SOURCE: Macro Doctor

April 26, 2005 11:00 ET

Macro Doctor Introduces Web-Based Medical Billing Solutions to Shorten Payment Intervals for Providers and Hospitals

Opens Arizona Division to Meet Growing Demand for Integrated Medical Billing and Clearinghouse Capabilities

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2005 -- Macro Doctor, an e-healthcare company that specializes in web-based medical billing, clearinghouse and practice management solutions, today announced the opening of its new Arizona division to meet the rising market need for e-health solutions that significantly improve business efficiency, speed claim processing and improve revenue cycles for providers and hospitals. Macro Doctor solutions eliminate the expense and delays of third-party billing services and clearinghouses by allowing practitioners to directly submit HIPAA and Medicare claims to payor organizations using secure web technology.

"Web-based technology is essential for healthcare organizations to be competitive," states Dr. Divas Khaira, oncologist for Phoenix-based Sunterra Oncology. "Macro Doctor's centrally supported, online approach has allowed us to rapidly adapt to changing industry conditions, shorten payment cycles, eliminate lost claims, and reduce accounts receivables. They've allowed us to concentrate on the most important part of our practice, providing quality care to our patients."

Macro Doctor supports both front and back-end applications required for efficient provider operations. The front end or office management system incorporates a complete practice management system with appointment scheduler, online charts and drawings, and an electronic billing system. The back-end software translates and transposes information from the management system into an ANSI and HIPAA compliant electronic format that is sent directly to the payor.

Macro Doctor improves provider business operations, increases revenue and reduces costs by offering an integrated set of Internet technology-based solutions:

--  Integrated Medical Billing System/Clearinghouse - reduces revenue
    cycles from weeks or months to days, eliminating lost claims and saving
    providers up to 50% on medical claims processing by direct submission of
    HIPAA compliant and ANSI formatted claims to payors. Claim tracking and
    reporting begins within 24 hours of submission; users can easily access
    detailed status and payment reports. Optionally, Macro Doctor will
    facilitate automatic attachment of EMR/Claims patient charts, notes and
    other documentation.
    
--  Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) - increases provider revenues by
    offering the ability to accept checks by phone and set up direct payment
    schedules. This approach can be delivered at no cost to providers; patients
    appreciate its interest-free flexibility. Macro Doctor is the leader in
    providing medical providers with direct connection to the Federal ACH
    system.
    
--  e-Chart - incorporates EMR (electronic medical record) capabilities
    that provide access to critical medication, X-rays, allergy and lab reports
    and data from any connected location 24/7.
    
--  e-Schedule - supports consumer-directed healthcare initiatives by
    allowing patients to schedule appointments online 24 hours a day, 7 days a
    week and receive email appointment confirmation. Once appointment is
    scheduled, a patient claim is automatically generated.
    
--  e-Draw - enhances patient communication and allows providers to
    document past and present surgical scars and incisions to enhance quality
    of care.
    
--  e-Reports - a decision support tool that easily generates charts and
    graphs with accounting information to monitor outstanding accounts and
    identify practice trends.
    
A complete web-based software solution, Macro Doctor eliminates the need to separately purchase or install any on-site hardware or software. Providers simply connect their PC and web browser anytime, anywhere to Macro Doctor's secure data center, where the application and data are hosted. Macro Doctor manages and maintains the data and hardware. With Macro Doctor's totally secure environment, the integrity, privacy and exclusivity of all provider information is maintained.

"This is a significant milestone for providers transitioning their organizations to meet rapidly emerging e-healthcare initiatives," says Brady Barger, president of Arizona's Macro Doctor Division. "Practitioner's seeking innovative ways to take advantage of web-based solutions for reducing capital equipment costs, IT overhead and compliance issues can securely and cost-effectively utilize Macro Doctor to achieve business goals without investing in hardware, software, networking, support and training."

About Macro Doctor

A privately held company with corporate headquarters located in Richmond, Virginia, Macro Doctor empowers organizations to securely implement an electronic solution for enhancing office operations and ensuring HIPAA compliance. Using Macro Doctor's web-based solution, hospitals and medical providers utilize integrated Internet tools and processes to improve revenue cycles, speed claims processing and improve business efficiency. To learn more, visit www.macrodoctors.com or call (480) 998-5402.

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