April 21, 2009 08:00 ET

ZirMed Partners With Hands On Technology™, Offering Revenue Cycle Management Solutions to TheraOffice Users

Physical Therapy Offices Benefit From Hands On Technology's Practice Management Software Combined With ZirMed's End-to-End Billing and Payment Management Service Suite

LOUISVILLE, KY and HINSDALE, IL--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - ZirMed, a specialist in revenue cycle management solutions for healthcare providers, and Hands On Technology, Inc., makers of the TheraOffice® family of practice management software systems, today announced a business partnership that will allow TheraOffice users to benefit from ZirMed's end-to-end payment management capabilities. Through the joint solution, Hands On Technology's physical therapy customers can improve workflows, reduce billing and clerical errors, and reduce accounts receivable days, among other benefits.

TheraOffice, the product of ten years of research, design, testing and development, is a fast, comprehensive and efficient practice management system that gives customers the utmost control over administrative and billing processes. Available in three editions -- Standard, Professional and Enterprise -- TheraOffice covers the full range of clinical and business needs from scheduling and documentation to accounting, administration and enterprise management.

The three editions of TheraOffice make it easy for small practices, new facilities, established clinics, and even large practices and hospital systems to increase their efficiency. ZirMed's proven services further increase the effectiveness of TheraOffice by optimizing the revenue cycle, resulting in increased revenue and net profit improvement. ZirMed also helps overcome the ongoing obstacles presented by the continually shifting regulatory landscape, healthcare reimbursement changes, and the emergence of consumer-driven healthcare.

"The combined technologies offered by Hands On Technology and ZirMed will greatly enhance the electronic billing features in the TheraOffice family," said Dan Morrill, CEO and owner of Hands On Technology. "What's more, it will offer our user facilities a higher degree of control over their entire revenue cycle management functions."

Many Hands On Technology clients have already experienced the benefits of using ZirMed with TheraOffice, says Jerry Merritt, president and chief executive officer of ZirMed. "For several years we have had an informal working relationship with Hands On Technology on behalf of our mutual clients. Because of this success we have expanded our relationship; and more importantly, this has allowed us to discover our matching philosophies for providing top-notch products coupled with exceptional customer service."

User "Sleeps Much Better"

Apex Physical Therapy, an Illinois-based physical, industrial and sports rehabilitation provider, has been using both ZirMed and TheraOffice since 2006. "Hands On Technology is capable of handling all clinical documentation electronically, allowing therapists to bill just after treating the patient. Our billing manager is only several mouse clicks away from batching the day's charges and sending to ZirMed," said Patrick Myers, PT, OCS at Apex Physical Therapy. "From there, ZirMed automatically finds errors and allows for corrections in a real-time environment, on the fly. The self-auditing structure of ZirMed allows for minimization of issues and easy managerial oversight," he said, adding that checks are received from major carriers in as little as five days.

A major advantage of the Hands On Technology/ZirMed partnership, according to Apex Office Manager Sherri Bowman, is the auto-remittance feature that speeds payment processing and creates more revenue with less effort by automatically posting Electronic Remittance Advices (ERAs). "Using the auto-remit function is easy. After the file is extracted, you're only about five clicks from posting your payment. I sometimes submit bills on a Tuesday and get paid on Thursday!" Bowman states.

Myers also credits the success of the system on the customer support Apex receives. "ZirMed has an excellent knowledge-based training program and a friendly, responsive customer service team. Their education classes are excellent as well. We had many choices to start this project, but sleep much better at night knowing we have ZirMed and Hands On Technology as our partners."

About ZirMed:

Founded in 1999, ZirMed is a nationally recognized leader in delivering revenue cycle management solutions to healthcare providers. ZirMed enables healthcare providers to leverage the power of technology to cure administrative burdens and increase cash flow. ZirMed solutions include eligibility verification, credit/debit card processing, check processing, claims management, coding compliancy and reimbursement management, electronic remittance advice, patient statements, patient e-commerce solutions, provider credentialing, and lock box services. ZirMed solutions are designed to complement provider workflow and to provide innovative, creative and flexible solutions for healthcare's most pressing administrative challenges. For more information about ZirMed, visit

About Hands On Technology:

Founded in 1999, Hands On Technology continues to be a leader in electronic medical record and practice management software. Supporting over 700 clinical practices in the U.S. and throughout the world, Hands On Technology provides the most current, easy-to-use and efficient tools to improve clinical management.

TheraOffice is developed by therapists for therapists. Our own physical therapy practice allows us to treat patients with the same products we develop to be tested by therapists and patients so that we are always compatible with current regulations and trends. The most up-to-date programming tools and customer feature suggestions are constantly being implemented to bring our clients the most effective and user-friendly software possible.

Hands On Technology provides software that will increase revenue, cut costs, save time and improve clinical efficiency while also improving overall staff satisfaction with its user friendly interface. Our commitment to take advantage of the latest network, software and hardware technology enables therapists to thrive in the rapidly changing healthcare environment and give your practice full range of motion. Visit

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