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MTBC Presents Webinar on “7 Ways to Improve Patient Workflow with an EMR”

On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, MTBC hosted a free webinar entitled “7 Ways to Improve Patient Workflow with an EMR.”  The hour-long information session was presented by Muhammad Chebli, Vice President of Information Technology for MTBC.  Mr. Chebli provided a comprehensive breakdown of the key things physicians should know about using web based electronic medical

ONC Releases Final Rule for Temporary EHR Certified Program

On June 18th, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health and Information Technology (ONC) released a final rule pertaining to the temporary certification program for electronic health records (EHR).  The rule contains guidelines for organizations to follow in order to be authorized by the ONC to test, approve and certify EHR technology. In March,

Physicians May Legally Waive Coinsurance Relative To 2.2% Medicare Pay Increase

The recently enacted law that temporarily replaces a 21.3% cut in Medicare reimbursement rates with a 2.2% increase also retroactively increases what patients owe in coinsurance.  However, according to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), physicians can legally waive the additional amount owed under the increased rate.  The 2.2% raise came into effect on June

President Signs Bill Delaying 21% Medicare Physician Pay Cuts through November 30th

On June 25, 2010, President Obama approved a bill that temporarily repeals the 21.3% Medicare pay cuts for doctors and replaces it with a 2.2% increase through the end of November.  The measure is retroactive to June 1st, the date the 21.3% cuts took effect. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases the Final Rule on “Meaningful Use” of Electronic Health Records

On July 13, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the long-awaited final rule on what constitutes “meaningful use” of an electronic health records (EHR) under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. With the release of the final rule, healthcare providers now have a clearer picture of

Free Up Your Staff’s Time With MTBC’s Automated Appointment Reminder Service

Is your office staff spending a significant amount of time calling patients to remind them of upcoming appointments?  Let us do it for you!  With MTBC’s automated appointment reminder service, you can reduce your number of no-shows while also freeing up your staff to focus their time and energy on other critical office tasks. MTBC’s

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