How To Avoid Common Errors in Proficiency Testing
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by Bridget Smudrick
4h ago
Mistakes happen, we are all painfully aware of that fact. However, most mistakes with proficiency testing can be avoided with proper instruction, accurate data entry and organization. In fact, when it comes to the required proficiency events in a physician office laboratory, mistakes can even be costly. I use the word “costly” first because of the time and effort spent by testing personnel to remediate these events once failures occur and second in reference to the fees that can now be assigned due to event failures. For instance, as of January 2024, fees have been assigned to proficiency desk ..read more
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5 Steps to Determine the Best Medical Practice Retirement Plan
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by Gene Good, JD
1w ago
Closing a medical practice is a difficult decision. Physician retirement is a natural part of every career, but medical practice retirement is a bit more open-ended. How does one determine whether it’s time to get things in shape or cut their losses? Here’s an email I received from a doctor talking about this very decision. Good morning, Gene – My wife and I need some advice going forward and I know you have always been good for it. Here is the bottom line – my practice is really hurting. We are much slower due to multiple circumstances (my health, hurricanes, COVID, insurance). We a ..read more
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Mastering Time Management: Essential Strategies for Physicians
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by Trevor McElhaney, JD
1w ago
As a physician, balancing patient care, administrative duties, and personal time can be incredibly challenging. Effective time management is key to maintaining this balance, ensuring that you can provide the best care for your patients while also taking care of yourself. Here are some essential strategies to help you optimize your schedule and reduce stress. By adopting systematic approaches to organizing tasks, leveraging technology, and setting clear priorities, physicians can navigate the complexities of their roles more effectively. These strategies not only alleviate the pressures of the ..read more
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Balancing the Risk & Reward of Incident-to-Billing
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by Shannon DeConda
2w ago
With the extensive reimbursement cuts of 2023 and 2024, medical practices are urgently pursuing ways to optimize their revenue while maintaining compliance with regulatory standards. One strategy that is often seen as an elusive unicorn for physician practices is making incident-to-billing work on all the right occasions, compliantly. Incident-to is a provision under Medicare that allows services provided by non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to be billed under a supervising physician’s National Provider Identifier (NPI) for a higher reimbursement rate. Specifically, services billed incident-t ..read more
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Common HIPAA Compliance Violations in Healthcare
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by DoctorsManagement
3w ago
Protecting patient information is paramount in the ever-evolving healthcare industry. TheHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 sets the standard for shielding sensitive patient data. However, despite stringent regulations, violations still occur — often due to oversights or misunderstandings. HIPAA compliance is an ongoing journey for healthcare organizations requiring diligence, vigilance, and a commitment to safeguarding patient information. As a healthcare provider or entity, you must understand the common HIPAA violations and familiarize yourself with compliance ..read more
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Modernizing Auditing and Compliance in Healthcare
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by Jesse Overbay, JD
3w ago
The Importance of Auditing Regular auditing of medical charts and coding documentation is indispensable for identifying errors, ensuring regulatory compliance, and reducing the risk of fraud. Audits not only uncover coding inaccuracies but also offer valuable insights into areas for improvement within the organization’s processes and procedures. While internal audits can be advantageous, they also present potential risks, particularly when disclosing findings to external entities such as government agencies or insurance payors. There have been situations where audit results were used against h ..read more
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Top 5 Challenges in Medical Compliance
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by DoctorsManagement
1M ago
While strict healthcare industry laws benefit patients, they can be frustrating for providers. Potential obstacles include privacy and data breaches, inadequate training, changes in the technology landscape, and resource constraints. This guide explores these compliance issues in detail and provides helpful tips to resolve them. Common Compliance Issues in Healthcare The strict legal framework governing the healthcare industry protects patients and keeps the entire sector safe. However, these stringent measures sometimes lead to multiple concerns. Here are typical challenges in medical complia ..read more
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Benefits of Aligning Your Practice with a Purchasing Partner
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by Craig King
1M ago
Purchasing supplies for your practice can be both time-consuming and overwhelming. Finding a purchasing partner can help reduce the stress associated with these purchases.  A purchasing partner will help find the best prices available for the items you are purchasing and look for new saving opportunities.  With the rising costs of goods and decreasing reimbursements, it is crucial to maximize every dollar spent by your practice. There are numerous options available in today’s market that your practice can benefit from if utilized properly. Below, we explore several areas where a purc ..read more
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Navigating Regulatory Compliance in ENT Practices
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by Jesse Overbay, JD
2M ago
In our first installment of the series, “Navigating Change in Otolaryngology: Strategies for Growth and Success,” we explored the evolving landscape of otolaryngology and highlighted key strategies for adapting to change. Building on that foundation, this second installment delves into the critical aspect of regulatory compliance within ENT practices. From navigating the complexities of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to ensuring adherence to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Medicare guidelines, ENT clinics face a myriad of compliance challenges unique ..read more
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Beginner’s Guide to Healthcare Provider Credentialing
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by DoctorsManagement
2M ago
Credentialing is a time-consuming task that verifies a healthcare provider’s qualifications, certifications, experience, and training so they can practice. The application is detailed, and the requirements change frequently. If even the tiniest human error occurs, it can result in delays and setbacks for everyone involved. Credentialing is also not a one-time process — professionals must undergo re-credentialing every two to three years. This beginner’s guide provides the fundamental knowledge required to understand this process, including the challenges and obstacles a professional might enco ..read more
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