Healthcare News August 21, 2012

  • TrustHCS Forms Three-Year Partnership with Allegiance Health for ICD-10 Training, Coder Back-Up and Clinical Documentation Analysis


    Coding Consulting Firm also Protects Hospital’s Revenue Stream with DNFB Assurance Program

    Springfield, MO, September 28, 2011TrustHCS℠, a HIM, compliance and revenue cycle consultancy firm for hospitals, clinics and physician practices, today announces a three-year contract with Allegiance Health of Jackson, Michigan, for their complete ICD-10 Educational Services and DNFB Assurance Program. The announcement was made by Torrey Barnhouse, Chief Executive Officer for TrustHCS. TrustHCS will serve as Allegiance Health’s core ICD-10 training and coding services partner by providing:

    ü  Coder assessments and training

    ü  Ancillary staff training

    ü  Back-up coding support and outsourcing services

    ü  Clinical documentation assessments and physician training

    “Allegiance Health took the right approach to ICD-10 education by creating a multi-year plan and getting started now,” mentions Barnhouse. “Based on assessment results and already identified areas of need, TrustHCS will begin training for our 22 coders in late 2011, continuing through the end of 2013, “explains Terrie Vilminot, RHIA, Director, Health Information Management, Allegiance Health.

    “It is such a relief to know our training needs will be taken care of by experts allowing us to focus on the many other components of ICD-10 implementation,” mentions Vilminot. In addition, Vilminot’s coders get a jump-start on their education with advanced anatomy and physiology courses, also through TrustHCS.

    “We’re employing a very prescriptive approach whereby TrustHCS will establish our training schedule, project manage the entire educational component, and customize our program,” adds Vilminot. “When trying to design what we needed to do for ICD-10 training, it wasn’t until we met with TrustHCS that our team realized this is exactly what we are looking for.”

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  • SRS Continuity of Care Exchange Platform (SRS CCX™) Automates Quality Reporting, Outcomes Management, and Population Health Improvement for Pine Medical Group


    Cloud-Based Interoperability Platform Facilitates Care Management, Patient Medical Home Status, Payer Incentives, and Meaningful Use

    MONTVALE, NJ – August 1, 2012 –SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, announced today that 22-provider Pine Medical Group, P.C., is leveraging the SRS Continuity of Care Exchange platform (SRS CCX™) to effortlessly share a full range of discrete clinical data with the Wellcentive registry. Wellcentive analyzes this data and identifies any gaps in care, allowing Pine Medical not only to improve patient care, but also to meet the care management requirements that qualify the practice as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Another benefit is increased practice revenue—physicians are able to bill Blue Cross/Blue Shield for care-management services and also to download the information from Wellcentive to various HMOs, which earns the physicians quality-based incentive payments. Pine Medical is already well positioned to meet the complex interoperability requirements that will be critical to Stage 2 meaningful use compliance.

    “SRS enables us to meet new outcome-reporting requirements and to take advantage of new reimbursement models instituted by the government and private payers, and to do so in a highly efficient manner,” says Richard Boss, M.D., Pine Medical Group. “Most importantly, the data analysis and insights that Wellcentive provides will help our physicians deliver the highest quality care to our patients.”

    “The day that SRS automated the Wellcentive reporting process was the best day of our nurses’ lives,” reports Marge Young, Administrator, Pine Medical Group. “SRS has freed the time of 11 nurses and other staff members so that they can now focus on more important clinical care responsibilities. In our 5 years of participation in Wellcentive, we have increased our incentive payments 4-fold—SRS has been extremely valuable in this regard all along, but the new interoperability platform takes SRS and Pine Medical to a new level.”

    “The CCX platform is the most recent step in the successful and ongoing evolution of the SRS EHR technology,” says Joseph Geretz, Chief Software Architect of SRS. “In addition to giving physicians the most efficient tool for capturing clinical data, SRS now enables them to seamlessly share this data with registries like Wellcentive, other physicians, hospitals, HIEs, and even the patients themselves. The implications for quality of care are profound.”

    “With its cloud-based interoperability platform, SRS has developed and successfully deployed data-sharing technology that positions our clients to participate in a full range of government and payer programs that reward quality, focus on outcomes, and reduce costs,” says Evan Steele, CEO of SRS.

    About SRS

    SRS is the leading provider of productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians—with a successful adoption rate unparalleled in the industry. Offered via the Unified Desktop™, the robust SRS EHR, PM, PACS, and Patient Portal increase speed, boost revenue, free physicians’ time, and heighten patient care and satisfaction. For more information on SRS, visit www.srssoft.com, e-mail info@srssoft.com, fax 201.802.1301, or call 800.288.8369.

    About Pine Medical Group, P.C.

    Pine Medical Group, P.C., is currently the largest rural multispecialty clinic in West Michigan, with offices in both Fremont and Newaygo. With 22 providers and an additional 91 employees, Pine Medical continues to grow by bringing in new physicians, extending both the number and type of medical services available to its patients. Visit www.pinemed.com for more information.

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  • Physician Enthusiasm Builds for Hello Health’s Electronic Medical Revenue Platform

    20 New Practices Select Revenue-Generating EMR Solution for Tens of Thousands of Patients

    NEW YORK CITY (August  1, 2012) – Hello Health® today announced it has signed 20 new practices to the Hello Health Electronic Medical Revenue Platform increasing the number of patients able to subscribe to the Platform by more than 30,000.

    Hello Health makes it possible for physicians to facilitate patient communications via the online Platform and to make the mandated transition from paper to electronic medical records (EMRs). Traditionally, a large percentage of physician/patient interactions go unpaid, a problem solved by the Hello Health Platform by monetizing uncompensated time and work. The offering provides patients with secure access to medical records, with the added benefits of scheduling appointments, renewing prescriptions, conducting video visits, and obtaining lab and test results – all within one secure and HIPAA-compliant Patient Management Platform.

    As one patient, Matthew Nolte, from New Braunfels, Texas, states, “I have been using Hello Health for almost a year. It’s a great system for video chat, messaging, scheduling appointments, communicating with your doctor about refills or other related issues, and just basically getting any concern or point across. Not only is the video chat fantastic, it saves a lot of unnecessary time and travel! My doctor is an hour drive, roundtrip and with Hello Health I can literally avoid the hassle of looking presentable for my appointment. I could do the video chat in my pajamas if I wanted to, it’s so convenient, and with the savings on travel and time, it repays the small fee in no time!”

    “The Hello Health business model helps our practice by addressing our business and revenue generation concerns,” said Joel Fine, M.D., of Fine & Associates Internal Medicine Specialists in Snellville, Ga. “With Hello Health, I can spend my time providing excellent patient care rather than worrying about administrative matters. Having tested other EMRs, I see the benefit of Hello Health not only as an EMR provider but also as a provider of strong business practice enhancement.”

    Hello Health’s Electronic Medical Revenue Platform makes it possible for independent primary care practitioners to engage with their patients via email and web chats while also providing patients with ready access to medical records. More specifically, Hello Health helps physicians monetize tasks these professionals are currently doing, but not receiving compensation for, such as third-party requests for medical records. Generally speaking, it takes 10 phone calls before one copy of a medical record is successfully generated, but with Hello Health, physicians can receive compensation for granting access to this information, and can complete all the necessary paperwork via an online portal.

    “Physicians running their own practices operate under enormous amounts of pressure,” said Nathanial Findlay, founder and chief executive officer of Myca® Health, parent company of Hello Health. “Contrary to popular belief, the private practice physician is not a millionaire. In fact, many physicians have been forced to close their practices because of the high cost of doing business. Hello Health acts as a business consultant for independent physicians not just an EMR provider. Not only are we providing a valuable service to physicians with the Hello Health EMR, we are also focused on helping physicians make more money and become better business owners.”

    About Hello Health Inc.

    New York City-based Hello Health Inc. is dedicated to transforming primary care by connecting patients and physicians through technology. The company’s Patient Management platform integrates an electronic medical record, practice management capabilities and a patient health portal on a single, secure platform. Hello Health is free to primary care practices and generates incremental revenue through a patient subscription model.  A subsidiary of Myca Health Inc., Hello Health collaborates with leading organizations who offer complementary and strategic solutions that connect patients and physicians.  Learn more at www.hellohealth.com.

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  • Independa, IDEAL LIFE to Provide Plug-and-Play Health Monitoring for Independent Elderly and Their Caregivers

    Independa™ is incorporating IDEAL LIFE’s wireless health monitoring products into its growing set of tools for caring remotely for independent older adults. IDEAL LIFE devices, including scales, glucometers and medication dispensers, as well as its wireless hub, will become part of the Independa Artemis™ solution.

    Professional caregivers and the elderly will be able to easily connect the IDEAL LIFE elements with other Artemis components for tracking health, safety and activity. This will come in handy, for instance, when a person returns home from the hospital or moves to an independent living facility. Caregivers won’t have to function as IT integrators; they’ll be free to focus on doing what they do best.

    Independa Artemis Solution to Incorporate IDEAL LIFE Glucometers, Medication Dispensers, Other Devices and Wireless Hub

    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 1, 2012 – Home health, home care and other professional caregivers face a bewildering array of options for monitoring the independent elderly, and they often have to play integrator to make disparate devices work together. A new agreement between Independa™ and IDEAL LIFE will help avoid that hassle, time and expense by providing caregivers and caregiving organizations a suite of solutions that are connected and ready to use right out of the box.

    Independa will integrate IDEAL LIFE’s wireless health monitoring products – including scales, glucometers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, medication dispensers and a wireless hub – into the Independa Artemis™ solution.

    Caregivers and the independent elderly will simply unpack and power up the devices, which will automatically connect wirelessly to other Artemis elements. This turnkey out-of-the-box experience is ideal for quickly establishing monitoring systems, such as when a person returns home after surgery or moves into an independent living facility.

    Artemis, scheduled for general availability this fall, will feature a wide selection of health, safety and activity sensors, with support for a variety of healthcare communications protocols. Artemis will be offered through Independa partners, including home health, home care and senior living providers that want to provide next-generation telecare services.

    “Technology is a means to achieve longer and better independent living, more cost-effective care and peace of mind,” said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. “Through our relationship with IDEAL LIFE, technology will fade into the background the moment caregivers and the older adults open the box. In the process, our companies are setting the standard for integrated, cloud-based telecare and eliminating a major barrier to adoption.”

    “Many IDEAL LIFEand Independa customers were searching for such a complete and plug-and-play solution, urging our companies to work together,” said IDEAL LIFE President Jason Goldberg. “The integration of IDEAL LIFE solutions into Artemis creates an innovative platform that meets this need by providing a turnkey experience allowing caregivers to focus on what they do best.”

    For more information about Artemis and the rest of Independa’s telecare portfolio, visit http://independa.com/solutions. For more information about IDEAL LIFE’s health and wellness products, visit www.ideallifeonline.com/products.

    About Independa, Inc.

    Independa offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa’s best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly to remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides services including medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.

    Web: http://www.independa.com
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/independa
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Independa

    About IDEAL LIFE

    IDEAL LIFE, the industry leader in remote health management solutions, has created an innovative platform that addresses many of today’s most challenging and costly healthcare issues. Guided by a medical advisory panel of experts, the IDEAL LIFE program makes proactive prevention more realistic than ever as it is instrumental in gauging health issues before chronic conditions manifest themselves into acute events. For people managing chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, asthma or obesity, IDEAL LIFE provides relevant, real-time, reliable and actionable data from a person either at home or while on the go. It delivers interactive, personalized communication to incorporate feedback to the knowledge base, allowing individuals to become more engaged and active participants in their own health.

    The easy-to-use IDEAL LIFE system utilizes digital, wireless, secure two-way communication, allowing for a more personalized and cost-effective wellness experience. The FDA-cleared and HIPAA-compliant system has, for example, been proven to reduce congestive heart failure hospital admissions by 57 percent, demonstrating they can significantly reduce healthcare costs. For more information, visit www.ideallifeonline.com.

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