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How to Perform Paperless Medical Billing in Office

Harold Gibson

 The high cost of healthcare in the United States is at least partially due to its reliance on paper products. Some sources estimate that the healthcare industry spends as much as $300 billion per year on paper, providing a strong incentive for eliminating this expense. A paperless medical billing process provides other benefits such as greater patient satisfaction, higher retention rates and increased payment rates, especially for online payments. It also reduces collection costs, which traditionally requires a particularly large amount of paper.

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Topics: Medical Billing

Best Practices for Automating Prior Authorization Process

Patrick Dougherty

Obtaining prior authorization for services can place a significant burden on practice staff, but this critical step in the healthcare reimbursement process causes substantial challenges if skipped. If prior authorization is not performed, clinicians may find that they have performed unnecessary or duplicative services. These prior authorization and insurance verification best practices allow you to minimize these time-intensive processes while still insuring a high quality of care for your patients and a high payment rate from payers. 

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Topics: Medical Billing

How Accurate Medical Coding Speeds Reimbursement

Patrick Dougherty

 

Managing the medical billing and coding for your practice may seem like a thankless job, but the importance of accuracy to the entire revenue cycle cannot be overstated. Incorrect coding is often responsible for the greatest lost revenue in a practice, causing certain claims to be completely denied and others to be only partially paid. Following up to ensure that claims are fully paid and any errors corrected takes time and a very detailed mind. Medical billing codes change on a regular basis, adding complexity to the overall process. Here's how accurate coding can speed your insurance reimbursements and improve your revenue cycle. 

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Topics: Medical Coding

Boost Practice Efficiency with Automatic Directory Verification

Patrick Dougherty

It can be challenging to determine exactly how much of your medical practice's time is eroded by meaningless clerical tasks that could potentially be automated. Even a thorough review of daily activities may only turn up a few issues that could be addressed, while something that causes an ongoing waste of time such as keeping payer directories up to date can cost you thousands of dollars a year in lost productivity. This type of task can easily be missed in an audit because payers only require an update approximately every 90 days, and since office staff may not be performing the function on a daily basis it may fall off the radar for optimization. Fortunately, there are ways to maintain an updated presence with your payers -- ensuring that you're paid in a timely manner -- while not killing office productivity with mindless updates. 

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Topics: Medical Billing

Build Medical Practice Brand Through Social Media Marketing

Neeraj Jain

Connecting with patients on social media allows you to engage, educate and forge a lasting connection with them, sometimes long before they need your help at all. When you connect on channels like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, you become a regular, trusted presence in your prospective patients’ lives; when they have a need, they know where to turn.

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Topics: Medical Practice Marketing

About this blog

A place for physicians and other healthcare RCM stakeholders to share and discover information about everything related to medical billing and ways to increase revenue.

Established in 2002 by a group of physicians, we are a national provider of medical billing services to group practices, clinics, and individual physicians. We also specialize in provider credentialing, payer contract reviews and medical coding for a wide range of clients - from solo practitioners to multi-site, multi-specialty practices. 

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