Eyefinity is honored with 4 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards.

EyeVote_logo_PracticeManagementSoftwareCompanyWe would like to extend a very special thank you to all of you who voted for Eyefinity in the EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards. We’re honored to have won Practice Management Software Company for the fourth year in a row.

In addition, this year Vision Monday and 20/20 added three new categories specific to practice management and EHR to the EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards. And we’re excited to announce that you voted Eyefinity #1 in all categories:

  • Practice Management Software Company
  • Practice Management Brand
  • EHR Software Company
  • EHR Brand

These awards are only possible because of you, our customers! The feedback we receive from you and the dedication of our staff to continually improve and enhance our software is the secret to our success.

We look forward to continuing to deliver practice management and EHR solutions that help you provide excellent care to your patients and enhance your business.

Congratulations to all the other EyeVote Readers’ Choice Award winners!

EHR: Your Prime Co-Management Tool

Untitled“Co-management is an important part of my practice–and technology from my electronic health records system is essential to making this happen efficiently and profitably. I can refer patients and send electronic scans with just a few keystrokes, and send to other healthcare providers with ease.” – Dr. F. Mason Smith, OD

Read the rest of this article here: EHR: Your Prime Co-management Tool

Reprinted with permission from Review of Optometric Business.

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Finding the Best Practice Management System for YOUR Practice

success_balloonSolutions That Not Only Work for You—But DO the Work for You Keeping your practice running efficiently and effectively should be a given, but there are many factors that play into its success.

Let’s take a look at what your practice management system can and should do for YOU in the billing and ordering arena.

  • Smart technology—Look for a solution that monitors for accuracy and ensures that claims are complete and error free before submission. This will save you time, reduce your claim rejections, and ultimately improve your bottom line with faster reimbursements.
  • Batch patient invoicing—Find a solution that allows you to generate all of your patient invoices with a single click. By bundling your invoices, rather than processing them individually, your practice efficiency will increase dramatically.
  • Ease-of-use—Billing and ordering should be so quick and effortless, you can do it yourself if you choose. Or if you’re already handling these tasks, find a solution that takes the hard work out of it, freeing you up for other matters.

Watch now how billing and ordering in Eyefinity Practice Management can take your practice to new heights! By learning and remembering how you like to work, Eyefinity Practice Management removes redundant tasks from your day.

The Three Pillars of Security

The security risk analysis is one of the big pain points for providers participating in meaningful use, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, implementing a yearly security risk analysis is a good business practice, whether or not you are participating in meaningful use. While you will never be able to completely protect your practice from every security risk, you can take steps to minimize foreseeable risks.

Security risk analysis is like a three-legged stool. If any of the legs is missing, the stool will fall over:

  • Confidentiality —Keeping health information secure, preventing unauthorized disclosure or access
  • Integrity—Ensuring information is complete, current, and accurate
  • Availability—Making sure information is available when it’s needed

Confidentiality is typically the primary factor considered when conducting a security risk analysis. You must take reasonable steps to protect your patients’ information from unauthorized access, either intentional (hackers/theft) or not (untrained staff). To protect confidentiality, be sure to use secure computer passwords, encrypt data, put locks on doors, and train staff on properly handling patient records.

Integrity is the second leg of the stool and is equally as important as confidentiality. You must ensure that your patients’ data is a true and accurate record of their health. If a patient’s record is tampered with, intentionally or not, that unreliable record undermines your ability, and other providers’ ability, to properly treat that patient. Consider, for example, how disastrous it would be if someone accidentally deleted a documented allergy from a patient’s record. How would it affect your ability to care for your patients if you could not be confident in the correctness of your patients’ records? To protect the integrity of your patients’ records, implement role-based security and audit logs in your software to help ensure only authorized and qualified personnel have access to update patients’ health information.

The third leg of the stool is availability. Your patients’ records, no matter how secure and accurate, are useless if they cannot be accessed by authorized individuals when needed. Consider what would happen if your office were damaged by a fire or a flood. How would you restore and access your patients’ records and how long would it take? And how is health information accessed, if needed, while you’re unavailable? You need to take steps to ensure health information is accessible in a timely manner to authorized users when needed. To ensure availability, maintain current offsite backups, replace and update computer hardware, and enable emergency access features in your practice management and EHR.

In our next article on security, we’ll discuss how to determine what steps you must take to protect patient data given limited time and resources. In the meantime, check out the Department of Health and Human Services’ tools and videos to help you complete your security risk analysis

Have questions about meaningful use? Contact us at meaningfuluse@eyefinity.com

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The Future of Practice Management—Taking YOU to New Heights

Wondering what’s on the horizon for practice management? Here’s your chance for an up-close look.EPM_webinars_hotair_balloon_150x200

Eyefinity® Practice Management is the latest cloud-based solution designed to automate and simplify the way everyone in your practice works.

From the front office staff, to the OD, to the optician, it’s THE solution that keeps everyone connected—all in one place.

Join us as we kickoff the first webinar in a 4-part series. See how the power of the dynamic patient scheduler will take your day from drab to fab.

Sign up for each topic—you won’t want to miss one! Check out the full lineup.

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Get Out of the Fog – Solution Models for Every Need

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Let’s consider the main solution model categories in practice management and how to best accommodate workflow needs.

It’s not one-size-fits-all, so you need the right information to make the right decision for YOUR practice.

  • Paper—Exactly as it sounds, all records are maintained in paper files. This can allow vulnerability to a number of risks, from theft or loss, to disasters such as flood or fire.
  • On-Premise—Software is installed on a server in your office. This provides more efficiency than a paper system, but can be very expensive and it limits access to your data. Plus, it can still leave you vulnerable to theft and disaster, as well as computer viruses, hardware failure, required software updates, and dedicated staff for IT needs.
  • Cloud-Hosted—3rd party hosting can alleviate many of the issues associated with paper-based operations or maintaining software in your office. Vulnerabilities are reduced, but this option can still be expensive depending on the solution.
  • Software-as-a-Service—Monthly subscription-based solutions can provide a highly economical and efficient means of practice management, and allow flexibility to access patient records anywhere, at any time, from any device.

In upcoming posts, we’ll take a more in-depth look at each of the models outlined above, so stay tuned.

Interested to see how easy and efficient practice management can be? Request a demo for Eyefinity Practice Management.

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Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions Extended

Featured imageCMS has reopened the submission period for hardship exception applications, allowing eligible providers (EPs), like you, one last chance to avoid the 1% Medicare payment penalty in 2015. The new deadline is November 30 at 9:59 pm Pacific. You must complete the Hardship Exception Application and email it to ehrhardship@provider-resources.com.

Chasing Deadlines

October 1 was a frenzied rush as thousands of EPs attempted to attest to meaningful use to avoid the 1% Medicare penalty in 2015. The crushing volume strained the attestation system as well as the call centers of EHR vendors. Frustration increased when EPs attempted to attest to the 2011 Edition criteria under the recent delay because CMS’s attestation system had not been retrofitted to accommodate the revised rules.

Breathing a Collective Sigh of Relief

To alleviate the situation, CMS has decided to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications after a three-month hiatus. EPs who were stuck in the snarl of October 1 will surely appreciate this extension.

Reading the Fine Print

This extension is not an outright postponement of Medicare penalties in 2015. To be eligible for a hardship exception, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You were unable to fully implement a 2014 Edition certified EHR because your certified software was not available soon enough for you to install, train, and use prior to July 1
  • You were unable to attest by October 1, 2014, using the flexibility options provided in the 2014 Flexibility Rule

Visit the Payment Adjustments and Hardship Exceptions webpage for more information about Medicare EHR Incentive Program payment adjustments.

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