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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

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Attestation Deadline this Friday

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 9, 2016

Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System no later than Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

How Medical Transcription is Bridging the ICD-10 Documentation Gap

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 8, 2016

It's been several months since the ICD-10 transition deadline, but that doesn't mean that every practice and hospital is fluent in ICD-10 just yet. With the number of codes increasing considerably from ICD-9 to ICD-10, and with longer codes that include far more specificity, it will take time for ICD-10 codes to become free-flowing and automatic, even among experienced coders.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, ICD-10, Transcription

Tips for Monitoring and Managing Your Practice's A/R

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 7, 2016

Managing accounts receivable (AR) is challenging, and will be even more complicated as more people obtain coverage under high-deductible healthcare plans. Outstanding balances are growing, and collecting these balances is essential when it comes to increasing your practice's cash flow

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Topics: Practice Management, Denial Management

5 Most Effective Ways to Increase New Patient Referrals

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 2, 2016

Referrals offer a connection a little more solid than a new patient who finds you via Google search or in the Yellow Pages. When you get a word-of-mouth referral, your existing patient is acting as a "salesperson," and it costs you very little compared to the cost of advertising your practice. Increasing the number of referrals from patients can help fill your schedule and in turn grow your practice.
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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, Marketing

CMS Extends Hardship Exception Application Deadline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has extended the deadline to July 1 for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to apply for a Medicare Electronic Health (EHR) Incentive Program Hardship Exemption.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Telemedicine is Taking Off! Here's Why

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 25, 2016

Healthcare is ever-changing. One advancement, telehealth, is one of the hottest trends in healthcare and technology right now. With the shortage of physicians, increase of chronic conditions, and the rising costs of healthcare, telehealth is becoming more necessary and useful than ever.

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Topics: Practice Management, Telehealth

Talking HealthIT with Lee Farabaugh CIO at PointClear

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 20, 2016

The healthcare industry is facing growing pains, especially where technology is concerned. We recently caught up with Lee Farabaugh, Chief Innovation Officer and EVP of Professional Services for PointClear Solutions to get her advice on what providers should be talking to their software vendors about.

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Topics: Practice Management

Are You Undercoding Out of Fear of an Audit?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 16, 2016

Declining reimbursement is one of the biggest challenges physicians face today. Ask any physician and they will tell you about the daily struggle of getting paid for their services. However, many physicians are leaving a significant amount of money on the table by undercoding.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Coding

CMS Extends the Attestation Deadline for the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 11, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the attestation deadline for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET, from the original deadline of Monday, February 29.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

4 Core Benefits of Effectively Managing Your AR

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 11, 2016

Developing a clear strategy for managing accounts receivable (A/R) is a step that isn't easy, but that has significant, noticeable payoff. When a medical practice doesn't track A/R consistently, the average number of days accounts spend in A/R increases, which means the practice is not collecting what it is owed as efficiently as it could be.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

Top 5 Causes of Recurring Claim Errors

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 4, 2016

Preventing claim errors has always been an ongoing effort for healthcare facilities. Today, more than ever, providers are having a harder time getting paid for their services. In fact, 40% of physicians plan on focusing more on improving the billing and collections process over the next year1. Understanding the top causes of recurring claim errors is a good place to start if you are planning on revamping your RCM processes for better results. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Denial Management

Top 5 Challenges Your Practice will Face in 2016

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 2, 2016

As our list of the top 5 challenges for 2016 underlines, practices will need to navigate some tough obstacles in 2016. These include value based reimbursement, collecting co-pays and deductibles, and administrative burdens on physicians.

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Topics: Practice Management

What the Meaningful Use Change Means for Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 22, 2016

While many physicians had a sigh of relief when CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced last Monday that the end of the meaningful use program is near, many were left hanging with unanswered questions as to what is next. On Tuesday, CMS posted an update to Slavitt's comments that outlines the transition and what it means for doctors and hospitals.

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Topics: Incentive Programs

Five Healthcare IT Leaders Adopt Carequality Interoperability Framework

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 21, 2016

Athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts First to Adopt Enhanced Data Sharing Practices

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwired - January 21, 2016) - Carequality, an initiative of The Sequoia Project, today announced initial implementers of the Carequality Interoperability Framework released in December 2015. The companies are athenahealth®, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts.

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Interoperability

Balancing Business with Patient Care in Private Practices

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 8, 2016

Running a successful medical practice is more than taking care of patients. And while most doctors would prefer to just focus on medicine and patients, there are a number of other responsibilities that can come with being a physician at a private practice.

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Topics: Practice Management

5 Ways to Support Your Patients With Chronic Health Conditions

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 6, 2016

Though they can happen at any age, single and multiple chronic health conditions are more common in older patients, and managing them effectively requires that the patient take active part in daily healthcare decisions. A collaborative approach may require more time up front, but long term it can decrease demands on your time by empowering the patient to take better control of his or her health.

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Topics: Practice Management

Obama Signs Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Legislation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 5, 2016

Last week, President Obama signed into law a bill (S 2425) that expands providers' eligibility for hardship exemptions to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, EHR Intelligence reports. The legislation will create a blanket hardship exemption from 2015 meaningful use penalties, which would have been assessed in 2017.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Should Your Practice Charge No Show Fees?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 4, 2016

The estimated no-show rate for medical practices is around 5 to 7%. That may not sound bad, but if you consider each missed visit prevents your practice from collecting an average $25 co-payment and $90 reimbursement from a health plan, one or two no-shows per day adds up to tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue every year.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management

New Database Lets Consumers Search for Provider HIPAA Violations

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 31, 2015

ProPublica has created and launched a new database, called HIPAA Helper, which allows consumers to search for privacy violations by health care providers. An analysis of the database revealed hundreds of repeat HIPAA offenders between 2011 and 2014,ProPublica reports (Ornstein/Waldman [1], ProPublica, 12/29).

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Topics: HIPAA

6 New Medicare Codes Primary Care Doctors Can Use to Increase Payments

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 30, 2015

What if we told you there was a way to potentially earn tens of thousands of dollars more from Medicare all while improving patient care? It isn't tied to pay to performance measures or linked to alternative payment models either. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Coding