October 26, 2010

iRVU overview presentation

iRVU Overview

October 20, 2010

iRVU - New iPhone Medical Productivity App

e-MedTools released a new iPhone medical productivity app in the iTunes App store - iRVU!

iRVU lets you track work RVUs (Relative Value Units) for inpatient medical services like new patient H&Ps, critical care visits, consults, and follow up visits at the point of care.

A work RVU log is important for inpatient physicians such as hospitalists and intensivists because income is usually linked to work RVU production.

iRVU lets you keep a running tab on your RVUs so you can estimate your productivity based pay whenever you need to.

iRVU also includes business intelligence functions like reporting RVUs per encounter and charges per encounter.  These ratios can be compared to the other members of your practice or a set of benchmark data like MGMA survey data.


October 12, 2010

10 Reasons To Own E/M Code Check

e-MedTools is proud to announce the release of its newest product, E/M Code Check.

E/M Code Check is a smartphone application for medical documentation and coding. It features the Medicare documentation requirements for multiple patient encounter coding levels, Medicare allowable charges, and Medicare work RVUs (Relative Value Units) for each encounter code.

E/M Code Check also has exciting unique features not found in other smartphone applications, like Medicare coding distribution graphs and a Personal Productivity Log.

The Personal Productivity Log tallies the information for each patient encounter (total number of patient encounters, coding levels, wRVUs, Medicare allowable charges) and graphs it in a succinct, easy to read format. The graphic information even separates inpatient data from outpatient data.

This is a vital tool for physicians and other health care providers.

10 Reasons to Own EM Code Check

August 19, 2010

E/M Code Check now on Android Phones

E/M Code Check, our physician designed medical coding tool, is now available as a free application for Android Smartphones such as the Droid 2.

Documentation requirements are presented in a clear, concise format.  In just 3 easy steps you can find all the information you need to document a patient encounter!

August 12, 2010

iPhone Medical Coding App Released

Our new medical coding app for the iPhone and iPod Touch is now in the AppStore!

E/M Code Check is a physician created evaluation and management coding application that presents complex medical documentation requirements in a clear and concise format.  

Documentation requirements, Medicare RVUs, Medicare reimbursement rates, and medicare coding distributions for 10 specialties are included in this app.  

E/M Code Check can help you review your medical documentation for compliance in just 3 screen taps - a real time saver!

Features unique to E/M Code Check
  • Average Medicare Reimbursement Rates
  • Medicare Coding Level Distribution
  • Personalized Productivity Log

A personalized productivity log provides you unique insight into your coding habits.

E/M Code Check costs $34.99 and is available in the iTunes AppStore.

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March 1, 2010

MedicalTemplates and Medicare

Now more than ever, MedicalTemplates can help maximize reimbursement from Medicare. This is especially true for subspecialists who, since January 1, 2010, had up to an 11% reduction in Medicare reimbursement. This is now magnified with a 21% decrease in reimbursement for all physicians.

MedicalTemplates have quick, easy to use prompters with check boxes and fillable text boxes that are based on the 1997 Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services.

Thorough documentation, if done by hand, could take 20-30 minutes to write. Using MedicalTemplates takes just 5-10 minutes to complete. Saving just 10 minutes per patient could save 2 or more hours every day!

Thorough medical documentation is only half the battle, of course. Appropriate coding is also important, and MedicalTemplates provides free Medicare Audit Tool worksheets to assist with determining patient encounter levels.

February 4, 2010

New Pulmonary Clinic Outpatient Evaluation

MedicalTemplates have updated their outpatient pulmonary evaluation template "Pulmonary Clinic New Outpatient Evaluation"!

The new Outpatient Pulmonary Evaluation template has time-saving updates which you are sure to like!

The new template has a streamlined Past Medical History that includes an Occupational History and Military History section, a revamped Review of Systems with "yes" and "no" options, a detailed exam with pertinent positive and negative findings, and an expanded Impression with diagnostic plan prompters.

The newest addition is a lung diagram for graphically documenting a 2-dimensional position of abnormalities noted radiographically. This can be a quick reminder for future office visits.

All MedicalTemplates have easy to use check boxes and fillable textboxes for fast, efficient and thorough medical documentation!

Also included in the "Pulmonary Clinic New Outpatient Evaluation" are help buttons relating to documentation requirements, based on the 1997 Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services.

Consistent documentation that is thorough and concise is cost-effective, medically and legally beneficial, and a great time saver!

Pulmonary Clinic History and Physical

January 21, 2010

Clinic H&P Updates

The Clinic H&P MedicalTemplate for outpatient evaluations has undergone major updates and is now available!

The new, updated Clinic H&P now has helpful hints for assisting with documentation necessary for proper billing and coding, based on the 1997 Guidelines for Evaluation and Management Services. The Review of Systems has been updated to reflect "yes" and "no" options. The History of Present Illness has been expanded to permit more writing space. The Past History has been streamlined. The exam has been expanded to include pertinent positive and negative findings. The Impression and Plan section contains additional writing space, and has space for documenting code status and diagnostic plans.

We are confident that these updates will make patient encounter documentation easier and more likely to result in better coordination of documentation and coding!

Clinic History and Physical MedicalTemplate

January 14, 2010

New Inpatient Evaluation Template

The New Inpatient Evaluation template designed for the initial evaluation of hospital patients is now updated.

The most important change to the New Inpatient Evaluation template is that it has been modified to reflect the format and wording described in CMS' 1997 Guidelines for Evaluation & Management Services. Help buttons in major sections describe information regarding the documentation necessary for coding.

Other important upgraded features include:
1. Expanded Review of Systems with more signs and symptoms AND yes/no options
2. Streamlined Past Medical History
3. Expanded Exam with check boxes for pertinent positive and negative findings
4. Code status
5. 3 page format with expanded Impression and Plan

Like all MedicalTemplates, the New Inpatient Evaluation template is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format that contains active check boxes and fillable text boxes. The PDF format makes medical documentation with MedicalTemplates simple, efficient, and reliable. The PDF format makes it easy to carry information to any location, save data for later reference, and make changes as needed.

New Inpatient Evaluation (History and Physical)

January 8, 2010

COPD Evaluation Template for Outpatients

MedicalTemplates has released a new COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Evaluation Template designed for use by all health care providers in the outpatient setting. The template is in a fillable PDF format by Adobe Acrobat and contains checkboxes and fillable textboxes.

The new COPD Evaluation Template has generous space for documenting the HPI, and contains prompters that readily distinguish the severity of illness and recent symptoms or events that may indicate a need for changes in the COPD medication regimen, or even hospitalization.

The Review of Systems has convenient buttons for checking "yes" or "no" options, dramatically reducing the time spent on this task.

The Past Medical, Family and Social History (PFSH) contains disease-specific prompters for common or relevant disorders. In addition, there are prompters for a detailed Malignancy history, occupational or inhalational exposure history, and common diseases among family members that may affect a patient's health.

The Exam emphasizes pertinent positive and negative exam findings, and contains space for free text documentation of additional findings.

The Impression and Plan is generously sized to permit detailed discussions, and contains convenient prompters for common treatments, diagnostics and lab tests.

Prompters with simple check boxes limit the need for handwriting or typing. Fillable text boxes permit free text descriptions for areas that require further, detailed documentation. Features such as these help to improve health care provider efficiency by decreasing the time needed to document a patient encounter, ensure that essential topics are discussed, improve documentation, and provide supporting documentation for adequate billing and coding needs. The COPD Evaluation Template was created following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) 1997 E & M Documentation Guidelines, and the development team included a board-certified Pulmonary Disease Specialist.

The COPD Evaluation Template for outpatients is a valuable tool for all health care providers who evaluate and treat patients with COPD, or those at risk of developing COPD. The COPD Evaluation Template helps to make documentation as fast and easy as possible.

Outpatient evaluation for COPD Medical Documentation Template

January 4, 2010

e-MedTools Is Now On Twitter

Tweeting is our latest venture. Check out updates on e-MedTools, MedSpel and MedicalTemplates on our Twitter page.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Psychiatry Evaluation Template Updated!

Good Monday Morning!

MedicalTemplates has just released an updated version of the Psychiatry Evaluation Template. This version is far superior to the previous version!

The new Psychiatry Evaluation Template has increased the size of the HPI box for free text. The Review of Systems (ROS) has been expanded to include Yes/No options. The Past Psychiatric History (in the PFSH) has been expanded to include hospitalizations and treatments. The Exam portion is more detailed and contains expanded free text boxes, and the Impression section has been expanded to include prompters for Data Reviewed, Care Coordinated With, Recommended Diagnostics and Recommended Actions.

We think folks are going to love the improvements, and we value any and all feedback!

Thank you to all those who have already purchased a Psychiatry Evaluation Template! Look in your e-mail for your complementary updated MedicalTemplate!

Be sure to check us out on Twitter for more frequent updates:)

January 3, 2010

Trailblazer Medicare Audit Tool

The Trailblazer Medicare Audit Tool is designed for use by health care providers and their staff. Health care providers, even those in training, can use the Trailblazer Medicare Audit Tool to determine appropriate billing levels for the complexity of medical documentation for each patient encounter. It can also be helpful for learning the complexities of medical documentation, and for assisting internal audits for EM documentation. The Trailblazer Medicare Audit Tool is created in a fillable PDF format, permitting users to rapidly complete the form digitally on any computer, but can still be printed out and manually completed.

Each Trailblazer Medicare Audit Tool has readily visible and easy to use check boxes and fillable text boxes for marking the appropriate level of documentation for the medical History, Exam and Medical Decision Making.

The Trailblazer Medicare Audit Tool is subdivided into the following categories:
Medical Decision Making

The History is subdivided into the following categories:
History of Present Illness (HPI)
Review of Systems (ROS)
Past Medical, Family and Social History (PFSH)

Medical Decision Making is further subdivided into 3 categories:
Number of Diagnoses OR Number of Treatment Options
Data Reviewed or Ordered
Risk of Complications, Morbidity or Mortality

The sum of the 3 categories of Medical Decision Making determine the Complexity of Medical Decision Making.

The levels of the History, Exam and Complexity of Medical Decision Making determine the Overall Patient Encounter Level.

Trailblazer Medicare Audit Tool