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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

Get Your Flu Shots Here!

After assisting with the preparation and presentation of the flu shot webinar I truly believe that, armed with reminder calls, providers have a fighting chance of bringing in patients who would otherwise stop in a store to receive their flu vaccinations.  This idea really hit home when I visited family and friends in Washington D.C.

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

Grandfathered Plans under the Affordable Care Act

One of the more important and popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of access to certain recommended preventive care services – including flu shots – for patients at no additional charge to them. However, many health plans that existed on the day the ACA was enacted, March 23, 2010, known as