Medical Billing Industry News & Updates

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Avoid These Common Substance Abuse & Rehab Billing Mistakes Treatment for substance abuse and rehab have not always been covered by insurance. This addition has proven beneficial for patients and their communities. However, the fact that these treatments can be billed does not mean that they will be paid. Whether a facility is billing a…

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Inpatient Rehab Facility Payments from Medicare Go Up 2.4% for 2021 Despite still being in a very challenging time, inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) have at least received some relief in the form of a payment increase from Medicare. With operating expenses as high as they are, that 2.4% may not sound like a very big…

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Patient Retention Strategies to Boost Your Revenue Success While you would never wish for your patients to need a doctor, when they do need one, you want them to come to you. That’s what patient retention is really all about. A physician doesn’t have to become a skilled salesperson to achieve the goal of a…

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No one likes getting an unexpected bill—especially when that bill is for thousands or even tens of thousands. But that’s exactly what has happened to many Americans who have received medical treatment that they thought would be covered by insurance, and instead, they got billed for some or all of it. Surprise medical billing was…

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August Is National Immunization Awareness Month-Get On Board! Immunization may seem like something that belongs primarily in the realms of international travelers and pediatricians, but this year, the global pandemic has created widespread demand for a new vaccine. Awareness of the value of immunization has been raised naturally, with the entire population being fed up…

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Why A/R Follow-up Management Is Such an Important Part of Medical Billing Since everything that is owed to a medical practice falls under the category of accounts receivable, or A/R, it is easy to see how important good A/R management is to the success of any business. Surprisingly, though, millions of dollars are lost every…

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Urgent Care Billing Tips to Increase Revenue There’s a lot more to urgent care billing than just coding and submitting claims—though doing those correctly will certainly have an impact on your bottom line. The medical billing cycle starts well before the claim form is started, and optimizing each step in the process will greatly increase…

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CMS Details the Use of CR and DR Codes for Medicare Billing It’s no secret that COVID-19 billing is challenging. Everything is new and changes are coming up fast. The public health emergency resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic caused the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to issue multiple blanket waivers. These are intended…

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Which Laboratories Require CLIA Certification for Covid-19 Testing? With the push to reopen the economy across the country, it is imperative that testing for COVID-19 is readily available, not only so that infected individuals can be isolated, but also for contact tracing. Identifying areas where the new coronavirus that causes the disease is spreading is…

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Telehealth Is Playing an Increasingly Important Role During Coronavirus in the USA The strict privacy regulations established by HIPAA have played a large part in restricting the use of electronic communications and platforms for medical interaction until recently. The rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic created a need to minimize contact with other people to cut down…

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What Medical Coders Need to Know About Coronavirus—The Ongoing Challenge The novel coronavirus that is causing the pandemic disease COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of society and has had a huge impact on all facets of healthcare, including medical coding and billing. Figuring out COVID-19 medical coding so that providers and labs can be paid…

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What Physicians Need to Know to Protect Themselves Against COVID-19 Doctors and nurses in hospitals are accustomed to wearing various types of personal protective equipment (PPE), including facemasks and respirators, but the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 has raised concerns for far more types of healthcare workers, from family physicians to hospital janitorial staff. As…

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