News and Notes

  • Are you getting a Future Date Warning Message when you try to add a service date in 2017? Here is what you need to do: From the main FastEMC 5010 Menu, select 5-FastEMC Utilities, B-Add/Modify Batch File, then Press ENTER, ESC and answer Y to the "Create Batch File NOW" question. Exit your FastEMC software all the way back to the desktop, then open your shortcut and go back to add the claim. That should do it.  This happens every 5 years and we slide the century forward 5 more years.  It helps when entering the patient age so it will fall in the right century.  If you have not created a new batch file in the last 5 years, then this fix will automatically change the settings and move them 5 years forward.  
  • FastEMC partners with Availity Advanced Clearinghouse We can setup your business with an account at Availity Advanced Clearinghouse.  Send all your claims electronicially.  Save on your office costs. Even claims for Paper Payers can be sent electronically and they will print and mail. Compare our plans which start at $69.95 per month per Rendering Provider for 450 claims, 450 Eligibility Checks, Unlimited Remits.  You continue to use your software and just generate an ANSI 5010 file that can be uploaded. We will supply support with the Availity setup and help when questions arise. If you do not have software, we can also discuss the advantages of using our software to manage your claims.
  • ICD-10 transistion happened without issue. Reminder: All claims with Date of Service 10/1/15 or after must use ICD-10. Create a new claim if some services were before 10/1/15 and some are on or after. Enter your codes without the decimal. Please take the time to review your ICD-9 codes to be sure you understand the new ICD-10 codes that you will need to report those same diagnoses properly. Full Payment depends on it.
  • Please make sure that you invest the time and money to set up a proper back-up for your computer records. Back-ups should be a part of every office’s daily routine and it protects your customer data if the computer were to fail.
  • The changes required to post the Sequestration amount are now available in FastEMC.  If you are posting Medicare Payments it will make it much easier to apply the correct EOB amounts.  Since the 2% Sequestration amount is taken from the Payment Side it was not easy to make the right postings. Medicare Allows = Insurance Payment + Deductible + Seqestration Disallow + Co Insurance Deducting an Disallow Amount from the payment was not built into the calculations making it impossible to post properly. FINAL NOTE: The Sequestration Disallow can not be passed on to the Co-Insurance or Patient.
  • Electronic Statements are here FastEMC is pleased to announce the availability of BillFlash statement delivery and ePay to our cusotmers.  This will give you the convenience of electronic billing and payment notifications.  Coupled with the speed and ease of FastEMC claims submissions, your cash flow will be accelerated and lost claims will becoume a thing of the past.  No longer will you have to spend time and money printing and mailing statements to patients.
  • Version 4.0 is available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Web site to download, for FREE.  Adding support for Microsoft Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit), Vista (32 or 64 bit) and XP (32 or 64 bit). Codes.ini file for Remittance Advice Remark Codes and Claim Adjustment Reason Code were also updated.  See "How to Update (Import the CARC/RARC codes" in the MREP instructions.  Installing Version 4.0 includes the new codes.
  • Check us out on Facebook! The first 40 customers to like our page will get a $5 discount on their next bill, so hurry up and Like us!!! Post a comment. Once you like the page, please send us a message on facebook with your account number or practice name and we will apply the credit immediately. (Limit one credit per account)
  • Some new CPT Procedure Codes go into effect on January 1, 2013 for some specialties.  This is never a problem, the FastEMC system allows  CPT codes to be added into FasteEMC as you add a claim, or they can be added directly into the Procedure Data using the option on the Maintenance Menu.  We do not manage the CPT database that you use.

Clearinghouse Partners

Availity Advanced Clearinghouse

As of Jan 18, 2014, Availity will no longer support the free exchange of certain transactions delivered via EDI connections for providers in Illinois, Oregon and Washinghton. Availity has already discontinued this connection in Texas. FastEMC has partnered with Availity to offer the following Plans to any customers that requires an Availity Advanced Clearinghouse Account.



Clearinghouse Comparisons

Compare our Clearinghouse Partners to select the best match for your practice.

With so many choices and price points there is one that will be right for you.


Find the Clearinghouse the matches best to your Practice
Features Available
Greenway Navicure RelayHealth Availity
Unlimited Claims yes
Unlimited Remits yes yes yes yes
Eligibility Check yes yes yes
Drop to Paper yes yes
yes yes
Attachment Processing unknown no yes unknown
Smaller packages for less than 100 claims per month yes no yes no
Smaller packages for less than 200 claims per month yes no yes no
Claims corrections on-line for errors yes yes no no
Reports yes yes yes
Web based Interface yes yes yes yes
Accepts HCFA yes yes yes yes
Accepts UB/Institutional yes no yes yes



Greenway-Online Visium 7

Greenway-Online offers a web based interface for uploading claims and managing your claim responses.

Features Available:

  • Unlimited Claims
  • Unlimited Remits
  • Drop to Paper
  • Weekly Flash Summary
  • per claim / per remit options for smaller practices.
  • Web Interface with many additional features for managing claims and finding errors.
  • Accepts Professional and Institutional Claims
  • Special Requirement: 90 day cancellation notice

To sign up for Greenway-Online Read & Return the following form:

FastEMC - Greenway Clearinghouse Agreement Form


RelayHealth EMF

Web Based clearinghouse so access is simple.  FastEMC will upload and download reports automatically in the new EMF interface.

  • Professional Claims
  • Per Claim / Per Remit options Available for low volume accounts
  • Unlimited Claims and Remit per Provider options
  • Attachment capability
  • Drop to Paper for paper payers
  • Statement Printing

RelayHealth Communications Instructions


Miscellaneous Clearinghouses

While we may not have partnership relationships with every clearinghouse in the country, our FastEMC output is standard ANSI 5010 and can be uploaded to any clearinghouse that can process claims in that format.  So if you already have a relationship with a clearinghouse and you want to keep that relationship, we can generated a file that they can processes.

Places we have tested:

  • Zirmed
  • Highmark PA
  • Palmetto Medicare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Inc.
  • Anthem
  • Unicare


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