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Advanced Data Systems Review

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Adam C. Uzialko
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business.com writer
| Updated
Oct 27, 2018
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Advanced Data Systems' medical practice management software is a traditional medical billing and scheduling program that has the major features we looked for in practice management software. Its user interface is a bit dated and can sometimes feel cluttered, and the software itself can feel overwhelming at first, but, overall, it performs its duties competently.

Advanced Data Systems

Advanced Data Systems

The Best Medical Practice Management Software 2019

The Verdict

Advanced Data Systems' software, MedicsPremier, is a more traditional billing and scheduling program. The application offers competent tools for scheduling, billing, insurance eligibility verification and claims submission and tracking.

To see all our recommendations for practice management software, visit our best picks page.

Advanced Data Systems saves medical office staff time by performing several tasks simultaneously. Staff can import patient data and confirm insurance eligibility in the same window, for example. However, almost every task in this software requires several clicks to complete. Once you learn the processes, though, your speed is likely to increase.

Pricing and Fees

Advanced Data System uses the conventional per provider, per month pricing model like many other practice management software vendors in our review. The company also charges an upfront startup fee. For our hypothetical general medicine practice of three providers and an unknown volume of monthly claims, we were quoted a price of $505 per provider, per month, with a startup cost of $6,000.

Startup costs include setup, training, and support; the monthly rate includes e-prescribing of controlled substances, a patient portal, and clearinghouse access. We were told the startup cost would be lowered if we did not require data migration services, but, overall, Advanced Data Systems was on the higher end of the price range among the software apps we evaluated.

Advanced Data Systems charges additional fees for text message appointment reminders, patient statement mailing and a patient self-check-in application. 

Features

Billing

Advanced Data Systems maintains some of the most central features of a billing system, which is a critical aspect of practice management software. These tools serve to make the billing process easier for staff versus the older methods of manually capturing charges, coding claims and submitting them to payers. Here's more about those features:

  • Claims scrubber: Advanced Data Systems has a built-in claims scrubber that captures errors before claims are submitted to payers. According to the company, 99 percent of submitted claims are accepted by payers the first time they are submitted.
  • Real-time claims tracker: Claims are sent to a claims tracker and updated in real time. The tracker shows the date submitted, status of the claim, the total amount of the claim and the percentage paid.
  • Denial management: For claims denied by payers, Advanced Data Systems' denial management tool will help your staff revise claims and resubmit them for approval. The tool includes a tracker that shows how old denied claims are and the total amount of money your practice could expect to recoup.
  • Patient statements: Advanced Data Systems allows your staff to generate patient statements directly in the software and accept credit card payments for co-payments.

Scheduling

Advanced Data Systems' scheduling tools simplify the process of managing a complex schedule for a bustling medical practice. The software also includes some smart twists with its features to save time and ensure that both patients and providers get the most out of each appointment. Here's more about those features:

  • Color-coded calendar: Staff can set and organize patient appointments by provider. In addition, color coding makes it easy to see who is responsible for which tasks, meetings and appointments at a glance.
  • Custom scheduler: One of Advanced Data Systems' strong scheduling features is the option of creating custom columns that display the schedules of other professionals and staff in the practice. For example, you can create an "office staff" column that shows the schedule office staff as well as meetings that are scheduled that day and various tasks that need to be completed.
  • Automated text reminders: To reduce no-shows and last-minute cancellations, Advanced Data Systems offers text-based appointment reminders. There is an additional fee for this service. Email or phone reminders are not available.
  • Document scanning: Built-in document scanning allows staff to upload patient documentation and identification on the first visit so your system can archive it for future use.
  • Specialty-specific scheduling: Advanced Data Systems allows flexible scheduling suited to the specific needs of different specialties. For example, diagnostic equipment specific to your specialty can be programmed into the software for reservation by one of the providers.

Customer Service

Our customer service experience with Advanced Data Systems was adequate. We contacted the company through email and live chat. Through live chat, we were connected with a sales representative who called back the same day with a price quote and additional information about implementation and training. Overall, representatives were friendly, knowledgeable and responsive.

Limitations

Advanced Data Systems' medical practice management software appears dated compared to that of other providers in our review. At times, the interface is cluttered and is difficult to navigate. With many other vendors in our review, a clean and simple aesthetic was incorporated so the software was more navigable, but that is not the case with Advanced Data Systems'. Practice management software often comes with a learning curve, and a cluttered interface could make it harder for staff to get up to speed with the software.

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Advanced Data Systems

Advanced Data Systems

The Best Medical Practice Management Software 2019

The Verdict

Advanced Data Systems' software, MedicsPremier, is a more traditional billing and scheduling program. The application offers competent tools for scheduling, billing, insurance eligibility verification and claims submission and tracking.

Adam C. Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with a degree in political science and journalism and media studies. He reviews healthcare information technology, call centers, document management software and employee monitoring software. In addition to his full-time position at Business News Daily and Business.com, Adam freelances for several outlets. An indispensable ally of the feline race, Adam is owned by four lovely cats.