small role in healthcare, but we are also excited when we can partner with a provider to help make their technology world a little easier.

No matter how big or small your role, when you contribute to the bigger story within your life, or your business or organization, it is exciting and incredible things can happen.

 

Do You Need To Run The “Clear ICD-10 Utility”?

What To Do When ICD-9 Codes Show Up In the ICD-10 Column of the Diagnosis Code List in Medisoft

Sometimes Medisoft users experience that somehow all or many of their ICD-9 codes are showing up in the spot where their ICD-10 codes are supposed to be in the diagnosis code list. This means that when they go to start adding ICD-10 codes, there is already an ICD-9 code in that spot.

This is a problem, and before you start adding all of the new ICD-10 codes, you need to clear out all of the ICD-9 codes that are mistakenly in the ICD-10 column. There is a utility that will clear all of the ICD-9 codes from the ICD-10 location. Running this utility is easy and will save you a lot of time and frustration during the process of adding new ICD-10 codes.

In this video, we show you how to run that utility to fix the problem. Prior to running this utility, please be sure to backup all of your Medisoft data.

Watch The Video

clear ICD-10 utility for Medisoft

Installing Encoder Pro And Fix A Common Installation Error

How to install Medisoft Encoder Pro, and how to fix a common installation error.

Installing Encoder Pro for Medisoft is not a very complicated process, but we frequently get asked about an error that happens sometimes after the program has been installed. In this short video we made, we will walk you through the installation, and then we will show you the error that happens and how to fix it.

Please let us know if you have any other questions, and feel free to give us a “thumbs up” on the video and leave a comment if you’d like.

Watch the video here:

install medisoft encoder pro

 

What is Medisoft Encoder Pro?

Encoder Pro is an additional piece of software you can purchase from us that integrates with Medisoft. When installed, Encoder Pro becomes part of Medisoft, so to use the program, you don’t have to leave Medisoft.

This program becomes like a Google search for codes. You can simultaneously search across ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS codes. So Encoder Pro replaces your paper code book. When using Encoder Pro, when you search for a code, you will get code details and lay descriptions, and then you can import that code directly into Medisoft and it will become part of the code library you have in your software.

Encoder Pro is a major time saver and you’ll be super happy you have it!

Call AZCOMP at (888) 799-4777 to get more information and to get pricing.