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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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Refresh your Referral Building

Physicians Practice – August 22, 2018 by Karen Zupko Years ago, a “good referral” was described using the Three A’s of medicine: Availability, Affability, and Ability. A physician striving to build a successful practice was advised to deliver all three. Managed care contracts and narrow networks temporarily stifled traditional referral building. But the patient rebellion...

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Take Your (Clinic) Life Back: Get a Scribe

AAOS Now – August 2018 by Cheryl Toth, MBA A 2017 Medscape survey indicated that nearly half (49 percent) of orthopaedic surgeons feel burned out. The top three causes cited? too many bureaucratic tasks increasing computerization of practice too many hours at work If you’re looking to reduce the number of hours and tasks spent...

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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...