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February 2017

Hostage Crisis

Instead of giving you another boring lecture on backups, I'm going to give you a story about being held hostage.... and this hostage could be you, in an instant.

Imagine using your computer, you're just getting ready to log another visit when suddenly, your computer pops up a note that says "All of your files have been locked. If you want to restore them, you have 30 min to pay $1000 in bitcoin to XXX. If you pay the fee within 30 min you will get a key to decrypt your files, if not all of your files will be permanently locked."


Genius Solutions: Partners

Treatment Modalities & Techniques for the 21st Century Chiropractic Office 

3-Hour Workshop with Dr. Ted Arkfeld, Thursday, February 16th at Genius Solutions in Warren, MIThis 3-hour workshop starts off with a discussion on an exciting new subluxation model for the chiropractic profession. We will review the triad of health consisting of physical, chemical, and mental aspects of health care. We then delve into treatment protocols for chemical effects and mental stress by utilizing Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique. Then we get into cutting edge treatments that you can implement in your office to stop the following conditions:
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension (MACRA Quality Measure)
  • Depression (MACRA Quality Measure)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
You will not be sitting just listening to a lecturer, no, this workshop will be hands-on for all who attend. Here is what you can look for to in new treatment technology.
  • Cox Flexion-Distraction Force Table sessions that will provide feedback on how proficient you are when using this technique
  • Instrumented Assisted Adjusting Tools
  • Hivamat 200 Soft-Tissue therapy currently being used by most sports medicine departments at the pro and college levels
  • Normatec Recovery Equipment for hips and legs
  • Brain Wellness Therapy for the mental aspect of your patient care

Thursday, February 16th
Genius Solutions, Inc.
7177 Miller Dr.
Warren, MI 48092
9am - Noon
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About the Speaker

Dr. Arkfeld is the Director of Risk Management for Best Practices Academy. He is a nationally known expert on Medicare documentation and coding.

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Genius First Friday Conference Call - Feb 3, 2017

The next Genius Solutions First Friday of the Month Conference Call is scheduled for Friday, February 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.

Planned topics for the conference call (so far) are:
  • MIPS - the Merit-based Incentive Payment System
  •  eTHOMAS update released - What's interesting?

    •    A more efficient way to send electronic statements
    •    What are "Cycle Statements" and what's new
    •    New prep claim
    •    Claim detail improvements
  • Final comments


Setting up to use Meridian

Hopefully, you saw that you could update for the Meridian changes. Those changes have been made to eTHOMAS, but now you have to set up your eTHOMAS to be able to bill out with them. Here is a quickie set-up guide .pdf to help you do it.

2017 Meridian eTHOMAS set up


eTHOMAS Tips: Connecting With Genius

We're going to present some of the new features and options in eTHOMAS from time to time, in case you missed them, or just didn't know.

Today we're going to talk about Connecting with Genius Solutions. Two ways, to connect computer-to-computer when we are working with you on support issues and how to update your authorized callers with us.

Don't want to wait for the new Tips and Tricks to be posted one or two at a time? You want them all now? Click here for instant, complete, .PDF gratification.


Be a MACRA ready Medicare Superstar! [training seminar]

Genius Solutions: Partners

The Government Accounting Office is conducting a review of the efficacy of chiropractic care, which includes audits.
Are you prepared? 

Medicare Documentation & Coding 3-Hour Workshop with Dr. Ted Arkfeld, Thursday, January 26th at Genius Solutions in Warren, MIThe Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act clearly mandated that doctors of chiropractic undergo education and training on Medicare documentation requirements. This 3-hour workshop will guide you through exactly what is needed to meet or exceed Medicare documentation and coding requirements for the chiropractic profession. We not only take you step by step of what is needed on the initial visit, daily notes, and release of active care visits, we will also have an ehrThomas trainer co-teaching on how to input into the new EHR system from Genius Solutions.
Attendees will come away with the following:
  • What is meant by the initial visit and how to document to satisfy Medicare requirements
  • How to determine the mechanism of injury for your Medicare patients, and how to document in the new ehrThomas system
  • ICD-10 coding for Medicare. We will cover the proper sequencing and specific codes that should be used and ones that should not
  • Care plans that provide the evidenced based outcomes that Medicare wants to see
  • How to let your EHR work hard for your office, so you can focus on patient care
  • How to become MACRA Ready

Who Should Attend?
DCs and Insurance Staff
Thursday, January 26th
Genius Solutions, Inc.
7177 Miller Dr.
Warren, MI 48092
9 am - Noon
Sign Up Now!

About the Speaker

Dr. Arkfeld is the Director of Risk Management for Best Practices Academy. He is a nationally known expert on Medicare documentation and coding.

Not quite sure what MACRA or MIPS are? Start Here.

Sponsored by:



No First Friday Call Jan 6th

Happy 2017!

We wish you a bountiful New Year.

We will NOT be having a First Friday of the Month Conference Call this Friday. If you have any questions or topics you would like addressed next month feel free to contact us.


Happy Holidays! & Holiday Schedule!

Genius Solutions will be open normal hours (8am-6pm EST) Tues-Thursday 12/27-12/29.
Genius will be closed for the holidays Fri-Mon both holiday weekends - 12/23-12/26 & 12/30-1/2.

Be a Deductible Genius with eTHOMAS Cycle Statements

At the beginning of the year, when new annual client deductibles hit, catching and sending the large, patient transfer balances can be overwhelming. To help combat this deductible landslide, Genius has given you a secret weapon- the Cycle Statement (you must be on eTHOMAS version 9.5.24 to have this feature available).

How does this help? Most offices send out patient statements at the beginning of the month, then notice that they have transferred a lot more money to patient balances after those statements were sent. Now you can do "cycle statements" in the middle of the month. Cycle Statements will ONLY prepare for patients who have had new activity posted to their account since their last statement. This includes charges, payments, transfer balances, debits, and credits. This allows you to notify your patients of their updated balances sooner, without sending a duplicate statement to patients with no new activity. Using cycle statements can save your patients confusion and frustration while freeing up office time from you answering those duplicate questions.

VoilĂ  you're now a deductible genius!


End of Year Care for THOMAS & 1st Friday call for December 2016

Some ideas for you before you post any charges for 2017:

  • Complete all posting of payments and charges that you have received up until 12/31/2010. Do not post 2011 information until this is completed.
  • Run all the reports your accountant wants for year end. Ask the CPA now if they have all the documentation they need BEFORE you post next year's stuff.


Meridian Issues

Many of our clients are receiving a communication from Meridian regarding Taxonomy code to be required on all claims effective 01/01/2017.

At this time know that Genius Solutions is are working with Meridian to determine the what, where and how of this recent change. 

At this time there is nothing for you to do inside your eThomas program.  Genius Solutions will post more once this issue is resolved.