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7 Ways to Modernize Business Writing Mechanics

7 Ways to Modernize Business Writing Mechanics Medical Office Manager – 2019  by Cheryl Toth You don’t need a degree in English to write professional-looking business documents. Here are seven things that add polish to business writing prose. 1. Use standard business fonts. I’m all about creativity. But don’t get creative when it comes to...

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Assess Whether Acquisition Makes Sense for Your Practice

Assess Whether Acquisition Makes Sense for Your Practice Physicians Practice – February 2019  by Karen Zupko “We said yes because the hospital offered us a ‘sweet deal.'” This was said by a senior surgeon and long-time client who called to report that operational integration had taken a nosedive just a few short months after his practice...

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2019 Billing and Coding Changes for Peripherally Inserted Venous Catheters

2019 Billing and Coding Changes for Peripherally Inserted Venous Catheters SCCM Critical Connections – February 2019  by  Deb­o­rah Grider Central venous access procedures, commonly performed in critical care, have undergone a change in CPT 2019. Read Full Article Copyright© 2019 The Society of Critical Care Medicine.

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Understand CMS Advanced Billing Practitioner Professional Billing

Understand CMS Advanced Billing Practitioner Professional Billing ICD-10 Monitor – January 2019  by Deb­o­rah Grider Not billing the APP service can result in serious revenue cycle errors. Many providers are still struggling with the non-physician practitioner (NPP) billing rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Most facilities are now referring to NPPs as...

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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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Medicare’s New Documentation Rules Impact Practices

Medicare’s New Documentation Rules Impact Practices AAOSNow – April 2019  by Margaret M. Maley 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. In...

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Consider These Questions About Mergers Before You Jump

Consider These Questions About Mergers Before You Jump Orthopaedics Today – January 2019  by Wathen Strong The shift toward hospital or health system ownership of physician group practice has been on a steady pace of growth for several decades. From July 2012 to July 2016, the number of physician practices employed by hospitals increased an astounding...

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Wound Care Coding

Wound Care Coding SCCM Critical Connections – December 2018  by Deborah Grider The wound care (97597-97598) and debridement codes (11042-11047) are used for debridement of wounds that are intended to heal by secondary intention. Some conditions that support medical necessity include infections, chronic venous ulcers, and diabetic ulcers, to name a few. Many insurance carriers, including...

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Scientific Analysis for Medical Liability Claims

Scientific Analysis for Medical Liability Claims AAOSNow – December 2018  by Michael Marks, MD In orthopaedics, as in much of medicine, improvements in patient care are achieved when processes are developed to analyze outcomes. Medical professional liability (MPL) claims can serve as lagging indicators or signals of serious problems in the delivery of care. Medical liability...

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