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CMS Fee Schedule Changes for Cardiology Procedure

As we approach 2013 CMS has announced major changes to many highly used CPT codes relating to cardiology procedure.  These code changes cover coronary interventions and electrophysiology.  Physicians and coders need to be aware of these changes prior to the new year. In the past when performing a coronary intervention a physician could only bill

Will Medicare reimburse you for Skyping during 2013?

In 2001, Medicare began providing reimbursement for certain procedures performed via telehealth, but the scope of those services was so limited that a small percentage of providers benefited from the new policy.  Changes in the 2013 fee schedule are poised to somewhat alter this dynamic and make it possible for  a growing percentage of providers

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

Odds and Ends: 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The final 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule rule has been released on November 1st, 2012. This policy and payment update sets the Medicare therapy cap amount for outpatient therapy services and payment. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), this fee schedule established the 2013 therapy cap exception at $1,900 but this exception will only

2012 American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO) Conference Highlights

MTBC had the opportunity to present its Ophthalmology Billing Solution at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Joint Meeting in Chicago. Below are a few of the highlights from the conference. For more highlights and to learn more about MTBC follow us @MTBC_UniqHIT. MTBC ‏@MTBC_UniqHIT: MTBC is at AAO12 in Chicago! We are in the Windy

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) – What You Need to Know About Setting Up an MSSP ACO

Accounting Care Organizations are required to submit the names of ACO participants. Examples of such participants include a group and solo practice, a pharmacy, an acute care hospital, a Critical Access hospital, a federally qualified health and a rural health center, and other such entities that are enrolled with Medicare and bill Medicare for services.

Leverage Your Practice to Generate More Revenue

I have said to many physicians, the best revenue is the revenue you did not directly generate.  That is where leveraging your office resources comes in.  A physician always thinks to generate more revenue they need to work harder but that is not always the case.  Diagnostics are an excellent source of indirect revenue.  Diagnostics

Sandy Makes Proper Vaccination Storage Difficult

First of all, I hope those that experienced Superstorm Sandy are safe and working on returning towards “normalcy.”  Personally, I’ve lived in New Jersey for 27 years, and this is by far the worst natural disaster I’ve lived through.  As bleak as things may currently seem for those hit the hardest, please know things will

Medicare Wellness Visits: One Visit a Year… But 3 Codes?

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is (finally) covering yearly preventative, or “wellness,” visits for patients; however, the annual visit is actually separated into three different encounters.   Although each visit is largely similar, there are a few minor details separating each visit, and, as you know, these minor details must be followed as it