Healthcare Technology Archive

If you are a Specialist it’s all about the New Patients

As we begin the New Year it is important to pay attention to your practice metrics, especially if you are a specialist. With a specialty practice it is all about the new patient visits.  As you monitor monthly activity the new patient visits drive your practice volume.  With many specialty groups, high dollar diagnostics and

Increasing Your Practice Revenue in 2013

It goes without saying that practices, in the very least, should review their finances at the conclusion of the year.  In addition to simply reviewing the final financial numbers, practices should really take the time to go deeper and analyze the results.  Did you receive an increase or decrease in payments?  Was it because you

A Look Back and a Step Forward

As the year comes to a close, many providers look back and measure their strengths, weaknesses and plan for a successful New Year. MTBC offers its providers unique tools to measure critical markers for a practice with our web-based practice management service, PracticePro™. Below are a just a few of the reporting tools available through

Medicare Continues Focus on Technology and Increased Patient Care

While the US healthcare industry awaits action from Congress, a look at the 2013 Medicare Fee Schedule reinforces Medicare’s movement towards more efficient patient care.  Review our recent blog posts; the vast majority of them are about Electronic Medical Records, Meaningful Use, and ACOs.  The same policy resonates throughout: efficient and increased patient care.  EMRs

New 2013 Coordination of Care Benefits to Increase Payments to Family Physicians

The 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule adds new payments for care coordination services when transferring patients to skilled nursing facilities.  The new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes (99495 and 99496) are the result of efforts by the AMA to get CMS to adopt new coverage for transitional care management services, such as discussing a care

Obtaining PCP Reimbursement for Post-Discharge Transitional Care Management

If you are a primary care provider, you may be pleased to learn that Medicare will begin providing reimbursement for post-discharge transitional care management (TCM).  In particular, Medicare will pay providers between $163.91 and $230.90 for care provided in a non-facility setting (assuming that Congress acts to prevent the 26.5% cut). Other authors in this

Increasing Practice Revenues with effective Ophthalmology Appointment Reminders

Busy ophthalmology practices focused on increasing revenues use a variety of techniques to increase efficiency and maximize reimbursements.  Perhaps the lowest hanging fruit for accomplishing this objective is a simple technique that is often overlooked by ophthalmology practices: Effective appointment reminders. Studies consistently show that a typical office experiences no-show rates ranging from 15 to

Check-In Kiosks and Opthalmologists

There are many reasons that people do not like going to the doctor’s office. Whether it is fear of the unknown, fear of pain or fear of the long wait, most people do not feel that the doctor’s office is a day at the beach. I fall into the last category of fears- fear of

Now is a Great Time to Review Your Practice Income Statement!

As we near the end of 2012 and look to the new year, now is the time to review where your practice is and look for opportunities to position for a successful 2013. When I work with groups on their reviews I always start with the financials. How are they trending? Are revenues and expenses

Are House Calls making a Comeback?

Several factors suggest that the old-fashioned practice is returning, thanks in part to an aging population and the many advances in healthcare technology. An Aging Population of baby boomers seems to be creating a growing need for physicians who make house calls. According to the Journal of the American Medical association, house calls to Medicare