Discover How Kareo EHR Streamlines Clinical Workflow

May 28th, 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 practice physicians like you. During this free demo on Thursday, June 5 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 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 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 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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Kareo EHR Adds Expanded Notes and Billing Features

May 22nd, 2014 by Kareo

On Wednesday, May 21, Kareo EHR was upgraded. The new features provide you with expanded Notes capability and allow you to add billing comments to your Superbills along with other features designed to help you get more from your integrated Kareo EHR and Kareo Practice Management systems.

Use Enhanced Notes
Notes that are created by clinical staff, who have permission to do so, can now be assigned to a provider. This gives your practice the flexibility to have the Note started in advance for the provider, and then assign it to that provider to complete. Once the Note has been assigned, it will show up in the provider’s Tasks List. Learn more in the full release notes.

Make Comments in the Superbill
You now have the ability to make special notes or comments on the Superbill. It is a convenient way to communicate important messages internally to support effective billing for your practice. Learn more in the full release notes.

Kareo EHR Superbill

See Custom Procedure Codes and Modifiers
You can now see and use Custom Procedure Codes and modifiers in Kareo EHR that exist in Kareo Practice Management on your Superbills. This feature provides added flexibility when coding. Learn more in the full release notes.

To find out more about these features, other system fixes, and new and updated help files, see the full release notes.

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Red Herring Names Kareo a Top 100 Technology Company

May 21st, 2014 by Kareo

Kareo a Red Herring Top 100 Company
Each year, Red Herring recognizes the leading private companies from North America and celebrates their innovations and technologies across their respective industries. Kareo is a 2014 Red Herring Top 100 award winner.

Red Herring Top 100 America enlists outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies. It selects 100 award winners from among the approximately 3,000 tech startups financed each year in the US and Canada. Since 1996, Red Herring has kept tabs on these up-and-comers.

 

“This award validates our vision that cloud-based software and services can fundamentally improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery in medical practices. We appreciate Red Herring for highlighting our successes in making our vision a reality with the medical providers we serve today,” said Dan Rodrigues, CEO and founder of Kareo.

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation and intellectual property, management quality, business model, customer footprint and market penetration. “In 2014, selecting the top 100 achievers was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs had crossed significant milestones so early.”

To learn more, read the full press release.

Kareo a Red Herring Top 100 Company

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2 Important Ways Kareo PM Can Help Improve Coding Accuracy

May 19th, 2014 by Kareo

By Kathy Young, CPC, CPMA

Kareo has some nice tools to make coding easier and more accurate for the biller or coder and the healthcare provider. Here are two that I use regularly.

  1. Under settings>codes>find procedures, there are three features that can help improve your coding accuracy before you ever code an encounter.
    • When you set up the codes for your practice you can create a local name for each code. This is very useful if the provider would be more comfortable seeing his or her own wording for that procedure. An example is 20610, which is arthrocentesis, aspiration &/or injections; major joint/bursa. The doctor may just want it called “trigger points”. Customizing the name of common codes can help the provider code the superbill more quickly and accurately, saving time for both the doctor and the coder or biller.
    • Establishing type of service (TOS) in the setup  is another nice feature. This is especially useful for a practice where surgeries are performed, and it can be a way of reporting to assist the manager in understanding revenue opportunities. You can also place units into the code. So, if you always code a procedure with four units, then it could be hard coded into Kareo, removing the possibility for error.
    • During setup there is also a spot for the NDC number, which can help the practice get paid for drugs by payers.
      Kareo PM Edit Procedure
  2. On the backend there is another tool that I find helpful. After you put in an encounter, you can ‘check codes’ and instantly see if there is an error. If you are coding multiple line items, Kareo will let you know if a line item may need a modifier. This is a welcome warning that alerts the biller to review her modifiers to make certain she sends out a clean claim the first time.There is a nice article written in Kareo help screen called Which CCI Edits Does Kareo Code Scrubbing Include? It states that NCD/LCD edits are used along with NCCI edits, HCPC edits, and ICD9 edits.  These are awesome tools to help the busy coder or biller to be more accurate in their work and avoid the unclean claim.

Ultimately, proper setup of codes and code scrubbing before submission are two important tools that can help you get paid faster and more accurately.

If you’re interested in learning more about using your software to code accurately and compliantly, join Betsy Nicoletti at her upcoming webinar, Your Medical Office Software: Coding Pitfalls & Promises.

About the Author

KathyKathleen Young is the CEO and co-founder of Resolutions Billing & Consulting, Inc., which was founded in 2003. Kathleen is also the owner of Healthcare Chart Audits, which offers auditing to physicians and attorneys. Kathleen has been in healthcare since 1989 and has worked for physicians, large corporations and three billing companies. Kathleen is a CPC and a CPMA with the American Academy of Professional Coders and speaks to many groups on coding, billing, and auditing.

 

 

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3 Big Trends Impacting Small Medical Practices

May 16th, 2014 by Kareo

KareoChat

Yesterday, a group of over 20 healthcare industry experts and providers got together at the #kareochat to talk about three big trends that are impacting small practices.

The trends were identified in the 2014 Black Book Survey, which was released the same day. There were some great statistics and commentary that came out of the conversation.

Here are a few highlights on coming trends:

@LeaChatham
There are 3 big trends that came out of Black Book released today (we see also elsewhere)

  • Software Upgrades (40% looking to switch EHRs)
  • Integration-90% managers see seamless EHR/PM/RCM as way to stay independent http://kareo.ly/SZLUQs 
  • Outsourcing -42% small practices hope to outsource billing in next 12 months http://kareo.ly/SZLUQs 

@Turbodean

  • Bigger patient pool due to ACA
  • Shift to value based pay models from fee for service
  • The rise of consumerism in healthcare

And, some comments on what is motivating these trends:

@Turbodean  Isn’t it typically some combination of rising costs and decreasing reimbursements

@LeaChatham It all boils down to staying competitive so you can stay independent

@Madisys  No data loss, ease of transmission, increased accuracy & reporting

@JRBillcheck  I think ease of use and support. One system to learn and one number to call for help.

If you missed it, you can check the #kareochat to see the whole conversation. And don’t miss next week’s #kareochat, Healthcare Social Media: How and Where to Get Started?, with Jon Mertz. Or join us for free webinar on how to get most from outsourced billing next week.

KareoChat

 

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