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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

Is Your Brand at Risk? How MIPS Can Impact Physician Brand

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on February 23, 2016

In our previous blog post, How MIPS Affects Physician Reimbursement, we introduced the topic of how MIPS will highlight a clinician’s brand and could possibly affect the amount of patients a clinician sees. This blog post dives deeper into this concept and explores what you can do to begin attacking MIPS now in order to establish a positive brand and start accepting new patients.

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Topics: Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Incentive Programs

5 Ancillary Services to Increase Your Practice Revenue

by Kathy Kuhn on February 21, 2016

Looking for new ways to grow your practice and increase revenue? It's not just a matter of drawing in more patients who need the medical services you provide. Many physicians have strategically determined ancillary services that can bring in more money from their existing client base in order to fight the neverending battle of declining reimbursement. 

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management

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

6 FAQs About the Merit Based Incentive Payment System

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on February 18, 2016

In April 2015, both Congress and President Obama approved a bill called the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), a significant, bipartisan bill that repealed the Medicare Part B SGR reimbursement formula and replaced it with a pay-per-performance program. This new program is called the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and it is changing provider reimbursement.

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Topics: Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Incentive Programs

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

6 Red Flags That You Chose the Wrong Billing Company

by Adrienne Schrimpf on February 16, 2016

Choosing a billing company is a big step. The quality of your billing services can make a big difference in your practice revenues, for good or bad. Choosing a billing company that turns out to be wrong for your needs can be an expensive mistake that isn't just hard to recover from but also hard to recognize until it's too late.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management

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

How MIPS Affects Physician Reimbursement

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on February 9, 2016

Declining reimbursement is one of the greatest financial challenges physicians face today. While there isn't much you can do to stop reimbursement cuts, you can be proactive in learning about the Merit Based Incentive Payment System and how it will impact physician reimbursement.

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Topics: Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Incentive Programs

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

The Merit-Based Incentive Program: What You Need to Know

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on January 27, 2016

The healthcare industry has unveiled another addition to the already enormous alphabet soup. This new addition goes by the name MIPS, or more properly, Merit-based Incentive Payment System and it is quickly moving healthcare provider towards value-based reimbursement. Here's how.

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Topics: Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Incentive Programs

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

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