maxRVU is now an Affinity Vendor for the American Osteopathic Association

We are delighted to announce that maxRVU has been selected for inclusion in the Affinity Vendor program with the American Osteopathic Association.

The American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) mission is to advance the practice of osteopathic medicine. Serving as the professional family for more than 129,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) promotes public health and encourages scientific research. In addition to serving as the primary certifying body for DOs, the AOA is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools.

maxRVU has grown rapidly over the last few years, and today it plays an integral part of hospitals and independent group practices across the nation for their charge capture and rounding needs. Capturing all patient charges is a vital component of every healthcare provider and organization and it should not be time-consuming. With maxRVU, we eliminate the frustrating inefficiencies of faxing face sheets, tracking index cards or paper charge tickets that lead to significant revenue leakage and time loss. It reduces time to bill by up to 85%, improving cash flow and reduces operational costs increasing revenues. maxRVU is in use across various physician groups and hospitals and across multiple specialties. It enhances communications among providers, assistants and billers and it is fully interoperable with any EHR.

We recognize that technology is a major contributor to creating increased efficiency and driving greater productivity for our clients. We’re looking forward to providing value to AOA members using our charge capture and rounding technology to optimize their workflow and revenues.

Growing physician trend: Simpler billing processes and no more paperwork

The U.S. healthcare systems have not been designed to make physician’s life easier. Years of training and abilities are being wasted while dealing with billing and paperwork as less time is dedicated to patients that truly deserve and need quality care. Practices and Hospitals are not spending enough time to improve operations.

placeit (3)Doctors now think differently than they did in the last decade. Most of them are now in favor of a single-payer healthcare, as published in a new survey from Merrit Hawkins. Medicare, for example, is a single-payer system in which the federal government pays the bills for those who qualify, but hospitals and other providers remain private. Despite the conflict of ideas about healthcare systems, the truth is that more physicians are now adapting better to changes and searching for less convoluted ways to deal with their billing processes.

The growing trend is that physicians want to spend more time taking care of the patients and to offer healthcare to as many people as possible. Today, less than half of the practicing physicians own their practices according to the American Medical Association, and they want less participation in who pays the bills. On top of that, studies have also shown that about a third of the physicians time is spent on administrative work. This clearly indicates the opinions of the majority to rely on one system to pay medical bills to make the process simpler and smoother.

Something has to change, and we are committed to making things easier. Designed by physicians and run by health information technology experts, maxRVU has been successfully implemented across the country. Click to learn more.

Chronic Disease Patients Need Better Shared Care Plans

maxRVUMore than half of American population, are affected by one or more chronic diseases. A patient with a chronic disease translates into one that will probably be visiting hospitals and doctors for several months or even years.
These patients will require the best quality treatments but also strong integration from all providers involved. Primary Care Physicians and Specialists must work together to achieve the best clinical outcomes. This integration has been called Shared Care. The use of Information Technology to potentiate Shared Care can come in handy.
A recent study published by Wim H van Harten, MD, PhD in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, reviewed the state-of-the-art regarding the effectiveness of IT-supported Shared Care interventions on the care of patients with chronic diseases: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), (congestive) heart failure, cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypertension, asthma, or cancer.
In this study, they state that Shared Care supported by IT systems makes visits more efficient and improves clinical outcomes. Among other benefits, “Electronic health record use improved PCP visits and reduced rehospitalization; electronic platform use resulted in fewer readmissions and better clinical outcomes; and the use of electronic communication application using text-based information transfer between professionals had a positive effect on the number of PCPs contacting hospitals, PCPs’ satisfaction, and confidence.”
Better and continuous quality of patient care can be achieved. Referrals can be done easily and faster, physicians can take decisions based on reliable records and patient’s histories without worrying about missing information.
Most physicians have not developed tools for care plans given that they take great efforts and expenses. A lot of work still needs to be done before IT systems can be implemented nationwide, however, there is a huge need for robust care plans that can be available at any time since the first patient visit and not only when something has gone wrong.
More details about the study can be found here.

Hey Doc, You Need a Vacation. Yes, There is Time For That.

Planning a summer vacation can sound very stressful for a busy physician. They need to hand-off patients to an available colleague who is probably also busy.

IMG_2341Call duties, shifts and billing paperwork need to get covered too. After everything has been arranged and the trip starts, there comes a time when they begin to check their phones or computers. Vacation Fail!

Relax we can help!

After you block your vacation days ahead of time and find someone who can cover for you, the real struggle begins. You start spending a lot of time to finish old paperwork, billing, and reports. You also need more time to hand in all the documents and information that your colleague needs to cover everything successfully. All this can be very easy instead.

Think of an HIPAA compliant mobile and web application that securely connects physicians with their billers and assistants in real time. Providers in the same group can access the list of patients, add session charges and submit to the billing office in seconds. Handoff patients for cross cover in a tap so your colleague can add new sessions and bill for those charges. After you come back, he will hand-off the patient back to you.

No more paperwork, no more additional meetings and no more computers or phones allowed on vacation. And if you are really tempted to check in, or you need to solve pending queries, just go to your app, review your inbox and message your biller or group. All in seconds with maxRVU. Learn more.

Check out this Forbes list of 12 amazing places to go in 2017 and start planning your next vacation.

The Green Side of Healthcare

3 Images iPhone 6Even though the United States government has no interest to participate in the global agreement to fight climate change, more than 1,200 private companies and government entities have kept a strong commitment to planet Earth. Here at maxRVU, we do too, and we have always been proud of doing our bit to help the environment.

Even today, most billing systems for physicians are still dependent on a lot of paperwork. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, does a good job to protect patient data but has also been a burden for the use of technology to transmit patient data. There are a lot of requirements for a healthcare communication platform to be compliant with HIPAA. For this reason, many providers find it easier to carry sheets of papers with them to annotate information about their encounters with the patients and then send these to billers to get their charges reimbursed.

Let’s talk about hospitalists as an example, who are physicians that work exclusively rounding at a hospital. On average, a hospitalist sees 30 patients a day. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, there are more than 50,000 hospitalists today in the U.S. Imagine each of them using at least 30 paper sheets a day to capture their charges during rounds. If we do a simple multiplication, we could be talking about 1.5 million sheets of paper used in a day by hospitalists in the U.S. or 180 trees per day!

maxRVU has made this whole process simpler and greener. Our encrypted HIPAA compliant solution allows providers to capture their charges on their phones and send them to billing offices with just a tap. Our users are now contributing to our planet while saving time and increasing their revenue. Over the years, maxRVU alone has saved more than 1,000 trees!

We probably won’t change the world by ourselves, but if each of us does their bit and we try to influence others, we could make a significant impact.

Learn more about maxRVU: info.maxrvu.com

Physicians well-being should always be top priority

“I should not be spending all this time on paperwork and accounting processes.” “I am a physician, not a biller.” “I need my day to have more than 24 hours”. “I should be earning more”. If you have said or thought about any of these, then you need to keep reading.

As stated by Ken Fisher, MD, on his article published in Medical Economics, “Physician well-being is vital to the delivery of good, cost-efficient care. Physician mental health is diminishing, and physician burnout is increasing, as reported in recent studies. This is becoming a national healthcare crisis…”

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As we have worked closely with doctors from all over the country, we can also confirm this. Even though ending the struggle to find a work-life balance is complicated, there are ways you can start getting closer to the ideal balance, and we are here to help.

An article posted on Medical Economics features doctors sharing their approaches to a healthy balanced work-life and providing peer advice. You can read it on the following link:
http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/2017-physician-writing-contest-winners

maxRVU can also certainly fill one piece in the balanced work-life puzzle. Imagine a world where you can send charges or solve a query from billing offices in less than 5 seconds. A world where you can add and manage your data and patients with just a few taps. A world where you can send information or messages to anybody from your group and be HIPAA compliant all the time. This world exists, and you can start today for free with maxRVU.

More than 60 hospitals and practices are experiencing this new era in which they can save time and increase their revenue at the same time. Their charges get reimbursed faster, and a lot of their billing headaches are history now. We want to make you more efficient and happier.

Taking care of your patient data makes you WannaCry?

maxrvu-6-e1496164209435.pngAs we go through the most intense technological revolution of all times, data protection has become essential in the healthcare industry and requires stronger governance strategies.

At the same time, cyber threats to data can compromise security and privacy. Hospitals and doctors are so busy trying to save lives that too often they don’t follow up with the latest updates and protection for their software and data is always at risk.

Also, as stated in The Economist by Bruce Schneier, a noted independent security expert, “people seem to have a fundamental disregard for security. They frequently prefer to risk the long-term costs of ignoring it rather than pay actual cash for it in the present.”

We recently witnessed the WannaCry cyber-attack that paralyzed high-profile entities all over the world, encrypting their data to ask for ransom money. Hospitals become a prime target of these cyber-criminals because they would pay up quickly and quietly [1]. Hospitals should invest more in resources trained to avoid, manage and control cyber-attacks. Obviously, this takes time, money and a lot of work.

In the meantime, adopting a secure parallel platform independent from the hospital on-premise system may come handy in such cases. A system that can provide complementing services to hospital EHR or Practice Management system may be extremely useful when locked out due to such attacks.

Such a platform can provide a short-term and effective solution to prevent losing data and paralyzing activities during cyber-attacks: Think of it like a safe where you can keep copies of your data that you can access it at any time and from many locations. If the hospital were to go through a cyber-attack, you would still have some level of data access and can continue operations while the problem is being fixed. This would ensure business continuity, communication, and collaboration at all times.

A charge capture solution like maxRVU can be very helpful in such cases. With your current census of patients, cases or consults, and secure communication, you will still be in touch with your daily work.

[1] WannaCry should make people trate cyber-crime seriuously, The Economist, May 2017. Retrieved from: http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21722158-it-has-been-neglected-too-long-wannacry-should-make-people-treat-cyber-crime