Family Care Medical Center Selects Benchmark for Practice Management Solution

Family Care Medical Center Selects Benchmark for Practice Management Solution Family practice in Monticello, KY is increasing healthcare automation with Practice Management Solution. Lynchburg, Va. – May 13, 2013 – AntWorks, a leading Internet based provider of fully integrated medical practice solutions, announced today that Family Care Medical Center will implement Benchmark’s leading practice management solution to automate the business functions of the practice. Benchmark’s industry experts have taken time to understand Dr. Southard’s current challenges and she has been able to pick and choose the specific services that she wants to implement in her family practice. With Benchmark Virtual Practice Services, Dr. Southard and her staff will gain visibility and retain control. Benchmark will prove the effectiveness of their practice management by benchmarking Family Care Medical Center’s success against practices of the same size and specialty. Dr. Southard and her staff will have access to in-depth data analysis, comprehensive reporting and joint management meetings that will show them exactly what is going on in the business side of their practice. “Our suite of solutions is built on time-test reliability and is completely customizable to grow with the practice and adapt to individual preferences,” said Ernie Chastain, Vice President of AntWorks, “We are excited to be partnering with Dr. Southard and her staff for years to come.” About AntWorks Inc. AntWorks Inc. offers a suite of server or cloud-based software and medical billing/collection services backed by a 35 year history of 5 Star Service. Their software functions on laptops, iPads and iPhones. Benchmark’s suite of products include: Patient Portals, Scheduling, Clinical EHR, Practice Management, Billing, Instant Messaging, e-Fax, Order Tracking, Rx...

AntWorks’ Reputation as Observed by Employees and Customers

AntWorks’ Reputation as Observed by Employees and Customers I was hired about a month and a half ago as Benchmark’s new Marketing Intern. I am currently in my last semester at Liberty University earning my undergraduate degree. Before applying at Benchmark Medical, I had no experience in healthcare apart from my yearly doctor’s office visits and my mom’s opinions as an experienced RN. My initial weeks here at Benchmark included a whirlwind of new information that I had no idea existed! The concepts of practice management systems, and electronic health records were completely foreign to me. One of the first tasks I was given while working at Benchmark included gauging customer satisfaction in relation to the products that they have purchased. With a new and unbiased point of view without any prior knowledge about the software or healthcare industry, I was able to listen to customers and learn about AntWorks from their point of view. I learned that although Electronic Health Records and Practice Management Software seem complicated, the Benchmark employees and support have made it easy for customers to understand! While interviewing the different clients, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the majority of the feedback was positive and true to what I have observed of Benchmark employees while working here. Many different phrases shared by the practices I interviewed included that AntWorks provides solutions that are user-friendly, organized, and easy to train with. Many also said that the employees at Benchmark are supportive and very quick to respond because of their expertise in the specific systems. During my interviews I asked the managers what their recommendations would...

Meeting Meaningful Use

Meeting Meaningful Use As you probably know by now, Medicare & Medicaid EHR Stimulus programs provide incentive payments to physicians if they can qualify for the Meaningful Use of a certified EHR technology.  Over 350,000 eligible physicians have registered with Medicare and Medicare for stimulus payments and over 3.7 billion dollars have been paid out since 2011.  In 2013, physicians can still get up to $39,000, payable over four years.  But if they decide to wait another year, the payment drops down to $24,000 in 2014 payable over three years.  Starting in 2015, there are no more payments. Practices that have chosen to remain on a paper system have and will continue to be penalized in their Medicare and Medicaid payment checks. There is another side to the Stimulus program. Many providers who purchased EHR software are not qualifying for Meaningful Use. As per the latest CDC study only 27%. The reason lies in the fact that although certified, most EHR’s won’t attest for the basic requirements of Phase 1 or Phase 2, which is more difficult. To qualify for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use, eligible physicians must meet all 15 of the Stage 1 core objectives and 5 of 10 menu set objectives using certified EHR software. The reporting period for the first year is any 90 continuous days during the calendar year.  In order to meet Meaningful Use, EHR software must provide the specific fields needed to capture data and measure outcomes.  If any required data is missing because it can’t be or was not captured, Stimulus funds will not be paid. The selection of an EHR...

Most Doctors are not able to Qualify for Meaningful Use with their Certified EHR

Most Doctors are not able to Qualify for Meaningful Use with their Certified EHR   While it had good intentions, EHR Certification has turned into a worthless list of 3,000+ products that could, may or probably will not pass accreditation for Stimulus funds. This has given physicians all over the country a false sense of security in selecting the proper EHR for their practice. This is not my opinion, this is a FACT. Let me document with independent studies from very respectable sources: According to the most recent CDC study; in 2012, 27% of office-based physicians who planned to apply or already had applied for meaningful use incentives had computerized systems with capabilities to support 13, the bare basic requirements, of the Stage 1 Core Set objectives for meaningful use. For the full report visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db111.htm. Other studies support similar findings: A study published in Health Affairs finds that while 91 percent of physicians were eligible for Medicare Meaningful Use programs, only 11 percent of those intending to apply are in a position to take advantage of this incentive. This is irrespective of what kind of EHR they use; web based EMR or client server EMR. Drilling down a bit more, the study says only 11 percent of those intending to apply had enough EHR capabilities to support up to two-thirds of Medicare’s Stage 1 core objectives. This means their EMR system does not have the necessary capabilities. “During 2011, the first year of the incentive programs, almost 124,000 eligible professionals, including physicians, had registered for Medicare incentives, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had paid nearly...