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Billing and claims
The law has made significant structural and procedural changes in the Medicare appeals process. This article outlines those changes.
The author explains how to use Medicare's Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) rules, which permit physicians to bill Medicare patients when Medicare will not pay because a service is found to be "not medically necessary."
Presents strategies that staff can use when dealing with patients who don't want to pay their copayments or other balances at the time of service.
The author describes how to use handheld computers for billing and coding purposes and reviews software for each specific billing task family physicians encounter.
The author explains the extended deadline for complying with the HIPAA transactions and code sets standards and provides instructions for what practices need to do to apply for the extension. Article will include a tool.
In recent years, short or delayed supplies of flu vaccine have driven up costs, and reimbursement has not kept pace. The author offers suggestions for trying to turn the situation around for the 2002-2003 flu season.
The author, a practice administrator, offers 10 tips for improving the efficiency of billing and collection processes.
The author explains the truth behind several popular misconceptions that physicians and patients have about the Medicare program.
This article lists tips practices can use to prevent lost revenues.
The article will show how physicians can improve their practice revenue through efforts such as internal coding audits, attacking under-coding, looking for missed billing opportunities, etc.