Software / IT
Though HME’s transition to more automated billing and management systems started later than other corners of healthcare, providers are increasingly turning to software solutions to manage and optimize their businesses. By automating what were initially manual processes, providers can streamline workflows and, in turn, focus on more valuable tasks that increase growth and revenue. In addition to reducing time-consuming and redundant workflows, software solutions also reduce errors that result in costly and time-consuming claims denials.
HME software has become much more robust, offering comprehensive business solutions, such as delivery, automated scheduling, direct contact with patients through patient portals, and measurement with key performance indicators. Not only are operations more streamlined and automated but much of the available software serves up performance data for actionable business solutions, allowing providers to directly influence and control factors that affect their bottom line. To stay competitive as the industry changes, providers be open to integrating HME software into more and more of their business, whatever their business model may be.
From billing and management software to apps that update providers in real time, HME Business has rounded up some of the latest software updates and launches on the market:
SoomSafety offers peace of mind regarding medical device recalls
Soom introduces SoomSafety, an iOS mobile app that lets users and providers scan a medical device and receive instructions for use, safety and recall information directly from the device manufacturer and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). SoomSafety users scan the barcode on a medical device to automatically identify it and store it in the app. Once a device is stored, the app checks for FDA recall information, provides next steps in the event of a recall and pushes notifications if the device is ever recalled.
TIMS Software delivers comprehensive business management software
TIMS Software, developed by Computers Unlimited, is a customizable, comprehensive business management software with both cloud-hosted and traditional on-premises options, including options for monitoring and dispensing oral medications. This system features rule-based and revenue-qualifying patient intake, workflow, document management, A/R collections worklists, ePurchasing, eDrop shipping, asset tracking and rental and inventory management. The newest TIMS Software product is a mobile delivery application that lets providers manage delivery routing and patient payment, and since TIMS Software is an integrated system, all applications work together for optimal compatibility.
Breathe offers expanded IDTF diagnostic testing services
Breathe, an independent diagnostic testing facility (IDTF) that provides third-party testing for HME providers, has expanded their software program to include capnography testing. HME providers now have the option to provide capnography testing for their clients and referring physicians, allowing them to grow their non-invasive ventilation business. Through Breathe’s app, providers can access their capnography patients on both Apple and Android mobile devices.
PlayMaker integrates with Brightree for more comprehensive business solutions
Playmaker Edge for HME & Infusion is a post-acute sales and growth platform for HME, home health, hospice and infusions providers. The platform combines PlayMaker’s market and provider referral data and customer relationship management tools with referral data from Brightree to give providers the necessary tools for strategic decision-making and actionable business solutions.
Wellsky showcasing software solutions for dynamic HME care providers
CareTend, an HME software solution from Wellsky, is capable of managing multi-site operations, complex workflows, and growing patient populations. From a single location, providers can keep tabs on multiple inventory locations and equipment maintenance, repairs and tracking. Billing solutions allow providers to manage Medicare, commercial and private pay sources, autogenerate recertification for physician orders and batch claims creation from one screen. With instant eligibility checks for Medicare and commercial payers, providers can create orders in less time and with fewer errors. With CareTend Anywhere, providers can access the CareTend system from any location and on any device that has an Internet connection.
Bonafide Management Systems
Bonafide Facility Portal helps HMEs tap into a revenue opportunity
The new Facility Portal lets HME providers sell directly to healthcare facilities through an online shopping portal, which is linked to the providers back-office billing operations, inventory and delivery systems. Nurses and other healthcare workers can create patient profiles, place rental and sale orders, suggest patient-specific items based on a clinical algorithm, allow for an approval process and schedule delivery, service and pickup.
Universal Software Solutions, Inc.
HDMS Pharmacy offers multi-faceted e-prescription solutions
HDMS Pharmacy is an e-prescription software that lets providers of total parenteral nutrition (TPN), IV therapy, infusion therapy, compound drugs and standard prescription drugs adjudicate, fill and deliver. The software bills National Council for Prescription Drugs (NCPDP) and ANSI X12 claims, receives and processes electronic prescriptions without leaving the screen, auto-generate ASAP-complaint controlled sub-substance reports, automatically builds and tailors providers’ claim files and house both pharmacy drugs and DME/HME equipment and supplies in one order. Additionally, users can pass compounds to any Baxter machine.
Brightree enhances its pharmacy platform
Brightree Pharmacy is a single platform for clinical, billing and reporting needs, which now includes Care Plans, Test claims and ePrescribe workflows. Care Plans lets providers customize plans of care in accordance with accreditation requirements, and Test Claims assesses reimbursement before patient referrals are accepted and products are delivered. The new ePrescribe feature enables communication in the prescriber’s electronic health record (EHR) workflow to automatically input patient referrals, intake forms and prescriptions.
Patient Quality Measurement (PQM) Satisfaction Portal
The Compliance Team enhances patient portal
The Compliance Team’s patient satisfaction reporting and benchmarking subscription service, Patient Quality Measurement (PQM) Satisfaction Portal, has added two enhancements to the database: Patient Survey Kiosk and Patient Survey Invite. The Kiosk allows the patient to enter satisfaction survey data at the time of service via an online computer or tablet device at the provider’s location. The Invite allows the provider to send a secure and time-sensitive survey email to each of its patients. The PQM database is free of charge as a value-added benefit to all clients.
PlayMaker Edge for HME & Infusion
PlayMaker Unveils Integration System With Brightree
- Improves visibility and market performance for post-acute care providers, including HME, home health, hospice and infusion providers.
- Referral data from Brightree is integrated into PlayMaker for more powerful performance analytics.
- Yields information for strategic decision-making.
4tellDocs Upgrades Documentation Software
- The Enhanced version provides advanced features from the previous version, Essentials, for managing, streamlining and automating DMEPOS documentation.
- Includes secure HIPPA compliant data storage, more flexible workflows and reusable common product combinations.
- Users can end a work session and resume whenever they wish without loss of information.
Universal Software Solutions, Inc.
HDMS (Healthcare Data Management System) 3.21
Universal Software Solutions Rolls Out Latest Version
- 3.21 upgrade includes Patient Workspace.
- The Patient Workspace allows users to add and view patient demographics, access medical documentation, view orders in process and order history and to look at insurance and private pay financials.
- The upgrade gives healthcare providers access to information as quickly as in-person service demands.
Brightree Advanced Analytics helps providers make intelligent decisions
With data from its Advanced Analytics platform, Brightree says providers can make smarter and more strategic decisions to grow their business. The comprehensive provider dashboard compiles information to show users important trends, opportunities, actionable information for improved outcomes as well as third-party databases and call center transcripts. Advanced Analytics help users organize their data to help them streamline their workflows, and the platform’s real-time updates help users evaluate their performance and make necessary changes as need arises.
Bonafide Management Systems
Bonafide DME Software
Bonafide Rolls Out Facility Portal Functionality
- Automates and streamlines the order and delivery process.
- Providers are able to sell to healthcare facilities through the online shopping portal that is directly linked to their back-office billing operations, inventory and delivery systems.
- Nurses can create patient profiles, place rental and sales orders, suggest patient-specific items based on a clinical algorithm, allow for an approval process and schedule delivery and pickup and service.
TeamDME! Offers Cloud-Based Business Solutions
- Cloud-based platform that manages provider’s HME business.
- Features customizable workflow templates, e-eligibility, e-purchasing, e-dropships, EHR, a mobile delivery app and Point of Sale.
- Designed for hospice, orthotics, prosthetics and custom rehab companies as well as HME providers.