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Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty is the General Manager at M-Scribe. Patrick has worked in the RCM field for 20 years. He was the founder and CEO of his own billing company before joining M-Scribe three years ago as the GM and VP of Business Development. Patrick enjoys golf, traveling, and spending time with his family in North Georgia.

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Top 3 Tips for Optimizing Medical Billing Service Processes

Patrick Dougherty

Many medical practices are finding themselves trying to recover financially after the devastating losses that came in 2020 and early 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic. Practices faced significant volume and revenue losses while protecting their patients from the virus that killed thousands of people. The financial and clinical challenges were tough enough that some practices were left closing their doors.

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Topics: medical billing proceess

Effective Strategies to Boost Medical Practice Patient Count

Patrick Dougherty

Nothing makes medical practice staff happier than seeing their patients thriving and taking a proactive stance on their health. The better patients do, the better their business does. Every medical practice wants to reach more patients to see their health also improve.

When outlets for advertising perpetually shift to meet new trends and developments, staying up to date poses difficulty. However, medical practices can employ many simple and cost-effective strategies to use the evolving marketing landscape to their advantage. 

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Topics: Medical Practice Patient Count

4 Tips to Protect Medical Practices from Costly Data Breaches in 2021

Patrick Dougherty

In today’s increasingly digital day and age, medical professionals need to be more vigilant than ever before to avoid costly setbacks like hacks, cyberattacks, and data breaches. As a dedicated health care provider, you are a target for hackers to exploit your business’s private information. Moreover, you must take steps to protect your patients’ private medical information -- all while staying HIPAA compliant. Health care providers also have to consider the potential financial cost and loss of resources that could be associated with a data breach. With the global cost of data breaches rising to $6 trillion annually, health care professionals can’t afford to be indifferent about cybersecurity. For these reasons and more, it’s time for medical professionals to take a stand against data breaches by utilizing tried-and-true strategies. Take a look at the 4 tips for health care professionals in today’s market to effectively avoid costly data breaches.

Implement Single Sign-On to Tighten Access Control

Particularly during a time when so many professional teams are working remotely, it’s crucial that medical providers take steps to secure their data and servers by incorporating single sign-on software (SSO). SSO is a security measure that restricts users from being signed into the company’s platform on multiple devices at a time. This measure effectively cuts down on the possibility that an unauthorized party could access the platform from another device with stolen log-in credentials. By prioritizing security measures early on with airtight access control measures, health care providers are sure to enjoy heightened security benefits and less risk of data breaches. 

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Topics: Medical Practice Data Breach

Medicare Home Health Billing Requirements

Patrick Dougherty

Do you offer home health services to patients? Unfortunately, billing Medicare is a lot more complicated than it might seem when it comes to this type of treatment. That’s why it is incredibly vital that every visit is properly documented and meets certain requirements to ensure the payment process goes as smoothly as possible.

In this guide, we’ll go over a few of the basics you need to know about various medicare requirements for home health billing. Then we’ll take a look at a few coverage restrictions and why they are important to remember. Finally, we’ll look at why you might need an outside team to help you with the process.

Ready to get started? Let’s go.

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Topics: Home Health Billing, Medicare Home Health Billing

Helpful Topics for Marketing Medical Practices in 2021

Patrick Dougherty

When it comes to marketing your clinic or other medical practice, you already know you need an active website and social media pages. But how do you keep those pages relevant without running out of content ideas? Here are a few ideas of what medical practices should be blogging about on their websites in 2021.

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Topics: Medical Practice Marketing

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A place for physicians and other healthcare stakeholders to share and discover information about everything related to running efficient medical practices.

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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