When a provider interprets tests in the hospital, the cardiology system produces electronic data for each test result and professional billing charges are automatically generated in pMD. This charge automation frees the physicians from the tedious process of having to manually bill for the test interpretations altogether, and the billing office receives the charges electronically and in real time.
“This interface exemplifies how valuable interoperability is,” pMD CEO Philippe d’Offay said. “There are cardiologists who aren’t billing for lower reimbursement services because the cost of the manual administrative work required to bill these services outweighs the reimbursement amount. We are committed to interface development to help our customers increase their revenue and protect physicians’ time from costly, manual processes.”
Pima Heart in Tucson, Ariz., employs pMD’s mobile charge capture software, which allows physicians to enter their medical billing charges into their smartphones and send text messages securely, to record and manage their hospital billing and outpatient procedures. Billing for cardiology test interpretations can be challenging because they are a high volume, low reimbursement service and therefore require a highly efficient billing process to be profitable. To solve this challenge, pMD worked with cardiology groups to create a standard feed directly from the cardiology systems in which they submit reports for ECGs, echos, and stress tests.
"The biggest benefit of the pMD ORU interface for us is that the physicians don't have to do anything,” said Jeremy Monday, a certified coder at Pima Heart. “They read the test, sign off on it, and then the charges flow directly to our billing system. This makes it easy for us to process high volume, low reimbursement procedures such as ECGs, echos, and stress tests."
pMD interfaces with electronic medical records, medical billing systems, and hospital information systems. As with the ORU interface used by Pima Heart, these interfaces optimize the efficiency of medical practices.
pMD’s mobile charge capture software supports doctors across multiple specialties by allowing them to enter their patient charges into Android, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch devices at the point of patient care. The patient visit is then visible to other doctors within the practice and can be billed immediately. Doctors using charge capture are increasing their ROI in a time where Medicare cuts, ICD-10, PQRS, and other costs are significantly impacting profitability. pMD increases efficiency and security in a practice through automation and secure text messaging, and it provides free interfaces with most major electronic medical records, hospital information, and medical billing systems, including Allscripts Pro PM, Allscripts Tiger, athenaCollector by athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Epic, GE Centricity (formerly Millbrook and IDX), MEDITECH, MobileMD, NextGen, and Vitera Intergy (Sage). For more information, contact pMD.