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I ATTEST THAT THE FOLLOWING IS TRUE AND ACCURATE…

As a health care provider, it is likely that you have had to respond to questions in credentialing applications, a license renewal or a certification regarding your background, history or to information that doesn’t really seem applicable to your ability to provide services to your patients…quess what….it is applicable!! Most, if not all, applications related to the provision of health care services, typically include a series of questions that require a response for the application to be processed. These questions are often referred to as “Attestation&rdquo…

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How to Get Insurance Payments Faster - Medical Billing Tips

One of the most important medical billing tips for getting faster reimbursement is better documentation. A few extra minutes can save you time and money and help you get paid faster. It’s important you understand why. The average AR days for a claim to be paid after it is sent out is between 25-33 days. Are your AR days within this range? If not, one of the first steps you can take at the clinic level is completing your medical records. Documenting the history, exam and medical decision making is a must but there are a lot of other things that can cause a medical record to be…

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Save Time With These EMR Tips

It’s ok to copy and paste, right? Maybe. The answer depends on what you plan to copy and paste. Most EMRs have a function where past information will auto-populate into the current medical record. This can be a useful timesaver, especially in the history section. However, you must be aware of the risks associated with this action. One place to watch is the current medications list. Some EMRs will automatically carry over every medication the patient has previously reported or prescribed by your clinic. Sometimes a patient will have two or three pages of medications listed. It will show…

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What Does a Medical Biller (Actually) Do? How to Get Faster Payments

Your billing company is a crucial component to your practice's success. Learning and understanding the billing process and what your biller does daily, will help contribute to the everyday operations of your business. What Does Your Medical Biller (actually) Do? Your biller's job is to use provider documentation to produce and submit claims to insurance companies. Your biller will then work directly with the insurance companies, healthcare providers, and patients to get claims processed and paid. They also review and appeal unpaid and denied claims. Your billing team will verify…

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Medical Practice Tips for Negotiating Vendor Contracts

Creating new revenue sources to attract new patients, and better serve existing patients, is critical for growth in any company. As the saying goes – if you are not growing, you’re dying – so grow, baby grow! Dr. Reynolds points out in his blog article 3 Keys to Revenue Success, there are only three ways to increase revenue: • Increase the number of customers, • Increase the price per customer, and … • Increase the number of times a customer returns … One way to achieve increased revenue is to contract with a vendor to provide services. For example, working with an allergy…

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Taking Total Responsibility for Your Life and Practice

Have you ever felt like you were out of control in your medical practice? Like you no longer controlled how you got paid, what kind of patients you saw, and even felt like you were being told how to take care of patient? I start most of my Medical Practice Success Summits by asking, “What is the number one problem in your practice?” I normally get all kinds of answers- everything from employees, to cash, to competition. After a pause, I inform the attendees that “The number one problem in your business is you.” You must understand this. If I replaced you with someone…

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Freedom Caucus chairman says he is “close” to making an ACA repeal deal with Ryan

USA Today (4/11, Collins) reports Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, “intends to deliver an” ACA “repeal and replacement plan to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis...that would leave in place the existing law’s mandates for insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions.” Meadows stated, “What I’m getting to him is based on conversations that I’ve had with (Tuesday Group co-chairman) Tom MacArthur and leadership, but I wouldn’t say that it’s approved at this point.” The article adds that in…

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ACA marketplaces could “explode” due to uncertainty about subsidies

The Washington Post (4/11, Johnson) reports even if GOP lawmakers are unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, “they may still have a way to deliver on President Trump’s promise that the law will ‘explode’ – all via the power of uncertainty.” The article says the Trump Administration “could keep insurers guessing over whether it will continue federal payments that lower deductibles and copays for millions of Americans next year.” In the face of such uncertainty, insurers “may decide not to sell plans on the marketplaces set up by the…

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Nearly 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010

A front-page story in the Washington Post (4/11, A1, Goldstein) reports on the closure of Haywood Park Community Hospital, on which Brownsville, Tennessee had “relied for decades.” Its closure, nearly three years ago, the Post adds, “added Brownsville to an epidemic of dying hospitals across rural America.” According to the article, “Nearly 80 have closed since 2010, including nine in Tennessee, more than in any state but Texas.”

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Spinal manipulation therapy may provide improvements in function for people with lower back pain, review indicates

The San Diego Union-Tribune (4/11, Fikes) reports, “Spinal manipulative therapy, including chiropractic care, provides modest relief from pain and improvements in function for those with acute lower back pain,” research suggests. In its “Shots” blog and on its “All Things Considered” program, NPR (4/11, Neighmond) reports researchers arrived at that conclusion that after analyzing data from “26 studies involving more than 1,700 patients with lower back pain.” The findings of the review were published in the Journal of the American Medical…

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