Thursday, March 6th, 2014 - The "Walrus" Link
This weekend we will be redesigning the way some users connect to our applications page. This change will be seamless and there will be no service interruption. Our “Walrus” link on orthodon.com will redirect to the same page as our “Apps” page. The page will look different but the functionality will stay the same.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 - Metairie Office
The Metairie corporate office will be closed on Tuesday, March 4th so that our employees may enjoy the Mardi Gras holiday with their family. Technical Support, Help Desk Support and the financial services call center will be available. You may contact the Dallas corporate office at (877) 875-7408 or if you have an operational emergency, please contact the department head via e-mail. They will contact you as soon as possible.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - Biggest Gainers!
Announcing OSI’s Biggest Gainers!
CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Claudio Caycedo & Dr. Aaron Tolman & Teams!
This practice achieved 109.36% of their annual goal, and is crowned OSI’s overall Biggest Gainer, winning $5000 in prizes.
Congratulations to all OSI Biggest Gainers, winning $1000 in prizes:
August, 2013: Dr. Cao & Team
September, 2013: Dr. Burris & the Northwest Arkansas Teams
October, 2013: Dr. Cao & Team
November, 2013: Dr. Bernstein & St. Helena/Clear Lake Team
December, 2013: Dr. Burris & the Northwest Arkansas Teams
Updated Results are in… Where did you rank?
Click the logo below to see where you ended 2013!
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 - Weekend Maintenance
On Sunday, January 12th, the NETADMIN team will be performing maintenance on the OrthoSynetics Internet portal https://access.orthodon.com. This portal is behind redundant systems so we do not expect any issues connecting to OrthoTrac, SmileLink or other applications published on the Internet portal during this time; however there could be brief periods where there could be issues connecting or logging in. Maintenance is scheduled from 6:00PM EST on Sunday and should be completed by Monday, 6:00AM EST.
Monday, January 6th, 2014
Dallas Conference Registration Closing SOON!
Register Online TODAY for OSI’s Management and Leadership Conference
Registration closes Friday, January 10, 2014
Registration for the 2014 Advanced Practice Seminar is available on www.orthodon.com. Access to OSI’s Management and Leadership Conference is a quick click away! CLICK HERE for details on the conference, and to register your team TODAY!
For answers to questions regarding the OSI Management and Leadership Conference, please email Jamie Hagen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 21st, 2013 - Phone System Degradation
Part of the OSI Phone system has failed, leaving the system capable of handling only half of the normal call volume. Replacement equipment should arrive on Tuesday, December 24th and will be installed before the close of business. Until that time, during high call volume periods, you may receive a fast busy signal. If this occurs, please try back again a short time later or contact us via email.
Help Desk: HelpDesk@Orthosynetics.com
Technical Support: TechSuport@Orthosynetics.com
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 - Windows XP is No Longer HIPAA-Compliant as of April 8, 2014!
We have been receiving inquiries regarding Windows XP and HIPAA compliance. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft officially ends support for Windows XP – meaning those computers are no longer HIPAA-compliant. What does this mean to OSI and our clients? It means that computers running Windows XP can no longer be used to access or view patient information.
While our support team has been prompting offices for the better part of a year regarding this issue, we find many offices have not upgraded many of these Windows XP computers.
What options exist for an office? They can upgrade the operating system to Windows 7 (Windows 8 is not compatible with many of the existing imaging systems out there right now) or replace the computers. We recommend replacing the machines, as there is little difference in the total price between the two options and many of the computers running Windows XP are greater than three years old.
This extends beyond the walls of the office. For those that do work from home, the same applies. A computer running Windows XP (after April 8, 2014) cannot be used to access PHI, as it will not be HIPAA-Compliant.
The sooner offices move to update their systems, the more time they have to spread out the cost. If there are any questions, please contact technical support.
For those who want some more detail (this is your geek moment) - this last section is for you!
Windows XP was first released in 2001 - 12 years ago. Windows Vista replaced it in 2007, which was replaced by Windows 7 in 2009, which is in the process of being replaced with Windows 8 - which started in 2012. While Vista had its issues, Windows 7 was much more stable - and has been out for four years already (the average lifespan of a computer is three to five years).
Why is Windows XP no longer HIPAA-Compliant as of April 2014? There is a string of items from the HIPAA and HITECH acts leading to this. These acts require computers used to access Personal Health Information (PHI) to be patched and secured from security vulnerabilities, malware, and computer viruses. This entails the developer of the Operating System to release security patches and updates to close security flaws (referred to as security holes) found in the system. When these patches and updates are no longer released - the operating system no longer meets the requirements of being "patched and secured" - which is where we find Windows XP in April of 2014. The Malware/Spyware/Virus community is eagerly awaiting this point in time, as they know there will be many old, unpatched, outdated systems waiting for them to attack and use for unlawful reasons.
If XP support is ending - when will Windows 7 support end - Vista - Windows 8? Microsoft does have tentative end-of-life dates for each of these products - which they may extend based upon the products use at the time. As of this writing they are:
Vista - April 11, 2017
Windows 7 - January 14, 2020
Windows 8 - January 10, 2023
So - what about other operating systems - can't I just switch to a Mac and be safe? Short answer – no. The manufacturer of the operating system does not matter - all software is vulnerable. Apple releases security updates on a regular patching schedule just like Microsoft and Macs must be kept up-to-date - just as with any operating system – to remain compliant. The difference is that Apple only supports an operating system for between six months and two years after it is replaced. You still need to upgrade the operating system on a Mac to remain compliant as Apple releases upgrades and continue to apply the security patches released on a regular basis.
AH HA! I can just switch to a computer running Linux and be safe and it is FREE (in some cases)! Sorry - not so fast. The problem here is even larger. There are many different versions of Linux from many different sources out there. Most of them have no security updates or patches (meaning they are not compliant). The Open Source community supports some of these - but the sources cannot always be trusted or known security holes may remain unpatched for long periods. The only way to remain compliant with a Linux OS is to purchase it from one of the companies that do sell and support Linux and keep it patched and up-to-date.
No matter which operating system you prefer, you are required to maintain the machines to meet HIPAA requirements. We do recommend replacing computers every three to five years for operational considerations (with updated versions of the operating system installed). If planned out on a regular schedule, it is easy to spread the cost over time and maintain compliance while keeping your computers in good working condition.
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 – Open Enrollment!
Health Insurance Open Enrollment has started for most locations and will continue through Friday, December 13th.
Please visit the Human Resources center for additional information.
Monday, November 25th, 2013 – Biggest Gainer Results!
CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Cao & Team!
October's Biggest Gainers!
Updated Results are in… Where do you rank?
Click the logo below to see where you rank!
Become the next Biggest Gainer!
BIG Challenges… BIG Fun & Prizes… BIG SUCCESS!
This week’s BIG TIP: A Review of the New Patient Process (Ortho)
The New Patient Phone Call
The new patient phone call is, in many cases, the deciding point for the patient. Case acceptance truly begins with this first phone call which is the first impression of the practice.
There are 8 steps to the new patient phone call:
1. The Greeting
2. Collect Patient Info
3. Offer Practice Info
4. Set Appointment
5. Give Expectations
6. Verify Appointment Info
7. Inquire for Further Questions
8. The Closing
Preparing for the New Patient Appointment
Preparation by the office team is KEY to help ensure that the patient and parent/guardian are prepared to show up for his/her appointment, as well as make the decision to begin treatment with YOUR office, and more specifically sign the contract that day.
There are 6 steps to take in order to prepare for the appointment:
1. New Patient Welcome Packet
2. Confirmation Email
3. Confirmation Call
4. Insurance Verification
5. New Patient Chart
6. Review before New Patient Day
The New Patient Appointment (3 parts)
Part 1, New Patient Appointment: Greeting and Office Tour
Once an appointment has been secured, it is important to continue to make another great first impression, engage the patient, and ensure that they sign a contract in his/her first appointment.
Part 1 of the New Patient Appointment consists of the following 4 steps:
1. The Greeting
2. Preparation of the Chart
3. Office Tour
4. X-Rays and Photos
Part 2, New Patient Appointment: Orthodontic Orientation & Clinical Exam
Once the patient has been given a tour of the practice and has had his/her x-rays and photos taken, it is time to proceed to the orthodontic orientation and clinical exam.
This portion of the New Patient Appointment consists of the following 5 steps:
1. Patient Interview
2. Orthodontic Orientation
3. Huddle with the Doctor
4. Introduction of the Doctor
5. Clinical Exam & Treatment Presentation
Part 3, New Patient Appointment: Financial Presentation
Once the doctor has successfully completed the exam, he/she will transition the final part of the appointment back to the Treatment Coordinator. At this time, the TC will present financials, and get the contract signed.
This portion of the New Patient Appointment consists of the following 7 steps:
1. Presentation of Payment Options
2. Providing Incentives to Start
3. Asking for the Close
4. Overcoming Objections
5. Review and Finalizing Necessary Paperwork
6. Completion of Diagnostic Records
7. Thank you and Closing
For additional questions regarding what your team can do to become the next Biggest Gainer, contact your Practice Account Manager or Operations Consultant TODAY!
Be sure to watch the Biggest Gainer Highlight Video, available on the Practice Resource Center.
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 - Register Now!
OSI’s Management and Leadership Conference
Online Registration NOW Available!
Registration for the 2014 Advanced Practice Seminar is now available on www.orthodon.com. Access to OSI’s Management and Leadership Conference is a quick click away! CLICK HERE for details on the conference, and to register your team TODAY!
(See pricing and additional details regarding the Management and Leadership Conference in the post below)
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - Attend OSI's Management and Leadership Conference!
Email Jamie Hagen, at email@example.com to register your team TODAY!