AntWorks is Holding a Webinar on ICD-10 Readiness for EMR and PM Clients

A recent study has shown that only 10% of Physicians believe their practice is ready to successfully implement the transition to ICD-10. Don’t let your practice become a part of the other unprepared 90%! Sign up for AntWorks’ free ICD-10 Readiness Webinars today.     With the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 deadline fast approaching, AntWorks highly recommends that all of our clients attend our free Practice Management and Electronic Medical Record ICD-10 Readiness Webinars to ensure that their practice is ready for the transition.   These two recommended sessions will cover all aspects of our Practice Management and Electronic Medical Record software usage related to the upcoming ICD-10 requirements. The PM session will include information on ICD-10 Codes in your office, ICD-10 Code File Maintenance in Benchmark PM, and ICD-10 Code usage in Benchmark PM. The EMR session will include information on ICD-10 Code Setup in Benchmark Clinical, ICD-10 Code identification when documenting, and ICD-10 Code and encounter forms.   The PM Sessions will be held on: Wednesday 8/26/2015 12 Noon Thursday 8/27/2015 3:00 PM Friday 8/28/2015 1:00 PM Monday 8/31/2015 5:00 PM Tuesday 9/1/2015 12 Noon Wednesday 9/2/2015 4:00 PM Friday 9/4/2015 12 Noon The EMR Sessions will be held on: Tuesday 9/1/2015 1:00 PM Wednesday 9/2/2015 5:00 PM Thursday 9/3/2015 12 Noon Tuesday 9/8/2015 1:00 PM Wednesday 9/9/2015 4:00 PM Thursday 9/10/2015 12 Noon   If you are a current customer of ours, please mark your calendar and contact us to register for these webinars at your nearest convenience.  You can also click on the ‘Client Login’ link at the top of the page to gain additional details about the dates and times of these webinars. If you are not...

ICD-10 Code of the Week | Bitten By Orca

In our eighth  ICD-10 Code of the Week installment, AntWorks has chosen W56.21xa: Bitten by Orca.     We’re not trying to be insensitive here, but if you’ve made it to a healthcare facility after a killer whale attack and a healthcare professional could actually use this code on you – you’re probably the luckiest person in the world! But, in all seriousness, we hope no one ever has to actually use this ICD-10 code. Keep safe in the water, friends, and stay tuned next week for our ninth ICD-10 Code of the Week! There’s only five more installments left in the series.   Is your medical practice ready for the ICD-10 changeover? AntWorks is. Contact us today to learn how our company can assist your practice in the ICD-10 transition before October 1, 2015. Request a Demo...

Only 10% Of Providers are Confident of ICD-10 Implementation

According to a new survey from the Texas Medical Association (TMA), only ten percent of physicians are ‘very confident’ that they will be able to fully navigate and implement ICD-10 successfully.     With the ICD-10 deadline just 40 days away, many wonder what the switch over will look like for the health care industry. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of all physicians responding have little or no confidence that their practice is prepared to transition to ICD-10 by the deadline, and with such a large percentage of physicians reporting that they are unprepared, many wonder if the industry is heading into serious jeopardy. When asked about the seriously low percentage of physicians reporting that they are prepared for the transition, TMA President Tom Garcia, MD stated, “it’s horrible…The United States is the only country that couples the ICD coding with payment.” Some physicians might even retire early as a result of the anticipated disruption stemming from the overhaul.   The Survey The survey of nearly 1000 practitioners included a large proportion of solo and small practice physicians, who are generally considered to be the most vulnerable group among those required to switch to the enhanced code set.  Participants reported that they receive an average of 30 percent of their revenue from Medicare, twelve percent from Medicaid, and 47 percent from private payers. Here are some highlights from the survey: Only  25% of  physicians have tested their software’s readiness to comply with ICD-10 billing practices with CMS and 23% with commercial payers. 39% of solo practices have taken ICD-10 preparation courses with 34% of partnership practices doing the same. 31% of physicians have...

ICD-10 Code of the Week | Inadequate social skills, not elsewhere classified

In our seventh  ICD-10 Code of the Week installment, AntWorks has chosen Z73.4: Inadequate social skills, not elsewhere classified.     Texting getting you down? Can’t keep up a conversation to save your life? Do networking events give you headaches? AntWorks understands. And now, there’s an ICD-10 code for when your inadequate social skills land you in the doctor’s office. Just make sure to avoid the chit-chat and keep to yourself, and we promise, you’ll be okay. Stay tuned next week for our eighth ICD-10 Code of the Week! Is your medical practice ready for the ICD-10 changeover? AntWorks is. Contact us today to learn how our company can assist your practice in the ICD-1o transition before October 1, 2015. Request a Demo...

Guide Offers Step-by-Step Advice on Securing Electronic Medical Records

It’s easy to think of benefits linked to using electronic medical records or their slightly more comprehensive cousin, electronic health records. Even though family practice physicians spend 48 more minutes per day using EMR software (according to one 2014 survey of the American College of Physicians member sample), they can increase overall efficiency by around 6% annually. EMR practice management software can even consolidate the functions of patient records, appointment scheduling and medical billing systems. No wonder the percentage of office-based physicians reporting the use of at least a basic electronic record system jumped from 11% in 2006 to 48% in 2013 and — according to current estimates — close to 80% today. Are there any reasons to object to the use of electronic medical records? One legitimate concern that has to do not with the concept of EMRs, but rather with their implementation, is that digital storage of patient records can leave them vulnerable to hacking. That’s why it’s so important to choose an EMR software provider with a good track record of security and a robust support system. What Providers Can Do to Safeguard Patient Data There are many steps healthcare providers can take to protect their patients’ information, and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence wants to help in that process. The NCCoE, established by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2012, has released a draft of a new guide that will help organizations to safeguard sensitive medical data, particularly on mobile devices, while still taking advantage of all the latest advancements in health IT. The guide, called “Securing Electronic Records...