Making Medical Billing Simple

Aeris Basic vs. The THERAPIST for DOS

Patient Information

Feature Description DOS Aeris
Patient Database Yes Yes
Couple and family patients No No
Responsible parties 1 1
DSM-IV diagnosis style (mental health) Yes  Yes1
Medical diagnosis style No Yes
User-defined fields 0 0
User-defined patient categories None None


Feature Description DOS Aeris
Insurance companies per patient Unlimited Unlimited
Multiple authorizations per patient No Yes
Authorize specific procedure codes No No

Case Management

Feature Description DOS Aeris
Treatment Plans Yes No
Progress Notes Yes Yes
Progress Notes Attached to Services No Yes


Feature Description DOS Aeris
Services and Payments Yes Yes
Assign fees due to responsible party No Yes
Assign fees due to insurance Yes Yes
Tax fields and automatic tax calculations No No
Automatically memorize services No Yes
Patient memorized services for each patient Yes Yes
System memorized services available to all patients No No
Group therapy No No
User-defined service categories No No

Patient Statements

Feature Description DOS Aeris
Print patient statements Yes Yes
Statement addressed to responsible party Yes Yes
Statements formatted for window envelopes Yes Yes
Past-due aging Yes No
Interest calculated No No

Insurance Claims

Feature Description DOS Aeris
Printed CMS-1500 insurance claims Yes Yes
Align CMS-1500 claims on preprinted forms No Yes
Plain paper insurance claims Yes Yes
Bill primary insurance payers Yes Yes
Bill secondary insurance payers Yes Yes
Bill third-party Insurance payers Yes Yes
HIPAA (ANSI X12 837 Professional) electronic claims No No
Electronic CMS-1500 Print Image Yes Yes
Submit electronic claims via clearinghouse Yes Yes


Feature Description DOS Aeris
Patient face sheet report No Yes
Form letters with merged data Yes No
Mailing labels Yes Yes
Prints bank-ready deposit slips No Yes
Built-in report writer No No


Feature Description DOS Aeris
Accounting Type (OI = Open Item, BF = Balance Forward)
Aeris uses Balance Forward accounting for patient amounts and Open Item accounting for insurance amounts.


Feature Description DOS Aeris
Appointment Scheduler No No
Number of fee schedules available 3 3
Date fields use popup calendar lookup No Yes
Built-in backup and restore Yes Yes
Exchange data with a billing service Yes Yes
Spelling checker No Yes
HIPAA compliant

No Yes
Tutorials None Video


Feature Description DOS Aeris
Password protected Yes Yes
Individual user login passwords No Yes
Individual security group assignment No Yes

Program Access

Feature Description DOS Aeris
Multiple separate practices (companies) Optional  Optional2
Number of providers included (no extra charge) 99 Unlimited
Multi-user networking No  Yes3
Access data using 3rd party applications No Optional
Runs on Windows 95, 98, and ME Yes Yes
Runs on Windows NT, 2000, XP  Partial4 Yes
Runs on Windows Vista No Yes
Ease of Use (Subjective: 1=unusable, 10=extremely easy) 7 10


Feature Description DOS Aeris
Base price with one provider N/A $399
Price with two providers N/A $399
Price with five providers N/A $399
One provider with three network users (add 2 net users) N/A $699


  1. Axis I only. Corresponds to the diagnosis on the CMS-1500.
  2. One practice is included. Additional practice licenses extra (See Price List).
  3. One network user is included. Additional network users $150 each.
  4. Some features may not work on Windows NT, 2000, and XP.