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MicroMD eNotes | Volume 25, December 2016

MicroMD eNotes

Volume 25, December 2016

This issue includes our regular features such as a Perspective from General Manager, Kristen Heffernan, and information regarding PQRS and Meaningful Use. Also highlighted in this issue are recaps of recent MicroMD events, useful tips and tricks, and information from our preferred vendors geared toward making your practice more efficient on both the administrative and clinical sides.

Dec 14

MicroMD is Ringing in the New Year with “accelerate 2017”

Let me start by wishing you, your practice teams and your families happy holidays and a successful New Year. I’m Kristen Heffernan, the General Manager at MicroMD. Some of you have known me for years working with the Marketing and Product Management teams. Others may be meeting me for the first time. Read more →

Dec 14

PQRS Reporting for 2016

By reporting on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program quality measures, individual eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices can quantify how often they are meeting a particular quality metric and avoid negative payment adjustments in 2018. Read more →

Dec 14

Confronting the threat of Ransomware in Healthcare

In the first half of 2016, California and Maryland were the first states to experience ransomware attacks in hospitals and health systems. Furthermore, according to HHS, a recent U.S. government interagency report indicates that, on average, there have been 4,000 daily ransomware attacks since early 2016, a 300 percent increase over previous years. Read more →

Dec 14

The Importance of the Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports

We’ve talked a lot about how you report on your performance for a specific year so you can avoid Medicare payment adjustments (i.e., penalties) two years down the road. Well, if you did not report for the incentive programs in 2015, you will feel the pinch from Medicare for the services you provide in 2017, especially if you are a solo practitioner. Read more →

Dec 14

Navigating the Quality Payment Program’s Sea of Acronyms

Final Rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was published in October, all the talk in healthcare has been on compliance with the latest Quality Payment Program initiative. MACRA repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate, creates the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and provides incentive payments for participation in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Read more →

Dec 14

Version 13 is here!

Version 13 is here. Our new MicroMD Version 13 Practice Management and Electronic Medical Records software is now available. Check out some of the latest enhancements such as importing and exporting lists of referring doctors, importing a carrier’s fee schedule and the ability to choose whether or not to show HCC Codes provided by CMS. Read more →

Dec 14

From Denial to Recovery. Do You Know Your ROE

Opinions, perspectives and practices diverge significantly when delving into how providers are attempting to keep a handle on denied claims. The reduction of A/R days and collecting more revenue are viewed unanimously as benefits of managing denials effectively, but not all … Read more →

Dec 14

Have you tried MicroMD’s new Help Center yet?

The MicroMD Help Center allows you to visit one central location to submit a support ticket, find knowledge based articles, or start a live chat or GoToAssist. Plus, you can quickly and easily check the status of your existing support tickets so you don’t have to wonder what progress we’ve made on your issue. Read more →

Dec 14

Outsourcing Revenue Cycle Management Can Boost Growth

The faster you get paid the more cash flow you generate, ultimately resulting in greater profitability. Outsourcing makes financial sense—by hiring an in-house staff you’ll incur more expenses on salaries and benefits than you collect. Healthcare debt collection requires a unique approach because it is bound by different laws and rules than standard collection. Read more →

Dec 14

Meaningful Use Attestation 2016 and Beyond

Once again, Eligible Professionals (EPs) returning to participate in the EHR Incentive Program in 2016 have the option to report on any continuous 90-day period between January 1 and December 31, 2016. Successfully completing your EHR Incentive Program attestation based upon your current Stage of Meaningful Use for 2016 allows EPs to avoid penalties that Medicare will assess on 2018 payments. EPs should attest using 2014 Edition certification and follow the Modified 2015 requirements. Read more →

Dec 14

Are you using Surescripts ePA? You should be.

Did you know that if you are already using ePrescribing with your MicroMD EMR that you have access to electronic prior authorization (ePA) at no additional cost? The only requirement is that you must be using MicroMD EMR Version 12.0. By taking the one step to upgrade, you can have access to real-time authorization for your prescriptions integrated directly into your MicroMD EMR ePrescribing workflow. No more prescription processing delays, no more time-consuming phone calls. Just seamless, automatic prior authorizations to save you time and a few headaches. Read more →

Dec 13

Tips and Tricks | MicroMD

There are so many interesting tricks when using any software program, and MicroMD is no exception. Some of the following useful tips could help save you time and improve your financial bottom line. For more details, please refer to your MicroMD User Reference Manuals. Read more →