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Understanding how medicare defines, views and covers concurrent care will help physicians get their claims paid.
Jun 1999 Issue
Improve Your Bottom Line With Patient Account Reps [Getting Paid]
Are economic forces and time constraints threatening what's valuable in family practice?
Medicare now covers education for patients with diabetes, but be sure the right person is doing the educating.
The time you spend will be well rewarded — both financially and in improved service to your patients.
This article will describe changes in Medicare reimbursement for 1999, including the implementation of resource-based practice expense payments, changes in payments for drugs and biologicals, and payments for teleconsultations.
This article will discuss how to compare your capitation payments with what you would have earned for your services on a fee-for-service basis, and how to factor in your costs of doing business with health plans, to determine whether your capitation payments are appropriate.
The article discusses how a practice's staff can audit the practice's documentation, coding, A/R and write-offs, and follow-up on claim denials to identify areas of strength and weakness.