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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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Is E&M Codes Documentation Hurting Your Medical Practice Revenue?

Patrick Dougherty

A significant portion of your practice’s billable services is probably comprised of evaluation and management (E&M) services. Unfortunately, E&M Codes documentation, or lack thereof, is one of the big reasons for claim denials. Many clinicians fail to make the connection between poor, incomplete, or inaccurate documentation and falling practice revenue. Here’s a closer look at some of the common problem areas that may result in denials, and information on how to fix these areas to reduce denials and increase revenue. 

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Topics: E&M Code

Medical Practice May Need These Medical Codes for the Holiday Season

Patrick Dougherty

As the holiday season rolls around, trauma centers, urgent care centers, and family practices are gearing up to deal with festivity-related mishaps. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are days of fun and good cheer. Unfortunately, the season’s festive activities also bring with them the risk accidents and illnesses. Luckily, there are a specific medical code for the holiday season! 

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Topics: Medical Codes for Holiday Season

Knowing When to Walk Away from a Payer Contract Negotiations

Patrick Dougherty

Managed care payments provide a significant chunk of revenue for many practices, so it’s understandable that most providers think twice and then some before cutting off any payers due to contract issues or other criteria. While practices should ideally strive for an open, collaborative and cooperating mindset when dealing with their payer counterparts, there are times when it’s best for the practice, and staff who must deal with issues by problem payers, to simply walk away and cultivate other sources of revenue.

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Topics: Payer Contract Negotiations

Providers Need to Know About Proposed E&M Codes Changes in 2019

Patrick Dougherty

In July 2018, the CMS announced its proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2019. Included with the other updates are major changes to the use of certain codes for evaluation and management (E/M) levels 99201 – 99215. After following Medicare contractors for the past several years, as well as receiving feedback of physician concerns about streamlining outdated E/M documentation guidelines, CMS decided to make changes in five main areas:

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Topics: E&M Code

Should Your Practice Offer Allergy Treatment as an Ancillary Service?

Patrick Dougherty

Many patients would undoubtedly welcome the ability to have multiple conditions, including troublesome allergies diagnosed and treated through the same set of providers, rather than having to travel here and there to one doctor for testing and perhaps another for treatment.

If you’re an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician, or practice Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or Pediatrics, this might be a good add-on service to offer. For those meeting the criteria and wondering how to begin, here are a few tips as well as some basic coding information to get your practice (and billing department) off to a good start.

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Topics: Allergy Treatment

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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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