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Updating Health Maintenance Age Templates

Have you ever opened the Health Maintenance Tab on a patient’s chart only to find that the age template that is applied to the patient doesn’t match the patient’s age?

For example, this 40 year old male patient shows that he still has a 19-39 year old male health maintenance template applied to his chart:

This can be manually corrected by removing the incorrect template from the patient’s chart and adding in the correct one for the patient’s age/sex. Note that any data that when removing the old template, any data that was recorded under that template will not be removed from the chart but rather it will be moved to the “Historical” section of Health Maintenance. If the same Health Maintenance item exists on the new template the information will not be found under historical, it will continue to display in the row or that health maintenance item on the main screen.

 To manually update the templates, click on the “Templates” button in the health maintenance screen:

And then, after selecting the tab with the age health maintenance template displayed, hitting “Delete Template” (If you have several templates applied to the patients chart you may need to use the arrows in the upper right corner of the Health Maintenance Templates display window to navigate through all the templates applied to the patient you are viewing.

Once the old template is removed, click the “New Template” button to add the correct age template to the patient’s chart. A window will appear asking for provider or practice ID, to access the universal templates leave these fields blank and hit OK.

The Health Maintenace Template Selection window will appear, to narrow down the available template click on the radio button for “Age/Sex”, highlight the appropriate template for the patient and hit “OK”

The best way to avoid manually updating the charts is to run the Age Health Maintenance utility.

The utility checks whether the correct age/sex template is already applied to the patient. If not, then it removes the incorrect template and applies the correct one. Data associated with the incorrect template is made historical only if the procedure does not exist in another template applied to the patient (for example, if aspirin therapy is part of the incorrect template and not the new template, but it also is part of a protocol template assigned to the patient, the aspirin therapy data will not be made historical). The utility also looks at the patient’s historical data, and makes current any data that is part of the new template but not the incorrect template.

For the utility to work, the patient must have a sex and age entered in the system, and there must be an HM template that matches the sex and age.

To use the Age Health Maintenance Templates utility, go to: Maintenance > Utilities > Health Maintenance Utilities > Age Health Maintenance Templates.

You will be asked if the database is backed up and will need to hit “Yes” to proceed. (If you do not have an automatic remote backup of your database in place please call us at 480.730.3055 to talk to us about our affordable solutions!)

A message will display letting you know the utility is processing.

Once completed you will receive the following notice:

Note: If an individual patient’s health maintenance template has been customized, then the template remains unchanged. A list of these patients is stored in a file called PRHMA.CHG. You can load this file into Windows Notepad or another editor to view and print it. You will need to fix these templates one at a time.

The Age Health Maintenance Templates utility can also be run as a freestanding utility (UpdatePatHmAgeTemplates.exe in the database directory- usually p:\ppart). You can use Windows Scheduler to run this automatically at an interval of your choice.

**We recommend running this utility once per month.

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/

For more Telehealth information, visit out website here: http://www.azcomp.com/telehealth

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.

Important Information: NCPDP SCRIPT Standard v2017071

We strive to consistently provide regulatory compliant applications prior to the deadlines to ensure you are prepared.

As a reminder, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has mandated 1/1/2020 as the compliance date for the adoption of NCPDP SCRIPT Standard v2017071. Surescripts support of older prescribing versions within EHR’s until 12/1/2020 is intended to support any necessary remediation and is not an extension to compliance.

These regulatory changes apply to any prescriber providing care to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D patients.

The versions listed below are compliant with the NCPDP script standard: Practice Partner, Medisoft Clinical, or LytecMD 11.2.1 or higher. As of this date, the information provided by our prescribing partners indicates that your current technology version will allow electronic prescriptions to process after January 1, 2020. ONC has not released their final rule therefore, this information is subject to change.

For additional information regarding the regulatory implementation timelines, overviews, and Surescripts remediation deadlines, please refer to the links below. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your Medicare representative.

AZCOMP Technologies – the #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 or Lytec, we can help you. AZCOMP can help with sales, training, coaching, installation, support, EHR, add-on tools such as the Medisoft & Lytec preferred clearinghouse, 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 Medisoft, Lytec and healthcare technology needs

Practice Partner 11.2 EHR Earns ONC Health IT Certification

eMDs announces that Practice Partner v11.2 has earned the ONC Health IT Certification from the Drummond Group LLC

Practice Partner is an all-in-one EHR and Practice Management program offered by eMDs and sold by AZCOMP Technologies. On January 8, 2019, eMDs announced that Practice Partner achieved Office of the National Coordinator for HEalth Information Technology (ONC-Health-IT) 2015 Edition Health IT Module Certification through the an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) named Drummond Group LLC. Drummond Group LLC is a certification group, authorized to test software for compliance with the requirements of the federal government’s program. This certifies that the software offers the functionality that enables eligible providers and hospitals to meet the requirements of various regulatory programs that require use of certified EHR technology.

To read more about this announcement, please visit eMDs website here: http://www.e-mds.com/news/emds-practice-partner-112-earns-onc-health-it-certification-drummond-group-llc.

AZCOMP Technologies is proud to have this certified software to provide to its customers. This is a good solution for our customers who are looking for a very stable and powerful program with a lot of customization options, and that runs on a server. Practice Partner, along with Medisoft Clinical and Lytec MD, is a technology that is trusted and has been proven nationwide to help independent practices and healthcare providers to be productive, to be profitable, and most importantly helps to deliver the best care to their patients.

About AZCOMP Technologies

AZCOMP Technologies is the industry leader and expert in Practice Partner EHR, Medisoft Clinical EHR, and Lytec MD EHR software, training, support and more for independent medical practices and medical billing companies. We offer electronic health records, practice management systems, revenue cycle management solutions, fully management IT services for computers and networking, security and HIPAA compliance for physicians and medical practices and other small businesses. We have also been the #1 eMDs reseller in the nation since 2005. For more information please visit www.azcomp.com.

About eMDs

eMDs is a leading provider of healthy solutions for healthy patients, healthy practices, and healthy partners. We offer integrated electronic health records, practice management software, revenue cycle management solutions, and credentialing services for physician practices and enterprises. Founded and continually influenced by physicians, the company is an industry leader for usable, connected software and services that enhance physician productivity and focus on patients with superior clinical and financial experience. eMDs software has received top rankings in physician and industry surveys including those conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Practice Management, American EHR Partners, MedScape, and Black Book. For more information please visit www.emds.com.

e-MDs Acquisition of McKesson Software Assets

e-MDs acquisition of McKesson software assets includes Practice Choice™, Medisoft®, Medisoft Clinical®, Lytec®, and Lytec MD®.

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the news by now that e-MDs has acquired Medisoft®, Lytec®, Practice Choice™, Medisoft Clinical® and Lytec MD®.

There is a lot of speculation within the industry about what this means. Today we wanted to give you the straight talk and we’ll try to contain our excitement in the process.

When we first learned about this news we were of course caught off guard and didn’t know what to think. But once we learned who e-MDs is and what they’re trying to accomplish, we’ve been as excited as anyone can get about medical software.

This is really good news and you should be excited about it! We want to help you understand why.

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How is This Good News?

In talking and meeting with the e-MDs leadership team, we believe that they are the right business at the right time to acquire these McKesson products.

It has been no secret that McKesson was not a good fit for Medisoft and Lytec for many reasons, not the least of which was that they were only a very small piece of a very large corporation. As a result, Medisoft and Lytec struggled to get the needed resources and attention. e-MDs is quite the opposite of McKesson.

Nine Reasons to be Excited:

  1. Fortune 11: Being a Fortune 11 company, McKesson’s umbrella provided stability and financial strength, however, publicly traded companies come with red tape and McKesson was no exception. We often felt we were on a slow moving ship and it hindered the progress of the software.
  2. Tiny fish in the Huge Ocean: Medisoft and Lytec are big names in small practices, but in reality, this was only a tiny fraction of McKesson’s overall business. McKesson has given our products (your products) just a tiny fraction of their time and attention.
  3. Out of Touch: It often felt like McKesson was out of touch with understanding small business and the needs of a small practice, unlike e-MDs, who is not an exorbitantly large, publicly traded company and has a much better pulse on the needs of a small practice.
  4. Commitment to Small to Mid-Sized Practices: e-MDs focus is very narrow, working with only small to mid-sized practices. All of the products and services they provide are for this market. All of their energy and effort and resources are 100% dedicated to this market.
  5. Clear Understanding of Independent Practices: Starting in a small provider practice, e-MDs understands the unique challenges you face and are focused on providing solutions for you to remain independent and thrive.
  6. Smaller is Better: Much more attention can be given to our products, and e-MDs can move faster through fewer layers of management, allowing them to make quick decisions and improvements on our products.
  7. A Plan for Growth: As some of the biggest names in practice management software were frankly being neglected under McKesson, e-MDs saw an opportunity to grow their own reach in the small practice marketspace, in turn giving resources and money to grow our products and maintain existing clients (you)!
  8. Commitment to Keeping & Improving the Products: e-MDs didn’t just buy the product names and a customer database, they substantially grew their business by expanding their sales force through the VAR network that is already in place, and they acquired ALL of the developers, account managers and support technicians. This means the people that know your products and what you need are still here for you! We also feel like this shows their commitment to keeping and improving the products.
  9. Product enhancements: e-MDs knows that there are many thousands of loyal Medisoft and Lytec users that love those products and they aren’t interested in losing you! In fact, their goal is to provide enhancements to the products and new opportunities that will strengthen your business so that you will be with us for years to come!

Learn more about e-MDs

Dereck Pickell is the CEO of e-MDs and we’d like to share some of his thoughts he shared with us.

“e-MDs remains steadfast in our commitment to our VAR partners and to the customers you and we support. We are here to help stabilize and retain your customers with the next phase in their healthcare evolution. We continue to support the product lines, and are working hard to identify and deliver enhancements and solutions our customers will want to buy. ”

“We have a 20 year history in the ambulatory healthcare space with a proven track record of long-term consistency and excellence. Your client-base, small to medium-sized practices, is our primary target market. Our company was founded by a family physician and we continue to be guided by physicians, giving us a unique understanding of your customer’s challenges.”

To learn more about e-MDs and what they are saying, stay in the loop by checking out their recent press release.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that news like this could cause some concerns for you and your practice. Here is a quick FAQ to ease some of your potential concerns.

Question: Is my practice going to be required to switch to any of the e-MDs products?
Answer: No. There is no intent to migrate the existing users of the McKesson products over to any of the e-MDs products.

Question: Is my software going to be sunset, or cancelled, or discontinued?
Answer: No. There is no intent to sunset or cancel or discontinue any of the McKesson products that were purchased as part of this acquisition. In fact, e-MDs has made this purchase as an investment, which means that they plan to make the products better and more user friendly. Currently, there are product enhancement scheduled to be released within the next month, and new product versions expected to be released later this year. Their plan is to make our products better and to add new customers to them.

Question: Do I have to find new software?
Answer: No. We have met with ownership and management of e-MDs and they have no plans to cut or discontinue any of the products they acquired.

Question: Will AZCOMP continue to support us and our software?
Answer: Yes! As part of the acquisition, AZCOMP has moved over with them. As far as we are concerned, nothing has changed. Honestly, we are very excited about this move as well. We feel really good about the prospects of seeing good improvements to Medisoft and the other products.

Question: How does this affect our practice or billing service?
Answer: Right now there is no change so there is no impact to you. We do feel that this move will affect your practice in a positive way in the future simply because e-MDs is planning to invest more resources into the products than McKesson ever would have. So we hope that you share in our excitement for the future.

More questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us! We would love to chat with you and get your feedback and hear your concerns. Call us at 480.730.3055 and ask to speak with one of our managers at any time.

Important Update on CQM Reporting for 2015

Please take note of the changes to Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) Reporting for 2015:

Providers participating in the EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use)  or electronically reporting for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Program are required to use the 2014 eCQM Specifications for their 2015 calendar year reporting.

Run The Updater On Your Server

This important update is to notify users that McKesson has now released a software patch on 11/4/2015 for Medisoft Clinical, LytecMD, and Practice Partner that will update the CQM reporting tool from the 2013 eCQM specifications to the new 2014 eCQM Specifications. Practices must run the updater on the server to apply the patch.
If there are any questions on running this update, feel free to contact our Support department for further assistance.

Review Your Selected Reporting Measures

Depending on the specific quality measures the provider is reporting, installing the software patch alone may not be enough as a number of the measures require configuration and workflow training in order to ensure the data is being captured in a manner that the report can read the data.
We are advising all providers to both update the software and review the measures they have selected for any changes to the configuration and workflow. A new user guide was released in conjunction with this update which includes all of the details on configuration and reporting.
Access and Download the guide here: CQM Report User’s Guide 2015

Need Any Assistance? Our Trainers Can Help.

If you need assistance with configuration, implementation and training on CQMs we recommend working one-on-one with one of our Certified Trainers. Call us at (888) 799-4777 to get set up with your training.

Meaningful Use 2015 Final Rule Webinar Replay

Meaningful Use: What you need to know about the CMS Final Rule Changes from October 16, 2015.

In mid October, CMS created a new Final Rule to update a portion of the EHR Incentive Program.

We held a webinar on October 29, 2015 to address the changes and show how this impacts your practice if you plan to attest for Meaningful Use.

Need Meaningful Use Help?

If you need additional help, call our office to schedule some time with one of our EHR trainers and we’ll help you make it through. Call us at (888) 799-4777.

Watch The Webinar Replay Here:

It’s a long one, so block out some time to review and grab some popcorn, Redvines, and any other snacks for the show…

Read the full text of the Final Rule as published on the Federal Register website.

Disclaimer: AZCOMP Technologies, Inc, (AZCOMP) is providing this material as an informational reference for eligible professionals. Although every reasonable effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information within these pages at the time of posting, the EHR Incentive program is constantly changing, and it is the responsibility of each provider to remain abreast of the EHR Incentive program requirements.

New WebView Setting – Patients Can Only View Lab Results or Notes AFTER Signed by Doctor

There is a new setting in WebView that stops patients from seeing lab results and notes BEFORE the provider.

This is an announcement for all users of Practice Partner, Medisoft Clinical and Lytec MD. You can now set up WebView so that patients will not be able to view lab results or the notes in WebView until after the provider has reviewed and signed them.

If you have upgraded to version 11 of Practice Partner, Medisoft Clinical or Lytec MD, there is a patch available that will turn off viewing of unsigned lab results and notes.

To add this setting, do this:

  1. Make sure that all of your patches are up to date.
    1. To keep your patches up to date, review this User’s Guide.
    2. Or, if you have a support contract with AZCOMP, we’d be happy to help out with this. Give us a call.
  2. Add the following highlighted settings to the WebView section of the ppart.ini file.

[Webview]

Installed=OFF

TimeToSendEmailToPatCons=1200A

ViewUnsignedNotes=OFF

ViewUnsignedLabs=OFF

If you need any assistance in completing any part of this, please contact the AZCOMP support department and we’ll be happy to help you out. Contact us at (888) 799-4777.

 

Join Us For Our ICD-10 Conference

ANNOUNCING: ICD-10 Prep Conference

Find Out What Every Practice Needs To Know To Effectively Prepare for ICD-10

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Now is a good time to panic about the ICD-10 deadline.

If you’ve been ignoring every piece of ICD-10 advice and guidance for the past three years, and you are not prepared for the deadline, you should be panicking.

But instead of a panic attack, let’s just get started on preparing for ICD-10. It is time to get way beyond serious and make ICD-10 happen by October 1.

Join Us For Our FREE ICD-10 Training Conference, Live at Our Office in Gilbert, AZ

Get critical ICD-10 information specific to your software. ICD-10 is literally right around the corner. Make sure you’re ready & have all the critical information you need to get your software and your staff ready.

Even if you feel that you are already prepared, join us at the training so you can shore up what you’ve already learned, maybe learn a few more tips & tricks, and learn from your colleagues.

Don’t miss our FREE ICD-10 Prep where we’ll show you how to:

  • Convert your Existing ICD-9 Codes to ICD-10
  • Easily Do a Mass Import of ICD-10 Codes
  • Effectively Handle Giant Superbills
  • Correctly Setup Your Software for Testing Claims
  • Quickly Search for Codes (Without a bulky code book)

This will be critical for your practice to know how to do…and we’ll teach it to you for FREE!

Who Should Attend?

This conference is for anyone who uses Medisoft or Lytec for billing and claims. This includes any version of Medisoft, any version of Lytec, Medisoft Clinical, and Lytec MD users.

Due to the nature of the ICD-10 regulations it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that the Doctor, Office Manager, and Biller attend.

The Conference is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED for each person who wants to attend.

Click Here To Register.

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