Great Sales Tactics to sign up. Worst service/enrollment/accessibility or problem solving
January 10, 2018

Great Sales Tactics to sign up. Worst service/enrollment/accessibility or problem solving

Ashley Toutounchi, MD | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Overall Satisfaction with Kareo Practice Management

I am a physician who owns my own private practice who made the decision to choose Kareo as a "Full-service EHR" as peripherally they appeared to have tech-savvy options offered for marketing, a portal for patients, auto appointment reminders as well as their EHR services for clinical note writing, prescriptions. My office manager uses their billing portion as well for insurance claims. Huge Mistake, tread lightly if making this decision- I had read positive reviews for the most part and decided it would be a "safe" decision and a reliable one. Reliable is the absolute LAST word I would use to describe Kareo.
  • Text automation for patient confirmation
  • Detailed billing reports
  • Where to start...for one, during my start-up with a "success coach" and trust me, I use that term broadly, I had to f/u on every single issue that came up. I was told she was taking care of my electronic lab enrollment, after waiting 3 months and reaching out to my success coach, Kayli, countless times, I only was told when contacted by management that my Quest lab access had been denied after 2 weeks because I was never told to independently create my own account with Kareo- after asking/emailing/calling multiple times trying to figure out the process. So needless to say, I have NO electronic lab access 4 months after signing with Kareo and they are now just starting the process.
  • Prescriptions- I had reached out to Kareo, no exaggeration, over 10 times to figure out why I wasn't receiving prescription refills. Spent countless hours on the phone with "support line" that could never give me an answer- to any question. And never f/u either until I directly insisted to my salesperson to have management contact me directly. I had a patient go to the hospital due to not having their medications because apparently their pharmacy had sent refill prescriptions over 3 times which I never received. Only after talking to management, did they look into further and then inform me that I had 3 locations in the system (?? I have ONE location). They were all prior addresses of offices, one from over 4 years ago. To date, again, 4 months after paying a year up front, I can't receive refill requests. And the solution proposed to me by management was to call my prior EHR and request they delete my prior addresses. And I cannot contact my prior EHR because I was in a large group that restricted the account to only 2 individuals in a group of 18 doctors to even have access to talk to them. So I can't resolve the issue, Kareo after 4 months instructs me to call them myself, and the prior EHR doesn't even recognize I had an account with them because it was under a group practice name.
  • Online booking- I thought this would be an amazingly efficient add-on. What they don't tell you is you can only designate "increments" of appointment times. Kareo will tell you it syncs with your existing schedule so that online bookings are only in vacant time slots. I had new patients selecting a time increment of 15 minutes, existing patients selecting 45 minutes (with a deductible) and any increment over 15 minutes (which the patient can select at their own will, being if you choose 15 min increments, it will offer appointment length for 15 min, 30 min, 45 min, 60 min etc with no outline of the appropriate time length) will over-book your schedule. So if you have a 10-10:15 slot, the patient can select a 45 minute appointment that starts at 10 (Because that 15 minute slot is open). But then will overbook the patients at 10:15 and 10:30.
  • It created utter chaos in my practice. My office manager spent more time calling patients to inform them they had booked an inappropriate time increment, they can't book a new appointment for 15 minutes, we don't accept their insurance...the list goes on.
  • There is no way to restrict the increments or who can book an appointment.
  • Messaging- I can't view what incoming messages from patients are sent to whom. And neither can my office manager. And the patient gets to select who to sent the message to, either the "provider" or "location." And 9 times out of 10 they send to the "provider." So as a physician, I am inundated with patient messages simply wanting to book a new appointment or reschedule. As a physician, obviously prioritizing my time is important and my office manager can't view these messages.
  • The list goes on, unfortunately. "A/R" reports only allow them to calculate a theoretical A/R based on your self-pay rates to patients, not individual contracted rates with insurances. So my A/R has an inflated number, which I can't even quantify by how much, because the A/R is based as if every insurance patient paid as a self-pay patient. Seriously, no one thought this through?
  • Can't send multiple controlled scripts at once electronically. Have to enter, go to separate site, enter code, be redirected back to KAreo then re-enter another med, be redirected to separate site, enter code, be redirected...Any other EHR I've ever used (and I've used around 6 between residency and private practice) you could enter multiple Rx, but then check the meds you wanted to send and then enter ONE code for, say, 2 controlled scripts. Kareo, you must enter separate codes one by one.
  • I could go on but will choose to hope for all reading, you get the general point...
  • Patient hospitalized because their pharmacy had tried multiple times to reach me by sending electronic requests which were never received.
  • Still can't even send an electronic lab.
  • Patient portal messages go unread, as Kareo doesn't even just send a basic email message stating "you have a message to view in patient portal." So I ended up creating a separate message and typing the above phrase and emailing them on my own- could so easily be automated.
  • Incompetent enrollment assistance
  • Positive- appointment confirmation is convenient, you can select text, email or phone call (or any combination of those) according to personal patient preference and auto-updates your schedule.
  • Positive- has copy forward note capability and text expansion
Lackluster...at best? I have no words, honestly other than I was charged 5K up front for a one year subscription and I still can't receive refill requests or send labs directly. It's been a nightmare, from beginning to current. Currently attempting to just get out of my contract altogether-
Mental and behavioral health
I can't imagine who it is appropriate for- unless you could care less if you get prescription refill requests from pharmacies, send portal messages to patients but they have no clue they have a new message to read. It's not ideal for large or small practices. Allow them to overbook your schedule with "new patients" that are on insurance plans you don't even accept for a 15 minute time interval...So if this the flow of your practice- this is the EHR for you. Otherwise, steer clear.

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