If you read this blog often enough, under Physician’s Resources there’s a permanent link to the Office Ally website to reach their site. In addition to offering FREE clearinghouse services, Office Ally also has a web based PHR and EHR medical record services. What is nice about the PHR is that it allows for communication via a secure SSL connection between the patient and physician. There’s also a scheduler included to make it easy to keep up on your appointments in both the EHR and the PHR.
The PHR, Patient Ally is free to use and set up. I did my own walk through and it is pretty straight forward and easy for me to understand. I do some occasional billing and the Practice Mate software is easy and simple to use as well and you can save patient templates so there’ no need to create an original 1500 from scratch every time.
This is a view of what the appointment scheduler looks like in the PHR, Patient Ally, so no need to sit on the phone and appointments are confirmed.
This is another screen with a blank format to send an email to a provider from the patient.
What is nice is what I would call a “baby step” into the world of EHRS as there is a “lite” version to get started with and later an upgrade to the full system is certainly available.
For Clearinghouse services only you can more than likely use your existing software to upload claims for scrubbing. After claims have been uploaded, use the web based service to check back for those that may need repair. You can also use Office Ally for Medicare and Medicaid Claims.
The fact that all services are integrated and communicate is great and as mentioned in the press release, an automated reminder system is available, so stop and think of all the time office staff spends calling on the phone. Myself, I see that done in a doctor’s office every day just about and it does take time. I see the entire suite as perhaps something an IPA might want to view as well for a solution for multi-member groups. I’ve know Office Ally for a number of years and have seen the growth continue. It was really a very smart move to offer FREE clearinghouse services to the providers and make it simple. BD
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