7/25/17

Shared Genius - July 2017

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July 2017


Sending statement Files just got more secure for you and your patients!


Helping you be more HIPAA compliant - When you get our latest update.

The Genius THOMAS program is now going to encrypt the files you send out to get your statements printed. This makes it difficult and unlikely that if someone came across one of those "statement files" that they would ever be able to get any information from it. When a file is encrypted, it is like putting a complicated, combination lock on it. If someone intercepts the file, they don't have the combination key, so they won't be able to read the data. Only someone with the key will be able to access and read the file.

6/29/17

BCBS of Michigan to Require Claims to be Submitted Electronically as of June 30, 2017

BCBSM will require professional providers to submit claims electronically as of June 30, 2017

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has notified providers that it will no longer accept paper submitted professional claims from providers who have the capability to submit electronically, effective June 30, 2017. These types professional claim types must now be submitted electronically.

· Original claims
· Replacement claims
· Void or cancel claims
· Any claim that includes services for which you will submit medical records

For more information and the complete scoop, please read the BCBSM article directly and we suggest strongly that you sign up for their mailing list.

6/19/17

June 2017 Shared Genius


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June 2017

Sending Statement Files and TSI Profit Recovery Files just got easier!

You are now only 1-click away from getting your files to us.
The Genius Data Sender program is going away! You will no longer be bounced out of THOMAS to send an automated statement or TSI Profit recovery file. Once you click "Send" using the Send button in THOMAS, your files will.... well, they will just send. One click and done.

5/18/17

THOMAS UPDATE SERVER is DOWN

If you have been trying to auto-update and you're getting an error, it is because the THOMAS update server is currently down. We are working on getting it back up. We do not have a current estimate of when this might be available. We'll let you know as soon as it is back up.

Update 5/22/17
The update server went back up late afternoon Friday, 5/19. It should be working perfectly. If you have any further issues, please call support.

5/16/17

Ransomwear Handling Suggestions Per Medicare

This is direct from Medicare's 

HHS Update #3: International Cyber Threat to Healthcare Organizations

"If you are the victim of ransomware or have cyber threat indicators to share

If your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, HHS recommends the following steps:
1.    Please contact your FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force immediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance. These professionals work with state and local law enforcement and other federal and international partners to pursue cyber criminals globally and to assist victims of cyber-crime.
2.    Please report cyber incidents to the US-CERT and FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

3.    For further analysis and healthcare-specific indicator sharing, please also share these indicators with HHS’ Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) at HCCIC_RM@hhs.gov "

Added 5/17/17

For even more info, web addresses and updates check out Medicare's:


HHS Update #4: International Cyber Threat to Healthcare Organizations (Revised)

5/4/17

First Friday of the Month Conference Call: May 5, 2017

The next Genius Solutions First Friday of the Month Conference Call is scheduled for Friday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.

Planned topics for the conference call (so far) are:

  • Upcoming Focus groups
  • New features in eTHOMAS - Keep your eyes out for v9.5.30
  • Last worked
  • Followup date
  • 0.00 statements
  • Statement series
  • Claim filing report
  • Detail prebilling
  • Customize your autoposting
  • Final comments

4/6/17

Genius 1st Friday of Month Conference Call April 7, 2017

The next Genius Solutions First Friday of the Month Conference Call is scheduled for Friday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.

Planned topics for the conference call (so far) are:

  • Special eTHOMAS What's New from Support's Annemarie:
  • How to get to the What New, GS Documentation and YouTube Videos from eTHOMAS program
  • New Claim Filing Report
  • Insurance Codes - Ability to add Web Address and Notes!
  • Patient Type can now be 6 digits, no longer just 1.
  • New Send Button for sending statements.
  • Deposit sheet now shows patient type
  • New areas in eTHOMAS to prepare claims and statements
  • Scanning Media can be attached to a specific claim
  • Final comments

A few minutes before 10:00 on Friday you may call the FreeConference main number at 1-712-432-3100 and use Conference Code: 478288. Please note, it sometimes takes up to a minute to ring through and get prompted for the conference number.

3/9/17

Genius Power Outtage

Our power went out yesterday (3/8) between 9:30-10am.

We have power this morning, but comcast won't have us up before 1pm est on our internet. This will affect statements & other things you would send via internet to us (Including e-mail, contact info, connections with support, etc.) The phones seem to be working, but we won't know for sure until we try to get calls... they are tied into other internet stuff too.

Hang in there we are doing all that we can to be available to help.

😊

3/9 after 3:30pm est

As far as we can tell- everything is up and working at this point. :D

2/16/17

Flash of Genius February 2017: Ransomware

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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."

2/2/17

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


1/26/17

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