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GroupOne Health Source Practice Management Blog

      

The GroupOne Health Source Blog

 Answers and Insights Every Healthcare Professional Needs.

 

Kaitlyn Houseman

As the Marketing Specialist at GroupOne Health Source, Kaitlyn leverages the company's experience in revenue cycle management and healthcare IT to bring readers expert advice on all things healthcare practice management. Since joining the sales and marketing division at GroupOne, Kaitlyn has been able to identify the top concerns of healthcare professionals and develop content that provides answers and insights into healthcare policy, patient pay strategies, EHR optimization, and medical coding and billing.

Email: khouseman@g1hs.com

Author's Posts

New Year, New Codes: 2017 CPT Code Changes Now Available

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 20, 2016

2017 is just around the corner and with it comes a number of new CPT codes, deleted codes, and code revisions. The updates made enable providers to get paid for some work that is already being done while other updates remove barriers to providing certain services such as Chronic Care Management.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Coding

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 15, 2016

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The Cures Act invests in President Obama's priorities in Science and Health by providing funding for various projects such as the Precision Medicine Initiative and Cancer Moonshot while targeting better EHR use and supporting health data interoperability.

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Topics: Interoperability, Incentive Programs, Healthcare Policy

4 Steps to Preventing Medical Claim Denials

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 21, 2016

It's no secret that the relationship between health care providers and insurance companies is complicated. Healthcare providers are spending a significant amount of time and energy with patients just to find out that an insurance company will fight them on paying for the services provided. Preventing claim denials helps ease the complications but denial management doesn't come so easy to every medical practice.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Denial Management

What Top Performing Practices Know About Analytics That You Don’t

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 17, 2016

Wondering what it takes for your medical practice to reach true financial success? Two words: data collection. A top performing medical practice can be defined as one that achieves profitability, month after month. Not only to pay the bills but to invest in the right people, proper clinical tools and business assets to maintain their financial success. Here's what these practices know about analytics that you possibly do not.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

Quiz: What's Your Medical Billing Monster?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 31, 2016

Medical billing monsters are some of the worst. They can cause you to lose time, money, and sleep. Take our short quiz this Halloween to find out which medical billing monster is haunting your revenue cycle management.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

5 Things Your Medical Billing Company Should Be Doing

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 11, 2016

Whether you already have a medical billing company taking care of your revenue cycle management, or you are in search of one to help you improve your revenue, there are many things to consider. Partnering with a billing service can often be a long term agreement that will have a lasting impact on the financial health of your practice. Here we'll cover the 5 most important things your medical billing company (if you choose to outsource) should be doing for your practice on a regular basis to help you accelerate your revenue cycle.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business

6 Key Components to a Successful Medical Practice Marketing Plan

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 6, 2016

Whether you are just starting up your practice, or you're looking to grow your practice, it's important to understand the key components that make up a successful medical practice marketing plan. Not every practice will use every marketing method. You may try some and find that they simply don't work for you, and that's fine. Here are some of the most popular yet also succesful marketing components used in medical practice marketing.

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Topics: Marketing

Trump vs Clinton: Significantly Rising Prescription Costs?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 4, 2016

It's clear that the American people are heavily burdened with the rising cost of prescription drugs, and patients aren't the only ones that are affected. Physicians have become increasingly concerned with the impact of rising prescription drug costs on the industry, as well as on the national economy.

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Topics: Medical Business, Healthcare Policy

5 Ways to Improve Your Practice's Front Desk Collections

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 27, 2016

Although it's considered best practice to collect co-payments at the time of service, things don't always happen that way. Sometimes your office is understaffed, or the patient doesn't have the co-payment required, or another issue may arise that prevents collections from happening on the date of service. If this becomes a habit, however, then you are setting yourself and your practice up for long term collection and medical billing issues.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Self-Pay

Patients Won't Pay? How to Select a Medical Collection Agency

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 16, 2016

Unfortunately, there are going to be situations where you may need to send your patients to collections, and it's important to understand when it is time to utilize a third party to collect past due payments. Although it's not something you want to have to worry about as a healthcare practice, it is sometimes necessary to send patients to a collection agency.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

Last Minute Steps You Can Take to Prepare for the End of the ICD-10 Grace Period

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 14, 2016

Although the ICD-10 transition officially went into effect last year on October 1st, 2015, a grace period was put into place by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). October 1, 2016, will mark the end of a one-year “grace period” that allowed unspecified ICD-10-CM codes on certain physician Medicare claims as well as the end of a three-year partial code freeze. Here's what your practice can do now to prepare.

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Topics: ICD-10

Top 5 Most Widely Used EHRs Named in Medscape EHR Report

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 1, 2016

Epic, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, NextGen and MEDITECH have been named the most widely used EHRs by physicians, according to Medscape’s 2016 EHR Report. Epic continues to dominate the EHR market for hospitals and health systems at 28% representing 48% of users—more than three times as many as Cerner (13%), its next largest competitor. Missing from this year’s list is Allscripts, which dropped out of the top five altogether driven by its 2012 decision to drop its small practice software, My Way. 

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Topics: EHR

The Basics of Medical Code Bundling and CPT Modifiers

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 30, 2016

Managing a healthcare practice comes with a long list of complex challenges that need to be solved on a daily basis. Anyone who is involved in the operational aspects of a medical office or healthcare facility understands that there are many situations that require making educated and rule-based decisions based on a variety of factors. Medical code bundling and the use of modifiers is one of them.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Coding

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Tracking and Measuring Revenue Cycle Management Metrics

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 27, 2016

When it comes to revenue cycle management, there is a significant amount of data that you could track, but what are some of the most important metrics to measure and monitor regularly? There are 6 RCM metrics you should be tracking and measuring consistently to determine how your revenue cycle is performing. Here we will cover all 6 and give you some benchmarks to help you compare your practice's performance.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

6 Social Media Guidelines for Physicians

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 18, 2016

As a physician, you may feel that you don't have the time or energy to set up a Facebook or Twitter profile – let alone the time it takes to consistently manage these social media sites and others like them. However, social media marketing, when done right, can be a great way to communicate with your patients in a more personalized manner.

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Topics: Marketing

What are the Elements of a Highly Efficient Claims Process?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 16, 2016

Because there are typically multiple parties involved in a medical care claim, the process quickly becomes quite complex, which lends itself to a variety of errors caused by both humans and technology. Developing an efficient claims process is crucial to the success of your medical practice, and the process begins before any claims are even submitted.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Denial Management

The Beginners Quick Start Guide to Text Messaging Patients

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 12, 2016

Text messaging is fully integrated into millions of people's lives and is a convenient, less obtrusive alternative to the phone call. With 97% of Americans using their phones to text, many physicians are wondering how to incorporate text message communication into their practices.

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Topics: EHR, Practice Management, Patient Engagement

Do Patients Hate Your Website?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 6, 2016

Someone needs to tell you: Your website matters. It matters as much as, if not more than, your actual brick and mortar office. For many, it is their first experience of your practice. It is the first impression you make on many of your patients or patients-to-be (or not to be, depending on how that impression goes…). 

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Topics: Practice Management, Patient Engagement, Marketing

Medicare Policy Changes in 2016: What You Need to Know

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 19, 2016

Recent changes to medicare policy will impact your practice and your patients. Here's what you need to know and how you can adjust to the new payment policies.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

How an EHR Software Can Improve Your Revenue Cycle Management

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 12, 2016

Medical billing is a complicated system with one simple goal, to ensure that healthcare providers are properly reimbursed for their services. In pursuit of this goal we must take into consideration how an EHR can help practices increase their collections and be more productive. Here we'll cover some common areas where the use of an EHR impacts billing and coding and how your practice can avoid potential errors while maximizing revenue.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR