New Practice Gets Off to a Great Start with Kareo

July 28th, 2014 by Kareo

Mary Lou AlonsoStarting a new practice can be daunting even for a healthcare veteran like Mary Lou Alonso, NP, who has 30 years of experience. The challenges go beyond those of a traditional small business. There are the added pieces of setting up medical billing and putting in place processes for scheduling, clinical documentation, and much more.

When Mary Lou Alonso decided to go out on her own, she knew all of this, and she looked for a software and services partner who could help get her new practice off the ground successfully. “I belong to a group of Nurse Practitioners who meet to talk about these types of business issues,” she recalls. “Someone suggested Kareo. I have worked with a lot of different systems, and I was impressed with what Kareo offered.”

 

Mary Lou was looking for a complete solution—practice management, electronic health records, and billing services. “We were being pursued aggressively by other companies, but in the end, I chose Kareo because it offered a whole solution for a low flat rate each month, and I really liked the documentation in the EHR. It seemed to be made for small practices like  mine.”

The flat rate was all inclusive, and there were no contracts or extra fees. Other vendors had told Mary Lou there would be additional fees for credentialing or adding more staff. She liked that she could see her billing at any time and at very deep level of detail. And as a provider she also liked the documentation, which she says is easy to use. She appreciates that with the documentation, she can easily go back and review what she has entered.

“The thing I like most about Kareo is that it is designed for small practices like mine,” Mary Lou says. “It is easy to use and offers lots of flexibility. It has the features I want and very personal service and support. And, I get all of that for a price that my new business can afford.”

To learn more about Mary Lou and the Simple Start program for new practices, read the full case study.

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Kareo and Falcon EHR Deliver Integrated Solution for Nephrology

July 24th, 2014 by Kareo

FalconKareo has launched of a new cooperative relationship with Falcon EHR, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA). This new solution provides best-of-breed clinical and financial management tools to allow nephrology practices to improve efficiency and focus more time on patient care.

Physicians use Kareo Practice Management software to complete tasks such as creating patient records, scheduling appointments, and updating patient information. These data are then dynamically updated in Falcon EHR, eliminating duplicate entry. In a similar fashion, data entered in the Falcon EHR Superbill are automatically uploaded to the Kareo PM for speedy and accurate billing. This seamless integration can now be purchased by physicians, and it reduces risk, lowers costs and allows more time for physician/patient engagement.

“For nephrology practices to thrive in their complex business environments, they need technology tools that work together,” says Derek Schoonover, Vice President of Falcon EHR. “This integration with Kareo is a great opportunity to continually improve the way our centers manage the business aspects of their practice. We are proud to extend our services in the nephrology market with Kareo.”

Falcon EHR is the latest specialty EHR addition to Kareo Marketplace. Marketplace brings private practices a specialized selection of cloud-based applications and value-added services that can help optimize operations, deliver improved financial performance, accelerate adoption of EHRs, and drive outstanding patient engagement. All of the solutions offered in Marketplace can be seamlessly integrated with and build upon Kareo’s medical office software platform.

To find out more about the Kareo and Falcon EHR partnership, read the full press release or visit Kareo Marketplace.

 

 

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Latest Kareo Release Offers Enhanced Notes and Templates

July 17th, 2014 by Kareo

On Wednesday, July 16, Kareo EHR was upgraded to the latest version. This release includes the ability to quickly access previous patient’s notes while working on a current note and add patient photos to a patient profile. There are also new Medicare templates. For more information on the specific features, see below.

Quickly Access Patient Notes History
Now you can quickly view a patient’s previous note while working on a current note. Find out more in the full release notes.

Upload Patient Photos
Improve your relationships with patients by uploading patient photos to the patient’s profile. Simply take a photo using an external web cam or camera, then drag and drop the image file from a location on your computer. Learn more in the release notes.

Kareo EHR release notes

New Medicare Templates
To help ensure that you can meet the requirements to bill for Medicare visits, there are now new Medicare templates available, including the initial visits, first annual wellness visit and subsequent well visit. Get more details in the full release notes.

Share Your Thoughts
At Kareo, we continue working hard to make electronic health records easy for you. Customer feedback drives our service and ensures we build the features that matter most to you, so your input is critical to us. Please submit your feedback here.

 

 

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Free Webinar: Simple Ways to Improve Patient Collections Now

July 14th, 2014 by Kareo

Register NowPatient Collections 101: Let’s Start at the Beginning
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM ET

When was the last time you took a good look at your patient collections processes? Things have been changing in recent years, and they continue to do so in 2014. Patients are paying as much as 30% of their healthcare costs today out of pocket. While many preventive care services are now covered, there are a lot of people who now have higher deductible plans and higher copays. As a result, having a strong program for effective patient collections is more crucial than ever.

In this webinar, patient collections expert Mary Pat Whaley offers a review of the basics and the best practices for improving patient collections. You’ll learn:

  • How to create and use a payer matrix
  • The value of eligibility and benefits information
  • Why the financial policy is the best patient collection tool you have
  • The role of a credit card on file program in patient collections

Who should attend? Practice managers, billing managers, billing and front desk staff, and healthcare providers who are interested in improving patient collections and reducing A/R.

Register Now

About the Speaker

Register NowMary Pat Whaley, FACMPE, CPC, is the Co-Founder and President of Manage My Practice. With over 25 years managing physician practices of all sizes and specialties in the private and public sectors, Mary Pat is one of the preeminent physician advocates and practice management consultants in the United States today. In addition to her Board Certification in Medical Practice Management, she is also a Certified Professional Coder and a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She is widely quoted in national practice management magazines including Medical Economics, Physicians Practice, the Journal of Medical Practice Management, Physicians Digest, and Outpatient Surgery Magazine.

 

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Kareo July Newsletter Offers Tips to Improve Patient Collections

July 11th, 2014 by Kareo

The July edition of the Kareo Getting Paid Newsletter highlights changes in patient accounts receivable and trends in physician satisfaction. The newsletter also provides a chance to discover upcoming events, news, and resources from Kareo. Plus, you’ll learn about how to register for our upcoming free educational webinar, Patient Collections 101: Let’s Start at the Beginning, presented by Mary Pat Whaley. Read all this and more now!

Kareo July Getting Paid Newsletter

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