Monthly Archives: July 2015

AGENT (DRUG) BILLING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Agent (drug) billing is reasonably complex. When you administer drugs to patient, your have to submit a claim. This claim should have appropriate HCPCS code information.

If you have a system which provides all this information, you can have a more efficient billing process. Our oncology content management system covers both clinical and financial aspects.

 

The following screen shot shows how you manage agent information in our oncology content management system.

agent list

 

Every drug has different billing unit formation and determines what HCPCS code should be reported in your claim. If you have this information easily accessible. The following screen shot shows how you can capture detailed billing information and used in your billing process. Note that, Aloxi billing information is taken from internet for demonstration purposes only.

In addition to this description information, our system helps to manage the mapping of appropriate HCPCS code to help creating a very powerful super bills. This super bill will cover drugs and associated CPT codes used for chemotherapy administration.

aloxi agent billing information

 

With a powerful content management systems like ours, you can accomplish many things more efficiently.

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CANER PATIENT–SIDE EFFECTS

Cancer patients under chemotherapy and radiotherapy experience many side effects. How does your software (EMR and Patient Portal) helps the providers and patients to capture side effect and its grade.

There are many ways by which you can enhance the UX (user experience). What I like about our side effect capturing piece is how we show grade information. Severity of all the side effects is graded using a number 1 through 5. If you just show a number, it means very little to the end user. Also, these grades mean different things based on what kind of side effect we are talking about.

patient-side-effect

 

Why did we go to this extent?

Patient engagement and patient navigation is very important in the cancer world. If you let patients record this information (via oncology specific patient portal), you can take appropriate actions based on the grade. It is important to guide the patient to select an appropriate grade. This helps the navigation team to act accordingly.

Every bit of extra attention you pay while building software helps. In this particular case, just by helping patients to select an appropriate grade, you can take timely action (if needed) so that patient does not end up going to ER.

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CHEMOTHERAPY SCHEDULING IN EMR

 

The topic of patient scheduling in EMR is anything but new. However, patient scheduling in oncology specific EMR software needs some special considerations. When patient cannot make it for a given CxDx, should we consider shifting rest of the CnDn?

 

The following imaginary patient “Jane Doe” is on ACT regimen and her chemotherapy treatments are scheduled as follows.

chemo-schedule

If she cannot make it for C1D2 on scheduled date, there must be a easy option to shift rest of the treatment schedule accordingly. I was not sure what needs to be done. Finally decided to provide the option of automatic shifting of treatment days in our EMR software.

From what I understand, it is important to keep track of planned chemo admin date and actual administered date. Adherence to the planned dates has an impact on the efficacy of the chemotherapy treatment.

Cancer treatment workflow differs from other specialties in many ways. It needs a oncology specific solution. Scheduling is just one of those special cases.

CANCER STAGE AND POINT OF CARE

All this clinical information has been there forever. But, very few tools have made it available to the clinician at the point of care in a easy and friendly fashion.

Process and evidence based approach helps in providing best and consistent care.

 

As we all know, every cancer has different stages. Treatment options differ based on the stage of cancer. One of the decisions by the clinicians at the point of care involves what kind of workups are needed. Some clinicians may remember all these things in their head. But, having a process and evidence based approach helps in providing  best and consistent care. As you can see from the following screen shots, a given practice can easily establish their process of what workups are recommended for a given cancer/stage. Our platform (content management and decision support tools) has a wonderful way of accomplishing these goals.

Every cancer type has its own definitions for TNM. It is hard for clinicians to remember all that. Our tools provide that information in a most user friendly manner.

stage-group TNM at point of care

 

When a clinician has to make a decision on workups, just by a click of button you can access this information.

stage-group workups at point of care

 

Our goal is to produce one of the best oncology platform to help everyone involved.

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