The MACRA and MIPS Buzz

Posted by Anna Brocato on September 19, 2016

With the final guidelines for the new CMS Proposed Rule for 2017 (and beyond) waiting to be announced, many are asking all the ways of HOW they will be effected. 

As with all government rules and certifications, Phoenix Ortho will be ready with the needed certifications and processes in place to help our customers with compliance and reporting with this new Value Based Incentive program. Our Project Managers and in-house MU & PQRS specialist are already up on the most recent updates from CMS and are already prepping customers for the new program. 

Below is a portion of the update by our specialist published on our Help Site with the current CMS updates to answer any current questions.  For customers with questions this article or the recording of the live training does not cover, please contact Support to request to speak with a project manager. 

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Topics: Insider, Service, Software, MU, CMS, PQRS, help

Customer Action Required: New Customer Portal Registration Instructions

Posted by Micah Jones on September 14, 2016

Important Customer Action Required

As announced in previous updates, many new back-end changes to our support system are now updated to improve our services to you. Please see instructions and actions required below for now accessing the new Customer Portal, as well as how to now log in to the Help Site now that the updates are complete. 

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Topics: Service, Software, help, knowledge base, EHR

Customer Action Required: Set up a new log in for

Posted by Micah Jones on September 08, 2016

Important Customer Action Required

As announced in our previous email update to customers*, from August 30th, many new back-end changes to our support system are being updated to improve our services to you. The main two areas this is affecting are your clinic's access to the Help Site as well as the Customer Portal.  Please see updates and required actions from your clinic's users below. 

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Topics: Service, Software, help, knowledge base, EHR

Have you received notification from Merge that they are sunsetting their EMR product, OrthoPad?

Posted by James Egloff on August 10, 2016

Have you received notification from Merge that they are sunsetting their EMR product, OrthoPad?  Have you heard about an agreement between Athena and Merge to convert OrthoPad clients to their platform? 

STOP!  Before you do anything, don't you owe it to yourself and your practice to evaluate a TRULY orthopaedic-exclusive solution designed around your unique needs?

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Topics: Service, Software, EHR

Imperfectly Seizing the Unknown

Posted by James Egloff on November 09, 2015

Imperfectly Seizing the Unknown: Embracing Innovation in the Medical Profession

Kevin Kelly, former editor of Wired magazine, wrote an article several years ago where he discussed the radical transformation of the global economy based on the digital revolution of the 90s.  In the article entitled, “New Rules for the New Economy”, he postulated several “rules” to help individuals and companies thrive, not merely survive, under these new conditions. 

Without doubt the entire article is fascinating, yet one quote sticks out over all the others. Mr. Kelly proposed, “Wealth in this new regime flows directly from innovation, not optimization; that is, wealth is not gained from perfecting the known, but by imperfectly seizing the unknown.”  Profound, right?

Much like the digital environment that Mr. Kelly was writing about, there has been an equally radical shift in the business environment of private practicing physicians as well – one every bit as jarring and transformational.  It stands to reason that parallels can be drawn between the two events.

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Topics: Service, Software, EHR

Wild West of Orthopaedic EHRs

Posted by James Egloff on August 26, 2015

Cutting 'Em Off at the Pass

As a Texan I was raised watching "Spaghetti Westerns" on Saturday afternoons with my father. Often during the climactic chase scene the good guys (note the white hats) would be on horseback in pursuit of the bad guys (note the black hats) who were getting away. On cue, the leading man would shout, "We'll cut 'em off at the pass!" In short order the good guys would take a short cut (unknown to the bad guys), get in position (at the pass, no less), and thwart the bad guys, saving the day.

Perhaps you're wondering what this has to do with orthopedics? In a business version of life imitating art this formulaic plot sequence can be used as an excellent tool for averting major conflicts and knee-jerk reactions from clinical staff members – especially when implementing an EHR. We will first outline the actors, crimes, and getaway route before teaching you how to cut 'em off at the pass, allowing you to avoid catastrophe and save the day.

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Topics: Service, Software, EHR


Posted by Paul Alford on January 08, 2015

Our most recent Texas client, a 6 physician, 1 PA group, stands to realize a net gain, AFTER paying for Phoenix Ortho software and 5 years of support, of over $980,000.00! Let me show you a Return on Investment (ROI) that makes Phoenix Ortho the perfect choice for your group. 

Consider the following:

If I twisted my knee, or injured my shoulder, and asked you for advice on a physician to see, would you suggest to me that I go see my Primary Care Physician? Of course not! You would send me to a specialist, an orthopedic physician that has the training, experience, and know-how to properly take care of my injury and put me on the road to recovery.

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Topics: Software, meaningful use, MU


Posted by Micah Jones on November 14, 2014

Phoenix Ortho Receives ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group

11/14/2013 – Phoenix Ortho version 4.0 has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. This EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

We are proud to be the first Stage 2 certified EHR focused exclusively on the needs orthopaedic physicians. We are pleased that Stage 2 has recognized the unique needs of specialists with modular certification, which allows Phoenix Ortho to maintain its focus on the needs of our orthopaedic customers. With this certification, orthopaedic physicians have a highly functional alternative to generic complete certified solutions” said Paul McCune, Chief Executive Officer.

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Topics: Service, Software, meaningful use, MU

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