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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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Five Simple Steps to Grow Your Medical Practice in 2021

Patrick Dougherty

Many medical practice administrators don't understand the intricacies involved in revenue cycle management processes. When they fail to explain to patients the financial side of their visits, patient get annoyed when receiving a statement. Consequently, the patient loses confidence and switch to other providers, leaving practice managers in the dark as to why.

Patients don't understand medical billing complexity because most medical administrators and practitioners do not explain them in clearer terms. Medical administrators and practitioners need to thinking like a patient.

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Topics: patient billing experience, grow medical practice

Why Being Honest About Financial Concerns Helps Patients

Patrick Dougherty

When was the last time you had an honest talk with your patients about their healthcare costs? Unfortunately, money is one of those discussions that many practitioners don’t seem to bring up enough when talking candidly about options. Too many assume that the insurance company will handle it or don’t even know the various charges associated with the diagnostic tests, treatments, and medications they’re prescribing.

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Topics: patient engagement, patient billing

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

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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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