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Cloud Practice Launches ClinicAid Web-Based Medical Billing in Saskatchewan

SASKATCHEWAN, Canada -- Cloud Practice Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its ClinicAid medical billing and practice management software in Saskatchewan. Healthcare practitioners in the province will now be able to significantly streamline their billing process, submitting claims to the Medical Services Branch (MSB) and receiving assessments on claims directly through the web-based platform.

ClinicAid is built to work with eHealth Saskatchewan’s Internet Claims Submission (ICS) system, allowing care providers or other authorized medical office staff to send and receive claim files electronically via a secure connection. The software is designed specifically to help practitioners bill MSB quickly and accurately, while simplifying and automating some of the submission and reconciliation process.

Released in 2012, ClinicAid has gradually expanded to help doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers in Canada effectively manage their billing and overall medical practice. The software is currently available for direct online billing submission in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario as well.

With smart features like handy look-up tables for service and diagnostic codes, as well as lists of provincial referral providers, ClinicAid aims to save physicians time and money when filling out their claims. Invoice templates and other default settings facilitate claim submission in just a few steps. The intuitive interface and built-in claim checks also help users minimize their rejections, automatically reconcile claim assessments, and keep track of denied or underpaid claims for fast resubmission.

Clyde Smith, billing submitter for Dr. R. Smith and a long-time ClinicAid user has this to say about the software: “ClinicAid has been awesome to work with. The ease of use of the interface, coupled with the personal attention given by the support team has made ClinicAid a pleasure to work with. The system is always live and without glitches, making it very efficient and effective!”

Conveniently accessed from any device with an internet connection, ClinicAid allows users to complete their billing from anywhere, at any time. All skills and specialties are supported for electronic billing and the platform also comes with a private billing module to use for uninsured patients or services not covered by MSB. A comprehensive scheduling module can also be turned on to keep medical office staff on track throughout the day.

“We’ve used our experience in other provinces to make ClinicAid the easiest, most efficient way for providers in Saskatchewan to complete their medical billing.” says Jordan Visco, CEO of Cloud Practice. He goes on to highlight that “Our open API allows ClinicAid to integrate with any Electronic Medical Record system or other Practice Management software, opening up more options for medical practitioners of all kinds when it comes to their practice’s billing process and management needs.”

The software already integrates with popular EMR systems like OSCAR EMR, RevolutionEHR, InputHealth, and others, giving more providers access to the tools they need to make their workflow as smooth and speedy as possible.

For more details about the platform’s features or to begin a free trial, please visit ClinicAid Saskatchewan.

About Cloud Practice Inc.

Cloud Practice Inc. is a private Canadian company that owns ClinicAid, MyHealthAccess, and OscarHost. The company works to help Canadian healthcare practitioners and their patients take advantage of the benefits provided by implementing electronic, cloud-based medical records and software in their practice.

Contacts

Cloud Practice, Inc.
Jordan Visco, 1-888-686-8560
CEO


Saskatchewan Medical Billing Cutoff and Payment Dates 2017

Saskatchewan Medical Services Branch MSB Claims Processing schedule for 2017:

Run Date Payment Date Run Code
03-Jan-17 09-Jan-17 jk
17-Jan-17 23-Jan-17 jl
31-Jan-17 06-Feb-17 jm
14-Feb-17 21-Feb-17 jn
28-Feb-17 06-Mar-17 jo
*14-Mar-17 20-Mar-17 jp

28-Mar-17

03-Apr-17

jq
11-Apr-17 17-Apr-17 jr
25-Apr-17 01-May-17 js
09-May-17 15-May-17 jt
23-May-17 29-May-17 ju
06-Jun-17 12-Jun-17 jv
*20-Jun-17 26-Jun-17 jw

04-Jul-17

10-Jul-17

jx
18-Jul-17 24-Jul-17 jy
01-Aug-17 08-Aug-17 jz
15-Aug-17 21-Aug-17 ka
29-Aug-17 05-Sep-17 kb
*12-Sep-17 18-Sep-17 kc

26-Sep-17

02-Oct-17

kd
10-Oct-17 16-Oct-17 ke
24-Oct-17 30-Oct-17 kf
07-Nov-17 14-Nov-17 kg
21-Nov-17 27-Nov-17 kh
05-Dec-17 11-Dec-17 ki
*19-Dec-17 27-Dec-17 kj

* End of Quarter

April 2017 MSP Bulletins


This April has seen a new fee increase across the board, as well as a few small amendments to specific codes, see below for this months updates!

Fee Item 02154 amended - Effective April 1, 2017, the note for fee item 02154 "When S02154 done in office, support with appropriate operate report to MSP" is deleted.

Fee Item 07601 description amended - Effective April 4, 2017 fee item V07601 is amended to add "(stand-alone procedure)" to title

Fee Item 00039 amended - Effective Feb 24, 2017, fee item 00039 note ii) b) is amended to change "two visits" to "one visit" and the eligibility requirements in notes vi) a) and b) are amended.

Fee Item 07150 amended - Effective April 1, 2017, fee item PSV07150 note i)is amended to add Respiratory as an eligible specialty.

Fee Item 07825 amended - Effective April 4, 2017, the following fee item description has been amended to add "left ventricular" and the fee item has been relocated under the heading "Open Heart Surgery"

General Practice Group Medical Visit Amendments - Effective April 4, 2017, the statement "A Group Medical Visit provides 1:1 patient care in a group setting" is deleted from the General Practice Group Medical Visit description

Fee Item 70718 amended - Effective April 4, 2017, fee item PCV70718 note i) is amended to replace "bile duct dissection" with "bile duct resection".

April 1, 2017 fee increase - Effective April 1, 2017, the fee increases funded from the 2017/2018 fee allocation are implemented. ClinicAid automatically updates with the new values as they're released so nothing to be done here!

GPSC fee item preamble updates - Effective April 1, 2017, fee item G14016 was amended and note iii) a) was updated
The description for fee item G14017 was amended and notes x), xiv), xvi), and xvii) updated.
Fee item G14033 notes viii) and xi) were amended

ClinicAid's New Dashboard!

You may have noticed some changes recently, the biggest being our new Dashboard!

The new dashboard has fully retired the previous, instead replacing it with useful stats and quick links to reporting so you can get a much deeper view of your practice at a glance.

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Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback regarding this handy new feature!

Dashboard Features

There is now a setup progress guide that will help get your account fully set up, a very handy pie chart that will show you all of your current active claims and where they are in the life cycle of being completed and paid by the province.

From the chart, you can click on any section and it will bring you to the associated view on your 'manage invoices' page. Gone are the days of clicking through your rejections one at a time!

You can also now view snapshots of your monthly revenue, how efficient you have been with your billing as well as your most common error codes, as well as which codes you submit are making you the most revenue.

You may drag and drop any of the new dashboard cards to reorder as you desire, as well you can click the 'configure dashboard' button at the top right to show or hide components as needed.



But I don't want all of my users to see this info!

That's ok, we have you covered! For those of you who are concerned about the additional reporting, these charts will only be visible to users who have the required permission levels.

Additionally, if you have users with provider restrictions set up, they will only be able to view data for the practitioners for whom they have permission to view!


2017 MSP Billing Cut Off Dates

We've got your 2017 MSP cut-off dates and payment schedule! If you want the handy print-friendly pdf version, you can download here

We've still got the 2016 schedule if you're looking for the last few weeks of December.

Teleplan recommends that all claims should be submitted prior to 7:00 p.m. on the cut-off day to ensure that they will be assessed for the following remittance date to receive payment. Remittance files can be accessed as of 5:00 a.m. on the dates the remittance is posted.

At ClinicAid, we're constantly sending your files, so no need to wait, submit every day to give yourself ample time to handle any invoices that Teleplan might send back.

Has your billing software let you down?

Has your software let you down with the recent Teleplan updates?


Not ClinicAid. We happily completed all conformance testing well before the September 8th switch over and have since had zero connectivity issues.

Better yet, as ClinicAid is installed on our own servers, we take care of all updates automatically with zero interruption to our clients. That means nothing to download, install or maintain.

How's your software doing? Maybe it's time to switch to ClinicAid.



Physician Gross earnings by Specialty

How much do the different physician specialties really make?

According to the National Physician Database released by CIHI (Canadian Institute for Health Information) for the 2013-2014 year, the average yearly gross fee-for-service earnings per Full-Time-Equivalent Physician in Canada are $328,640.

The lowest earning specialty is psychiatry at $255,794 and the highest earning specialty is Ophthalmology at $584,150. The gross payments per Family Medicine (GP) physician is $275,296.

Here is a graphic breakdown of how the different specialties earned (click to view original size):


*anesthesia payments not tabulated in this study

It's important to remember that these numbers don't correlate to a doctors salary, they are running a business and have many expenses coming out of this total.

These expenses can include rent for a clinic location, office staff salaries, software systems, equipment and much more.


There are more Doctors in Canada than ever before.. But why are less Canadians seeing a regular family Doctor?



Canadian MD graduates have increased by 60% over the past 10 years (i.e. 1,757 to 2,804).

It would seem that this should mean that fewer patients would be flooding walk-in clinics and emergency rooms with minor ailments.

Contrary to that notion, the percentage of men, women, and children who have regular family doctors are not increasing at a sizable rate. Why would that be?

Perhaps it is because a good proportion of clinic have a 'Walk-in' option in their offices.

Therefore patients choose to go to the most convenient clinic to their current location.

Or perhaps it is because the methods for remunerating doctors are changing across the country.

Ontario, for example, is using capitation, i.e., compensation based on the number of patients on a doctor’s roster, regardless of how often a patient sees their doctor.

This allows doctors to take their time with each patient as they are no longer paid per service required and each patient that was seen. Keep in mind, that there is a cap on the number of patients per doctor’s roster.

In any case, when Canadians need health services they need access to a doctor, and more and more people, are frequenting walk-in clinics.

Walk-in clinics have historically been an emergency resource for after-hours services, or for times when waiting a few days to see your GP would not be reasonable.

But today, with few doctors accepting new patients, there has been a significant increase in the number of people using walk-in clinics for matters that would be appropriately dealt with seeing a family doctor(PAP tests, general health check-ups, etc.)

In June 2014, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC revised the professional standards for walk-in clinics to reflect this transition.

Clinics are now required to keep detailed medical records of the patient, contact the patient regarding labs results, and offer follow-up appointments if patients do not have access to their own GP, as well as have access to Pharmanet BC, the provincial database that tracks current prescriptions and histories. This ensures a proper paper trail of medical records so a doctor can better diagnose each patient.

There is something to be said for the bond developed between a GP and patient. They usually have a rich context of medical history, sometimes going back generations. He/She has time to review your chart before they meet with you, which allows them to diagnose you with confidence.

You are generally able to get in and out of the office relatively quickly and stress-free. Walk-in clinics, on the other hand, often have wait times of 15 minutes to 2 hours.  This can make an already uncomfortable situation even worse. Not to mention that without a proper medical history, how can a doctor be expected to properly treat complex concerns..?


In conclusion, as Canadians, we have access to free health care and we are all responsible for taking care of our own health. Wherever we seek treatment we can be sure Canadian doctors will always treat us to the best of their abilities.



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