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March 31, 2014, Senate passes bill to extend ICD10 compliance until Oct 1, 2015

While the deadline has been pushed back, is it a good idea to just sit back and wait until next year to finish this project? AMS has completed testing with Medicare and other clearing houses and our product and services are ICD10 ready and ready to go. HorizonMIS is not only "Dual Mode" capable, but can convert ICD9s to ICD10s and visa versa after the fact and treat primary and secondary payors differently.

Our reccomendation for HorizonMIS users will be to start using ICD10 codes as soon as possible. Horizon can accept ICD10 codes from EHR systems and convert the ICD10 to an ICD9 if the particular payor wants ICD9, but let the ICD10 go if that's okay. This is switchable on a payor by payor basis. This only makes sense. As soon as a payor is capable of accepting an ICD10, we want to start shipping that so that the entire system can receive real "end to end" testing well before the deadline. If entering charges into our charge capture screen directly, entering an ICD9 or ICD10 will cause a cross reference box to display showing the other code choices and payor warnings if appropriate. Also, while searching for a diagnosis by description, both ICD9 and ICD10 databases are searched and offered for selection.

We expect much confusion among payors as the deadline approaches with some still not being ready or worse, making their own rules much as they did with the role out of NPI. AMS, iNtelli-Bill, and HorizonMIS will be ready for ANYTHING they throw at us. We really expect this to be a non-event for our clients.

August 2013 - ICD10 updates are in the works for HorizonMIS™

The ICD10 deadline is roughly a year away. AMS is working hard along side its partners to get the new diagnosis programming ready. We have already begun testing and anticipate production usage by the end of 2013. Lead programmer Larry Evans says, "We will be ready for ICD10 and will make the transition as streamlined as possible for our clients".

AMS's Horizon Software is consistently ranking as one of the first to be ready for industry changes like HIPAA Compliant Claims and 5010. We were one of the first five software vendors to be entered on Medicare's approved vendor list and our clients should expect the ICD10 update to be one of the first as well.

We began hearing from our clients weeks ago inquiring about our ICD10 readiness and assured them all was being taken care of here at AMS. - They have been hearing stories from other practices around them currently not using the HorizonMIS™ system that their particular software companies are not going to upgrade to the new ICD10. They are being told by their software providers to look for other systems because they would not be supporting the change.

That's good news for American Medical Systems and HorizonMIS™ as we are making the changes. So maybe it's time for the practices using one of those sub-standard billing systems to give us a call and sign up. They should look at our superior billing service 'iNtelli-Bill' as well so we can collect more revenue for them and increase their bottom line.

NOV 2011 - 5010 Ready

HorizonMIS™ developers worked tirelessly to update the system to meet 5010 requirements. As one of the first to do so we have completed testing and are currently submitting 5010 claims.

May 18, 2008 - Patent lawsuit dismissed...

"after conducting a demonstration over the Internet for BNP, BNP agreed that the HorizonMIS product did not infringe the BNP patent." See Story >>>


Horizon MIS™ Allows Remote Access Using Inexpensive Internet Connection

NC Billing Service Demonstrates Capability Also Useful for Medical Practices with Multiple Locations

HORIZON MIS™ is a powerful multi-user medical billing and practice management computer system that can be accessed remotely through the Internet.

The benefit? Horizon users can tie together locations that are physically separate without long distance charges, additional telephone lines, and extra equipment that are usually required for remote access of a system. As the result, staff members will find it easier to work from home. Also, remote offices or clients of Billing Services can inexpensively connect to the central office server.

Medical Business Office Consultants (MBOC), a billing service based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has used the internet capability successfully for about a year.

"In 1990, we started our first Billing Service in Florida, and in subsequent years opened additional offices in Georgia and North Carolina," said General Manager Samantha Waddell. "Our business philosophy has always been to split responsibilities with our physician office clients. For example, functions such as demographics, coding, questions about bills, etc. remain with the client. MBOC handles the time-consuming work of billing, collections, and management overview.

"Horizon has always given us this ability. In the past, by installing a computer terminal in the physician offices and using modems and regular telephone lines, all of our clients have had 'real time' access to our central billing computer for data input and inquiry. That means that if someone on either end changes a patient account, both we and the client instantly have the information. Sometimes it was expensive to install dedicated lines and pay long distance charges for continuous connection, but we did what was necessary to provide our clients the services they were promised."

According to Waddell, however, this last year has opened up new opportunities for the company. "Recently, we've connected our Horizon server and our clients' PCs through the Internet using ISDN or DSL lines. Since we don't have to pay for special telephone lines or long distance charges, our costs have dropped DRAMATICALLY. And because we no longer have geographical limitations, we've been able to close down a satellite office for even greater savings!"

Once connected, MBOC clients log in to their own databases and access any of the Horizon functions to which they're permitted. They can view account status, add or edit patients, post transactions, print reports, schedule appointments, or do whatever MBOC has allowed through their Horizon security system setup.

"One really neat feature," Waddell continued, "is our ability to 'peek' at other users accessing our system. 'Peeking' allows a system manager to view on their screen what others are seeing. We can see every keystroke they type. This is especially useful for trouble shooting or training. If a client has a 'how to' question, we can easily walk them through the process just as if we were sitting in the chair beside them."

Of course, with data this sensitive, security is of paramount importance. Horizon offers top-notch protection. First of all, the system requires multiple passwords, and (at the system manager's option) a specific IP address for access. "The sophisticated security system allows us to restrict access for each user password to specific data sets, to specific information and/or functions for each data set, and to specific times when access is allowed. Also, Horizon is virtually VIRUS-PROOF to those destructive internet bugs we hear so much about."

As if this weren't impressive enough, Horizon performs these tasks efficiently and with great speed. No special or expensive hardware is required. Horizon runs on a multi-user platform specifically designed for the Pentium PC and similar processors.

Waddell concludes, "We've been tremendously pleased, and would highly recommend Horizon to anyone! The internet connectivity is just icing on the cake."


American Medical Systems Launches ASP for Physician Practices
Clients Access Medical Billing and Practice Management Software Via the Internet

American Medical Systems, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida (AMS) has recently entered the rapidly growing Application Service Provider (ASP) market. In this capacity, AMS will house its Horizon MIS™ medical billing and practice management software as well as the data for its ASP clients on host servers located in a secure Internet data center. Physician clients will access their data and run the program from their offices and homes via the Internet.

According to a company spokesperson, AMS believes this alternative distribution method sets the company far ahead of the competition. "Horizon is one of a very small handful of medical practice management systems which allows this capability. Practically none allow inexpensive real-time interactive access over the Internet as we do. Even fewer can match our sophisticated data security, features and -- most importantly -- SPEED. That's what makes this service practical."

Clients connect to the AMS host server via their Internet connection. From then on, operating the program is practically the same as if they purchased Horizon and installed it on their in-house server in the traditional fashion.

So why change to an ASP? AMS cites a number of benefits. Among them:

AMS agrees that many established and larger physician practices will probably continue to follow the traditional route of purchasing a software license for in-house installation because this affords greater control and can result in cost savings over the long haul.

However, they say that for new offices, those with remote locations, and those who are growing or have uncertain future needs, the ASP offers an ideal alternative for getting a top-quality practice management system for a fixed monthly outlay.

Later, should an ASP client decide to bring Horizon in-house, AMS can easily transfer their data. All fees previously paid for setup and training will be credited to the purchase of the in-house system.

According to AMS, "It's the way of the future."