Meaningful Use Incentives and Penalties Made Simple

oct1It’s October 1, and meaningful use is a hot topic. Here are the scenarios that you can expect:

First time Medicare providers who did not attest on October 1, 2014 will be assessed a 1% penalty in Medicare reimbursements beginning January 1, 2015. That penalty will increase by 1% every year, up to a maximum of 5% reimbursement adjustment.

What are your options?

  • Providers can stop the penalty by using a meaningful use CEHRT.
  • Providers who exercised the hardship exemption, which was available earlier this year, will NOT be assessed the penalty in 2015.
    • Those providers can start their attestation in 2015 and still receive an incentive.
      • Up to $8,000 in 2015
      • Maximum of $12,000 for their last two years of meaningful use participation

 

For more information, visit www.eyefinity.com/mu2

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Previewing Vision Expo West

Today’s post comes from Kevin Kane, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing:

Kevin Kane, EVP of Sales and Marketing

I’m really excited about my first Vision Expo event as part of the Eyefinity team. We’re eager to meet with you and hear your views regarding some of the evolving dynamics confronting the eyecare industry and sharing how Eyefinity programs, products, and services can benefit and grow your practice. Even if you’re already using an Eyefinity product, we have a lot more to share with you this year.

If you’re planning on heading to Vision Expo West next week, I encourage you to visit Eyefinity in booth #14064 and let us show you how you can increase your revenue by 10% or more annually with Eyefinity products and services. If you’re already within the Eyefinity fold, we’ll show you how to build on your existing Eyefinity practice management system to take your practice to the next level.

This is your opportunity to experience all Eyefinity has to offer. Attend free, daily theater presentations in the booth, participate in demos with knowledgeable members of our team, and attend our Power Session on increasing your revenue in the VSP Global® booth. Learn how the tools available to you can generate real income and real savings to your practice in attracting more new patients, reducing no shows, keeping money you have earned in the practice, and reducing the burden on the office staff. These are sound ideas that are not hard to implement and that work!

Eyefinity has been hard at work developing and enhancing our product portfolio with you in mind. Patient management just got easier with eWebExtra™/OfficeMate® integration, enabling your patients to schedule appointments online and download forms from youreWebExtra website prior to their appointments.

We also have a cutting edge and highly successful mobile app called EyeXam, one of the most popular health-related apps available. We’ll even be previewing some new enhancements coming to our most popular practice solution, OfficeMate/ExamWRITER®.

You also won’t wan to miss taking advantage of these great show specials*:

  • Order the latest version of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10 or an ExamWRITER upgrade to your existing OfficeMate license, and receive 20% off new license fees on software purchases.
  • Order ePrescribing and have your set-up fees waived (a $200 value). 0% financing program (cannot be combined with 20% off license fee or ePrescribing offer).
  • Sign up for eWebExtra and get free website setup services and an eStore, an online extension of your dispensary.
  • Sign up for EyeXam and receive exclusive show pricing.

*Valid only on orders placed at Vision Expo West.

We’ll see you at VEW!

Coming to Vision Expo West? Check out our daily theater presentations.

It’s that time of year again! Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot of you all at Vision Expo West! We’ve got some great theater presentations taking place daily at our booth (#14064) at the show (Thursday, September 6 – Saturday, September 8).

If you’re a planner, consider adding some of our daily 30-60 minute free presentations to your show schedule:

Demonstrating Meaningful Use in ExamWRITER 10:30 a.m.

Overview of how to demonstrate Meaningful Use in ExamWRITER to qualify for federal stimulus dollars. Hear how easy it is direct from doctors who have already received money from the government.

EyeXam 11:30 a.m.

Get ready to launch your practice into the mobile world with the new EyeXam app. Learn how this mobile technology puts your practice in patients’ hands, allowing them to schedule appointments, chat with you in real time, and much more–right from their mobile device or computer! This enables you to recruit, retain, and engage patients–anytime, anywhere.

AcuityLogic 12:30 p.m.

Get acquainted with our next generation optical software system, an easy-to-use, intuitive, integrated practice management system that supports the core areas of your business, available in the cloud. AcuityLogic with ExamWRITER is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012-certified as a Complete EHR Module by CCHIT, so you get the very best in electronic medical record capability.

OfficeMate®/ExamWRITER 1:30 p.m.

Learn why OfficeMate and ExamWRITER are the industry’s most widely-used integrated practice management and electronic medical record software, helping more practices qualify for federal stimulus payments and providing a better clinical experience.

Whats’s new in OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10.7 2:30 p.m.

Preview the newest version of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER, scheduled to be released this fall. See the new features that will help your practice run more efficiently, all the while saving you valuable time and money.

Save Time. Make Money. Be Happy. Make the Switch. 3:30 p.m.

See why thousands of eyecare providers choose eyefinity.com for all their claims and ordering needs. Eyefinity.com is the one, easy-to-use place you can quickly and securely do it all.

Meet FOCUS 2012’s keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Kraft

Ready to grab the mobile tech revolution by the horns and transform your practice? Wondering where to start? A great place to begin is by attending FOCUS 2012, presented by Eyefinity on September 5th atVision Expo West.  Take a minute and watch FOCUS’ keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Kraft preview his address: “The Future of Health: Where Can Technology Take Us?”

Looking for more info on FOCUS 2012? Find it here.

Get Ready for the Eyefinity Games

On your mark. Get set. Go! The Eyefinity Games are coming!

Virtual Users' Group MeetingOur fourth annual Virtual Users’ Group Meeting (VUGM) is just around the corner. The theme this year is “Eyefinity Games” in celebration of the summer’s competitive sports. The VUGM features a variety of courses—many of which are not the typical training that you might find on eyefinity.com or officemate.net. The VUGM will cover such diverse topics as meaningful use, practice growth, change management, monitoring your practice’s online reputation, inventory management, and tips for documenting an exam. But that’s just the first lap—check out the course descriptions and meeting itinerary.

Perhaps the biggest drag of any sporting event is crawling in traffic and traveling to get there. With the VUGM, you won’t have to worry about fighting for parking—the conference is completely online. You can participate in courses from the comfort of your home or office.

One last detail: the VUGM is free. That’s right, free! Eyefinity customers can participate in as many training courses as they want—all at no cost. In fact, different staff within your practice can take different courses.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to participate in a week of dynamic online training, all at no cost for Eyefinity customers.

When: July 23–27
Where: Online
Cost: Free to Eyefinity customers!
Details: http://www.officemate.net/usersgroup.aspx
Registration: http://www.officemate.net/ugm_reg.aspx

We hope you’re able to participate . . . and bring your “A” game!

Looking for a simple digital lens solution? Try UNITY Performance Optics

There is no disputing that digital lens technology offers patients the ultimate in customized eyewear, tailored for their unique visual needs and lifestyle.  Some eyecare professionals have found digital lens or “free form” lens technology to be difficult to dispense, but now there a simple solution available: UNITY® Performance Optics.

VSP Optics Group originally launched UNITY Performance Optics in March of 2011, and beginning today, they are expanding the portfolio with the introduction of premium digital progressive and single vision, wrap and computer vision lenses.  The new products give eyecare professionals even more choice in digital products that are easy to dispense, offering the latest technology and value without compromise.

Using advanced lens design and state-of-the-art processing technology, UNITY lenses  deliver quick adaption and high patient satisfaction. That satisfaction is a result of an unmatched quality verification process in which every UNITY lens produced is digitally mapped to ensure the lens design produced matches exactly what the doctor and laboratory intended.

The new products include:  UNITY PLxtra is a VSP “O” category digital progressive lens in five fixed fitting heights from 12mm to 20mm with position-of-wear design customization.

UNITY PLxtreme is the UNITY progressive lens solution for wrap frames.

UNITY SVxtra is a customized, digital single vision lens solution compensating for the patient’s individual position-of-wear measurements.

UNITY SVxtreme is the ideal single vision performance lens choice for patients with high wrap frames.

UNITY CVx is the perfect solution for patients that spend more than two hours per day in front of a computer, tablet or smartphone, as they offer optimal vision and comfort in the near and intermediate viewing area. They are the perfect match for patients with jobs or hobbies that utilize high levels of near and intermediate vision. CVx lenses are also simple to dispense and only require the patient’s distance prescription and reading addition power.

UNITY PLxtra, PLxtreme, SVxtra and SVxtreme all offer position-of-wear precision, delivering a customized prescription that gives patients even greater personalization and visual clarity by compensating for frame wrap, pantoscopic tilt, and back-vertex distance.

Watch the video below to learn more about UNITY lenses and what ECPs are saying about them.

UNITY products are available to all eyecare professionals and patients (including ordering through Eyefinity) and UNITY lenses are available in virtually all materials.  Additionally, VSP practices can maximize their revenue and receive up to $25 in UNITY Savings on each qualifying VSP claim. Designed to support VSP practices, the UNITY Savings program lets VSP providers exclusively receive $10 for each UNITY progressive lens dispensed to a VSP patient. They can then earn an additional $10 for adding UNITY Performance Coatings and another $5 for adding Transitions.

Learn more about the benefits of dispensing UNITY and how to maximize your revenue at the brand new VSP Optics Group web site.

Boot Camp Fridays are coming! Strengthen your OfficeMate skills with hands-on training.

Looking for a fast and easy way to enhance your OfficeMate skills to increase office efficiencies and grow your practice? If so, Boot Camp Fridays are for you!

From the award-winning Eyefinity® training team, Boot Camp Fridays offer one hour of live, hands-on training on using OfficeMate software in the cloud.

Convenient: 3 different webinars every Friday, all focused on topics that show the relationship between set-up, patient flow, and back office. 30 minutes of in-depth instruction and 30 minutes of hands-on practical experience. No travel expenses, and no time away from the office! Start times: 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., Pacific time.

Fun: Energetic and highly interactive—connect with the instructor and your peers!

Affordable: Just $59 per class—one low price for individuals or groups.

Variety: New topic and new classes every quarter.  Classes start April 6, 2012.

Register now for 1, 2, or all 3 at www.officemate.net/bootcamp.aspx

Questions? E-mail OfficeMateTraining@eyefinity.com.

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