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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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How to Find a Cost-Effective Medical Billing Company

Patrick Dougherty

Cost-effectiveness is one of the biggest reasons that medical practices outsource to third-party medical billing services. How do you know if your prospective medical billing company is telling you the truth about their offerings? Will it be too late for you to find out about their performance? How much will it cost you afterward when it's too late?

Medical billing involves claim processing with multiple insurance companies, locations, services, and vendors. Outsourcing benefits include improving efficiency and boosting revenue, but it's critical to make sure you outsource to the right company.

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Topics: Cost Effective Medical Billing Company

Uninsured Patients Rise: Strategies for Medical Practice to Survive

Patrick Dougherty

The global Covid-19 pandemic has gone far beyond thousands of infections and deaths, it’s resulted in the closure of businesses and job losses on a scale that hasn’t been seen in the U.S. in recent history. Unfortunately, job losses that have come as a result of Covid-19 have resulted in many individuals losing benefits, including their health insurance.

Treating uninsured patients always presents challenges for medical practices, but the sudden increase in the number of uninsured individuals creates additional difficulties for physicians who may already be struggling financially as a result of the pandemic. 

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Topics: uninsured patients

Big Changes are Coming in Payment and Documentation Guidelines

Patrick Dougherty

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized their Fee Schedule included some pretty significant changes to reimbursement and documentation requirements for evaluation and management also known as E&M office visits. But, most of the changes won’t be taking effect until Jan 1, 2021, which means the time to begin preparing is now.

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Topics: E&M Code, E&M Code Documentation, E&M Code 2021

Improve Patient Billing Experience in a Medical Practice

Patrick Dougherty

While many practices often think about revenue cycle management from a dollars-collected standpoint, looking at the patient’s satisfaction with their financial experience is critical, too. In fact, improving patients billing experience should be a priority for revenue cycle managers, administrators, and leaders. Often, at the crux of that goal is redesigning patient bills, so they’re easy to understand and take action on when patients receive them. 

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Topics: patient billing experience

Secure Payment Processing to Protect Patient Privacy

Patrick Dougherty

HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules specify 18 data elements that an individual could use as a means to determine a patient’s identity. The majority of this vulnerable data are easily understood (e.g., name, address, phone number, etc.) and can be applied to nearly any business, however, there are some elements that relate specifically to the healthcare process, including a patient’s insurance information and medical record numbers. One area that is especially vulnerable for all businesses, including medical practices, and physicians is payment processing.

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Topics: patient privacy

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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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