Azalea Health , a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services, announces that Sherri Schumacher, previously with Memorial Health University Medical Center, recently joined the Azalea Health team. In her new role she will manage the Savannah office team, and help to drive the effort to expand Azalea Health’s presence in the Savannah region.
“Sherri brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and community relationships to Azalea Health,” says Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea. “Her front line hospital experience, working directly with patients, physicians, and healthcare specialists in the Savannah community, lend credibility as well as insight with how we work with our partners and customers.”
A veteran in social services and hospital administration, Schumacher has been a dedicated social worker for 25 years in various capacities with 14 years of service at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. She was founder and first president of the Georgia Chapter of American Case Management (ACMA) and has been appointed to various committees within healthcare organizations to improve processes and departmental operations.
Azalea Health provides a fully integrated, end-to-end healthcare management and medical billing software solution which includes Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management System (PMS), and Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM). The cloud-based solution has the flexibility to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice and helps practices meet their Meaningful Use requirements.
“I am excited about Azalea Health’s future,” said Schumacher. “Having witnessed the impact of technology at all levels, a solution such as Azalea Health can have a huge impact on delivering quality care. It enables physicians and medical staff to streamline workflow processes, while enabling them to continue to provide the highest level of care to their patients.”
About Azalea Health
Azalea Health is a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services. The company was recognized by Inc. Magazine in their annual Inc. 500/5000 as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. With a focus on patient engagement, Azalea’s full suite of products has the flexibility to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice and can help practices meet their Meaningful Use goals. Azalea provides Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management Systems (PMS), Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM), and Patient Health Records Portal, as well as pre-authorization services and laboratory ordering and resulting. For more information, visit http://www.AzaleaHealth.com or call (877) 777-7686.
Leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions appoints Tamyra Hyatt as VP of Marketing.
Azalea Health (Azalea), a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services, announces that Tamyra Hyatt, previously with McKesson, joined the Azalea Health team as vice president of marketing. In this role, Hyatt will lead the company’s strategic marketing vision and help to expand Azalea’s presence. She will report to Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea.
“We are excited to welcome Tamyra to the team. She has experience in leading and transitioning emerging technology companies to the next stage of growth,” says Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea. “With her extensive marketing management experience in the technology and healthcare sectors, she brings a level of knowledge that will be a huge asset to our organization.”
Previously with McKesson, Hyatt successfully launched the RelayHealth Payer Connectivity Services (PCS) solution. In this role she received the PRSA Phoenix marketing award for their 5010 waves campaign. Prior to that, as the director of marketing for CareLogistics (StatCom), she was instrumental in launching that company’s patient flow solution.
Azalea Health provides a fully integrated, end-to-end healthcare management and medical billing software solution which includes Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management System (PMS), and Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM). The cloud-based solution has the flexibility to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice and helps practices meet their Meaningful Use goals.
“I look forward to working with such a dynamic team,” said Hyatt. “Azalea Health was developed from the ground up for small practices. It’s simple to implement and easy to use. It allows physician practices to afford a sophisticated technology that meets all their needs at a fraction of the complexity and cost.”
About Azalea Health
Azalea Health is a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services. The company was recognized by Inc. Magazine in their annual Inc. 500/5000 as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. With a focus on patient engagement, Azalea’s full suite of products has the flexibility to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice. Azalea provides Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management Systems (PMS), Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM), and Patient Health Records Portal, as well as pre-authorization services and laboratory ordering and resulting. For more information, visit www.AzaleaHealth.com or call (877) 777-7686.
Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that Azalea Health has selected Gainesville for a corporate expansion, creating 10 new jobs over the next year with a capital investment of $30,000. Azalea is a leading provider in cloud-based electronic health records software, practice management software, and revenue cycle management services.
Governor Scott said, “We are excited that Azalea Health has chosen Gainesville for their expansion. Not only have we created more than 440,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010, but Florida’s unemployment rate is lower than it’s been in five years. In order to grow more opportunities for Florida families to succeed, we must invest in programs that will diversify our economy and create jobs for future generations. But, our work is not done until every Floridian has a job that wants one.”
Azalea Health is a five-year old company with 42 employees. They have offices in Georgia, but will be expanding to Florida at UF’s Innovation Square. The company chose Gainesville because of the availability of talent, a thriving economy, low cost of living, and high quality of life.
“We chose the Gainesville area because of the great availability of quality talent coming out of the universities, technical schools, and community colleges, as well as the innovative and supportive community,” said Doug Swords, Chief Financial Officer of Azalea Health. “Azalea looks forward to recruiting a dedicated team of enthusiastic individuals in order to continue the company’s track record of success.”
For full governor’s office release click here.
For Gainesville Chamber release click here.
Guest blogger: Danielle Rocha, CPC, RCM Software Training and Support Specialist, Azalea Health - email@example.com
|According to Medical Economics: “Providers who waive co-pays are exposed to HIPAA risk because, arguably, the provider is mis-stating his or her charge to the commercial plan. For example, assume a $100 total charge where the patient has an 80/20 plan. If the provider waives the patient’s obligation to pay 20%, then, again arguably, the commercial plan owes only 80% of $80.
What can your practice do? It’s never too late to implement an action plan. Document your collection efforts (patient statements submitted, copies of letters sent to patients regarding balances, and documentation of conversations with patients attempting to collect balances).
And Azalea can help. Our patient statements document in the patient chart when statements are generated, our documents area allows patient correspondence to be uploaded directly into the patient’s record, and our comments section allows easy access to add notes of conversations into the patient record. http://www.azaleahealth.com/resources/
Azalea Health cloud-based solution ensures providers are ready to meet Meaningful Use requirements.
February 17, Valdosta, GA — Azalea Health, a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services, announces that is has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. The Azalea EHR system is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“The Azalea Health team understands how critical it is to meet Meaningful Use deadlines to ensure our customers are on track to earn government incentives and to avoid penalties,” Said Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea Health. “Because the Azalea solution is cloud-based and compliant, our customers don’t have to worry about upgrading to a new version. Our providers can focus on delivering quality care, while we focus on ensuring their systems are ready to meet Meaningful Use requirements.”
Drummond Group’s ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology – a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.
With a focus on patient engagement, Azalea Health provides an integrated, cloud-based solution including Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management Systems (PMS), Laboratory Ordering and Resulting, Patient Health Records Portal, Telemedicine and Health Information Exchanges (HIE), as well as Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM), and Precertification Services.
Azalea® EHR, 2.0 is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Azalea EHR 2.0 was certified 02/13/2014. Modules Tested: 170.314(a) (2,3,5,6,7, 9,10,11,13); 170.314(b)(3); 170.314(d)(1,5-8); 170.314(g)(2, 3,4), Certificate No. 02132014-2388-5.
“Leveraging information technology for healthcare initiatives provides the opportunity to deliver a high-level quality of care and efficiency which essentially benefits and enhances the overall patient experience,” says Rik Drummond, CEO of the Drummond Group Inc. “We have been testing software for more than a decade and will continue to provide our extensive experience testing and certifying complex systems for multiple industries, as well as ensuring interoperability and security remain key components in the growing healthcare industry.”
*A certification that is issued to an integrated bundle of EHR Modules shall be treated the same as a certification issued to a Complete EHR except that it must also indicate each EHR Module that comprises the bundle;
*A certification issued to a Complete EHR or EHR Module based on applicable certification criteria adopted by the ONC at subpart C of this part must be separate and distinct from any other certification(s) based on other criteria or requirements.
About Azalea Health
Azalea Health is a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services. The company was recognized by Inc. Magazine in their annual Inc. 500/5000 as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. With a focus on patient engagement, Azalea’s full suite of products has the flexibility to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice. Azalea provides Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management Systems (PMS), Laboratory Ordering and Resulting, Patient Health Records Portal, Telemedicine and Health Information Exchanges (HIE), as well as Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM), and Precertification Services. For more information, visit www.AzaleaHealth.com or call (877) 777-7686.
About Drummond Group Inc.
Drummond Group Inc. is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Accredited Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit http://www.drummondgroup.com or email DGI@drummondgroup.com.
Our Georgia groundhog, General Beauregard Lee, did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring, for which we are thankful.The seasons change and the look of Azalea is changing as we grow.
Our new inside sales rep, Devin Rogers (a VSU graduate), has been calling on our customers to introduce herself and to learn more about how you are using Azalea. She is also asking for suggestions on who else in your area would benefit from joining the Azalea community.
It always helps us to hear from you what is working and what isn’t. It makes the Azalea solution stronger and better. Please let us know if you think of anyone else in your area that you can introduce us to. Contact Devin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 19 @12pm - You don’t want to miss this webinar - No Charge
HTHU’s ICD-10 Survival Program for Physician Practices/Clinics
Hometown Health with Azalea Health and AHEC are hosting the monthly webinar February 19, 12:00pm to 1:30pm. This is your chance to hear what you should be doing for a successful implementation. We will review highlights of coding updates and changes from the previous webinar. We will then review mental health and the nervous system, where you should be to-date with your administrative functions such as monitoring your gap analysis, vendor and payer readiness, contingency planning, as well as utilizing the GEMs in order to prepare for your documentation reviews.
- Space is limited. Register now to reserve your seat.
- Click here to see ICD-10 timeline for small to medium practices.
- For more information about HomeTown Health University (HTHU) go to www.hthu.net
Participate in Upcoming Testing Week to Gauge Your ICD-10 Readiness
CMS gives physicians and their billing staff a chance to assess their ICD-10 readiness during a limited front-end testing session March 3-7. During the testing week, physicians can submit claims using ICD-10 codes for services rendered between October 1, 2013 and March 3 to determine if their Medicare administrative contractors can receive the claims and determine if the claims are accepted or rejected. Read more – AAFP
CMS Extends Deadline for Some Meaningful Use Attesters
CMS announced Friday that it will extend the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to Meaningful Use in the Medicare electronic health record incentive program from Feb 28 to March 31. The extension will not cover EPs attesting for the Medicaid program of Physician Quality Reporting Systems incentive program pilot. Read more – FierceHealthIT
Telemedicine Can Build Bridge to Expanded Health Care, Say Panelist
As more individuals obtain health insurance, the debate about how to provide greater access to care at a reasonable cost becomes more relevant. Now, telemedicine is emerging as a crucial building block in the delivery of care, according to panelists at a recent forum hosted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care. The quality of patient care is not compromised by telemedicine, the panelists noted, because it is delivered through different channels. Read more – AAFP
Physician Pay Stagnant – New Revenue Models Expanding
With the current state of fee-for-service reimbursement continuing to decline, physicians are being forced to explore new ways for their medical practices to survive and thrive. Reimbursement levels for new and existing patient visits declined or remained flat again in 2013, according to the annual Fee Schedule Survey by Physicians Practice. The data reflects survey responses from 2,619 medical practices across the country. Read more – The Wall Street Journal
HHS Strengthens Patients’ Right to Access Lab Test Reports
As part of an ongoing effort to empower patients to be more informed about their healthcare, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to give patients or a person designated by the patient a means of direct access to the patient’s completed laboratory test reports. “Information like lab results can empower patients to track their health progress, make decisions with their health care professionals, and adhere to important treatment plans.” Read more – HHS
Insurers Say Limited Doctor Choice Key To Plan Affordability
Insurers are saying that offering more narrow networks of doctors and hospitals is vital to keeping costs down in plans offered under the health law. In the meantime, some insurers are offering supplemental plans to fill in these gaps. Federal regulators proposed a tougher review process for the doctors and hospitals in plans to be sold next year through healthcare.gov, a shift that could force insurers to expand those networks (WSJ Mathews and Weaver, 2/6). Read more – Kaiser Health News
Azalea Health to Expand to Gainesville, FL
Azalea Health has selected Gainesville for corporate expansion, creating ten new jobs in Innovation Square over the next year. The Council for Economic Outreach of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce has been working with Azalea, Innovation Square, and Enterprise Florida since April, 2013. Azalea Health plans on locating in UF’s Innovation Square. Azalea chose the Gainesville area because of the great availability of quality talent coming out of the universities, technical schools, and community colleges.
Azalea Health Expands Leadership Team
Azalea Health has added to its leadership team to better respond to market and customer requirements. In January Tamyra Hyatt joined the Azalea team as vice president of marketing, and Sherri Schumacher came on board as manager of Azalea’s Savannah office team. According to Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea: “Tamyra and Sherri brings a wealth experience and connections. They will be incredible assets to our organization and our customers.”
Tips & Tricks for Azalea Customers_________
New System Features and Enhancements
Our development team works hard every month to add new features and enhancements to your Azalea system. These new features improve your user experience and help to streamline your practice’s workflow. Go to our new features page to see details on all of the new features and enhancements.
- Permission to Activate/Deactivate a patient – Added to allow a user to activate or deactivate patients. New function is located under Patients in a user’s permissions.
- Printing Chart remembers the last selected items – When printing a chart, the system will now remember which items you had checked last time you printed a chart.
- Detailed Receipt option – Print a detailed receipt for a patient on request. Apply payments to the charges on the encounter first.
- CPOE: Attach and Archive Multiple Lab Results at Once – You can select multiple lab results that belong to a single patient and “Attach and Archive” with only one click.
- New Appointment Reminder Options – With the Automated Phone Reminders, you now have two new reminder options, Email and Text, available. Please call Azalea support to activate these services.
Azalea Product Training
Need a refresher course on any of our Azalea systems? Contact our Customer Service and Support team to learn how to access video tutorials and instructional tools on every topic from billing to clinical documentation. Go to our training site, call (877) 777-7686 #3 or email email@example.com.
March 19-22 GPT 2014 Conference Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth – GPT conference will be held in Atlanta at the CNN center on March 19-22. A special session CME day for physicians will be held on Saturday. More information
Who’s Who at Azalea____________________
Meet Ashley Alday, Client Relations Manager
Ashley Alday is Azalea Health’s Client Relations Manager. Her primary focus is building and maintaining relationships between Azalea Health and its clients. Ashley works to communicate effectively with our customers on their requirements, and she recommends proper strategies to the Azalea Health team in order to meet those needs. She also provides training and education to Azalea clients and serves as a critical go to person ensuring the successful implementation of its products and services. Prior to joining Azalea Health in 2009, she managed customer needs in the hospitality industry at a resort in Jackson Hole, WY. She graduated from Valdosta State University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a degree in Management.
Azalea Health is currently seeking talented and driven individuals to join our Revenue Cycle Management staff in Valdosta and our software development team in Valdosta and our new Gainesville, FL office. Visit our careers page at www.azaleahealth.com/careers for a complete list of positions.
About Azalea Health
Azalea Health was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies. Its cloud based solution unifies both medical and financial aspects for healthcare providers. The complete suite of products has the flexibity to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice.
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The forum is Jan 28 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando – The Florida Venture Forum, a statewide support organization for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, announced today the partial listing of mid-to-later-stage, Florida-based companies slated to present before investors and venture capitalists at the 23rd annual Florida Venture Capital Conference. The conference takes place from 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly the Peabody), 9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. To learn more and register, visit www.flventure.org. Review the press release for list of presenters.
Its the holiday season and while most are rushing around doing that last minute shopping and spreading good cheer, we, at Azalea, are getting ready for the exciting new things happening in our industry! One of these is the transition to ICD-10. So, in the spirit of the holidays, here is a short story with a couple of diagnoses that may come in handy to your practice this holiday season. See if you can figure out each code without referring to the cheat sheet at the bottom!
After weeks of running through the Y92.513 to get those final gifts, watching a few V00.212A at a local ice skating rink, and even a E916 when I was decorating the tree, it was finally the afternoon before Christmas and we were on our way to our holiday destination, Grandmother’s house. We all packed in the car tight and over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we went. In just a few short hours, we arrived at Grandmother’s house and were welcomed by cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and the smell of a great dinner cooking. After our arrival and before the Z63.1 began, we realized that we were missing one key person- Grandmother! Everyone scattered throughout the house and surrounding woods to look for her for fear that she had experienced a W00.9 or had another V09.1XXX with a reindeer-drawn sleigh. We looked high and low and finally found her wrapping some last minute gifts in the barn. We were so excited that broke out in holiday song, startling her and causing her to receive a minor W45.1 from the wrapping paper.
Happy that we found Grandmother, we all moved into the dining room and sat down to a delicious holiday feast! With all of the food displayed on the table it was easy for us all to R63.2. After dinner, though we were suffering from R46.4, we worked together to tidy up the dishes and kitchen. At the end of the night we watched the holiday fireworks and managed to avoid W39.XXA’s. After all was said and done it was a wonderful holiday event celebrated with loved ones, great food, and exciting events!
Azalea Health’s CEO, Baha Zeidan is featured on the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Radio’s podcast Tech Talk. Zeidan speaks about the power of cloud-based healthcare and how it is transforming the healthcare industry. He also explains the importance of data exchange among providers, mobility in healthcare (mhealth), and the significance of promoting patient engagement.
Click here to listen to the full interview on Tech Talk.
Seasons Greetings, Azalea Friends and thank you for reading this month’s newsletter! We wish you all a happy holiday season and a healthy New Year!
Mobility in Healthcare
Experts in the health IT industry say that mobile health has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by transforming the provider-patient relationship. With over 70% of modern physicians utilizing mobile technologies during their daily work routine, it is easy to see how that expert’s statement is accurate. Mobile health, often referred to as mHealth, offers numerous benefits to healthcare providers including reduced readmissions, an increased scope of patient care, decreased healthcare costs, increased access to care, and empowers the patient to manage their personal health.
Click here to read the full blog post from Azalea Health.
Billing Tip: AMA CPT Code Enhancements to take Effect 1/1/14
The AMA released 335 code changes in a new CPT edition in September 2013. These updated codes aim to “capture and describe the latest scientific and technological advances in medical, surgical and diagnostic services” and are set to take full effect on January 1, 2014. New technological and scientific advancements that are now available to mainstream clinical practices have made it necessary to give the CPT code set a slight facelift. According to AMA President, Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., the new code set will “fulfill its vital role as the health system’s common language for reporting contemporary medical procedures.”
For the full press release from the American Medical Association click here.
A Practical Explanation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
The Affordable Care Act requires all eligible Americans to be covered by health insurance. Simultaneously it provides a way for that to happen by providing incentives, penalties, and options to individuals, and small and large employers, including tax exempt employers. As of October 1, 2013, the ACT requires that people who do not have health insurance, regardless of reason, apply for health insurance coverage either through their employer, an insurance company, or through an exchange established by the Federal Government.
Authored by: Mr. James McGahee, Jr.
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- Azalea CEO, Baha Zeidan was recently interviewed by Atlanta’s Business RadioX Growth Matters talk show. Click here to listen to the interview in full.
- Baha Zeidan was featured as a speaker at the 14th annual HomeTown Health Fall Conference this past November. Zeidan spoke on mHealth Technology and what is new in mobile healthcare.
- Is your practice prepared for the ICD-10 transition? Sign up for the ICD-10 Survival Program for Physicians Offices to receive monthly training sessions and checklists from an ICD-10 expert! Click here to learn more about the program.
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Current Job Openings at Azalea: Come join our team!
- Sales Support & Training Specialist, Valdosta Office
- Accounting Specialist, Valdosta Office
- Software Engineer, Valdosta & Gainesville Office
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