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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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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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Teaching preschoolers self-control around food, combined with obesity prevention messaging, may not reduce obesity

Reuters (4/11, Brooks) reports that research indicated “teaching preschoolers to regulate their own behavior around food, combined with obesity prevention messages, did not reduce obesity or most obesity-related behaviors.” Researchers came to this conclusion after testing “two interventions, alone and in combination, embedding the experiment within the federally-funded Head Start program.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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Chiari malformation may be more common than previously thought

The AP (4/11, Corwin) reports Chiari malformation may be more common than previously thought, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The article explains that “the diagnosis actually covers a wide range of conditions and symptoms but is characterized by an inadequate amount of space at the back and base of the skull that can force part of the brain called the cerebellum through an opening for the spinal cord and press on the brain stem, and can sometimes block the normal flow of cerebral spinal fluid.”

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In search of euphoric high, some opioid addicts turning to loperamide

USA Today (4/11, Bowerman) reports some opioid addicts are turning to the anti-diarrhea medicine loperamide “in search of a euphoric high or to manage withdrawal symptoms.” This can be dangerous, because “large quantities can cause serious heart problems, including abnormal heart rhythm and cardiac arrest, according to the” Food and Drug Administration.

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Mid-life vascular risk factors may be tied to brain changes that can lead to Alzheimer’s, study indicates

Reuters (4/11, Rapaport) reports, “Middle-aged people with risk factors for heart attacks and stroke are also more likely to develop changes in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease,” researchers concluded after examining “data from 346 adults who had been evaluated for vascular risk factors since the late 1980s, when they were 52 years old on average and none of them had dementia.” Then, more than 20 years “later, when participants were around 76 years old, they had brain scans that looked for evidence of Alzheimer’s” in the form of…

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FDA approves valbenazine to treat tardive dyskinesia in adults

The AP (4/11, Johnson) reports that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Neurocrine Biosciences’ Ingrezza (valbenazine) for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia in adults. The company “didn’t disclose the drug’s list price, but said it will when it begins offering the once-a-day capsule for sale in May.” Another drug intended to treat tardive dyskinesia made by Teva Pharmaceuticals “is expected to win FDA approval in late August.”

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