Posts tagged ‘ASC’

RE: EHRs in Surgical Practices

Recently, on his blog “Life as a Healthcare CIO,” Dr. John Halamka gave advice on how to implement EHRs for surgical practices. Dr. Halamka points out many of the issues we’ve found when meeting with surgical practices and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Surgical practices offer a unique set of problems as they have a very specific purpose, are less likely to have many returning patients, and capture a limited amount of information (the rest being captured by referring general practitioners/primary care physicians and their respective facilities). So where is the incentive for these practices to adopt an electronic solution? How can EHRs address these particular needs without being too disruptive to the surgeons’ workflows? Dr. Halamka has some ideas – based on his own experiences – but I think there’s more to add to this discussion.
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November 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

SourceMedical Partners with mTuitive to Improve Postoperative Reporting for ASCs and Surgeons

Continues SourceMedical’s tradition of comprehensive solutions for all of surgeons’ needs while utilizing mTuitive’s expertise with electronic medical reporting.

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Birmingham, AL, November 15, 2010 – SourceMedical today announced a partnership with mTuitive, Inc. to help ASCs and surgeons improve postoperative reporting and streamline medical coding processes. Built upon mTuitive’s electronic postoperative reporting solution and fully integrated with the AdvantX, Vision and SurgiSource applications, SourcePlus OpNote will provide ASCs and specialty hospitals with immediate access to surgeons’ postoperative reports and coding data leading to more rapid and accurate revenue cycle processes.

“As an orthopedic surgeon who does exclusively outpatient procedures, I see significant value in the integration of mTuitive’s OpNote into SourceMedical’s management software such as improved reporting for participating ASCs,” said Dr. John Mattson, an active user of the OpNote system. “After a short learning curve, surgeons will find that SourcePlus OpNote is faster than dictating and far less onerous for surgeons as the repetition present in 90 percent of operative reports is eliminated. We now produce superior operative reports while generating additional revenue. Integrating this technology with SourceMedical’s ASCs management software is a win for both surgeons and facilities.”

With SourcePlus OpNote, ASCs are no longer required to spend time and money having surgeons’ postoperative reports transcribed. SourcePlus OpNote makes surgeon reports immediately available via the fully web-based platform to the surgeon and ASC staff. By standardizing documentation and distributing reports simultaneously to all stakeholders immediately after approvals are entered, the entire coding and revenue cycle process is accelerated.

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November 15, 2010 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Becker’s ASC Conference – Come Hang Out with mTuitive!

Are you at Becker’s ASC Review’s 17th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Center Conference? Or are you just in Chicago and want to check out mTuitive OpNote in person? Want to see if we can rile up Bobby Knight enough to throw a chair at our booth?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of those questions, then come on down to mTuitive’s booth (#62) at Becker’s ASC Review’s conference. Say hello to Chris & Colin! Grab some of our free swag! Watch OpNote in action on iPads.

Come on down!

October 22, 2010 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago – Becker ASC Conference 2010

Are you in Chicago?

Do you work at an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) or are you interested in learning how OpNote will work for your Orthopedic, Spine and/or Pain Management practice?

Come and visit mTuitive at the 8th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference which is being held Today, June 10, through Saturday, June 12th, at The Westin (on Michigan Ave).

Christopher and Colin will be on hand to talk to anyone interested in learning more about OpNote and they are ready to answer any questions, including those pertaining to pricing, interoperability and implementation. Also present at the conference will be Dr. John Mattson, our orthopedic surgical consultant who will show everyone how he uses OpNote in his orthopedic procedures and how easy it is to create defaults – all on his own iPad!

Becker ASC Review is a great source of information about ASCs – including news, articles, editorials and developing products. Definitely recommend heading over to that site if you’re interested in finding out more about the growing community of ambulatory surgery centers.

Also, we’ll be tweeting about the conference throughout the next three days, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, or simply look for the conference tag #ORTHOASC2010.

June 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Coding in the Time of EHRs

While developing OpNote, we’ve encountered some push back and criticism from the various organizations. But the most pointed barbs of criticism have come from medical coders at the hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Based on the way that we have constructed OpNote, physicians automatically capture the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes. While the coding is evident – and users can search by codes, if so desired – surgeons are not forced to navigate through codes, but instead they find the proper procedure and diagnosis by using words and common phrases.

Some coders have balked at the idea of doctors coding their own procedure. There are nuances to the coding structures that could easily be missed by those who have not made it the primary focus of their jobs to know how codes are generated or what factors in the report lead to changes in the coding process. The number of physicians that confidently know medical coding is increasing, but there will always be various subtleties to coding that really only come from education and experience. However – that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.
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May 27, 2010 at 10:01 am Leave a comment


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