Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) Support

Today we start upgrading our draw station app to support Advance Beneficiary Notices (ABNs).

The formatting is not a problem, because I know how to use groff and ghostscript to make PDFs which match the specs.

The calculation of benefits is being done by the LIS, not because we can't parse the same file that they do, but because the client wants a single instance of this kind of calculation, which makes sense.

Closing the loop is where we excel: we are setting up a system to capture an image of the signed (or not signed) ABN and then automatically attach that image to the draw. Furthermore, we are automatically populating a web page for the billing folks so that they can either access the image directly or see which draws do not have ABN, but should have had ABNs.

Crossing internal boundaries is essential to our success in providing automation which really works.

Here is what one of our test ABNs looks like after scanning and being automatically attached via its bar code:

Note: the image is a bit crusty because I converted the original PDF into a PNG to appease Blogger