digiChart Expands Offerings to Meet New Demands on OB/GYN Physician Practices

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Specialty-focused EHR company now offering specialized medical billing and analytics

digiChart, Inc., the nation’s only OB/GYN specific electronic health record company, today announced the addition of specialty-focused medical billing services and practice analytics in a move to ensure their customers have the services they need to be sustainable and profitable in an ever challenging reimbursement environment. “The looming start of ICD-10 this year and the move to value-based payment in 2016 present OB/GYN practices with a potentially significant impact on their incomes over the next 6-12 months,” said Rodney Hamilton, MD, CEO of digiChart. “We recognized the gap in services specifically geared to supporting OB/GYNs and the addition of the new tools and services was a natural progression for us.”

digiChart was built with the input of OB/GYNs to mimic the workflow in the OB/GYN practice, improving clinical decision-making and giving all providers the same level of documentation capabilities and needed functionality to enhance patient care. According to Dr. Hamilton, “the move to ICD-10 meant upgrades to the EHR system to ensure our practices could smoothly and successfully transition. It was a short leap to recognize the billing challenges ICD-10 would unleash and the need for specialized billing services with OB/GYN and ICD-10 Certified coders.” The service is clinically-driven – a unique feature that integrates billing with the clinical system to improve documentation and coding leading to optimal reimbursement. Add to that a billing and coding team with specialization in OB/GYN and the value is unparalleled. digiChart added Medical Billing in May to implement practices who wanted the additional services before the October 1 ICD-10 deadline.

In the midst of ICD-10, CMS has identified OB/GYN as one of the first specialties to be moved from traditional fee-for-service to value- based payments early in 2016. This will require providers to deliver care according to specific guidelines in order to receive maximum payment. Additionally, there will be new reporting and quality requirements. “This new payment system will require physicians to manage the care of their patients beyond the office setting, says Sustin Anderson, Vice President, Strategy and Analytics for digiChart. Physicians will have to know more about their patients and outcomes for reporting. Additionally, identifying key performance metrics and continuously measuring and monitoring their performance will be vital to ensuring their continued success.”

digiChart has developed a practice scorecard using publicly available data combined with the data it is able to aggregate from its national network of OB/GYN providers. This analytics tool allows practices to continuously monitor and improve clinical, financial, and operational performance. Practices can set their own goals, or measure their success against peers in the area or even against national benchmarks.

“Our overall goal with this expansion of tools and services is to provide OB/GYN practices with comprehensive resources and knowledge to manage their whole practice,” explains Dr. Hamilton. “The combination of specialty-focused EHR, medical billing, and the analytics we can derive from those systems means physicians can now know how their practice is performing, act quickly to adjust the way they do things, and see improvements that strengthen their overall practice performance.”

About digiChart

digiChart delivers tools, services and knowledge to OB/GYN practices helping providers manage the whole practice. The specialty-focused EHR was built with the input of OB/GYNs to mimic the workflow in the OB/GYN practice; this unique feature improves clinical decision-making and gives providers consistent documentation capabilities and functionality to enhance patient care. In addition, digiChart delivers clinically-driven revenue cycle services integrating medical billing with the clinical system to improve documentation and coding to secure optimal reimbursement. And, robust practice analytics give physicians clarity about how their practice is performing so they can act quickly to adjust the way they do things and see improvements that strengthen their overall practice performance. For more information, call (877) 634-2727 or visit http://www.digichart.com.

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