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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 Strategies to Improve Patient Collection in a Medical Practice

Patrick Dougherty

Healthcare costs keep climbing, and patients continue to be responsible for more of the cost of care. With patient financial responsibility growing, providers have a great opportunity to boost revenue, but collecting from patients also comes with unique challenges, particularly in the current health crisis.

Over the past several months, the entire fabric of the world and healthcare system has been forced to change due to the global pandemic. Covid-19 impacted every aspect of healthcare, and continues to do so, including the way the revenue cycle works. Many communities and practices dedicated all their resources to fighting the continuing pandemic, and companies across the country had to lay-off or furlough employees to avoid losing their business.

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Topics: patient collections

9 Top Tips for Making Telehealth Visits More Successful

Patrick Dougherty

Let’s face it. We’re now in an era where it is safer and more cost-effective to meet with our patients via video conference than it is to be directly in person. While this might make some practitioners feel as though they are losing the personalized attention they’ve given their patients in the past, this new way of practicing medicine is actually a really good thing as it helps everyone maintain social distancing guidelines. Here are a few of our top tips for making telehealth visits more successful for your practice and your patients.

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Topics: Telehealth Coverage, telehealth after Covid-19

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

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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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