AntWorks selected for 10 Most Promising Practice Management Software Solution Providers 2015

FREMONT, CA—December 18, 2015— HealthCare Tech Outlook (www.healthcaretechoutlook.com) has chosen AntWorks (www.ant.works) for its 10 Most Promising Practice Management Software Solution Providers 2015. The positioning is based on evaluation of AntWorks’ specialties in its customer-centric approach and two delivery models BPaaS and TaaS .The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of Healthcare Tech Outlook’s editorial board to recognize and promote Technology entrepreneurship. AntWorks can help you create the technology and process backbones that will drive your next wave of growth. AntWorks’ cloud-enabled applications and platforms help clients to experience agility like never before. Its platforms for healthcare cover the entire lifecycle including EHR, practice management, scheduling and revenue management. Business-Process-as-a-Service (BPaaS, also been termed “platform BPO”) – This delivery model, typically part of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) offers opportunities to leverage best-in-class technology and standardized yet configurable processes without major capital outlays. It sometimes provides the option of using a Software-as-a-Service layer that only encompasses the application part of the delivery stack.    About AntWorks AntWorks is a Singapore-based technology and services firm specializing in providing solutions primarily to the financial and healthcare sectors through two delivery models – BPaaS and TaaS. The company has a global presence with offices in Virginia, Qatar, London, Mumbai, and Singapore. AntWorks also has an operational 200-seat delivery center in Pune, India. Founded in 2015 by technology and outsourcing veterans Asheesh Mehra and Govind Sandhu, the USP of the company is its customer-centric approach. Driven by the principle of customer first, the mission statement of this firm is: Maintain zero distance from customer to enable faster...

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Webinars for Benchmark Clinical Clients Begin 11/13/15

On Oct 6th of this year (2015), CMS proposed its file rule change for the EHR Incentive Program which impacts both Stage 2 and Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. Beginning Friday, 11/13, Benchmark Systems will hold 6 free webinars for our Benchmark Clinical clients in order to communicate the critical changes that have been made affecting their practices in 2015. An overview of the changes made to Stage 2 MU can be found here. To learn more about or sign up for the Meaningful Use Stage 2 webinars, call our office at (800) 779-0902, email us at info@benchmark-systems.com or visit our Meaningful Use Stage 2 webinar page online here.     For additional questions, call us at (800) 779-0902.  ...

An ICD-10 Countdown to the Holidays

Because we know that you all loved the original ICD-10 Code of the Week Series for the October 1 date, we’ve decided to bring it back. But, this time we’ve re-vamped the series for the holidays. To answer your question, yes – we know that Christmas and Kwanza are about 7.5 weeks away and Hanukkah is 4 weeks away, but we just couldn’t help ourselves! Just like the department stores, we’ve foregone Thanksgiving completely and skipped right ahead to the most wonderful time of the year. Buddy the Elf would be so proud of us right now. For the next seven weeks, beginning November 11th and continuing to December 23rd, we’ll update you all with a new holiday themed ICD-10 code. Get ready to be filled with holiday cheer every Wednesday at...

CMS Seeks Feedback on Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule

On October 6, 2015, after much anticipation, CMS released the final rules for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use incentive program and the corresponding certification requirements for EHR vendors. Now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking for feedback during the 60-day comment period that has followed the publishing of the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule.     CMS issued a recent bulletin calling for feedback on provisions in Stage 3 that will impact eligible professionals and hospitals for some Medicare providers in 2017 and all in 2018. According to CMS, there will be a 60-day public comment period to facilitate additional feedback about Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs going forward, in particular with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which established the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and consolidates certain aspects of a number of quality measurement and federal incentive programs into one more efficient framework. The 60-day comment period for the Stage 3 final rule ends December 15. The list of Stage 3 provisions eligible for comment include four of the seven bullet points identified by CMS: II.B.1.b.(3).(iii) – EHR Reporting Period in 2017 and Subsequent Years; II.B.1.b.(4).(a) – Considerations in Review and Analysis of the Objectives and Measures for Meaningful Use; II.B.2.b – Objectives and Measures for Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs; II.D.1.e – Methods for Demonstration of the Stage 3 Criteria of Meaningful Use for 2017 and Subsequent Years; II.G.2 – EHR Reporting Period and EHR Reporting Period for a Payment Adjustment Year for First Time Meaningful EHR Users in Medicaid; Paragraphs (1)(ii)(C)(3), (1)(iii), (2)(ii)(C)(3) and 2(iii) of the definition of...

Critical Changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use for the 2015 year

On Oct 6th of this year (2015), CMS proposed its file rule change for the EHR Incentive Program which impacts both Stage 2 and Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. While the rule does have a 60 day comment period and thus has opportunities for further change, we wanted to let you know the most immediate changes that affect 2015. While we are planning on hosting webinars on Stage 2 for 2015, the lateness of the rule change has put pressure on all involved parties to respond as quickly as we can. Critical Changes for Stage 2 Below is a short summary of the most critical changes that impact the 2015 reporting year. All providers now have to report on a single set of 10 objectives which replaces the original 17 Core and 3 Menu set measures division. For 2015, the EHR Reporting Period for all providers will be any 90 day period during the calendar year. Patient Electronic Access, Measure 2: for 2015, this measure has been changed from a 5% minimum to a single patient that views, downloads, or transmits to a 3rd party their Clinical Summary Information via the Patient Portal. Secure Electronic Messaging: the 5% minimum threshold has been changed to a YES/NO question on whether the EP has the capability for patients to send and receive secure messages that was enabled during the reporting period. Public Health Reporting: rather than separate measures for Immunization, Public Health, and Specialty Registry reporting, these have now been consolidated into a single objective.   Modified Stage 2 Objectives The 10 objectives for Modified Stage 2 are now: Protect Patient...

Benchmark Systems is Acquired by AntWorks

Benchmark Systems is delighted to announce our acquisition by AntWorks, Inc., a global organization focused on providing technology and business process management services headquartered out of Singapore.     About AntWorks   Antworks, founded in 2015, by technology and outsourcing veterans Asheesh Mehra and Govind Sandhu, specializes in providing solutions primarily to the financial and healthcare sectors through two delivery models – BPaaS and TaaS. The company has a global presence with offices in Qatar, London, Mumbai, and Singapore. AntWorks also has an operational 200-seat delivery centre in Pune, India. “This acquisition helps us make deep inroads into doctors’ practices and ambulatory care, as well as gives us an onshore delivery centre,” said Mehra, who prior to setting up AntWorks, headed information technology giant Infosys Technologies’ BPO operations in the Asia Pacific, Japan and Middle East regions. The unique selling proposition (USP) of the company is its customer-centric approach. Driven by the principle of customer first, the mission statement of AntWorks is: Maintain zero distance from customers to enable faster and fearless delivery of fresh technology and business processes, thereby making AntWorks an integral part of the customer’s organization. The company is driven by three key principles: Fresh, Fearless, and Fast. For more information on AntWorks please visit Ant.Works.     The Acquisition   Benchmark Systems has sought out this sale because we believe that it will not only help in growing our organization, but will also enhance the quality and functionality of the products and services in use by our customers today. In addition, we look forward to offering additional products and services in the future with the guidance and direction from AntWorks....