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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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How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Coding Hand Procedures

How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Coding Hand Procedures AAOSNow – March 2019  by Sarah Wiskerchen and Raymond Janevicius, MD Billing for hand procedures is among the most complex types of orthopaedic coding. Here, we highlight eight frequently encountered errors when coding hand procedures and how to fix them. Lack of specificity in documentation of tendon...

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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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Take A Bite Out of the No-Show Rate

Orthopaedics today — November 2018 by Karen Zupko, President More than half of the orthopedic practices that responded to the KarenZupko & Associates Inc. 2018 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons coding and reimbursement workshop pre-course survey (54%) said that no-shows are a “problem” in their offices. That is up from 38% in 2017 and 43%...

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Are Online Coding Discussions Putting Your Practice at Risk?

Are Online Coding Discussions Putting Your Practice at Risk? Medical Office Manager – October 2018 by Cheryl Toth, MBA Here’s an email we recently saw while monitoring a specialty coding listserv: Subject: Acromioplasty and hardware removal with total shoulder arthroplasty Hello All, We have a surgeon that says I am not an aggressive coder because I...

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Capturing Casual Conversations for Cash

Aesthetic Society News — Fall 2018 by Karen Zupko, President Potentially thousands of non-surgical revenue dollars are walking out your door every day. Consider this: Keely Smith is in for a consultation about a blepharoplasty. At the end of the consult, she says to the surgeon, “Tell me about this CoolSculpting. I picked up the...

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Protect Your Practice Against Payer Audits with These Preparedness Strategies

Protect Your Practice Against Payer Audits with These Preparedness Strategies Healio ⋅ Orthopedics Today – September 2018 by Cheryl Toth, MBA The top two things that can trigger a payer audit are computer algorithms and coding outliers, according to attorney Patricia Hofstra, a partner at Duane Morris LLC. “It’s almost guaranteed that if you bill a lot...

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How to Hire a Superstar Scribe

Healio ⋅ Orthopedics Today – July 2018 by Cheryl Toth, MBA If you have you been thinking about hiring a scribe to handle your electronic health record data entry, then you are not alone. More physicians are hiring scribes to reduce administrative overload. Physicians who use them report improved quality of life, clinic efficiency and...

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