Events and Important Dates

 

Training

eSolutions EDIinsight by Waystar (Practice Insight) Webinars 

          Claim Manager – Advanced

June 10, 2021 10:00 AM CDT Events and Important Dates Registration

          Claim Manager – Beginner

August 17, 2021 10:00 AM CDT Events and Important Dates Registration

          Issue Manager

September 9, 2021 10:00 AM CDT Events and Important Dates Registration

Alpha II Webinars

  Managing Medical Necessity

June 24, 2021 12:00 PM CDT Events and Important Dates Registration

Industry

2021 CPT Evaluation and Management Coding Changes

CMS has adopted much of the new AMA E/M (evaluation and management) code and guideline changes and they become effective January 1, 2021.  These changes affect office encounters and other outpatient visits. More importantly, the changes could have financial, liability, and contractual ramifications for your clinic.  Please use the links below to get familiar and get started planning for the new rules.  ***PLEASE NOTE: there are no mandates that require your EHR to incorporate these new guidelines into their systems.***

Office Evaluation and Management (E/M) CPT Code Revisions

10 tips to prepare your practice for E/M office visit changes

Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)

MANDATORY 03/01/2020 – The Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (Texas PMP), managed by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, collects and monitors outpatient prescription data for all Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances dispensed by a pharmacy in Texas or to a Texas resident from a pharmacy located in another state. The Texas PMP is a patient care tool that can be used to inform prescribing practices, as well as address prescription drug misuse and diversion. The Texas PMP shares prescription data with 30 other states and entities, allowing prescribers and pharmacists to track prescriptions dispensed outside the state of Texas.  Registration Manual

Software

Lytec 2021

Available Mid-March!  Click here for more info.

Lytec Mobile 3.3

LYTEC Mobile v3.3 as generally available For users of Lytec 2021.

New Features in Mobile v3.3 include:

  • Pull Diagnosis – Option to automatically pull Case Diagnosis in CGM MEDISOFT or Permanent Diagnosis in CGM LYTEC when opening a new mobile superbill and have the codes pre-checked.
  • Eligibility Status – Add Eligibility Status to Home Page patient appointment list.
  • Appointment Notes – Allow editing of appointment Notes on the mobile Patient Card and send updated Note information back to the core software appointment.
  • Linked Transactions / Multilink – Option to add existing Linked Transactions (CGM LYTEC) or Multilink codes (CGM MEDISOFT) on mobile superbills.
  • E/M Timer – Added an optional E/M Timer to mobile superbill for providers who code Evaluation and Management visits solely based on duration of the patient encounter. Time also posts back to core software.

Microsoft DNS Vulnerability (July 2020)

Microsoft has published a newly discovered vulnerability in their DNS service. If you run a windows network using a Microsoft Server, you are almost certainly using this DNS service.  All versions of Windows server OS are vulnerable, up to and including the latest 2019 build.  The notice is here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4569509/windows-dns-server-remote-code-execution-vulnerability.

Ensure your system receives this patch immediately.

Microsoft SQL Server End of Life

 SQL Server licenses are included with Lytec installations for your Lytec databases.  Those on older versions of Lytec are not HIPAA compliant if their database application is no longer being supported by Microsoft as security updates are no longer being issued.  The following SQL Server versions will no longer receive updates after the listed date.  Be sure to update your Lytec in order to remain HIPAA compliant with your SQL database.

SQL Server 2012 – January 14, 2014

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 – June 9, 2019

SQL Server 2012 (SP3) – July 12, 2022

Microsoft OS End of Support

Security updates are required so that clinics remain HIPAA compliant.  The following operating systems will no longer receive updates after the listed date.  Older operating system not listed have already met their end of life.  Ensure your systems are updated prior to the listed date.  So, older hardware may need to be replaced to run the latest operating systems.

Windows 7 SP1 – January 14, 2020

Windows Server 2008  – January 14, 2020

Windows Server 2008 R2  – January 14, 2020

Windows 8.1 – January 10, 2023

Windows Server 2012 – January 10, 2023

Windows 10 – January 14, 2025