National Immunization Awareness Month Might Represent a Financial Opportunity for Your Practice

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and it’s the perfect time to educate your patients about the importance of vaccines. We know what you’re thinking: I totally get the importance of vaccines for my patients, but vaccines aren’t all … Read More

3 Ways to Bring Kindness to Patient Collections

When you think about the words “compassion” or “kindness,” you probably think first about your clinical care. While bedside manner is critical, the clinical setting isn’t the only aspect of your practice where kindness belongs. What about your billing department? … Read More

Deck the Halls with ICD-10 Codes

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The weather outside is turning frightful and it’s that time of year when accidents and injuries are plentiful. Here are 10 funny ICD-10 codes to help you get through winter and the mayhem of the holidays. Y92.59 – Injury at … Read More

Physicians Spending Too Much Time Behind Their Desks, Not Enough Time With Patients

Do you feel like you’re spending more time at a desk than with your patients? You’re not alone. In a recent study, observers documented how U.S. physicians from four different specialties (family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, and orthopedics) spent their … Read More

Practice-Based Biller Inadvertently Makes the Case for Outsourcing

While reading Physicians Practice magazine online, we tripped across a good, if a bit negative, blog written by a practice-based medical biller. The blog is titled “A Look At The Average Day of a Medical Biller.” While not trying to, … Read More

‘Tis the Season for ICD-10

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The days are shorter, there’s a nip in the air and there’s a good chance you might run across one of these ICD-10 codes this holiday season: W34.110 Accidental malfunction of BB gun You finally received the coveted Official Daisy … Read More

Obamacare Dodges Bullet

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Obamacare is here to stay, or at least for a good bit longer. It became official with last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While controversial, Obamacare has … Read More

The Need to Hire Outside Help

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When you first started your own practice, you likely did everything yourself. What you have built is impressive, but as your practices has grown it is clear that is time to seek professional help with the financial aspects of your … Read More

What Your Patients Should Know About Medical Billing

Navigating the complicated health care financial system can be a nightmare since the smallest misstep can cost thousands of dollars. Pass along these simple tips to your patients to help them avoid paying unnecessarily high fees. Tip #1 – Don’t … Read More

Tips to Maximize Your Practice’s Revenue Cycle

With declining Medicare reimbursements, the impending ICD-10 transition in October, and growing patient responsibility for payments, physicians are increasingly concerned about how they are going to get paid. Here are five tips to help you maximize your revenue cycle: New … Read More

Preparing for the ICD-10 Rollout

What is ICD-10? International Classification of Disease tenth revision (ICD-10) is a system of coding created by the World Health Organization that notes various medical records including diseases, symptoms, abnormal findings and external causes of injury. Next October 1, 2015, … Read More

How to Reduce Denied Claims

What does your practice’s denial rate look like? If it is higher than 4 percent, you need to take action. By implementing these simple steps, you can help to avoid billing mistakes and denied claims. Verify Insurance Not verifying insurance … Read More

Obamacare Enrollees Causing Headaches for Doctor’s Offices

The good news is that Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded health insurance to millions of Americans. The bad news is that medical practices are struggling with newly-insured patients, many of whom have very low insurance literacy. The practices report … Read More

Does Outsourcing to Medical Billing Companies Make Sense? Use These Tools to Find Out

Medical practices of all sizes must make decisions that not only are for the betterment of the services provided to patients, but also for the financial health of the practice. One such decision to be made is if outsourcing to medical … Read More

Physician Learns Basic Skills Necessary to Create Good Impression

Surgeons spend years developing the skills they needs to perform complicated surgeries. Their intelligence is admirable. Their dexterity is amazing, and their knowledge can be awe-inspiring. A patient needs to believe these things about the man or woman who will … Read More

What is the “Keep Your Plan” Bill and How Does it Affect Physician Practices and Patients?

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved the "Keep Your Plan" Bill, which is an amendment to the Affordable Care Act. The controversial amendment essentially lengthens the ACA's transition policy, allowing insurers to continue selling coverage that does not … Read More

How to Measure the Optimal Physician to Staff Ratio

If you wonder whether you employ too many or too few clinical staff in your medical practice, you’re not alone.  Many physicians share this concern and don’t know how to assess what the right number is for their practice.  Fortunately, there are … Read More

How to Turn Medical Billing into a Physician and Patient Asset

The face of healthcare has changed. With the new Affordable Healthcare Act, many small private practices have been inundated with new patients clamoring to get in and be seen. Physicians are trying desperately to keep up with the demand, and … Read More

Survey Shows Impact of Value-based Metrics on Physician Compensation

Health care reform has ignited much debate on health care costs and how compensation should be calculated for services. Physicians and insurers alike have strong opinions about the value-based and quality-of-care metrics put in place by the Affordable Care Act. … Read More

Report Recommends Insurers Get Involved in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Medical practice management has many challenges. Detecting a patient with a prescription drug addiction is one of the most concerning. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates 1.9 million Americans abuse prescription opioids. Even more alarming, overdose deaths attributed to opioids have quadrupled since … Read More

New CMS Rule That Will Save Providers Hundreds of Millions

When announcements about Medicare reform come out, physician office managers usually cringe. Typically, it means more red tape, paperwork and staff time. However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced reforms last week that will actually save money … Read More

Set Up Your New Physician Medical Practice for Success and Fast Cash Flow

You and some colleagues have decided the time is right for your group to start your own medical office.  All of you have had the hospital experience, and you’ve had enough.  Your group wants to provide healthcare services without all … Read More

Lessons from Other Countries with ICD-10 for Medical Coding and Billing Software

The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Disease tenth revision (ICD-10) was rolled out back in 1992. It has been used in the United States to report mortality only, but its mandated use is around the corner and the compliance … Read More

Medical Billing Companies Can Help Physicians Keep Their Independence

Physicians Foundation named eroding physician autonomy as one of the top five issues to impact physicians and patients in 2013. Many independent practices are facing multiple pressures including decreasing reimbursements, increasingly complex regulations and burdensome medical billing codes. One of … Read More

Practice Management: Doctor’s Competence Judged by Patient Experience

The diagnosis of a problem is only one aspect of the patient experience at your medical office. Other aspects of patient experience include factors that your practice managment team may not typically consider. You need to look at the medical … Read More

Practice Management: 30-day Readmissions and Frequent ER Users

The problem of frequent emergency department users has been an ongoing discussion within the medical community for years; this has been an escalating problem in the health care system. As more studies indicate the need to redirect these patients into … Read More

6 Healthcare Trends That Will Drive Change in 2013

After perusing year-end news releases, the staff at Clinic Service has compiled a list of high-profile concepts that will likely be at the center of debate about best medical practices in 2013. In no particular order, they are: 1. “As … Read More

Medical Practice Management: 3 Tips to Improve your HealthGrades Rating

When it comes to finding the information they need, consumers almost always turn to the web. Whether it’s Angie’s List, Yelp, Amazon or the all-important Google, people want to know if they’re getting a good deal or not. Today good … Read More

Top 3 Benefits of PPACA for Medical Practice Management

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)  has been met with both anxiety and relief in the medical community.  Opinions about the legislation differ greatly. While pieces of the law have raised concerns, the bottom line is that the … Read More

Medical Billing: Costs vs. Benefits of Outsourcing

Outsourcing medical billing and other medical office business is a decision many physicians face.  Medical professionals have invested years, maybe even decades, learning, practicing, and becoming experts in their specialty. As a physician, your role is to provide quality care … Read More

Affordable Care Act: 5 Steps to Prepare Your Practice

With only a few days until the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, the future of Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a hot topic. If Obama is re-elected, the ACA is undoubtedly here to stay. However, is Romney is elected, Obamacare is … Read More

Accountable Care Organization Summit: 6 Hot Topics for Debate

ACO's Summit (Accountable Care Organization) offers Medical Practitioners, Medical Office Managers, and Medical Billing staff the opportunity to learn from leaders and overcome profit barriers.  The National Accountable Care Organization Summit takes place June 6-9, 2012 in Washington DC.  Medical … Read More

Grow Your Medical Practice: 3 ways to be profitable in tough times

How do you run a profitable, thriving medical practice when the economy is down, healthcare is changing rapidly towards unknown waters, and operational costs increase?  Surprisingly, the answer might be simpler than you think. There are some simple things you … Read More

Clinic Service’s EMR: More than Software

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We have talked a lot about EMR on this blog; from buying to selecting to using. We’ve also talked somewhat about what happens after you buy an EMR product.  A lot of companies talk about how easy their own EMR … Read More

How Much Money Will Your Medical Practice Save?

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In the current economy, saving money is important for everyone, especially small medical practices. Figuring out where to cut costs is important. However, for some medical offices, it is difficult to find the areas where cost reduction is beneficial.  One … Read More

Happy New Year

Congratulations on your successes in 2010. We have weathered multiple threats of Medicare SGR reduction, been dizzied by EMR rhetoric, and endured the politics of health reform. Regardless of these external factors, you continued to provide great care and drive … Read More

To Honor and Serve

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Something amazing happens when I meet with our Doctors. Most often when I am asked to help, it is to discuss matters of financial return, coding unknowns, patient account problems, reimbursement confusion, or some other very important matter relating to … Read More