MGMA Tech Fair/ProtoMED Users Conference
ProtoMED 4.4 Classroom Sessions
most of you already know, Maryland Medical Group Management
Association held its first annual "Techknowledgy
Fair" last March 28th - where vendors of all sorts
were asked to display their wares, provided they had
some tie to practice management. MGMA also offered a
few practice management vendors (those with significant
client base in the Baltimore/Washington region) a chance
to provide for separate breakout sessions reserved as
users conferences. ProtoMED is grateful for the MGMA
invitation. We took the opportunity to provide both
morning and afternoon seminars with a focus on our new
4.4 release - highlights are listed below.
Rick at the ProtoBOOTH
technology fair theme was a tremendous success - a great
service provided by Maryland MGMA (one of the most active
MGMA organizations in the nation). Equally successful
was the fantastic turnout of ProtoMED users! We thank
each and every one of you for your fab presence - the
feedback that we received tells us that the majority
were very satisfied with both the event and the "Proto"
information that they had received.
The ProtoMED turnout also had a positive impact on MGMA
- members got to see and hear from so many informed
ProtoMED users! Hopefully, ProtoMED clients will be
motivated to join this very active MGMA chapter.
ProtoMED Breakout Sessions
vendors were asked to conduct user seminars: ProtoMED,
Medical Manager, Medical Mastermind, and Misys. For
the morning sessions, each of the other vendors had
a handful of attendees in their classrooms (each classroom
had a capacity for approximately fifty attendees) -
ProtoMED had fifty-five attendees! By the afternoon,
all other vendor classrooms were empty and ProtoMED
had standing room only!
Tim Griffith and Ted Sanders conducted the morning seminars
- and they did a great job! Our very own training coordinator,
Tim Griffith opened our training seminars with a session
on improving claims management efficiency via the ProtoMED
4.4 Claims Manager. Ted followed with a detailed seminar
on one of the most sophisticated new 4.4 features: our
very unique Electronic Remittance Advice enhancement
with the ability to store remittance information and
review/post the ERA information at anytime. . But during
breaks, the crowd kept asking for "the man"
- our very own support Guru - LaMonte Odum. The "where's
LaMonte" chants continued until the afternoon when
he conducted a seminar on how to write your own MS Queries.
Finally, we wrapped up with a quick sneak peek of new
development, including the "full screen" version
of ProtoMED with its new schedule.
The bow-tie guy had a separate function at the MGMA
conference - he was asked to speak to the general audience
on the topic of "The Future of EMR"; therefore,
a "proto-friendly" crowd was definitely on
the bow-tie wish-list. Thanks again for attending -
the incredible ProtoMED attendance certainly helped
get the old guy through his stage-jitters.
Winners: Grand Prize - $500
Barnard from Cross Keys Pediatrics (center) was awarded
a $500 grand prize as last year's ProtoPOINTS winner.
Darlene Heverin from the Queen Anne's County Health
Department (on the right) received one of two $50 cash
Kathy Wise from Pine Grove Pediatrics (shown on left)
received the second $50 cash prize.
Winners: Furthest Distance
Klosek and Pam Maxwell from Nephrology Associates of
South Carolina share a $100 prize for the most distance
traveled. Pam is on the left and Pat is on the right
with LaMonte in the center.
We were very pleased to see Pat and Pam. They had to
travel a good distance and they probably learned very
little since they have been very active in testing the
BETA version of ProtoMED 4.4. We are very grateful for
the efforts of these two bright ladies - our clients
will be enjoying a more robust 4.4 due to their critical
review and great suggestions.
Maryland MGMA Annual Memberships
We also awarded ten new MGMA memberships during our
wrap session. Recipients included:
Dawn Barnard - Cross Key Peds.
Tammy Smith - QACHD
Sheilah Williams - Baltimore Neurosurgical Assoc
Homa Lahiji - Dr. Lahiji
Elanor Leventhal - Care Rehab
Christiana German - Dr. Stern
Joann Scipio - Dr. Scipio
Katherine Wright - QACADD
Fran Mangano - Baltimore Neurosurgical Assoc
Jackie Hillegas - MTOS
Congratulations and take advantage
of your monthly MGMA meetings - guaranteed to keep you
current on the medical management issues (coding, payers,
legislative, etc) throughout Maryland.
4.4 Slated for Mid-July Release
The hotter it gets, the closer we are to "getting
more with ProtoMED 4.4"! The new release should
be available for general distribution by mid July. The
general release will be available FREE OF CHARGE
to all clients in good standing. This is the last
sub-release of the 4.xx series. We have already begun
work on the 5.xx series - a dramatic facelift with a
new scheduler and a new "patient container"
Here is a brief list of new and improved features:
NEW! ProtoCHART Electronic Medical Records,
complete with a seamless interface into ProtoMED for
both patient demographics and billing. This tablet based
system provides for full support of pen, handwriting
recognition, and voice. Physicians can create and retrieve
clinical records during the patient encounter without
interfering with the clinical encounter. Billing is
accomplished via a single push-button with full compliance
assured via the ProtoCHART Billing Wizard.
NEW! Electronic Remittance Advice which
automatically posts your insurance payments for you
(limited availability by payer). Our approach is very
unique to the industry, in that the ERA is stored on
our undistributed list and can be reviewed prior to
posting. This eliminates the many posting inaccuracies
that result in so many other vendor ERA products.
Sign up today, the feature is free - the service is
a per unit charge of $1 per ERA. The service charge
is billed on your monthly support statement.
NEW! E-Statements send your patient statements
through the ProtoCLAIMS clearinghouse
and directly to the post office! All printing, stuffing,
and mailing is done for you with one "click"!
Similar to our ERA feature, this new feature is included
free of charge. A service charge of $0.55 is assessed
for each E-statement produced. The service charge is
billed on your monthly support statement.
numbers now print in block 33.
and improved reports including: Patient List By Diagnosis
Codes, Visits By CPT Code, Summary A/R and Detail A/R.
NEW! Clinical notes archival screen available
from the ProtoMED patient demographics screen. If you
purchase ProtoCHART, you will have the ability to "cross-populate"
your clinical records into your patient demographics
screen. You can also "cut and paste" existing
WORD documents into this archival area.
Universal Referral Form that no longer requires an authorization
Claims Manager features three times the status codes
of our previous version: track by Accepted/Rejected
Clearinghouse, Accepted/Rejected Payer, Wait Payer,
Open Credits, etc. You can also easily group all insurance
by the first five letters of the insurance name, providing
for convenient consolidation of all your Aetna or BC
accounts, etc. You can also review items aged by last
Help Manual - the Help manual reflects all the new features
and has been bolstered to assist as an online training
We will continue to keep you posted the 4.4 ship date
(now slated for mid-july). To keep up-to-date on the
status of our release, be sure to check out our website,
www.protomed.com and future editions of our ProtoViews
Introductory Offer - 0% Financing
- Summertime ONLY!!!
Everyone seems to want an EMR, yet few are willing
to purchase an EMR. Physician offices are under such
pressure to provide for competent billing and to maximize
reimbursement that automation of the EMR seems far too
costly and too time-consuming for further pursuit. WRONG:::
The summer is usually a slow period for many practices.
This is the PERFECT TIME to consider an EMR = and we
have the perfect offer!
your coding compliance via our push-button coding wizard
reimbursement via our coding wizard
in real-time mode while improving your clinical records
your transcription costs
save on your malpractice insurance
LOTS OF MONEY IN UPFRONT PURCHASE COST
ZERO PERCENT FINANCING
We announced our ProtoCHART introductory offer during
our users conference and had nineteen offices reserve
zero percent financing and a 50 percent reduction in
the interface expense. This offer will only remain good
until August 31st of this year. Zero percent leases
may not continue another month! We've already been told
that the special sixty month zero percent that we ran
during our user's conference cannot be continued.
Call and sign up for a no obligation demonstration
- DEMONSTRATIONS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS WILL
BE GUARANTEE ZERO PERCENT FINANCING OVER 36 MONTHS (subject
to credit approval) and a 50 PERCENT REDUCTION IN INTERFACE
GREAT ProtoMED/ProtoCHART packages are also available
for those of you who do not use ProtoMED as your current
practice management software. Now is a great time to
consider upgrading to push-button electronic claims,
push-button claims management, and unsurpassed
This special introductory ProtoCHART offer will not
be continued after August. Demonstrations are available
now - call Protologics at 800-648-4836 to request a
demonstration, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We apologize for the delay with this issue - The editor
had to compete with version 4.4, vacations, and many
other time-consuming elements. We do expect to get back
to releasing a ProtoViews once every other month, the
July/August issue will be out as soon as 4.4 is available.