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Medigistics to Improve Business Outcomes for its Physician Customers by Using Comparative Analytics Tool from Availity

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Availity is pleased to announce that Medigistics, a medical billing and accounts receivable management company, is gaining a competitive edge by comparing and improving key business health metrics using comparative analytics.

The average group practice spends $247,500 on unnecessarily complex or redundant administrative tasks, according to a 2010 survey commissioned by the Medical Group Management Association. Comparative analytics allow medical practices to optimize performance, reduce audit risk and accelerate payments by preventing denied claims.

With comparative analytics, available through Availity’s Revenue Cycle Management product, Medigistics gains access to analysis and benchmarking technology that provides information on real-time reimbursements against state and national peers. The result is greater transparency into business operations.

“With comparative analytics, we’re keenly aware of how we stack up against competitors,” said Gary Broughman, treasurer for Medigistics. “We can quickly see where our opportunities exist. It’s a valuable tool for any office/practice manager or physician who’s serious about process improvement.”

Comparative analytics is a specific type of data-mining technology that allows providers to compare, in real-time, their revenue cycle and overall operational productivity performance against peers, locally and nationally. By discovering peer-to-peer benchmarks on key metrics such as payer processing times, staff productivity and denial rates, providers can uncover actionable insights.

“Medigistics will be able to quickly identify root problems and resolve obstacles in the revenue cycle, which enables them to focus on helping their clients run a healthy business,” said Sean Kilpatrick, director of the provider portfolio for Availity.

About Availity

Availity delivers revenue cycle and related business solutions for health care professionals who want to build healthy, thriving organizations. Availity has the powerful tools, actionable insights and expansive network reach that medical businesses need to get an edge in an industry constantly redefined by change. For more information, including an online demonstration, please visit www.availity.com or call 1.800.AVAILITY (282.4548).

About Medigistics

Medigistics, an employee owned company based in Columbus, Ohio, is a full service multi-specialty medical billing and accounts receivable management solution. We are expert at converting healthcare provider’s hard work into revenue for their respective business. All services for our clients are performed by our employees in our office in Ohio.

June 7, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Asterino & Associates Moves Medical Billing Software to the ClearDATA Cloud to Ensure Data Protection and Streamline Operations

MS Office, SQL Server, and MS Exchange also Moved to ClearDATA Cloud

Phoenix, AZ, October 15, 2012 – – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced that Asterino & Associates, Inc (A&A),a leading provider of medical billing and practice management services  located in Scottsdale, AZ, has moved its on-premise data center including; medical billing software, MS Office Suite, SQL Server, and MS Exchange servers to the ClearDATA Healthcare Cloud Platform.  After careful analysis, A&A determined that moving its software applications to the cloud would provide greater data security, increase redundancy and streamline operations by allowing its staff to focus on delivering excellence within its medical billing and collections business and state of the art security and efficiency capability.

A&A provides medical billing and collection services to physicians and healthcare systems across the United States. By hosting its applications and servers with ClearDATA, A&A is able to provide a high performance, reliable, billing services to clients regardless of their location. Cloud hosting also enables them to cost effectively scale its business by adding virtual servers and storage as needed, instead of having to purchase and maintain additional capacity

“Moving our applications and infrastructure to the ClearDATA cloud allows us to focus more on our core competency rather than maintaining our datacenter,” said Christopher J. Asterino, Chairman & CEO of Asterino & Associates.  “It is important to achieve “Best Practice” in all aspects of our business.  This relationship achieves our objective with regards to data security, redundancy and business continuity. With leadership provided by our Advisory Board, we thoroughly researched our clients’ data needs and went with ClearDATA because of its exclusive healthcare focus and HIPAA expertise.”

About Asterino & Associates, Inc

Since 1987 Asterino and Associates, Inc. has been providing medical billing and medical practice management services to both hospital-based and community-based physician groups across the United States. Asterino and Associates, Inc.’s dedicated team of over 75 healthcare professionals are devoted to assisting medical practices meet their business objectives with revenue cycle  management inclusive of medical coding, billing and collections and practice management consulting services. For more information, visit: http://www.asterinoandassociates.com/index.html.

About ClearDATA Networks, Inc.

ClearDATA Networks, Inc. is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs, and 100% dedicated to the healthcare field. ClearDATA’s services enable providers to fully automate and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage. The company provides HITECH HIPAA-compliant cloud and hosting infrastructure and managed cloud services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, healthcare information security and world-class support. The company also offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services to hospitals and providers in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of HIPAA security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use and to ensure a highly secure environment prior to enabling a HealthDATA Cloud platform installation. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales@)cleardata.net or visit: http://www.cleardata.net.

November 22, 2012 I Written By

OptumInsight and InstaMed Launch CareTracker Payment Connect to Simplify Electronic Healthcare Payments for Physicians and Patients

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. and PHILADELPHIA, Pa., (June 20, 2011) – OptumInsight (formerly Ingenix) has collaborated with InstaMed, the leading Healthcare Payments Network, to offer CareTracker Payment Connect, a new feature for the CareTracker practice management system from OptumInsight, to help physicians give their patients more options to pay their bills electronically, and reduce administrative costs.

CareTracker Payment Connect addresses the challenges associated with rising patient responsibility for healthcare payments by making it easier for patients to submit payments to physician practices. The solution automatically posts payments and reconciles financial records within the physician practice management system. It also allows patients to view their billing statements online and pay their bills via the CareTracker secure online patient portal.

Additionally, by using CareTracker Payment Connect, physicians can:

  • · Enhance patient satisfaction by offering simple, convenient choices for paying their bills online, over the phone or by debit or credit card at the point of service.
  • · Use less paper by sending statements and payment receipts to patients electronically.
  • · Reduce operational costs by automating tracking, recording and reconciling payments in the practice management system and using less postage.
  • · Increase collections: Physicians who give their patients more convenient choices for paying their medical bills may increase collections by as much as 200 percent (source: InstaMed).

“OptumInsight and InstaMed are making it easier for physician practices to provide their patients with secure, convenient choices for paying their health care bills,” said Russ Keene, vice president at OptumInsight. “CareTracker Payment Connect is a prime example of our efforts to give physicians easy-to-use solutions that enhance patient engagement and satisfaction while reducing administrative barriers to better financial performance for their practices.”

“Rising administrative costs and growing patient responsibility for healthcare payments place considerable financial burdens on physician practices,” said Bill Marvin, president and CEO of InstaMed. “We are thrilled to work with OptumInsight to deliver solutions that enable physicians to focus on their primary mission – delivering excellent patient care.”

About the CareTracker system from OptumInsight

The CareTracker system from OptumInsight includes a family of cloud-based services from OptumInsight that enable physicians to enhance patient care and manage their practices more efficiently. CareTracker includes an ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certified and CCHIT Certified 2011 Ambulatory EHR (electronic health record) system that saves physicians time and money by helping them access clinical information and patient medical history at the point of care.

For more information, visit http://www.optuminsight.com/ehr/caretracker/.

About Optum

Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. Optum is comprised of three companies – OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx – representing over 30,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to deliver integrated, intelligent solutions that work to modernize the health system, improve overall population health and build Sustainable Health Communities. Visit www.optum.com for more information.

About InstaMed

InstaMed is the leading Healthcare Payments Network connecting providers, payers and patients with healthcare clearinghouse, eligibility, estimation and payment transactions on one integrated platform. InstaMed enables providers to get paid more efficiently, payers to disburse payments at a lower cost with fewer incidents of fraud, and patients to experience a simple, convenient and secure way to pay. The InstaMed Network powers healthcare payments for over 100,000 users nationally with tens of billions of dollars in healthcare payments processed. Visit InstaMed on the web at www.instamed.com.

June 22, 2011 I Written By

New Medical Billing Service from Nuesoft Called Nuetopia

Nuesoft recently announced a new medical billing service they call Nuetopia. Here’s a video in true Nuesoft style that talks about medical billing:

Here’s the full press release:

Nuesoft to Offer NuetopiaTM Billing Services for Medical Practices

ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwire – January 10, 2011) – Nuesoft Technologies Inc. today announced the availability of Nuetopia, a new service combining the company’s NueMD® electronic health records and medical billing software with the revenue cycle management expertise of a credentialed team of medical billers and coders.

“Nuetopia is a natural extension of our software offering,” said Nuesoft CEO Massoud Alibakhsh. “After nearly 20 years of providing medical practice management software solutions, we have amassed a great deal of institutional knowledge about medical billing. We decided to harness that proficiency for small and medium-sized medical practices, for which medical billing, coding and claims processing are many times not core competencies.”

Nuesoft has operated its own clearinghouse and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) departments since 1999, and that has allowed staff to acquire specialized expertise in claims processing. The company also spent nearly two years researching the billing challenges unique to smaller medical practices and has added a team of certified medical billers and coders. This cumulative knowledge has allowed Nuesoft to begin offering Nuetopia to existing clients in 2010.

“What we’ve learned leading up to today’s launch is that it is rare to find a medical practice that is running optimally,” said Alibakhsh. “We see many practices that take on the ambitious task of handling billing and compliance on their own, but it often becomes difficult for them to keep abreast of the complex world of changing insurance rules and evolving regulations.”

Before signing up, Nuetopia subscribers receive a free 9-step analysis of their practice’s financial sustainability. That assessment is the basis of a customized plan that includes measurable objectives linked to each practice’s unique challenges.

On average, medical offices should anticipate a 10 percent increase in net payments by subscribing to Nuetopia.

“Nuesoft was able to take over our billing in one hour,” said Renee Drabik, practice administrator at Cadillac Urology in Cadillac, Mich., which has been using Nuetopia since September. “Our net payments have increased by 40 percent, and the transparency between our office and the service has far exceeded our expectations.”

About Nuesoft Technologies
Nuetopia is a division of Nuesoft Technologies, the leading Internet-based practice management solution for physicians’ offices, billing companies and university health centers. Established in 1993, Nuesoft was one of the first companies to pioneer software as a service (SaaS) and has the datacenter facilities to support secure and HIPAA-compliant application hosting. The company has an established U.S. customer base of more than 15,000 users in 49 states, and, as an independent clearinghouse, processes 3.5 million claims transactions per year. For more information about Nuetopia or Nuesoft, visit http://www.nuesoft.com or call (800) 401-7422.

January 10, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.