Billing and claims

Apr 2003 Issue
Anatomy of the Medicare Appeals Process [Getting Paid]

The law has made significant structural and procedural changes in the Medicare appeals process. This article outlines those changes.

Sep 2002 Issue
Using Advance Beneficiary Notices to Maximize Your Medicare Collections [Getting Paid]

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."

May 2002 Issue
Dealing With Patients Who Don't Pay [Getting Paid]

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.

May 2002 Issue
Coding and Billing Software for Palm-Top Computers [Feature]

The author describes how to use handheld computers for billing and coding purposes and reviews software for each specific billing task family physicians encounter.

May 2002 Issue
HIPAA Compliance: How to Get an Extension [Feature]

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.

Apr 2002 Issue
Five Tips for Less Costly Flu Vaccination [Getting Paid]

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.

Mar 2002 Issue
11 Tips for More Productive Billing [Getting Paid]

The author, a practice administrator, offers 10 tips for improving the efficiency of billing and collection processes.

Nov-Dec 2001 Issue
Four Medicare Myths Exposed [Getting Paid]

The author explains the truth behind several popular misconceptions that physicians and patients have about the Medicare program.

Mar 2001 Issue
How to Stop Hemorrhaging Red Ink [Getting Paid]

This article lists tips practices can use to prevent lost revenues.

Nov-Dec 2000 Issue
Panning for Gold: How to Find Money in Your Practice [Feature]

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.

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