Who Uses This Software?

physicians, physician executives, nurses, practice managers, admins, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, healthcare executives, C-levels, health IT departments, clinical managers.


Average Ratings

31 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • athenahealth
  • www.athenahealth.com/
  • Founded 1997
  • United States

About athenaCollector

athenaCollector is a revenue cycle management service that enables clients to secure full payment faster, reduce administrative drag and cost, and stay current on industry change. Clients gain greater control over their financial results with our unique rules engine of over 40 million payer requirements continuously updated by our nationwide network plus hands-on performance coaching, and comprehensive back-office services that include claim submission and denial management.


athenaCollector Features

  • Claims Management
  • E-Prescribing
  • EMR / EHR
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Insurance Eligibility Verification
  • Inventory Management
  • Multi-Office
  • Multi-Physician
  • Patient Billing
  • Patient Portal
  • Patient Records
  • Patient Registration
  • Patient Scheduling
  • Physician Scheduling

athenaCollector Reviews Recently Reviewed!

We recently switched from NextGen to Athena Collector.

Sep 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The system is much faster than others we have used. Templates load quickly which saves a ton of time.

Cons: The first "round" of collections is automated by Athena. Often, the notes they have on the accounts to not relate to the chart. for example, they will state- referral needed, but the referral is in the chart already. Could be because its still new but it is still a major issue for us presently.

Demo version for trial period

Sep 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Like that a lot of the collections are automated. Provides faster follow up for initial claim rejections.

Cons: Set up seems so tedious. and the initial round of collectors provided by Athena does not seem to be trained very well.

If our billing department didn't double check their posting we would lose THOUSANDS of dollars!

Aug 24, 2017
1/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There are many reports that can be run but some of the reports you would think are needed for every practice are not loaded, you have to "build" the report yourself.

Cons: The staff is not trained to understand how to post claims. If you are an office that gave a great review you may want to spot check a few claims to make sure they are posting correctly-especially if you have any auto claims as you may not even realize they are costing you money!!

Collections have been increased using athenaCollector

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that athenaCollector has follow through on contacting patients whose accounts have been marked as delinquent. Also like that they separate out those patients who have been slated as possible collections referral.

Cons: I would like if athenaCollector was able to verbally speak with patient regarding delinquent accounts if necessary

This is the worst, most complicated software I have ever used.

Jun 07, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: They have an automated program that calls the patients if they don't pay. They have mechanisms in place that won't let the patient be until they pay.

Cons: 1500 characters is not enough space to write the cons. The posting team is awful. They were writing off charges constant that were not suppose to be written off. Always posting wrong. You think a company that had the responsibility of posting payments would show their posters how to read an EOB. Their first tier support wasn't trained adequately. They would always refer you back to your account manager. We were inundated with phone calls from patients because their accounts were incorrect. They billed Medicare patients for services that were suppose to be written off. Then the patient paid before I'd find the mistake. I'd then have to send them a check for the over payment.

Overall: I learned from my mistakes. I knew what to look for and ask before we switched vendors.

Good for many things. Needs improvement with client support.

Jun 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ease of finding patients and finding the documents you are looking for - things are categorized properly and makes it much easier when looking for a specific document.

Cons: When changing things in an order group, sometimes the changes do not save properly. Therefore, you have to go back and make changes multiple times.

easy to use

Feb 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Excellent Customer support. All our queries get resolved with good explanations.

Pros: Using the software is self explanatory and easy to understand

Cons: None

Recommendations to other buyers: Highly recommend

Great Athena Billing

Jan 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This product was simple, yet a lot of extra options other billing systems have offered. It's great to use for any kind of offices!

Recent Update

Jan 19, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.0/10 Not
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Comments: Just like any system, Athena has good and bad. The most recent forced update which primarily grouped together similar insurances under a "super package". This change has caused many difficulties. One "super package" can include an insurance that does not require a referral while another insurance under the same package requires an authorization. There is no simple way to figure out exactly which insurance plan you are looking at unless you open up the eligibility details which is time consuming.

Pros: The scheduling feature is extremely easy to use. You can use as many or as little filters as you would like to schedule a patient.

Cons: The insurance policies in Athena have moved around and combined with plans they should not have been combined with. It is a nightmare to run a report for a certain insurance or trying to decipher which specific plan you are looking at without multiple steps. When making changes to a group of claims (for example adding a missing insurance), you have to go into each individual claim to make the change - there is no way to make the same change to multiple claims.

AthenaNet

Jan 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I have used AthenaNet for about 2 years. It was easy to learn, simple to navigate, and user friendly. The customer support was good. I am not sure about the cost, but I do recall the supervisors speaking about the high cost.

Pros: Reporting was very detailed and could be filtered to customize reports how you wanted them

Cons: I never had any issues with this billing system

Recommendations to other buyers: Compare prices and features because I heard it is costly!

Good for the End User

Dec 06, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The ease of use by a billing end user is great. The patient's account is easy to navigate and the dashboard of holds are very clear to see. From a management, perspective to see what is outstanding, and what direction your staff needs to move in for the day. The reporting leaves a little to be desired.

best insurance ever

Dec 06, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: easy to use

Cons: none

Overall: I have been member of Aetna for long time... They are always prompt to answer.love the web to keep truck of your health history

Recommendations to other buyers: multiple languages..

Athena Health review

Nov 16, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Initially, Athena was very easy to learn and had a great layout. Everything was right where it needed to be for fast, efficient documentation. Reviewing previous encounters was simple. After the recent update, things have become a little less streamlined, such as inputting orders and reviewing previous visits. The new update has great functions, just still learning how to use them!

Athena for Surgeons

Nov 16, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have been using Athena health now for over 2 years and find that for the most part, it functions well as an EHR. The ease of use for MU is very helpful.

GREAT SOFTWARE

Nov 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have been using this system and it seems to be improving with each new update. The recent change on verifying insurance eligibility has been so easy and efficient.

Medical assistant

Nov 16, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It clean and neat

Cons: it not very streamline

Overall: I feel that there is to much clicking around to do one thing. I was hard getting used to it but i guess we will have to adjust to it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Having to check off medication all at once and deleting them all at once

billing specialist

Nov 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Very user friendly and easy to work with. The technical support provided is extremely helpful. Overall best software system.

Athena Review

Nov 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Overall great charting system and is easy to use. The update did take away some features that I liked in the past. Customer service is difficult to get a hold of.

Athena just doesn't seem to flow well.

Nov 15, 2016
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: For the user it is hard to maneuver though. Trying to generate reports for specifics is time consuming and hard to follow.

Pros: The purple is appealing! It can do what you need it to do.

Cons: Just not easy to spot where you want to go to enter data. Uploading payment information can be a joke at times. We recently switched to Athena, so some remits are still in the previous billing program. Some remits have both. We send the whole remit to them after working the ones from the old company. They send notice back to you to see if you need to post to the previously used program! Just repetitious work.

athenahealth

Nov 07, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Proactive in regulatory changes. They are above in their field. Reports are amazing and customer service is very professional.

Cons: Office need to maintain the control with adjustments because they are aware of extenuating circumstances with each case.

Overall: We have been using athenahealth since 2011. There have been many changes for the better. Athenahealth strives to be ahead of the curve when it comes to regulatory changes. They are proactive. Customer service is very helpful and seem to answer 90% of question up front. What they can't answer is researched and answered in a timely manner.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure office are monitoring all aspects of the EMR. Keep hands on and it will perform at an excellent level for you.

Best software we've ever used

Oct 26, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: We have used several medical billing software packages, including eCW, and as far as we're concerned, Athena is the best in the market. Athena is the benchmark for all other billing software packages.

Pros: Patient collections, ins eligibility checking, claims scrubbing, Hold buckets for claims needing correction

Cons: That they don't offer a "basic" client option any longer (can't post your own payments)

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't bother with "cheaper" products thinking you'll save money. Save yourself the time, money, and effort and just get a solid, dependable, powerful & user friendly product from the get go.

Expensive and terrible software

Sep 15, 2016
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Emr and billing in onr

Cons: Way too expensive for the level of service, lack of many EOB posting n denied claims work up make 5.3% not worthwhile

Overall: -5.3% collection rate for my specialty for full billing service, many EOBs such as Cigna n texanplus are not posted yet they charge you 5.3% of the collections. I've provided our logins for various insurance websites, yet they don't do anything.
-denied claims: some they tell you are denied, some are put on hold that unless you check you don't even know is denied. They do not do much for denied claims despite their advertisement.
-they charge $1 for every e prescription you write
-calling support line easily hold for 20-25 min then many times their twos do not know the answer and give you a reference number n call back later
-my account manager and her boss ignore my emails and phone calls w concerns not just not know answer, flat out ignore.

Recommendations to other buyers: Do not sign up w them, period. Many myself included have or are leaving them.

The Best Decision Any Medical Practice Could Make!

Jun 16, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We made the arduous decision to change patient managements systems back in 2011. We reviewed dozens of other programs. None of them could do what Athena does. So we jumped in and we are so happy that we did. Athena is the only cloud based program that I am aware of that actually actively assists the medical office in increasing revenue. They do that in a multitude of ways. Our A/R definitely improved and is much easier to manage, billing now is a breeze, reporting is wonderful and the customer service in response to questions or issues is exceptional. We especially love that Athena does not nickel and dime you to death and we do not have IT issues to deal with, We have never regretted our decision to go with Athena!

The Best Solution

Jun 09, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Athena Collector is THE best solution for a practice management system.

Since going live on athena collector, we have increased collections, decreased our days in A/R and receiving payment from our major payors lightening quick! The ¿rules engine¿ drives payment; your claim will not be denied. Other functions, such as scheduling, verification and authorizations are efficient and easy.

I can honestly say that switching to athena was one of the best decisions that we have made.

athena meets the challange

Jun 04, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have used Athena for 6.5 years. Athena has changed over the years to meet all of the challenges and changes that have happened. The ICD-10 is coming the internal training program insures that the office and the provider will be ready. The ICD-10 training is easy and logical and specialized to the individual practice.

The Athena team stands behind us with follow up on claims, makes the calls to the insurance company with documented notes as to date and time of call and call ref numbers. Local rules can be set to practice needs and insurance company quirks.

The live phone support is great, screen sharing can be used to solve problems. Training modules are available and can be viewed many times.

Athena is changing with the field of medicine and Athena helps us keep changing.

An Athena community is part of the system that practices can share problems and solutions. I recommend Athena collector and the EMR to those practices that want to be on the cutting edge

We are a long term user of EMRs and have found Athena to be the best by far of any we have used

Jun 04, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Their training and preparation during transition is outstanding and their support after go-live is terrific.

Success in solo private practice!

Jun 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: AthenaOne is a fully integrated system that is intuitive and easy to use. It has helped me stay in solo private practice and be more prosperous than any time in my 20 years of practice.

Best Decision We Ever made!

Jun 03, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Using athenaCollector, athenahealth¿s practice management service, enabled our practice to trim its billing staff from 8 to 1 ½ with our average days in AR at 16. Prior to that we were waiting over 90 days to receive money from the insurance company. Athena Collector provides a user friendly environment that gives us insight into revenue cycle management and organizational performance. It gives us transparency and visibility into scheduling, billing and collections on a daily basis. Athena¿s customer service is outstanding. Rarely do I have to sit on hold for more than a minute to receive assistance on an issue. The physicians enjoy looking at the days end/performance reviews comparing their progress to each other and to the rest of the country. The satisfaction level is very high among Athena users locally as well as nationally. Athena works very close with our practice to achieve and maintain success. They are some of the finest IT minds in the industry and understand what we do. It truly was the best decision we ever made.

Excellent Option For Independent Physicians

Jun 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I love the Athena Health program and highly recommend it especially for independent physician with a need to have a solid base to their billing system. I have been highly satisfied with Athena's service but do recommend that anyone using their system has someone with billing follow up expertise on board to follow up and resolve billing issues as they come up. If your system runs well you can send the bill from the out desk as there are a lot of built in rules that prevent errors but as with any billing system when things bounce at the insurer level it commonly needs further work and while Athena will do that to some degree having someone able to follow up on things that can't be cleared by Athena is reasonable. Botton line: Athena clears 90% of your billing issues but given the complexity of billing these days best to have someone on board or on contract to get the most out of your work efforts. I welcome questions or concerns.

Thrilled with athenaHealth

Apr 22, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Easy to use. Cost effective. Easy implementation. Always updated. Lots of options.

Cons: Lots of scrolling, but that is set to be improved.

Overall: Best decision that our practice has ever made!

Partners for Life

Apr 21, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros:
The beauty of athenaClinicals is that there is only one version of athenaClinicals, and that is the updated version. They update for us and it is constantly being updated. The great thing about athena is that you don't "buy" it, you are basically a subscriber and they do all the updates, all the back office work for you.

The implementation process went beautifully, we worked really hard to get it right at the start so we (purposefully) overtrained ourselves. We have never looked back.
athenaClinicals is easy to use, quite intuitive and very flexible. Many different physicians can use the system in their own way.
The customer support is wonderful-the people who answer are calls are knowledgeable and follow up. We work with athena as as partners. We are doing very well financially and have enhanced our bottom line through efficiencies and through charge capture. We are not coding higher. We know that because athena has amazing report writing and data mining capabilities.

Cons: Athena is a monthly expense and not cheap, but we feel we get more than our money's worth .
Financially we are doing very well as a matter of fact, we have never done better

Overall: This is a great company with amazingly smart people working with us everyday to make our lives easier at work. I cannot imagine choosing any other company, and I did a ton of research and due diligence. Athena is a company which sees the future and takes us there with them. We all love the products and the company. You will too!