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   RE: Emr /practice management
 From: Jean Antonucci
 To: Member Forum
 Posted: 11-22-2016 08:34
my two cents is that no doctor should do the billing Choosing a small personal billing company  whose success depends on our si well wortht the 8% or whatever You can refer people there  when they have issues,  not  do it yourslef    Mine is also a coder and    I tell her the dx if I do not  code it and she does it  well worth delegating it and just seeing patients


     Jean Antonucci MD
     115 Mt Blue Circle
     Farmington ME 04938
ph 207 778 3313   fax 207 778 3544

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I have also recently left employed position for private practice. Have been researching EMRs & like Drchrono: cloud based, patient can enter (you can have a kiosk set up with an iPad) their demographics & all past med history/meds/allergies which can save a lot of time (just need to check for accuracy which I would review at 1st visit anyway), it looks awesome for templates, seems very user friendly, & you can either pay for just the EMR $500/mo or get it free if you allow them to do your billing 96% collection rate with an assigned billing team that meets with you weekly if needed for 4-9% of your collections depending on your volume, & has a very open API so it can interface with most any lab co. you might need to receive results from.  Others I have been looking at: AtlasMD (for DPC practice model), MediTouch, Kareo, PrognoCIS, WRSHealth, Elation, Care360 & Practice Fusion.  If I go with PF then I will either need to do the billing myself (never done) or pay a private biller which I am finding rates vary from 6-9% of collections.  The trouble with any biller or company that does this for you I am finding is that they all seem to vary on how hard they try to collect & correct or inform you of coding issues for max collections & how they handle denials. You could be dumped with all the denials to rework or just write off. So it seems to me that you either go with a free EMR & pay for the billing or get the EMR for free & that company charges similar collection fees. The company providing the EMR for "free" then at least has 2ndary gain to provide a good EMR with updates to keep you as a paying customer via collection rate.

Has anyone actually used any of these EMR systems? Feedback please?


Cindi Croft
New Dimensions Family Care
Bradford NH

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