Wednesday, December 31, 2008

IO Practiceware Goes Paperless in 2009

In order to provide our customers with the best possible service, IO Practiceware has reinvigorated its commitment to cutting costs and creating an eco-friendly business model by eliminating its use of paper. Mailings, invoices, release memos, and other important informational will be conveyed electronically over email.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

E-Prescribing: IO Delivers Incentives to Your Practice

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In the coming year, many ophthalmology practices will switch to e-prescribing in order to reap its numerous benefits:  CMS is offering a 2% incentive payment of a practice’s total Medicare reimbursement -- in addition to the 2% PQRI incentive.  Using IO’s new e-prescribing EMR software release is simple and increases productivity in the practice.  This will mean:
  • No more work prescribing drugs than is currently required
  • No more paper Rxs to print, retrieve, and hand to patients
  • No more printer jams
  • Greatly reduced need to order and pay for special Rx paper
  • Better tracking of medications
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Monday, December 22, 2008

PQRI from A to Z: An Ophthalmologist's Guide

In 2009 the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (more affectionately known as PQRI) will increase their number of measures to 153 (also the total number of touchdowns NFL quarterback Roger Staubach threw during his career... coincidence?!) and we suspect you'd like to know what this will mean for your ophthalmology practice.

Where to start? You've probably consulted the harrowingly long-winded CMS website and found numerous PDFs that describe each measure and the accompanying procedure for reporting.

But because weeding through this information is about as pleasant as getting a root canal in the Lincoln Tunnel while driving at rush hour wearing a hair suit and talking on the phone with your mother-in-law, IO Practiceware has done the dirty work for you (because we like pain!) and compiled a summary of all PQRI info that relates to ophthalmology and your practice.

To view the summary, click here or the above link.

Need more? See also our articles on Auto-Coding and E-Prescribing.

Still need more? Leave a comment!

--IO

Friday, December 19, 2008

Help Us Revise Our Website

IO Practiceware's Company Website is undergoing a number of changes.  

We're trying to determine how exhaustively one can (or should) represent an EMR or PMS system via the World Wide Web.  We're like moody adolescents: we go back and forth between wanting to tell you everything and wanting to be as concise as possible, and wanting you to mind your own business, Mom! and then wanting to paint our nails and talk on the phone and go to the prom and [insert adolescent cliché].

Because, seriously -- trying to get you to like our multi-faceted and expansive EMR and PMS system just by looking at our website is like trying to get you to marry this guy named Neville based on his Facebook profile.

We'd like your input!  You there.  Yes, you.  We're wondering:

What information is most crucial to you when you're looking online for an EMR or practice management system?  What purpose should that company's website serve for you -- should it be a preliminary introduction, a "preview" of the software, or a comprehensive representation of the software?

Leave us a comment, send us an email, or give us a call (212) 844-0105.

Yours in Truth,

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Troubleshooting: Stop the "Anti-Virus" Virus

Hey everybody,

Many of you have been asking questions about a recent "anti-virus" virus that infiltrates your system by pretending to be anti-virus software.  Once you install the "software," it infects your system so you then have to buy more and more virus-disguised-as-software to eradicate it.  Pretty tricky, right?  Like eating ice cream cake to lose weight!  Or shaving your head to grow out your hair!  Or asking Tom Cruise for advice!

But, behold:  here is an article from PC World that explains how to remove the virus from your computer.  Bam.  It's time we out-virused the anti-virus virus.  

Yours as ever,
IO

P.S. If you found this article helpful, have any questions, or know of any more info, leave us a post in our comments section!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

News Article: EMR a 'no brainer'

Dear Faithful Blog Readers,

FierceHealthcareIT, which publishes weekly articles relating to the health care industry, has just posted something worth checking out: it's an op-ed by Anne Zieger about how EMR is awesome. If you think we're biased (and we're not! Okay, maybe we are), just take it from Anne. She'll give you an informed account of how EMR will fatten the proverbial hen that is your practice, salvage the future of health care, and save the world as we know it.

Ever yours,
IO