Making Medical Billing Simple

Aeris Basic 2.0.000 Changes

January 22, 2014

Changes and New Features

New CMS-1500 Version 02-12
Aeris now supports the new CMS-1500 form dated 02-12 for both printed and electronic claims.
New CMS-1500 Claim Viewer
The CMS-1500 electronic claim file viewer now supports the new 02-12 form format.
New CMS-1500 Fields
Added fields for the new Other Claim ID and Its qualifier code in box 11b to the patient's insurance record and for the two date qualifier codes for boxes 14 and 15 to the patient record.
Screen Fonts
You can now set screen fonts and sizes to more easily read the screens.
Carrier Name and Address Position
You can now set the position of the carrier name and address at the top of the CMS-1500.
CMS-1500 Generation Names
The patient and subscriber names now include the generation (Jr., Sr., etc.).
ICD-10 Ready
Aeris is now ready to handle the new ICD-10 codes that will be part of the new 2014 Codes Module when it is released. Diagnosis codes and places where you enter diagnosis codes, now have a "Source" selection where you can select either ICD-9 or ICD-10.
Active Payment Message
Added a message when opening the patient list that will come up if an active payment exists and giving you the option to view the active payment.
New Startup Menu
A new startup menu lets you select from running Aeris Basic, the Administrator Utility, or the Support Information utility. You can set this menu so that it doesn't display unless you hold down Ctrl key while the program is loading. When the menu is set to display normally, holding down the Ctrl key will bypass the menu.
Program Security
The program files are now digitally signed with a certificate proving that they came from Beaver Creek Software and were not altered.

Problems Corrected

CMS-1500 Diagnosis Codes
The previous fix for the diagnosis code order only worked in certain uncommon situations (the ones we tested, naturally). Now the diagnosis codes in box 21 are placed in the same order as they are listed in the patient record. Diagnosis codes used on services but not listed in the patient's diagnosis are placed after those that are listed.
Insurance Payments to Multiple Patients
When applying an insurance payment to more than 2 patients, the program would think the active payment was a patient payment and give errors when trying to apply the payment to the third patient.
Patient Statements
Statements for a selected provider didn't work and some statements just wouldn't print.
Statement could show incorrect balances due to transactions with dates on the ending date of the previous statement if a statement check point was created.
Applying Insurance Payment to Services
The program would jump to the top of the service list after applying the payment to a service which made it difficult if there were more than a few services on the list.
Viewing Records
In View mode, some fields were editable when they should not have been.
Payment Adjustments
A problem prevented adding payment adjustments in most circumstances.
Service Screen
Several changes were made to make the screen work more naturally and to make it easier to understand.