ICD-10 Delayed

March 31st, 2014 by Kareo

Kareo ICD-10 Resources


Well, the final Senate vote is in, and ICD-10 has been delayed for at least another year by a vote of 64 to 35. Specifically, the bill that has now passed both the House and Senate states that, “The Secretary of Health and Human Service may not, prior to Oct. 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standard for codes sets.”

There are certainly mixed feelings across the healthcare industry about this delay. As with any big change, it has its pros and cons. For many of you, this is welcome news! For others, this delay represents yet another change in direction and perhaps some time wasted preparing for a never-ending transition.

How do you (and others) feel about the delay of ICD-10?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stands firm in the belief that ICD-10 should move forward. They are supported by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), which also opposed the delay. The American Medical Association (AMA), on the other hand, has been pushing for a delay of ICD-10 because they feel physicians are not adequately prepared for this change and the cost for practices is prohibitive.

At Kareo, we’ve been aggressively preparing for this change to support our private practice customers. And many practices have invested time and money in preparing for this change as well. So what does this vote mean for you?

While it is a delay, ICD-10 isn’t going away. So if you are in the 60% or so of practices that started preparations for ICD-10, don’t lose that work. Finish any training or other projects you have in process now, and clearly document where you are in your preparations. Then, continue to monitor ICD-10 news so you know when it is time to get started again.

In the meantime, Kareo will finish our updates to Kareo PM and Kareo EHR so that we are ready for ICD-10 in plenty of time for the new deadline. Once we know what the new deadline and timelines for testing are across the industry, we’ll update you.

Kareo’s goal is to simplify everything our customers do so that their focus is where it should be—on patients. We’ll continue to monitor ICD-10 and adapt to support our customers when the transition occurs. We’re committed to making the change as easy and seamless as we can.

Kareo will also continue to provide ongoing updates and information through our ICD-10 Resource Center. Check back regularly for updated news and information.

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Discover How Kareo EHR Streamlines Workflow

March 31st, 2014 by Kareo

Discover the EHR Built with Small Practices in Mind.

Join a Kareo EHR expert who will discuss how intuitive and easy-to-use the Kareo EHR is because it was designed to fit the needs of small practices like yours. During this free demo on Wednesday, April 2 at 1:00 PM EST, you’ll find out how the Kareo EHR:

  • Easily fits the way that you work
  • Doesn’t interfere with the way you engage with patients
  • Improves patient care
  • And, did we mention it’s FREE!

Discover the Kareo iPad EHR Built with Small Practices in Mind

With Kareo, you get a full featured, top of its class EHR solution at no cost, with no contracts or upgrades required. Why would we give it away? Find out by joining us at our next demonstration. There will be plenty of time for live Q&A.

Register now for this Kareo EHR demo webinar to discover the EHR built with small practices in mind

Please note that this webinar is designed for those who are not currently using Kareo EHR but are interested in learning more. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Space is limited, so reserve your webinar seat now.

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Don’t Miss Free CME ICD-10 Webinar

March 27th, 2014 by Kareo

Register Now for ICD-10 CME Webinar


ICD-10-CM: What Physicians Need to Know
April 3, 2014
10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM ET

Do you understand how ICD-10 will impact your practice and the way you document patient encounters? Learn about the four steps you need to take to ensure that you and your practice are ready to make the transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014. This CME webinar provides the tools you need to get prepared.

You’ll learn:

  • What ICD-10 is and why the change is happening
  • What the four steps are you need to take now to transition to ICD-10
  • How to improve your documentation to ensure ICD-10 success

The event is presented by Tom Giannulli, MD, MS, and CMIO at Kareo and Abhinav Gautam, MD, CMO, and Cofounder of Nexus Clinical.

Join the conversation today!  You don’t want to miss this.

For CME information, click here.

Register now for this CME webinar on ICD-10

About the Speakers

Tom Giannulli, M.D., M.S. is the chief medical information officer at Kareo. He is a respected innovator in the medical technology arena with more than 15 years of deep experience in mobile technology and medical software development. Previously, Tom was chief medical information officer at Epocrates and he was the founder and chief executive officer of Caretools, which developed the first iPhone-based EHR. Prior to that, Tom drove a number of key mobile healthcare technology innovations as VP of Advanced Research for Data Critical and the founder and CEO of Physix. He holds a M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Utah and earned his M.D. from the University of Texas at Houston where he completed his residency in internal medicine.



Abhinav Gautam M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of Nexus Clinical. Dr. Gautam is one of the architects of Nexus Clinical’s solutions portfolio and is also closely involved in developing new intellectual property (R&D). Additionally, Dr. Gautam also has authored several peer-reviewed medical articles in the fields of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Surgery, and biosemiotics. Dr. Gautam completed his residency in Anesthesiology from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.



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Demandforce Announces New Mobile Suite

March 26th, 2014 by Kareo

Demandforce mobile suite


Demandforce is excited to announce the release of our Mobile First Suite—now available to Kareo users! Our Mobile Suite bundles all of Demandforce’s innovative mobile technology, features, and capabilities to ensure that you can reach your patients anywhere, any time, on any of the devices they use most. Your patients are mobile—it’s time to make sure you are too! And, Demandforce is here to help.

What does it mean to be “mobile first”?
We are in an era where mobile devices are increasingly responsible for the way people interact with one another, be it email, text, the Internet, or social media. By ensuring that your practice is mobile ready, you have the ability to engage with your patients in the same ways they are already interacting with the rest of the world. Utilizing best practices and making the most out of the mobile trends also gives you the opportunity to greatly increase patient engagement, retention, acquisition, and revenue.



Demandforce mobile suite

  1. Mobile Optimized Email Communications: All Demandforce email communications are mobile optimized, meaning they have a responsive design that displays just as perfectly on a phone or tablet as it does on a desktop computer. Since 51% of all email is now opened on a mobile device, this is extremely important! With an optimized design, the patient can easily read and respond to the message. Important information and calls to action are easy to see, understand, and follow.
  2. Updates to Text Messaging: Demandforce is taking great care to comply with important changes in laws and regulations that affect your practice, and change our system accordingly. Recent TCPA regulations now ban “marketing” messages. To protect your practice, we have adjusted our SMS offering to include only “operational” messages—meaning only reminders and confirmations around existing appointments. We have also added an advanced technology to better read response messages, increasing patient acceptance and satisfaction.
  3. Mobile Wallet Technology (Passbook and Google Now): Demandforce now integrates with innovative mobile wallet technology like Apple’s Passbook and Google Now for Android. These applications store information about upcoming appointments, loyalty cards and special offers, contact information and directions to the practice all in one easy-to-access location on your smartphone. Once a patient opens an appointment email from Demandforce, they have the ability to store the information in Passbook and Google Now, giving them one more avenue to easily interact with your practice and stay on the cutting edge of new technology.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of Demandforce’s mobile innovations or the many other ways Demandforce can help grow your practice, check out www.demandforce.com/mobile or request a free demonstration at: www.demandforce.com/kareo.

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Top Codes Report Now Available in Kareo

March 24th, 2014 by Kareo

On Friday, March 21, your Kareo Practice Management (PM) account was upgraded to the latest version. This month you’ll find the new Most Commonly Used Diagnosis Codes report to help you in your ICD-10 preparations. For more information, see the details below.

Most Commonly Used Diagnosis Codes Report
One of the most important steps in preparing for ICD-10 is mapping your most commonly used ICD-9 codes to their ICD-10 equivalents. Kareo PM now provides a report that can help. This new report allows you to identify your most commonly utilized diagnosis codes within either a 12-month or 3-month period. Find out more in the full release notes.

Kareo PM March Release

The full release notes also contain other system fixes and the link to new and updated help files.

At Kareo, we continue working hard to make medical billing easy for you. Customer feedback drives our service and ensures we build the features that matter most to you, so your input is critical to us. Please submit your suggestions, challenges and ideas for our next release here–Give Feedback.

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