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Is ‘Insurance Only’ Billing Advisable?

Is ‘Insurance Only’ Billing Advisable? AAOSNow – January 2019  by Cheyenne Brinson and Patricia Hofstra Surgeons instructing billing staff to bill “insurance only” is a scenario that is all too common in orthopaedic practices. In effect, the practice is waiving the patient’s copay, coinsurance, and deductible amounts and accepting whatever amount the insurance company will pay....

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Six Fundamental Revenue Cycle Management Metrics

Six Fundamental Revenue Cycle Management Metrics Physicians Practice – December 2018  by Cheyenne Brinson Monitoring standard revenue cycle management metrics is a smart way to focus on the financial indicators that matter most. Consistent review is essential to identifying collection slow downs, productivity fall offs, and potential risk issues before they become acute. Here are six...

Make a Plan for Proactive Patient Collections in 2019
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Make a Plan for Proactive Patient Collections in 2019

December 19, 2018 In just a few short weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to set patient collection goals and A/R priorities for the new year. If your patient receivables have been climbing due to higher patient deductibles, 2019 is the year to move toward time of service collections. Here are 5 success factors for making...

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5 Tips for Analyzing if Ancillaries Yield Profits

5 Tips for Analyzing if Ancillaries Yield Profits Physicians Practice – Oct 10, 2018 by Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA Many practices assume their ancillaries are profitable, yet often lack the systems needed to conduct a proper analysis. Here are five tips for analyzing if ancillaries are yielding promised profits. 1. Set up ancillaries as cost centers on...

Four Reasons Staff Don’t Get Trained & How to Fix Them
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Four Reasons Staff Don’t Get Trained & How to Fix Them

Four Reasons Staff Don’t Get Trained & How to Fix Them Cheyenne Brinson Physicians Practice – May 2018 A familiar complaint many orthopaedic surgeons hear from exasperated staff is, “I couldn’t get this MRI approved”the insurance company wants a peer-to-peer review.” The surgeon must then get on the phone with the insurance company, and after...

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Reduce the Pain of Precertification

Articles Reduce the Pain of Precertification Cheyenne Brinson AAOS Now – April 2018 A familiar complaint many orthopaedic surgeons hear from exasperated staff is, “I couldn’t get this MRI approved—the insurance company wants a peer-to-peer review.” The surgeon must then get on the phone with the insurance company, and after providing additional information about the...

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Five Reports and a Dashboard: Review this Data Every Month

Five Reports and a Dashboard: Review this Data Every Month Healio ⋅ Orthopedics Today – July 2017 by Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA Running a practice without looking at financial reports is like diagnosing a patient without checking blood pressure or ordering blood work: Chances are, you are going to miss something important. Truth is, it...

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Five Operational Challenges That May be Slowing You Down

Five Operational Challenges That May be Slowing You Down Healio ⋅ Orthopedics Today – December 2017 by Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA Is your orthopedic clinic running as smoothly as it could? Do you find yourself getting behind or waiting around for patients to complete their paperwork? Do your clinics start on time? Do your staff...

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Five Reports for the Employed Physician to Review Monthly

Five Reports for the Employed Physician to Review Monthly Healio ⋅ Orthopedics Today – October 2017 by Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA Something we hear all too often from employed physicians is, “I’m just an employed physician.” Later, those same physicians are surprised when their contract is renegotiated at a lower salary. High productivity isn’t everything;...

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Managing Cash Flow

MedEsthetics Magazine – March 2015 Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA It’s not enough to make more than you spend—practices must also keep a close eye on cash flow. Managing cash flow is a challenge for all small-business owners. But with proper planning and insight, cash flow crunches can be avoided. Cash flow planning —or forecasting— starts...

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