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Steps Your Practice Can Take to Prevent Downcoding on Medical Claims

Almost all modern medical practices have experienced downcoding of their medical claims by insurance companies.  In simplest terms, downcoding describes the situation where a practice submits a claim based on a certain CPT code, but the insurance company automatically “downcodes” the claim to a code that effectively lowers the amount paid out to the physician. 

CMS Announces PECOS Deadline to be Pushed Up to July 2010

On May 5, 2010, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register which pushed up the deadline for all Medicare-participating providers to be enrolled in Medicare through the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).  Under the new rule, all physicians who order or refer imaging,

Red Flags Rule Delayed

The Federal Trade Commission announced at the end of May that physicians will be granted another temporary reprieve from having to comply with the Red Flags Rule, delaying its implementation until December 21, 2010. There is considerable controversy over this rule, which requires all creditors to implement policies to protect consumers from identity fraud. In

Doc Fix Medicare Legislation Postponed

This past weekend, President Barack Obama pressed Congress to pass Medicare legislation which would avert a planned 21.3% pay cut for doctors who see Medicare patients. The proposed Medicare “doc fix” bill was passed by the House but has been stalled in the Senate. The pay cuts were initially slated for June 1, but the

MTBC Presents Webinar on “10 Things to Consider When Choosing an EMR”

On Friday, May 21, 2010, MTBC hosted a free webinar entitled “10 Things to Consider When Choosing an EMR.”  The hour-long information session was presented by Muhammad Chebli, Vice President of Information Technology for MTBC. With so many products available on the market, choosing and implementing the right EMR is a daunting task for any

WEB PRO: A quick start guide for taking your practice online

Every new and established practice should have a website.  A clean, user-friendly website can boost the efficiency of your practice in every direction, marketing, time-saving, cost-cutting and providing patient support, to name a few.  With Web Pro, MTBC will create, host and maintain an attractive, professional website for your practice, complete with an online appointment

MTBC Presents Webinar on “Meaningful Use” of EMR Technology

On Thursday, April 29, 2010, MTBC hosted a free webinar on achieving “meaningful use” of certified web based EMR technology under the current government standards.  The hour-long session was presented by Muhammad Chebli, Vice President of Information Technology for MTBC.  Mr. Chebli provided a practical, comprehensive breakdown of the stimulus incentives currently available to healthcare

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Cuts Delayed Again

Congress Approves Extension of Delay in Cuts Through May 31, 2010 On Thursday, April 15, 2010, President Obama signed the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010” into law in an effort to avoid a Medicare meltdown for seniors and military families.  The law delays the 21% cut to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule through May 31,

A Health Care Perspective on the Apple iPad™

Apple®’s Newest Gadget May Have a Lot to Offer the Healthcare Industry The recent launch of the Apple® iPad™ incited a craze within the technology industry.  The device was designed with an eye toward improving and perfecting such tasks as browsing the web, playing games, reading electronic books and sharing photos, video and music.  While

Physical Security in the Privacy World

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, has expanded many of the requirements promulgated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  Essentially, HITECH was enacted to further safeguard the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI).  The enhanced privacy and security standards set forth by HITECH