The landscape of physician practice management is changing rapidly. Physicians and their staffs are faced with increasing challenges and demands; however, there are also opportunities to improve patient care and streamline operations to meet the healthcare environment of the future. Altus Practice Management is here to help.

Altus Practice Management (PM) can help prepare medical practices for healthcare reform and looming risk-sharing arrangements by ensuring that practice operations are efficient and support quality and financial objectives. Our team of experienced PM professionals is trained to evaluate operational and financial improvements including the threat of increased medical costs, lower reimbursements, health reform and accountable care. Once a Proposal of Services is approved, Altus PM Consultants work with physician practices to discuss the processes to be used to achieve practice improvement goals and objectives.

Altus PM also provides ongoing support and direction to ensure that practices thrive during health reform. Our primary goal is to pinpoint each practice’s potential and increase productivity.

Contact/Request a Demo

To request a demo, please contact us.

Email: EMR@altushealthsystem.com

Tel: 832.230.8109

Available Services Include:

Accountable Care Organization Readiness Assessment

Billing and Coding Analysis

Health Information Technology (EMR) Integration

ICD-10 Implementation

Managed Care Contract Renegotiation

Marketing Plan Development and Execution

Medical Practice Differentiation in the Market Place

Operational Efficiency Assessment

Revenue Cycle Analysis

Revenue Enhancement

Strategic Planning and Implementation

Contact us today and learn how we can work together to improve your practice.

Altus Practice Management

11233 Shadow Creek Parkway Suite 313

Pearland, TX 77584

Phone: 832-230-8893

Fax: 832-230-8101

APM@AltusHealthSystem.com

The Altus Practice Management Readiness Process

An Altus PM Consultant meets with physicians and their staffs to acquire an understanding of practice needs and objectives. Armed with this knowledge, the Altus PM team will develop a customized Proposal of Services that describes:

Our understanding of a practice’s needs and objectives

A summary of our activities achieving those objectives

A breakdown of anticipated costs and benefits

Practice Management Resources

Through a partnership with eClinicalWorks®, the nation’s leader in electronic health records, Altus PM offers a solution to improve overall patient care. eClinicalWorks® has the tools needed to achieve Meaningful Use and empowers physicians to deliver affordable, evidence-based care at an affordable price.

eClinicalWorks® is a comprehensive, next-generation healthcare IT solution EMR that allows practices to improve efficiency and enhance patient care. Using industry leading technology, eClinicalWorks® helps practices deliver the best patient care possible.

Altus PM can assist practices every step of the way through the implementation process. Through competitive pricing and unparalleled service, Altus PM is the clear choice to help maximize the potential of a medical practice.

Key Features

Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

 

Comprehensive EMR Solution

 

Altus Practice Management and eClinicalWorks®

 

Improving Healthcare Together

EMR

eClinicalWorks® V9 is the next generation EMR, delivering interoperability directly from the clinical chart. The EMR includes multiple options for accurate, thorough, and fast clinical documentation plus ePrescribing, CPOE, Order Sets, and more. V9 features the new Interactive Clinical Wizard that provides a comprehensive snapshot of the patient in one convenient location. View recent encounters, the Problem List, who treated, current medications, family, social, and medical history, labs/imaging, referrals, and clinical alerts – all in one place. eCW V9 is the most advanced EMR yet.

eClinicalMobile

eClinicalMobile allows authorized providers to access patient information from any Smart Phone that has full web browser capabilities. Providers can access schedules, write prescriptions, send messages, capture charges at the point of-care, view the Patient Hub and access encounters knowing that the data is encrypted and hosted on a secure gateway.

Practice Management

eClinicalWorks® V9 Practice Management is a fully integrated solution that eliminates duplicate data entry (resulting in fewer errors and greater office efficiency) and pulls data directly from the clinical note to form the basis for the claim. Comprehensive patient registration features along with robust scheduling for providers and resources make front and back office workflow smooth and efficient. Clearinghouse connectivity for real-time eligibility checking, secure, internal messaging, and business intelligence reporting makes eCW’s V9 Practice Management the solution of choice for practices of all sizes and specialties.

Messaging:

eClinicalMessenger, a voice messaging system that utilizes Voice-Over-Internet Protocol (VOIP), enables the practice to send automated messages – in batch or individually to patients in a variety of formats (email, text message, voice message) and at times and locations specified by the patient. eClinicalMessenger can be used to send reminders for appointments, labs/imagin /procedures, practice notifications, etc. eClinicalMessenger is fully integrated within V9, is easily activated, and is customizable by the practice. eClinicalMobile is hosted by eClinicalWorks® in a fully redundant, reliable, and secure environment.

Patient Portal:

The eClinicalWorks® Patient Portal features a streamlined user interface for both patients and providers while providing extensive functionality. The web-based Patient Portal lets patients communicate securely with their physician over the Internet. Patients can view their Personal Health Record, view lab/imaging results, schedule appointments, request prescription refills, complete practice forms, and much more.

Interoperability:

eClinicalWorks® features a suite of interoperability solutions that are fully integrated with V9 and include: a Physician Portal - eClinicalWorks Electronic Health eXchange (eEHX®) – a platform to securely share facets of patient care, including electronic referrals, patient record summary, lab results, and quality measure data; Longitudinal Patient View; eClinicalWorks P2P® – an interoperability tool for practice-to-practice and provider-to-provider communication between not only eCW users but between eCW – Other EMR users as well; Enterprise Master Patient Index; eHub to manage data exchange between multiple ancillary systems; and Quality Measure and Popula on Health Alerts. eEHX is a hosted solution, providing reliable and secure services for all of the practice’s interoperability needs.

Benefits

The benefits of utilizing an EMR are endless. Key benefits include:

Increased Revenues

Reduced Expenses

Reduced Medical Errors

Improved Quality of Care

Improved Documentation

Improved Access to Medical Information

Enhanced Security

Federal Incentives

24/7 Support – Web and Telephone

Periodic System Updates

Training Videos

Free Webinars

Meaningful Use Training

Best Practices Advice Documents

Meaningful Use

To qualify for government incentives, private practices must meet all 15 of the core objectives and select five additional objectives from the menu objectives list.

Core Objectives

Menu Objectives

Implement computerized physician order entry Use drug-formulary checks
Use e-prescribing (eRX) Incorporate clinical lab test results as structured data
Report ambulatory clinical quality measures to CMS/states Generate lists of patients by specific conditions
Implement one clinical decision support rule Send reminders to patients per patient preference for preventive/follow up care
Provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information upon request Provide patients with timely electronic access to their health information
Provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit Use certified EHR technology to identify patient-specific education resources and provide to patient, if appropriate
Use drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks Perform medication reconciliation
Record demographics Provide summary of care record for each transition of care/referrals
Maintain an up-to-date problem list of current and active diagnoses Submit electronic data to immunization registries/systems
Maintain active medication list Provide electronic syndromic serveillance data to public health agencies
Maintain active medication allergy list
Record and chart changes in vital signs
Record smoking status for patients 13 years or older
Exchange key clinical information among providers of care and patient-authorizes entities electronically
Protect electronic health information

Medicaid Electronic Medical Records Stimulus

EMR Adoption 2011 EMR Adoption 2012 EMR Adoption 2013 EMR Adoption 2014 EMR Adoption 2015 EMR Adoption 2016
2011 $21,250 0 0 0 0 0
2012 $8,500 $21,250 0 0 0 0
2013 $8,500 $8,500 $21,250 0 0 0
2014 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500 $21,250 0 0
2015 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500 $21,250 0
2016 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500 $21,250
2017 0 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
2018 0 0 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
2019 0 0 0 $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
2020 0 0 0 0 $8,500 $8,500
2021 0 0 0 0 0 $8,500
Total $63,750 $63,750 $63,750 $63,750 $63,750 $63,750

Medicare Electronic Medical Records Stimulus

EMR Adoption 2011 EMR Adoption 2012 EMR Adoption 2013 EMR Adoption 2014 EMR Adoption 2015
2011 $18,000 0 0 0 0
2012 $12,000 $18,000 0 0 0
2013 $8,000 $12,000 $15,000 0 0
2014 $4,000 $8,000 $12,000 $12,000 0
2015 $2,000 $4,000 $8,000 $8,000 0
2016 0 $2,000 $4,000 $5,000 0
Total $44,000 $44,000 $39,000 $24,000 0

Disincentives

Beginning in 2011, eligible physicians received incentive payments of up to $44,000 from Medicare and $63,750 from Medicaid. In addition to providing incentives for health IT adoption, the legislation also established disincentives for medical practices that fail to comply with the timeline of the act. If eligible professionals are not compliant by 2015, their Medicare reimbursements will be reduced as follows:

2015: 1% Reduction

2016: 2% Reduction

2017: 3% Reduction

Subsequent Years: 3% Reduction

Eligibile professionals participating in the Medicaid incentive program are not subject to penalties.

Eligibility

Medicare Medicaid
Doctors of medicine or osteopathy Physicians
Doctors of dental surgery or dental medicine Dentists
Doctors of podiatric medicine Certified nurse midwives
Doctors of optometery Nurse practitioners
Chiropractors who are legally authorized to practice under state law Physician assistants who practice in a federally qualified health center or rural health clinic led by a physician assistant