Sunday, June 26, 2016

Why don't more acupuncturists take insurance?


Why don't more acupuncturists take insurance?

From my many discussions, acupuncturists don't take insurance for many reasons. The top reasons are insurance doesn't cover acupuncture and dealing with insurance companies is a pain.

Insurance doesn't cover acupuncture


As evidence shows, the insurance industry is covering more complementary medicine like acupuncture every year, not the less. As more insurance covers acupuncture, more and more people will be getting acupuncture because the payment model will be something patients are used to. As this happens, accepting insurance will become a necessity for acupuncturists.

Insurance companies are a pain


The current state of dealing with insurance companies for acupuncturists is less than ideal and very time consuming.

First you have to enroll with a specific insurance company. This turns out to be a painful process that makes you want to pull your eye balls out of their sockets. The process involves several phone calls and asking a magic set of questions to successfully enroll.

Then, for each patient, you have to check for coverage. Again, this involves another painful process of calling and checking the patient's plan and coverage for acupuncture.

After the treatment, to file the claim, you have to complete the CMS-1500 making sure all the boxes are filled in, all the while staring at a horrendous piece of paper with red lines!

And then you wait, payment can take up to 30 days!

Making this easier


Many tools in the market help acupuncturists with the painful process of accepting insurance. While, they were built with the technology at the time and worked well when they were built, technology has advanced to make the insurance process even easier.

We are currently developing insurance billing into Jasmine with this new technology. If you're an acupuncturist interested in insurance billing and would like to be the first to be notified and to use the new insurance billing features, please sign up below!




Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Acupuncture Chatbots: A New Way to Schedule Appointments


Technology moves FAST. As a technology company, we're always looking to stay innovative and see how new technology can be used to benefit you, the acupuncturist, and your practice.

Chatbots have been in the news lately. Many companies, like Facebook, are giving developers the ability to create chatbots. Chatbots allow brands to automate interactions and "chat" with users through messages.

What this means is that Facebook users can now chat with a company or brand as if it was a live person.

As an example, consider the image above and cropped below, this is a quick prototype I put together of me (the patient) chatting with the Jasmine Facebook Page (the clinic).


The idea is acupuncture patients can chat with "someone" at the clinic and schedule an acupuncture appointment, all within Facebook and with natural language, as if talking to a live receptionist.

With chatbots and artificial intelligence, we're able to streamline and make the acupuncture practice more efficient.

What now? I'm gauging interest, if you are interested and would like to be the first to be notified and use the acupuncture chatbot, I encourage you to signup for the private invite by following the link below.



Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Spotlight: Men's Health Acupuncture by Lisa Lapwing & Denise Zamarripa


Just in time for Men's Health Awareness Month in June, long time Jasmine users, Lisa Lapwing and Denise Zamarripa are launching their new venture called Men's Health Acupuncture.

Lisa and Denise are both graduates of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. After graduating, they each separately started their own private practices in Austin.

From several years of private practice, Lisa and Denise found success in treating issues specific to men's health. They have a combined experience of over 20 years!  Now, they've decided to integrate that knowledge into Men's Health Acupuncture.




Lisa and Denise can be reached at MensHealthAcupuncture@gmail.com.

Please join me in congratulating Lisa and Denise on their new venture and give them your support!


Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

What Acupuncturists Need to Know about the Cloud?


The Cloud. The word conjures up images of white, fluffy blobs in the sky. Cloud computing, what we'll be talking about today is entirely different. To many, it also makes them think of something amorphous and far away.

What is the Cloud?


At the very basic level, Cloud is just using the Internet to store and access your data and programs. Simply, it's just the Internet.

Life before the Cloud


It's hard for me to imagine life before the Internet. It feels like one of those things I've always had and grown up with.

But, I do remember dial up modems and the gawd awful sound that they made when connecting. For those who have never heard it, here's what it sounded like.


And if you recall, during the days before the Internet, there were computer stores like CompUSA that had rows and rows of boxed computer software. The software come in floppy disks like this.


As you can imagine, there were many limitations to this.

The programs were static, so NO upgrades until you bought the next version. There were no integrations with other programs to increase the value of the functionality, like the ability to access all the knowledge on Wikipedia. And, if you damaged the disk, the program didn't run anymore.

Advantages of the Cloud


Cloud Software offers many advantages over downloaded/installed software. What Acupuncturists may not know is that it takes a completely different way of architecting and building software. Simply putting downloaded/installed software on a system in the Cloud doesn't deliver all the advantages.

Some advantages of Cloud Computing or Software as a Service (SaaS) are:

  • Apps and data are accessible from any Internet connected device.
  • Enhanced functionality with third party services.
  • Data is NOT lost if your computer breaks.
  • New features and upgrades are automatic.
  • Pay as you go. No need to pay for expensive software and hardware.


Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Introducing: Patient Intake for iPad & Android Tablets


The Patient Intake app for iPad and Android Tablets is now live on both Apple AppStore and Google Play Store!

Acupuncturists on Jasmine can now accept patient information, health history, and e-signature signed office forms from their patients from an iPad and Android Tablet.

To get started, sign up for Jasmine. Then, download the app by clicking on one of the icons below!


Thanks to all the beta testers for their feedback in making the Patient Intake App possible!

Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spotlight: Lanie Quan


Lanie Quan is a licensed acupuncturist and owner of Equilibrate in Tracy, California. Lanie has both a Doctorate of Oriental Medicine and Master's degree of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology from Five Branches University. As the owner of Equilibrate, Lanie specializes in holistic facial rejuvenation.

Lanie first started using Jasmine in January 2016 after reading reviews on Acupuncture Business Academy on Facebook.

Here Lanie talks about how and why she chose Jasmine as her practice management solution:

“I am so pleased to find your software through Acupuncture Business Academy on Facebook. Acupuncturists always discuss the best software for them and several people recommended Jasmine. I decided to give Jasmine a try instead of Office Ally, ClinicSense, or dozens of other ones. Yours stands out among the rest because you create this specifically for acupuncturists. This is why I pick yours. I am so glad. Thanks so much for this wonderful creation that helps my work so much easier.”

As a single practitioner, Lanie knows all too well the pain of taking payment from her patients at the end of treatments. She recently started using the Jasmine Payments with Stripe feature to accept credit card payments.

“I just want to say thank you for introducing me to Jasmine Payments with Stripe. I used it to process my patients' credit cards and it's very convenient. No need for the swipe thing! And the money was in my bank account within 2 business days! 
Thank you Minto for making my acupuncture practice so much simpler!”

Thank you Lanie for the kind words and for being a Jasmine user! We truly appreciate it!



Interested in giving Jasmine a try? Go to JasminePM.com

Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Private Beta Signup for Patient Intake Android app!


A month ago, we announced the the private beta signup for the Patient Intake iPad app.

Immediately, many people asked about an Android version.

We heard your call!

We've been working hard to make the Patient Intake Android app a reality. And, we're happy and excited to announce that we are now in private beta.

If you are interested in being one of the first to try out the Patient Intake app for Android, you can sign up for the private beta by clicking on the link below to the signup form.



Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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