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TMCNet:  Stellaris Health Expands Use of PatientKeeper Charge Capture Beyond Hospitalists to Five Practice Groups

[January 31, 2013]

Stellaris Health Expands Use of PatientKeeper Charge Capture Beyond Hospitalists to Five Practice Groups

Waltham, MA, Jan 31, 2013 ( via COMTEX) -- PatientKeeper(R) Inc., the leading provider of healthcare applications for physicians, today announced that Stellaris Health Network has deployed PatientKeeper Charge Capture(TM) software at five of its clinical practice groups, so physicians can record their inpatient charges electronically. This deployment represents an expansion of Stellaris Health's use of PatientKeeper; Stellaris's hospitalists have used PatientKeeper Charge Capture successfully for three years.

The switch from paper to electronic charge capture will help the practices improve their efficiency and accuracy capturing professional charges, and accommodate the impending nationwide transition to the ICD-10 medical diagnosis coding system, mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

As part of the new deployment, PatientKeeper receives patient information feeds from the Stellaris hospitals' MEDITECH(R) information systems, and directly sends charge information to the practices' NextGen(R) billing system.

PatientKeeper Charge Capture allows healthcare providers to improve revenue cycle management. The software helps hospitals and physician groups save time, maximize revenue, and ensure coding accuracy and compliance. PatientKeeper allows physicians to record charges on whatever device they prefer, including desktop and laptop computers, popular smartphones and tablets. Charges are then automatically passed to coders and back-end billing systems to improve compliance while ensuring that all appropriate charges are billed promptly and accurately.

"PatientKeeper is much more efficient for charge capture than using paper cards or fee tickets," said Rosanne Krisa, Director of Professional Services Management at Stellaris Health. "Doctors can enter charges as they are rounding in the hospitals. Currently most physicians are using PCs, but many are interested in using Apple(R) iPads(R) and iPhones(R) down the road." "We are delighted that Stellaris Health elected to expand the use of PatientKeeper across their organization based on the success their hospitalists have had with our software," Paul Brient, PatientKeeper's president and CEO, said. "We look forward to working with Stellaris to make this expansion as successful as the initial deployment." About Stellaris Health HealthStar Network, Inc. (dba Stellaris Health Network) is the corporate parent of Lawrence Hospital Center (Bronxville, NY), Northern Westchester Hospital (Mount Kisco, NY), Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY), and White Plains Hospital Center (White Plains, NY). In addition to the network of hospitals and employed physicians, Stellaris provides ambulance and municipal paramedic services to Westchester County, New York through Westchester Emergency Medical Services.

About PatientKeeper PatientKeeper(R) Inc. is the leading provider of healthcare applications for physicians. PatientKeeper's highly intuitive software streamlines physicians' workflow to improve productivity and patient care. PatientKeeper's CPOE, physician documentation, electronic charge capture and other applications run on desktop and laptop computers and popular handheld devices and tablets. PatientKeeper's software integrates with existing healthcare information systems to create the most effective solution for driving physician adoption of technology, meeting Meaningful Use, and transitioning to ICD-10. For more information about PatientKeeper, which is headquartered near Boston, Mass., visit or call 781-373-6100.

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