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Practice Management Alert

COVID-19 Relief:
See How Federal Help for Providers Really Shakes Out
Some providers may find that the relief isn't quite enough. The second wave of funding f... Read more
PHE and Finance:
Learn the Ins and Outs of Coronavirus Funding
Various funding legislation requires different rules — and things keep getting more comp... Read more
Compliance Quizzer:
Boost Your Understanding of Healthcare Financial Regulations
Hint: Although these laws are grouped together, their implications can be very different. ... Read more
Coronavirus Funding Relief:
Note These PPP Caveats
Read the fine print, experts advise. Many doctors' offices and other healthcare business... Read more
Compliance Quizzer:
Check Your Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Knowledge Here
How does your understanding of these regulations compare to an expert's? 1. True. “Star... Read more
Reader Question:
Beware COVID-19-Related Phishing
Question: Even months into the COVID-19 pandemic, I still feel like it's kind of hard to c... Read more
Reader Question:
Find Clarity in Provider Relief Fund Requirements
Question: How do I know which information the Department of Health and Human Services... Read more
Telehealth Services:
Understand These Special Telehealth Regs for PHE
Pay attention to COVID-19-specific encounter and billing guidance. You may have seen that... Read more
Coding and Billing:
Code Medicare Telehealth Encounters Like This
Hint: The PHE expands access, but the de facto billing requirements don't change too much.... Read more
Virtual Encounters:
Focus on Empathy When Connecting with Patients
Use these tips for showcasing bedside manner through telehealth. Even though using techn... Read more
Virtual Encounters:
Keep This Virtual Services Primer Handy
The categories extend beyond telehealth and telemedicine. Understanding the nuts-and-bo... Read more
Reader Question:
Stay on Top of COVID-19 Code Changes
Question: What is the current guidance on coding a COVID-19 infection? Washington, D.C. S... Read more
Reader Question:
COVID-19 Medicare Changes May Become Permanent
Question: Are all these changes to telehealth and other forms of virtual medicine temporar... Read more
Infection Prevention and Control:
Know How to Screen Patients and Code COVID-19
If the disease hasn't affected your community yet, make your preparations now. U.S. exper... Read more
HIPAA:
Prioritize Patient Privacy, Even During Emergencies
Bone up on which parts of the HIPAA Privacy Rule apply during a public health emergency. ... Read more
Best Practices:
Use These Tips for Managing a Business During an Outbreak
Keep your staff safe and your practice decontaminated. Making decisions about operations ... Read more
Medicare Focus:
Know These 2020 MIPS Nuances
Check out your stats to see if you may be exempt. Even though the Quality Payment Progra... Read more
Reader Question:
Understand Prolonged Exposure, HCP
Question: I work in a specialist's office, not a hospital, but I'm curious: What constitut... Read more
Reader Question:
Understand ‘Bilateral’ Procedures — but Know Code Guidance
Question: Do I need always need to use modifier 50 when choosing a code to represent a pro... Read more
Reader Question:
Understand This Shift in E/M Documentation
Question: Are there any major takeaways in the new evaluation/ management (E/M) changes re... Read more
Payers and Regulations:
Become More Familiar with These Telehealth Regs
Hint: Location matters more than you may think. The advent of telehealth is bringing heal... Read more
Glossary Boost:
Add These AI Terms to Your Vocabulary
Learn the basics now, as various forms of AI are incorporated into the healthcare industry... Read more
Best Practices:
Understand How Medical Nondisclosure Agreements Function
Hint: They may not offer the protections organizations count upon. Nondisclosure agreemen... Read more
Answer Key:
Check How you Matched Each Term to its Definition
Then keep this ready-made glossary handy if you think you may need to refer back. 1, G: U... Read more
Reader Question:
See This Difference Between Coding Systems
Question: I am new to practice management and am confused by the acronyms and modifiers us... Read more
Reader Question:
See Through this Common Preventive Service Myth
Question: My office saw a patient for a regular preventive visit but discovered an issue i... Read more
Reader Question:
Double-Check Status of MBI
Question: I've had a few claims rejected for Medicare patients, even though I know I have ... Read more
Reader Question:
Use These Safeguards for Patient Records
Question: A new front-desk staff member insists that our office is violating the Health In... Read more
Compliance Quizzer:
Refine Your Breach Reporting Knowledge
Hint: The categories of breach are pretty all-encompassing. You and your colleagues may b... Read more
Staffing Decisions:
Adjust Your Policies and Protocols for Remote Coders
Cross these t's and dot these i's before hiring a remote coder. Having a coder whose work... Read more
Compliance Quizzer:
Check Your Answers Here
Tip: Bolster your protocols for additional peace of mind. Answer 1: False. Not every... Read more
Reader Question:
Write a Form to Keep Credit Cards on File
Question: We recently had a consultant come in to evaluate our accounts receivables and co... Read more
Reader Question:
Encrypt Your Devices
Question: I've been reading a lot about encryption and hearing about it in the news. Do we... Read more
Reader Question:
Don’t Use This Code for No-Shows
Question: My office has had an uptick in no-show patients. One of my coders says that he c... Read more
Reader Question:
Note These Levels of Appeals
Question: I submitted a claim to my region's Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for ... Read more
Medicare Basics:
Dive Deep into Medicare Mythology
Boost your Medicare fluency by understanding its various components. If your practice acc... Read more
Know Who Can Bill Medicare
Hint: Credentials matter. Check out these true or false questions to test your knowledge ... Read more
HR Corner:
Get Your New Hire Paperwork in Order
Write your offer letter to include these crucial components. Even if your practice avoids... Read more
Industry Note:
Patients’ Desire for Antibiotics Driving Prescriptions
If your practice is overprescribing antibiotics, it's not alone. If any physician at your... Read more
Reader Question:
Seek New Code for Care That Falls Under This Umbrella
Question: There are multiple clinicians in my practice. Can the clinician who's overseeing... Read more
Reader Question:
Make the Case That Palliative Care Is Medically Necessary
Question: I keep getting palliative care claims rejected because the payer says the care d... Read more
Reader Question:
Count Family Medical History as PHI
Question: Does a patient's family medical history fall under information protected by the ... Read more