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Relative Value Units/RVU’s, Whats the Big Deal?

Relative Value Units have been utilized to drive CMS reimbursement calculations since the early 1990’s. There are unique RVU values associated with each CPT billing code charged by a provider. Those values are defined for Practice RVU, Work RVU, and Malpractice RVU. These values are driven by a physician’s time, cost, and effort to provide

Meaningful Use and EHRs: More than just a Bonus for Providers

Mention the term “meaningful use” to many providers and you are likely to receive a long, agonizing groan in response. Although somewhat hesitant, many providers are, slowly, converting from paper-based records to web based electronic health records (EHRs). Whether this switch was prompted by added convenience, time savings, or an attractive bonus and avoidance of

Adoption Rate of EHR/EMR Services are Steadily Increasing due to Meaningful Use Incentives

On July 17, 2012 the Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health Care Statistics (DCPNC), released a brief analyzing statistical data from office-based physicians in 2011. The brief found a five percent increase in physicians adopting EHRs from 2010 to 2011. Of the total amount of physicians adopting EHR, 50

Medical Office Coding – Its not about the shoes!

Over the years as an administrator and consultant I have been regularly surprised by some of the methodologies used by physicians to assign a CPT code for a patient encounter. My favorite was a cardiologist from Ohio who always used a 99213 unless the patient had beat up shoes, in those cases he would give

Anywhere and at Anytime: MTBC Provides Patients’ Premium Access and Control Over Their Healthcare

Ninety percent (90%) of patients want direct access and control over their health records and care, according to a survey released today by Accenture at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) annual meeting. The results of the survey also showed that eighty-five percent (85%) of patients want to be proactive when it comes to their

Feet Care: Make Your Feet Last Long

Healthy feet are precious. They support the weight of the body and help you in walking and running.  It is better to take care of your feet before someone else has to take care of you.  A little foot problem can result in dangerous infections that can make you inactive and dependent. Our feet support

The Shifting Out-of-Network Reimbursement Playing Field

Recent lawsuits and industry changes have dramatically altered the out-of-network reimbursement ‘playing field.’ Additionally, pending litigation is aimed at further redefining certain aspects of the body of law that governs out-of-network reimbursement. It’s important that healthcare providers understand the new ‘rules of the game.’ In an effort to shed light on these changes, upcoming blogs

Podiatry EHR: An EHR that will Work for You

Podiatry is the field of medicine that involves study and diagnoses of foot, ankle and lower leg disorders. The person who specializes in podiatry is called a podiatrist or a doctor of podiatric practice. Within podiatry, there are many other specializations such as surgery, geriatrics, biomechanics and others. Podiatry is practiced as a specialty in

Almost $90m paid out to providers as MU incentives!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of E-Health Standards and Services announced yesterday that almost $90 million have been paid out to eligible practices and hospitals under the Meaningful Use EHR incentive program this past September. Robert Anthony, who made the announcement, said that $25 million of the total was paid out to

Personal “Meaningful Use” Coaches

We know how difficult it can be to keep up with ever-changing healthcare regulations. The newest piece to the puzzle is the government’s “Meaningful Use” EHR incentive program. What is it and how can you benefit from it? MTBC strives to make your life easier by providing all the most up-to-date and accurate information on