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How to Check Your SQL Version in Lytec

On July 9, 2019, Microsoft ended all support for SQL Server 2008 R2 including security patches, updates, and technical assistance. This means if a security vulnerability is discovered, Microsoft WILL NOT release a patch to fix it.

Continuing to use systems that are no longer supported with security patches will put your organization at risk for data breaches. More importantly it violates HIPAA compliance requirements to protect devices against malicious software – opening your practice up to potential major fines.

IS YOUR SYSTEM AT RISK?

If you are using Lytec 2014 or older your system is at risk and needs to be upgraded immediately.

If you are using Lytec 2015 or newer your system may also be at risk. 2015 and newer versions shipped with MS SQL 2012. However, if your software was only upgraded there is a chance you are still using SQL Server 2008 R2 as your operating system.

Check out the new video we put together on how to check your SQL version in Lytec, to see if you might be at risk.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Contact us today for a risk assessment. We can quickly check to see if your system is at risk. If you are, we will help you upgrade to a newer version of the software and to a compliant
operating system.

AZCOMP Technologies – Trusted By More Doctors Than Any Other Reseller

AZCOMP is the number 1 eMDs Reseller since 2005 because we offer a full suite of PHENOMENAL products, software and services. We can offer installations, support, coaching & training. We provide server based and cloud based EHR, clearinghouse services and even RCM services, credentialing and managed IT services. Whatever you need help with in regards to your technology at your practice, we can help you through it.

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

Be sure to call us at (877) 713-4379 for all your Lytec and healthcare technology needs.

Get AZCOMP’s Help

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

Please give us a call at (480) 730-3055 to talk to a Lytec specialist and we’ll help you get the most out of Lytec!

5 Misconceptions About Staying on Outdated Software to Manage Your Practice

Medical practices love to use the reason as to why they don’t upgrade of “if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it.”

A good strategy for being in business a long time is to keep your costs lower than your revenue which is why I think some practices love to use the excuse of “if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it.” And for those that don’t care about improvement, or don’t care about progress, or who are okay with dealing with all the problems associated with older software, then maybe this is an okay philosophy. However, this narrow-minded approach might not be what’s best for your practice.

Let’s take a look at all the potential downsides of managing your practice on an older version of your practice management software.

#1. Features that seem insignificant can be seriously helpful for your users

Planning an upgrade is a conversation a lot of businesses do not like to have. Mainly because it is really hard to justify purchasing an already pricey piece of software. To make things even harder, sometimes the newest upgrade might not have a lot of life-changing features – you’ll see some small bug fixes and minor improvements, most of time. However, your users are the ones who are utilizing the software every day and not upgrading could be causing small issues for them every day that they don’t have a solution for. Even a small issue can be built up to become much bigger issues, creating a huge problem and making their jobs harder.

#2. Unsupported software means unsecured data

On January 14, 2020, Windows will end support for Windows 7. Updates will stop, and the operating system will enter lame-duck status. You’ll still be able to use Windows 7, but once Microsoft ends support, security patches will cease. Without these essential patches, you are susceptible to hackers and your data becomes extremely vulnerable. The same is true for hardware. New devices and components are released all the time, and they are all designed to work with the operating systems of today and tomorrow. Using Windows 7 with such hardware limits its capabilities. Eventually, it will become difficult to find hardware that’s compatible with Windows 7 at all. Read more about the Final Days of Windows 7 and see if you are prepared for the switch.

#3. Your operating system or other software might not be compatible with older versions of your software.

Software is tricky. Even the people who design it will tell you that. With so many users using the software for multiple different reasons, things are bound to come up that even the engineers behind the software didn’t think of when they created it. Some of these bugs and quirks have to do with how compatible the software is with other softwares – even including operating systems. It’s not always as black and white as you think. Like, using an old software on a new computer, or new software on an older computer. Sometimes it’s the smaller issues that can add up to big ones down the road. We call them ‘time-wasters’ and they can add up to extra expenses and lost income. Users may think it’s just not ‘working the way it should be’ and they’re right. It could be lagging, or even just flat out refuse to work – unless you create a work-around. We’ve even had customers tell us that restarting their computer fixes software issues. This might not be completely crippling for users, but it could be frustrating.

#4. No more access to technical support

It’s become the norm that when something wonky happens with your software, you can call tech support. We hear from our own customers that it’s nice to know they have support, even if they don’t need it – because when they don’t have it, that will be the day they need it, right? Software is only supported up to a certain version. As the newer, most current versions come out each year, and the further you get away from the newest version, the more likely you are to have a version that is not supported any longer. If your users do not have access to be able to call someone to solve their problems, the further they’ll be from finding a possible solution. Looking for Medisoft or Lytec support for your software? AZCOMP is famous for our phenomenal support. Check it out!

#5. Using an older version of software may be costing you more than the actual ‘upgrade’

We’ve talked about work-arounds in this article a few times. If your users are creating work-arounds in their daily tasks, it’s probably taking them upwards of five hours per week on issues they’re having. Trying to fix their software, instead of doing their work, adds up to a lot more in payroll then it does the price of upgrading your software. Ask us about how we can get you the plan you need to fit your budget – at a predictable and low monthly cost – because we’re committed to making sure you get the best deal (and not at the price of wasting time!).

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, sending electronic claims using Change Healthcare Clearinghouse who has the largest list of payers, 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 (480) 730-3055 for all your network and healthcare technology needs.

Lytec Version 2020 Mobile App Upgrade

Lytec’s Mobile App just got a HUGE Upgrade in Lytec 2020!

One of the biggest features highlighted in Lytec’s newest version 2020, are the multiple mobile app enhancements. With these updates on both the back-end developments and numerous other new feature capabilities, these new features will enhance the utility of Mobile. But, don’t miss out on this limited time to upgrade at a discounted rate, because these most of these new features are only available with the newest upgrade. Remember, when you upgrade to Lytec 2020, your newer mobile version will have the most-recent mobile operating system, making it easier for you to make sure all areas of your system are updated and data never resides on the mobile device so your data is totally secure. With the new upgrade, Installation of Lytec Mobile is not easier than ever – no more opening hundreds of Ports or adjusting firewall settings.

If these features weren’t a big deal enough for you to upgrade to Lytec 2020, check out even more features with Lytec Mobile App in Lytec 2020:

  • Select a Case at time of creating charges in Superbill *
  • Select a Case from the review charges page *
  • Select a Case at time of creating Appointment *
  • Pull Diagnosis from the Lytec Permanent Diagnosis and display on patient preview area (patient card) *
  • Patient’s Permanent Diagnosis displayed on new superbill creation *
  • Add ability to edit an existing single appointment *
  • Add ability to delete an existing single appointment *
  • Display a breakdown of the individual patient’s remainder balances which comprise the Guarantor balance.  Currently only show the total Guarantor balance *
  • View additional Insurance information on patient card, including policy information *
  • Add middle initial to all patient names on charge pages, search patient results and new appointments for more accurate identification
  • Add Facility Code to Description display for easier and accurate Facility choice
  • Save Mobile templates, intake forms, custom medical history questionnaire, and superbills in user-customized folder locations for more privacy and separation for customers in a hosted configurations (March 2020) *

AZCOMP Technologies – Trusted By More Doctors Than Any Other Reseller

AZCOMP is the number 1 eMDs Reseller since 2005 because we offer a full suite of PHENOMENAL products, software and services. We can offer installations, support, coaching & training. We provide server based and cloud based EHR, clearinghouse services and even RCM services, credentialing and managed IT services. Whatever you need help with in regards to your technology at your practice, we can help you through it.

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

Be sure to call us at (480) 730-3055 for all your Lytec and healthcare technology needs.

Lytec 2020 Pre-Release Sale

Hot off the press, Lytec 2020 Pre-Release sale is going on right now!

Our pre-release sale of Lytec 2020 in here. These discounts are too good, we couldn’t wait to tell you. Effectively immediately, the Lytec 2020 pre-release sale is happening for a limited time only. Right now, when you upgrade Lytec to the newest version 2020, from version 2018 or prior, you could get up to a 40% discount. You’ll get access to the current version 2019 right away, and when version 2020 if officially released, we’ll send it to you. It’s just that simple.

Details of Lytec’s Pre-Release Sale

Lytec includes some amazing new features that will help optimize your business to be more efficient and profitable. This is the best price you’re ever going to see for Lytec 2020 and it’s only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out! When you purchase Lytec 2020 prior to September 13th, you can receive it for up to 40% off. Here is how the sale breaks down:

  • If you are currently on Version 2018, you will receive 30% off during the sale. Your 2-version upgrade is always the most affordable compared to any other upgrade price. Call our office to talk to an account representative about specific pricing for your model (Single User, Professional or Client Server, etc.)
  • If you are currently on Version 2017 or older, you will receive 40% off during the sale. Your 3-version upgrade price is more expensive than the 2-version upgrade, but you’ll get a little better discount during the sale – 40% off!

Immediately, you will get the current version 2019 of Lytec. When Lytec 2020 is released, early next year, we will send it your way! Simple as that. But act fast, this sale is only going on until September 13th!

Lytec – Powerful, Trusted, Affordable Practice Management

What Is Included With Lytec 2019 & 2020?

If you would like to know what features are available now in Lytec 2019, click on over to our website where we have all the details laid out for you. If you’re interested in the slated details of the new Lytec 2020, check out this pre-release flyer.

This latest release of Lytec is more powerful and useful than ever before. Right now, Lytec 2019 will help your practice become more efficient and productive allowing your practice to collect more and with less effort.

Here are some of the features you can access right now with Lytec 2019:

  • New move credits workflow to eliminate manual tasks and risk
  • Boost your bottom line with new patient engagement tool
  • Keep your staff productive and happy with customized appointment schedules
  • Never receive a timely filing denial again!
  • Reduce duplicated patient records
  • Streamline processes, save time with the AR Tracker refresh button
  • Get all your codes in one shot
  • More flexibility posting patient payments, no matter the method
  • Patient responsibility at your fingertips

Plus, if you’re on an older version, don’t forget about all the new features that were released in 2018 and other previous versions. You can get all the details here: Lytec 2019 Details Page.

Here are some of the new features with Lytec 2020:

  • Major Scanning Changes
  • Multiple Mobile App Enhancements
  • New Timely Filing and Appointment Date Filters in AR Tracker
  • Add Enhanced Eligibility Response Displays
  • New Patient Balance
  • Enhance Patient Connect
  • New Change Entry Messaging Capability
  • Defect Fixes

Not to mention all the updated features from Lytec 2019 and earlier.

AZCOMP Technologies – Trusted By More Doctors Than Any Other Reseller

AZCOMP is the number 1 eMDs Reseller since 2005 because we offer a full suite of PHENOMENAL products, software and services. We can offer installations, support, coaching & training. We provide server based and cloud based EHR, clearinghouse services and even RCM services, credentialing and managed IT services. Whatever you need help with in regards to your technology at your practice, we can help you through it.

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

Be sure to call us at (480) 730-3055 for all your Lytec and healthcare technology needs.

Lytec 2019 sale

Lytec Lighting Sale

Lytec 2019 Is Now On Sale!

Effective immediately, the Lytec 2019 pre-release Lighting Sale is ongoing, but for a limited time only. When you purchase Lytec new or as an upgrade, you can get the new version for up to 40% off depending on which version you are on currently.

Lytec 2019 Lightning Sale

Details of The Lightning Sale

When you purchase Lytec 2019 prior to November 2, 2018, you can receive the medical billing program for up to 40% off. Here is how the sale breaks down:

  • If you are currently on Version 2018, you will receive 20% off during the sale. Your 1-version upgrade price is always the most affordable compared to any other upgrade price, and you can now get an additional 20% off! Call our office to talk to an account representative about specific pricing for your model (Single User, Professional or Client Server, etc.).
  • If you are currently on Version 2017, you will receive 30% off during the sale. Your 2-version upgrade price is more expensive than the 1-version upgrade, but you’ll get a little better discount during the sale – 30% off!
  • If you are currently on Version 2015 or older, you will receive 40% off during the sale! Your 3-version upgrade price is the most expensive upgrade, but you’re getting the biggest percentage off during the sale – 40% off!
  • If you are new to Lytec, you will also receive a 40% discount during the sale! The price for the software new is more expensive than any upgrade price, but you’re also getting a 40% price cut during the sale!

Lytec – Powerful, Trusted, Affordable Practice Management

What Is Included With Lytec 2019?

If you would like to know what new features are available in this new release, click on over to our website where we have all the details laid out for you.

This latest release of Lytec is more powerful and useful than ever before. Lytec 2019 will help your practice become more efficient and productive allowing your practice to collect more and with less effort.

Here are some of the features you can look forward to in the new version

  • New move credits workflow to eliminate manual tasks and risk
  • Boost your bottom line with new patient engagement tool
  • Keep your staff productive and happy with customized appointment schedules
  • Never receive a timely filing denial again!
  • Reduce duplicated patient records
  • Streamline processes, save time with the AR Tracker refresh button
  • Get all your codes in one shot
  • More flexibility posting patient payments, no matter the method
  • Patient responsibility at your fingertips

Plus, if you’re on an older version, don’t forget about all the new features that were released in 2017 and other previous versions!

Get all the details here: Lytec 2019 Details Page

AZCOMP Technologies – Trusted By More Doctors Than Any Other Reseller

AZCOMP is the number 1 eMDs Reseller since 2005 because we offer a full suite of PHENOMENAL products, software and services. We can offer installations, support, coaching & training. We provide server based and cloud based EHR, clearinghouse services and even RCM services, credentialing and managed IT services. Whatever you need help with in regards to your technology at your practice, we can help you through it.

 

 

02/12 CMS 1500 Claim Form in Lytec

 Lytec 2014 is the only version that includes fields, programming, and report forms necessary to produce the new 02/12 CMS 1500 Claim form. 

Timeline

The NUCC (National Uniform Claim Committee) has approved a transition timeline for the version 02/12 CMS-1500 Claim Form. In June, the NUCC announced the approval of the updated 1500 Claim Form that accommodates reporting needs for ICD-10 and aligns with requirements in the Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12) Health Care Claim: Professional (837P) Version 5010 Technical Report Type 3.

The NUCC approved the following transition timeline at its in-person meeting in Chicago on August 1, 2013.

  • January 6, 2014: Payers begin receiving and processing paper claims submitted on the revised 02/12 CMS-1500 Claim Form.
  • January 6 through March 31, 2014: Dual use period during which payers continue to receive and process paper claims submitted on the old 1500 Claim Form (version 08/05).
  • April 1, 2014: Payers receive and process paper claims submitted only on the revised 02/12 CMS-1500 Claim Form.

Changes to the 02/12 1500 form and where the data will pull from in Lytec 2014:

To accommodate the changes to the 02/12 CMS-1500 claim form, new fields have been added to the Billing Options – Billing Information tab. Use these fields for entering specific detail in boxes 8 and 9. These fields apply only to the 02/12 CMS-1500 Claim form.

Lytec Billing Info

Please note that only Lytec 2014 SP1 contains the 02/12 forms programmed with new requirements released by Medicare. Since these requirements did not come out until after Lytec 2014 had already been released any users that bill Medicare on paper will need to ensure that they are on Lytec 2014 SP1. Any notes in this article that mention how the box will be filled out for Medicare claims are only effective if the user is on Lytec 2014 SP1.

Form Changes:

This article only includes instructions for boxes on the 02/12 form that have changed from the 08/05 version. In the images below the 08/05 form is depicted in black and the new 02/12 form is in red. Where there was no visual change to the box only the description of the change is included.

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Box 1

Box 1 Insurance Type: Champus has been removed and changed to Tricare.

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Box 2 Patient’s Name: The NUCC suggests not printing the patient’s name when the patient is the subscriber. However, the patient’s name will continue to print on the form.

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Box 4 Insured Name: If the Insurance Type of the destination payer is worker’s compensation, the patient employer name will print. Lytec will print the value in the Specify Other Employer screen first. If that is blank, it will print the value in the Employer field.

When Medicare is the secondary insurance: If the primary insurance subscriber name is different than the patient’s name, Lytec will print the primary subscriber’s name. If the primary and secondary subscriber name is the same, Lytec will print SAME.

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Box 5 Patient’s Address: The phone number no longer prints based on the NUCC’s suggestion.

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Box 7 Insured Address: If the Insurance Type of the destination payer is worker’s compensation, the patient employer address will print. Lytec will print the value in the Specify Other Employer screen first. If that is blank, it will print the value in the Employer field.

When Medicare is the secondary insurance: If the primary insurance subscriber address is different than the patient’s address, Lytec will print the primary subscriber’s address. If the primary and secondary subscriber address is the same, Lytec will print SAME.

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Box 8

Box 8 Reserved for NUCC use: (Was Patient Status) This box displays the value entered for this box on the Billing Options – Billing Information tab. (New field in Lytec 2014 only)

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Box 9 Other Insured’s Name: When the primary insurance type is Medicare and secondary insurance is Medicaid, Lytec will leave this box blank. Otherwise, the current rules apply.

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Box 9a Other Insured’s Policy: When the primary insurance type is Medicare and the secondary insurance is Medicaid, Lytec will leave this box blank. Otherwise, the current rules apply.

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Box 9b

Box 9b Reserved for NUCC use: (Was Date of Birth and Sex) This box shows the value entered for this box on the Billing Options – Billing Information tab. (New field in Lytec 2014 only)

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10c

Box 9c Reserved for NUCC use: (Was Employer or School Name) When the primary insurance type is Medicare and the secondary insurance is Medicaid, Lytec will leave this box blank. Otherwise, this box shows the value entered for this box on the Billing Options – Billing Information tab. (New field in Lytec 2014 only)

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Box 9d Insurance Name: When the primary insurance type is Medicare and the secondary insurance is Medicaid, Lytec will leave the box blank. Otherwise, the current rules apply.

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10d

Box 10d Claim Codes (Designated by NUCC): (Was reserved for local use)  If the primary insurance type is Medicare and the secondary insurance type is Medicaid, Lytec will print MCD preceded by the Medicaid policy number. Otherwise, this box will print multiple condition codes separated by a space. This information reflects information from the More Billing Information -More Information 1 Tab.

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Box 11 Insured’s Policy Group or FECA number: If the primary insurance type is Medicare, Lytec will print NONE.

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11b

Box 11b Other Claim ID (designated by NUCC): (Was Employer Name) This box will print the value in the claim number field, preceded by a Y4 qualifier. The Claim Number field is found on the Billing Options -insurance tab.

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14

Box 14 Date Current Illness Injury or LMP: In addition to the date, there is a new Qualifier Code:

14 Qualifier

If the insurance is Medicare (primary, secondary, and so on), Lytec will not print a qualifier in the qualifier part in box 14.

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15

Box 15 Other Date: In addition to the date (selected based on which date field is completed in the order below), there is a new Qualifier Code:

15 Qual

If more than one of these is selected, Lytec will print the first one in the order listed above.

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17

Box 17 Referring Provider: This box can be used for various physician types. There are new qualifiers indicating the physician’s type:

17 Qualifiers

  • Only one can be used. If more than one exists on the billing, the system will use the following order: 1. referring, 2. ordering, 3. supervising.
  • If both supervising and referring exist on the claim, Lytec will print the referring provider.
  • If the Send Ordering Provider in Loop 2420E check box on the destination payer’s Insurance record is selected and there is a referring physician, Lytec will print DK (Ordering Provider) instead of DN.

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Box 17a Other ID: This box shows the ID of the provider from Box 17.

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Box 17B NPI Number: This box shows the NPI number of the provider from Box 17.

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19

Box 19 Additional Claim Information (designated by NUCC): (Was reserved for local use) Additional Claim Information (designated by NUCC)

19 info

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21

Box 21 Diagnosis Codes: Diagnosis codes 5-12 (indicated as E-L) have been added. Diagnosis codes are listed in order from left to right on three lines with four codes per line. In addition, there is an ICD Code Set Indicator:

21 Ind

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Box 24e Diagnosis Codes: This value now accepts alpha characters. Previously, only numeric values were reflected.

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Box 24h EPSDT:
Unshaded area:

  • If the EPSDT box in Patients – More Information 1 tab is selected and there is NO value in the EPSDT Conditional Code 1 field in the EPSDT/CRC section of the Bill Options – Billing More Information 2 tab, Lytec will print a Y.
  • If the EPSDT box is selected and there IS a value in the Conditional Code 1 field, Lytec will print the Code in Conditional Code 1. Y or the code will print on all lines that have a CPT code.
  • Print N if the EPSDT box in Patients – More Information 1 is selected and 1) there is no value in the EPSDT Conditional Code 1 field in the EPSDT/CRC section of the Bill Options – Billing More Information 2 tab, and 2) there is an N in the first character of the Referral items field on the Bill Options – More Billing Information 2 tab.

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Box 24 Transaction Description: Shaded area: If an NDC code is used, N4 will be printed and then the transaction NDC Code, a single space, followed by the NDC Unit of Measurement and NDC Unit Count. If you have entered text in the description field for a transaction, Lytec will print ZZ followed by the transaction description. If both are used, Lytec will print the NDC information first.

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30

Box 30 Balance Due: No longer used.

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Lytec Note

We highly recommend studying both the 02/12 1500 Instruction Manual found at Nucc.org and the Lytec Release Notes found here: Lytec 2014 Release Notes

Note: Medicare did not release the instruction manual for the new CMS-1500 02/12 Form until after Lytec 2014 was released. Therefore, users will need to install Lytec 2014 SP1 in order to print a paper claim formatted to Medicare’s specifications. Links to download SP1 can be found here. The Lytec 2014 SP1 Release Notes contain instructions on how Lytec populates the claim form for Medicare.

DISCLAIMER: Although AZCOMP Technologies, Inc. makes every effort to ensure that information regarding billing guidelines are checked and accurate in both our documentation and training, it should be understood that our expertise is in the software itself and not in billing practices. Therefore, it is the sole responsibility of the user to study, interpret and remain abreast of billing requirements and deadlines, contacting authoritative sources directly as needed. Any claims documentation and training provided by AZCOMP Technologies, Inc. is based on our interpretation of the rules published by nucc.org and cms.gov and  are subject to change. Information and training provided is “as is” and without any express or implied warranties. AZCOMP Technologies, Inc. assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions, expressly disclaiming liability for damages of any kind arising out of the use of, reference to or reliance on any content provided.

Lytec MD 2014 Upgrade Announcement

Lytec MD

  • Lytec MD 2014 release is the ICD-10 ready Practice Management Release with the current version of Practice Partner 9.5.2 SP2. Practice Partner 9.5.2 SP2 is not Meaningful Use Stage 2 Ready or ICD-10 Ready. Only Lytec 2014 Practice Management piece of Lytec MD is ICD-10 ready.
  • Lytec MD SP1 will be released in the spring of 2014. This service pack will contain Lytec 2014 and the updated Practice Partner v11.0 EMR.

Please note that Providers must be using Lytec MD 2014 SP1 during their Meaningful Use reporting period for 2014 in order to qualify for stimulus funds. The reporting period for 2014 has been adjusted in order for Providers to have time to implement the new version and train prior to starting their reporting period.

Special Reporting Period in 2014

For 2014 Only– Because all providers must upgrade or adopt newly certified EHRs in 2014, all providers regardless of their stage of meaningful use are only required to demonstrate meaningful use for a three-month (or 90-day) EHR reporting period in 2014:

  • Medicare eligible professionals beyond their first year of meaningful use must select a three-month reporting period fixed to the quarter of the calendar year for eligible professionals. Providers must attest to these reporting periods no later than February 28, 2015 at 12 am ET.
  • Medicare eligible professionals in their first year of meaningful use may select any 90 day reporting period.
  • Medicaid eligible professionals can select any 90-day reporting period that falls within the 2014 calendar year.
Special Reporting Period information quoted from page 8 of the Eligible Professional’s Guide to Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs published by cms.gov

CMS has provided the following tool to assist you in determining the length of time you are required to demonstrate meaningful use at each stage, and the maximum incentive payment for each year you participate:

Participation Timeline