OpenEMR, a free, open source practice management, EMR and billing application will soon support direct submission of payments to Medi-Cal and Medicare of California. OpenEMR currently supports two clearinghouses, ProxyMed and ZirMed and is able to submit claims in the HIPAA ANSI X12 format allowing it to support other clearinghouses or direct billing.
Pennington Firm will be assisting a California medical clinic with adding new billing support for Medi-Cal and Medicare of California. Once approved and certified, OpenEMR users can submit claims directly to Medi-Cal and Medicare of Califonria bypassing clearinghouses. OpenEMR users will still be able to use clearinghouses for free processing of claims to commercial payers.