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INCREASING PROFITS

How to write a strong collection letter

Increasing patient payments improves the practice’s bottom line. But how exactly do you motivate patients to pay…


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QUALITY REPORTING

CMS grants exceptions for providers affected by Hurricane Maria

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to the…


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QUALITY PAYMENT PROGRAM

New Quality Payment Program resources are now available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently posted the following new and updated resources on the…


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MEDICARE

CMS reveals new Medicare Card design

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a…


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INSIGHT

The countdown for MACRA data collection is ON

By Tina Colangelo  bio
The last day to start collecting data is October 2, 2017. That is less than a month away. It is crucial to take action now and schedule a MACRA practice assessment. At the very least…


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READER TIPS

Polite form on chart collects balance due at registration

Because staff don’t like asking patients for money, one manager set up a non-confrontational form that gets patients to pay…


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HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES

2018 Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted an update to the Health Insurance Exchanges Issuer County Map. This map is of projected…


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INCREASING PROFITS

21 easy ways to boost practice profitability fast

Simple changes to billing procedures, hiring policies, purchasing, patient relations, and other daily activities can have a positive impact on…


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BILLING & COLLECTIONS

12 tips for boosting patient payment

The way the bill looks, and reads, plays a major role in when – and whether – the office gets paid. Here are 12 ways to boost patient payment…


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COMPLIANCE

OIG Report: CMS dished out $729.4 million in wrongful EHR incentive payments & we’re going to get that money back

Wrongful payments of Electronic Health Records (EHR) incentives are at the focus of two of the month’s biggest stories in health care compliance. The first came down on May 31 when the…


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