MedAptus signs various partnerships to implement mobile charge capture and coding tool

Boston 08 April 2002MedAptus Inc., a health care information technology company providing point-of-care solutions for physicians, has established a referral partnership with Per-Se Technologies Inc., a provider of comprehensive business management outsourcing services, financial and clinical software solutions, and Internet-enabled connectivity for the health care industry. Under the agreement, MedAptus and Per-Se will jointly market the MedAptus mobile charge capture and coding solution to Per-Se Physician Services division's more than 15.000 physician clients.

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This partnership will enable Per-Se's physician clients to access pertinent patient data at the point-of-care. Using the intuitive graphical user interface of Charges In Hand on a handheld Pocket PC, physicians can easily identify procedures performed and rapidly access thousands of diagnosis codes. Physician-indicated charges are automatically reviewed against national and state billing guidelines using sophisticated rule-sets to assure confident, accurate and standardised physician coding at the point-of-care. Charge information is then wirelessly transmitted to the Per-Se billing and reimbursement system.

"The MedAptus Charges in Hand solution provides our physician clients with a tremendous opportunity to improve productivity and control costs through one of the most effective charge capture tools available", stated Frank Murphy, president of Per-Se's Physician Services division. "This wireless process promotes more complete and accurate coding of procedure and diagnostic codes, minimising claims submission errors and facilitating timely reimbursements."

MedAptus and Per-Se have already begun to jointly market the MedAptus mobile charge capture and coding solution to Per-Se's academic practice clients. Per-Se supports 35.000 physicians and 2000 health care organisations. The company processes more than 240 million medical transactions annually and its solutions manage 26 million patient lives on-line.

MedAptus' first application, Charges In Hand, allows physicians to document professional charges at the point-of-care. The use of Charges In Hand increases efficiency, reduces the lag time between professional services and claim submission, and improves compliance with billing regulations. Additional clinical solutions are available to complement charge capture and create a unified mobile offering. In addition to the Per-Se contract, MedAptus recently signed partnership agreements with Dictaphone Corporation, athenahealth, Lahey Clinic, and Dedham Medical Associates.

In March, MedAptus and the Lahey Clinic signed a multi-year agreement to proceed with an enterprise-wide deployment of the MedAptus Charges In Hand Mobile Coding solution. Lahey physicians in the departments of Neurosurgery, General Internal Medicine, Gastro-enterology, and General Surgery began using the MedAptus solution in 2001.

Using the MedAptus Charges In Hand Mobile Coding solution, physicians at Lahey wirelessly access patient and schedule information at the point-of-care on a handheld Pocket PC. Like all MedAptus solutions, Charges In Hand is seamlessly integrated with scheduling and billing information systems. Using state-of-the-art wireless technology, individual handheld PocketPC's are continuously updated. Physicians use the system to quickly and easily select the proper procedures and diagnoses at the point of care. The codes are instantly checked for consistency with an extensive set of federal and local rules that govern medical billing, helping to ensure complete and accurate coding and increasing the efficiency of the medical billing process.

Lahey Clinic is a multi-speciality group practice of over 450 physicians and 4000 support staff. It provides primary and speciality care at Lahey Medical Center in Burlington, Lahey Clinic Northshore in Peabody, Lahey Lexington in Lexington, and community-based practices in more than 30 towns throughout Massachusetts. Lahey Clinic in Burlington encompasses a hospital and an ambulatory care centre serving more than 3000 patients each day. Lahey is a teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School and maintains residency and fellowship programmes.

Last January, Dedham Medical Associates also entered a multi-year agreement with MedAptus Inc. to implement Charges in Hand for approximately 75 physicians representing twelve different medical and surgical specialities. The agreement includes a role in the development and early adoption of subsequent application functionality.

The Charges in Hand mobile coding solution will replace paper-based documentation of diagnostic and procedure codes at both the Dedham and Norwood practice locations. Clinicians will use Compaq iPaq Pocket PC's containing all available diagnostic and procedural codes including complex coding rules. The rules run real time on the handheld device to allow clinicians to correct coding errors at the point-of-care. The implementation will leverage a real time HL-7 interface to provide clinicians with up-to-date information regarding their scheduled patient visits. The solution will be fully wireless, utilising the latest in 802.11b radio frequency technology.

MedAptus is implementing additional applications such as physician order entry for medications and diagnostics that will provide continuing opportunity for operational improvement at Dedham Medical Associates, which provides comprehensive services to members of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Tufts Health Plan, HMO Blue, and most other insurance plans. Primary care, speciality services, and dentistry are represented by the over eighty practitioners.


Leslie Versweyveld

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