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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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Popular Tips for Marketing Medical Practice in 2019

Patrick Dougherty

You likely already know that staying active on social media and having an attractive, user-friendly website are essential for marketing your practice. However, even though you have some of the basic marketing elements in place, it’s vital to continue elevating your marketing strategies to increase patient acquisition, improve patient loyalty, and boost your practice’s bottom line. How can you take your medical practice to the next level in 2019? Here’s a look at some helpful tips and strategies that can boost growth and revenue.

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Topics: Medical Practice Marketing

Best Practices for Front Desk and Back office in a Medical Office

Patrick Dougherty

From scheduling a patient’s appointment at the front desk, through insurance verification, charge capture, billing and finally to the A/R and collections departments, each of your hard-working staffers perform critical roles in your practice’s revenue cycle.  Understanding what these roles and tasks entail, how they sometimes overlap and what happens when one component is missing or falls short in performance are essential to controlling your revenue cycle.

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Topics: front desk role in revenue cycle management

Code Opioid Use Disorder Correctly for Pain Management Patients

Patrick Dougherty

Opioid use, abuse, and overdose have become an epidemic that led to the President declaring it a national public health emergency. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that over 115 people die after an opioid overdose each day within the U.S., and according to the CDC, the economic burden of this epidemic within the United States totals to more than $78 billion each year. 

Prescription drugs continue to play a significant role in the opioid crisis, and prescription opioids include medications like morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, codeine, and hydrocodone. With opioid overdose and dependence at a crisis level in this country, clinicians must have detailed knowledge of this disorder. Likewise, it’s essential for pain management providers  to be aware of the documentation and coding requirements when encountering cases of opioid use disorder.

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Topics: pain management billing, pain management revenue cycle

Outsourcing Provider Credentialing to a Medical Billing Company

Patrick Dougherty

The Provider Credentialing Process Explained

Credentialing a new provider to validate his or her qualifications, work history, board certifications and references is critical for all healthcare organizations as well as smaller practices.

 Normally, there are two separate processes to credentialing:

  • Privileging approves a provider for performing a specific set of privileges or perform certain specific procedures.
     
  • Provider enrollment is inclusion of a new provider in all of an organization’s insurance plans, ensuring that correct and full payment is received for their services.
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Topics: Provider Credentialing

Revenue Cycle Management Trends and Challenges for 2019

Patrick Dougherty

Highlights of 2018 Reviewed

2018 has been quite a year within the healthcare industry for patients, providers and especially medical claims billing. Knowing what to expect can help you to improve and strengthen your own medical billing strategies in 2019 and beyond. Over the past year, we’ve seen new trends and changes in the following areas:

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Topics: medical practice management

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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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