Billing & Connectivity Meeting Recap

The North Carolina Point of Care Network held its second meeting at Western Wake Medical Center in Cary, North Carolina on October 17, 2003.  The featured topic was “Billing and Connectivity”, with Chris Fetters speaking to us about POC Billing and several speakers discussing Connectivity ideas.  Point of Care coordinators Nancy Smith, Pam Smith, Suzanne Miller and Patti Hawkins hosted the October meeting.  Attendance for this meeting was approximately 75 people, so it was a full house!

Nancy Smith held a short business meeting prior to our speaker presentations.  She discussed future leadership for the NC group, as well as topics such as election of officers, collection of dues and future meeting ideas.  A survey was distributed to all members in order to get feedback.

Our Guest Speaker was Chris Fetters
president and founder of Nextivity

Nextivity is a point-of-care consulting firm specializing in CIC vendor compliance, POC billing integration, data management planning and regulatory and efficiency assessments.  Chris provided a most informative and timely presentation to a charged group of POCC’s, finance  reps, compliance officers and vendors on August 14th at the Riverside Conference Center in Newport News, VA.  Chris defined the most common billing terms and explained the most typical payor mixes.  The requirements to bill lab tests are:  CLIA number, MD order, medical necessity, information must be used to manage the patient and the result must be relayed to the physician promptly.  

Chris, right, explained that POCT can be billed since these tests are covered  laboratory services subject to the fee  schedule.  Billing should follow Section  450 (1450) and use revenue code 30x. The lab testing must be reflected on the cost report.  Reasons for denial may be:  absence of signs or symptoms, routine physical, failure to provide medical necessity, no MD order, no CLIA number, or testing performed on a device that is not FDA approved.  

Chris was able to show the impact on POC billing as attendees listed volumes for their facilities. To view a Powerpoint presentation of this topic, visit the Nextivity website at

Speakers from Several Companies
Gave Presentations on Connecitivity

Peter Karkantas, Marketing Director from Abbott presented Precision NET Web Services. Precision NET Web provides hospitals with a robust and easy to use POC testing and management tools.  This system incorporates the freedom to monitor, review and share POC testing information anywhere, anytime throughout the health system.

Greg Howard, Regional Business Manager, from Medical Automation Systems presented the evolution of the RALS product line and demonstrated the RALS-Plus "vendor independent" data management system. This presentation demonstrated a product that is designed to meet the Laboratory's needs for a POCT data manager that will interface to the LIS and can be used for multiple POCT devices.

Mike Seaton, TELCOR Regional Account Manager presented QML (Quick-Multi-Linc), TELCOR's open POCT data management and interfacing solution. The dawning of a new Information System generation specifically designed for POCT has arrived. No longer are the data and interface management solutions offered by device manufacturers and often given to customers, capable of satisfying the POCT information requirements in today's industry. 

Throughout the day, Deb Norkett, Point of Care Coordinator for Northeast Medical Center, raffled off numerous items donated by our many wonderful sponsors. 

At the end of the day, speakers and sponsors were recognized. Susan Utley  of Duke Medical Center graciously volunteered to coordinate the 2004 meetings.

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