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Health care reform and the spread of high-deductible plans mean confusion for patients – and uncertainty for your practice.
The article leads physicians through a systematic review of their practice's overhead expenses in order to help them practice more cost-effectively.
The author explains 14 practice measures that can be used to gauge practice performance against established benchmarks as a starting point for practice improvement efforts.
The author describes how her practice revised its policy on referring patients to the collection agency. After instituting a new billing and collections process, the practice reduced the number of patients sent to collection agency as well as the total of charges sent for collection. Revenue also increased by 15 percent.
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.
This article will discuss how staff in many positions can encourage patients to pay what they owe using good communication skills.
Jun 1999 Issue
Improve Your Bottom Line With Patient Account Reps [Getting Paid]
This article will offer advice in choosing a billing company for a family practice.
This article will describe why practices should establish a policy of expecting payment from patients on the day services are rendered, what that policy should include, how to implement it, and potential pitfalls.