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jmgiusti:
Good morning all my experts!

 I have a DPM that is taking over the practice of the current podiatrist I bill for. Current podiatrist uses Athena Health. It would be good, except Athena Health charges 4.68% of revenue for use of the Clinical Side!!!! I have never heard of that! Dont most charge a flat fee? They additionally charge short of 2% for Athena collector, which is actually reasonable for what they do.

The new DPM, is a foot and ankle surgical specialist also. She is asking me to research EHRs that would be best for both of us.

1. Clinical side: her quote "I have called several EHR systems and waiting for return calls. I personally like EHRs with templates and not a lot of "clicking" involved. Also, need task messaging, automated phone and e-mail reminders, etc "

2. Billing Side: I of course can work with anything that is web-based

What do the experts here recommend?

Thanks Jessica

Michele:
We do not do enough with EHR to know of one that I would recommend.  Sorry!  But she sounds like she really knows what she is looking for and I don't want to recommend anything without knowing if it meets her requests.

As for Athena, I have never heard of an EHR that charged a %.  Very strange.  And I am not sure with Athena specifically but I do know of other EHR programs that offer the billing portion for a ridiculous % but it's because they have it done overseas.  Basically provider puts in claims, they submit to clearinghouse and that's it.  Not really a billing service.  The provider is really handing the billing themselves.

Good luck!!

jmgiusti:
Thank you Michele!

You are correct! I think Athena is the only one that charges a percentage of revenue instead of a flat fee. I have seen the contract though and was shocked to find out.

Re: EHR's with billing services: Yes, ridiculously low percentage rates to push a button once with no f/up. I won't deal with anyone that outsources overseas in any way, manner or form! I am good enough at what I do that this is not a threat to me.  A physician that makes that choice would pay dearly and surely regret it!

Thank you so much for your input!

Sincerely,
jessica

PMRNC:

--- Quote ---You are correct! I think Athena is the only one that charges a percentage of revenue instead of a flat fee. I have seen the contract though and was shocked to find out.

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I wonder how this works in states that prohibit fee splitting arrangements?

Michele:

--- Quote from: PMRNC on August 02, 2016, 05:23:20 PM ---
I wonder how this works in states that prohibit fee splitting arrangements?


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My personal opinion is that they aren't concerned.  Should be, but aren't. 

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