EMR and Medical Practice Management Software
Medical practice management software (PMS) is a type of software used to manage workflow of a medical practice. PMS typically has various features that allows practices to schedule patients, electronically file claims and bills, capture patient information, and create practice reports.
Medical Practice Management Software Features
The medical patient scheduling feature allows practices to manage patient scheduling electronically. It helps organize the daily, weekly, and monthly schedule, and can handle skipped appointments, last-minute reschedules, and walk-ins.
The medical billing feature handles the practice’s medical billing, invoicing, and claims management electronically. Not only does electronic medical billing aid practices in becoming more HIPAA complaint and achieving meaningful use when used with an EHR system, but it can help simplify your billing and claims processes through various features. A billing system will allow you to easily find medical billing records without having to sort through piles of paper. It also allows you to easily file claims with insurance companies through the electronic claims management feature, fast billing coding, and revenue management system.
The patient information feature of medical practice management software allows practices to capture and store patient demographics and information. Information from new patients is captured on a patient information form and entered into the software by staff. Information may include patient’s name, contact information, insurance information, and other data. Using this system, practices can automatically check insurance claims eligibility of each patient.
Monthly report creation.
The report creation features allows users to create reports on and understand overall practice performance, including financial reports. A medical practice management software usually includes report templates, but also allows users to customize these reports to fit the needs of the practice.
Software System Architecture
Medical practice management software is designed with one of three different types of systems architecture: desktop software, web-based software, or client/server software. The desktop software is designed to use in a small medical practice with only one computer. Web-based and client/server are more common system architectures. Web-based, or ASP, is a remotely hosted software system that can be accessed through the internet. The server is not located on premise, but is kept in a secure area and managed by a professional IT company. The client/server model is a on-site or local system.
Selecting software with the right systems architecture for your practice is important. The model you select should fit with your practice’s workflow, as well as any EMR or EHR system your practice has implemented.
Integrated PMS and EHR/EMR Solutions
Medical practice management software is often connected to EHR or EMR systems. Some vendors offer integrated PMS and EHR/EMR solutions while some offer these two software packages separately. Practices also have the option of purchasing PMS and EHR systems from different vendors, which many practices end up doing, however, this can cause challenging data integration issues between both software.
Practice Management Software List
Interested in purchasing medical practice management software? Here’s a list of some medical practice management software to get you started:
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