SAN FRANCISCO, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- pMD, the innovation leader in health care technology, has added automated hospital discharge alerts to its mobile and web apps that significantly improves follow-up care for patients after they are discharged from the hospital. The real-time alerts also allow physician practices to increase their financial performance for scheduling timely follow-up appointments with patients.
"The riskiest period of transition for patients is often directly after they are discharged from the hospital," said pMD CEO Philippe d'Offay. "pMD's real-time alerts are designed to improve collaboration among the health care team after patients leave the hospital, and reduce costly readmissions by addressing their illnesses proactively. It's helping the patient and it's also helping the practice's bottom line."
pMD's mobile charge capture software, which allows doctors to record billing and lightweight clinical information into their phones at point of care, sends an automated alert to the patient's care team immediately after a patient is discharged. The alert includes pertinent information about the patient, including a discharge summary, medication changes, care coordination notes, or other follow-up information.
David Doane, Director of Reimbursement at Dallas Nephrology Associates, spearheaded the implementation of pMD's discharge alerts among his team of over 75 physicians.
"A lot of patients get readmitted because they don't get the right follow up care," said Doane. "Doctors just don't have the tools to do it. It is our true belief that with pMD, we will see significant decreases in the overall expense to the system and will improve the quality of care to the patient."
Practices participating in Medicare's Transitional Care Management (TCM) can receive additional incentive funds by following up with their patients after they are discharged. In order to receive the payment, staff must contact the patient within 48 hours after discharge, and a physician must see the patient within two weeks. pMD's alerts automate the communication between the physician and scheduling staff, allowing them to follow up with the patient within 48 hours and receive the additional funds.
pMD supports doctors and their staff through charge capture, HIPAA-compliant secure messaging, care coordination, and HIE services. Doctors using pMD are increasing their ROI in a time where Medicare cuts, compliance regulations, PQRS, and other costs are impacting profitability. pMD increases efficiency and compliance and provides free interfaces with most major EHRs. Visit pmd.com.