Version 9.5 of eTHOMAS is Out!

We are pleased to announce the release of Version 9.5 of eTHOMAS! Version 9.5 includes many new things, including all-new improvements in AutoPosting.

Find out all of what is new and improved by viewing our What’s New in 9.5 document (within eTHOMAS). Click on Messaging > Genius on the Web > FYI > General. Each change is also detailed in the Messaging Tab under What’s New, where you can view a short description of all changes released and which version of eTHOMAS they correspond to.

Also new with this version (and all future version updates 9.5, 9.6, etc.) you will be presented with a EULA (End User Licensing Agreement) that must be accepted prior to regaining access to eTHOMAS. You may view the entire EULA in Messaging > Licensing > Agreements.

In addition, we have created many resources, including "how-to" tools, tutorials, and videos (about the new AutoPost Improvements and Keyboard Entry changes ) which are all located accessible from the What’s New in 9.5 document,  and on our YouTube™ Channel at www.youtube.com/geniussolutionsinc where you can always view tutorials on the latest changes!

Don't have eTHOMAS yet?!!!!!! 

Schedule an appointment to update from dTHOMAS to eTHOMAS stat (phone: 586.751.9080 / 800.645.0955 - outside of Michigan)!  And you too will be able to enjoy all of these new eTHOMAS goodies on top of preparing for ICD-10 by updating to the version of THOMAS programmed and tested to handle it!    


Shared Genius for April 2015

Shared Genius Practice Solutions From one Genius to Another.

April 2015 includes:
ICD-10, Automated Statements, and more!

Available now!


ICD-10 Moving Forward

Is ICD-10 going to be delayed again?

The answer seems to be a hearty "No." The Senate just passed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula bill this week. There were no "additional riders" or other mention of holds listed in there that would in any way indicate any further delay for ICD-10. This bill was the last hold-out people were waiting for, as this is where ICD-10 got surprisingly derailed last year. If you are not on board with ICD-10, you should be buying a ticket fast!

Register for one of our weekly ICD-10 webinars NOW!


NACC ICD-10 Home Study Course

The National Academy of Chiropractic Coders (NACC)
is offering an ICD-10-CM Home Study and Preparatory Examination course.

New Webinar Dates - We're Back!

Ok, you've been wondering.... I've got news!

The ICD-10 weekly webinars are BACK! And start tomorrow. Just like last year, the webinars are free, but you do need to register for them. Yes, there will be a live question and answer session at the end. Get ready now by signing up! The link is always available on the "Events" page and on the "ICD-10" page as well.


Shared Genius for February 2015

Shared Genius Practice Solutions From one Genius to Another.

February 2015 includes:
Supplemental claim information & more!

Available now!


CMS is Being Loud and Proud Right Now

CMS is Loud about a meaningful use attestation date extension:

If you are an eligible professional, you now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for 2014.

This extension also allows those eligible professionals, who want to use their one "switch", to switch programs (from Medicare to Medicaid, or vice versa) for the 2014 until the end of March 20, 2015 also. After that time, eligible professionals will no longer be able to switch programs.

Remember Medicare eligible professionals must attest to meaningful use every year to both receive an incentive and to avoid a Medicare payment adjustment.

Also note, if necessary, that this Medicare extension doesn’t affect either the Medicaid EHR incentive or the PQRS date which has been extended to March 20, 2015.

And they are Proud about ICD-10 preparation:

Per CMS, they are ready for ICD-10 and prepared thinking they will be ready for ICD-10 on October 1. They claim they’ve had approximately 660 providers and billing companies who’ve submitted about 15,000 test claims.

“This successful week of testing continues to put us on course for successful implementation of this important initiative that better reflects modern practice of medicine by Oct. 1, 2015.”

Here is the link back to the CMS Attestation website.


Upcoming Events

March 18*
Genius Solutions Focus Group Seminar
@ The Somerset Inn in Troy, MI

April 8*
Genius Solutions Focus Group Seminar
@ The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI

(*Click on date you want for more information and registration.)


Genius Solutions First Friday of the Month Conference Call (Feb 2015)

The Genius Solutions First Friday of the Month Conference Call is scheduled for Friday February 6th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.

Planned topics for the conference call (so far) are:
  • Anything new with ICD-10?
  • BCBSM new ICD-10 testing starting 2/3/15 for top vendors
  • BCBSM DME claims after 1/15 rejecting when POS=12
  • Medicare 1% penalty for no EHR - Track or not?
  • How to help protect against Crypto Virus malware
  • ADAMS Appointment clients should AutoUpdate to eTHOMAS 9.4.23
  • We miss Chris Andrews
  • Final comments


Don't Forget the Attestation Deadline - Feb 28th, 2015

If you are participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program as an eligible professional, you have until February 28, 2015 to attest and demonstrate meaningful use of the data you collected during your 2014 EHR reporting period. If you participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, you need to refer to your state's attestation deadline.

If you were a Medicare eligible professional and you didn't successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2013 (or 2014 for first-time participants), without a hardship exception for 2015, then on Jan. 1st, 2015 adjustments (reductions) were made to your Medicare payments.  If you do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2014 (or receive a 2016 hardship exception) you will have payment adjustments applied beginning January 1, 2016 as well (yes, they will be cumulative if you miss both years).

For complete attestation information visit CMS's EHR Incentive Programs page.


eTHOMAS is ready for ICD-10 Now!

eTHOMAS is ready for ICD-10 today (if you are on a current version)! 

We've been successfully ICD-10 testing with various clearinghouses for a while, and will continue to do so.  However Genius Solutions recommends that you wait to import any new ICD-10 codes into THOMAS until April - because if there are going to be any announcements of changes to the codes or delays, it will most likely happen after the first quarter, when Medicare reviews their budget.

We'll have new ICD-10 webinars coming to you around May.  Look for e-mails from us and periodically check the website for new ICD-10 dates and information.


Shared Genius for January 2015

Shared Genius Practice Solutions From one Genius to Another.

January 2015 includes:
First and Last visit dates, automated statements, and more!

Available now!