With a shift to pay for performance, you need a care management strategy to keep your practice thriving. By  Warren Skea, PhD, and Kenneth Larson, MHA The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and “pay for performance” methodology are transforming healthcare. To succeed financially in the new health economy, your physician practices will have to rely on patient ...
Gain deserved reimbursement when insurance and patients come up short. By Alexandra Archibald, MBA, CMPE In recent years, practices have seen significantly higher patient out-of-pocket costs for covered services. Combine that with the number of uninsured (15.6 percent, according to an April 2014 Gallup poll) and undocumented workers, and it’s no wonder collecting payments from patients ...
Sep 30th, 2013
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Steady pace has coders leading the pack in the healthcare arena. AAPC’s 2013 Healthcare Salary Survey reflects an expanding job market for coders, billers, practice managers, auditors, and educators being hired to help implement sweeping changes to the industry. Unemployment percentages are nearly half of what they were last year. For instance, those holding a ...
Apr 16th, 2013
Intermountain Health Care Inc., the largest health system in Utah, agreed to pay the United States $25.5 million to settle Stark Statute and False Claims Act violation claims. The allegations are for “engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians,” according to a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Press Release on April 3. The alleged relationships involved 209 ...
AAPC Physician Services’ Vice President of Business Development Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, recently presented a podcast for Practice Options, in which he explained relative value units (RVUs) and highlighted several considerations for their use. “An RVU is a value that’s assigned by CMS to each CPT code, and represents the cost for providing a service,” ...