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Understanding Medical Record Retention for Medicare Managed Program Providers

Posted on 01/24/16 by Johna Kennedy-Preston

When it comes to medical records, do you know the laws for retention and formatting? Historically, state laws have governed how long a patient’s medical records were retained; however, the Health Insurance and Portability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) outlines specific administrative simplification rules that require a covered entity (such as a physician billing Medicare) to

Practice Management: Highlights and Dates to Remember for 2016

Posted on 11/29/15 by Johna Kennedy-Preston

2016 is at our doorstep, and like last year, the New Year promises continued change in the evolving healthcare industry. The following are highlights of specific highlights and dates to remember as we prepare for 2016: Meaningful Use Attestation System January 4, 2016 is the opening date for the Meaningful Use Attestation System. All providers

Addressing Physician Staffing Challenges Under Medicare

Posted on 09/20/15 by Johna Kennedy-Preston

Dealing with physician staffing challenges can be daunting, especially when working within Medicare’s regulations. Here are a few guidelines for consideration when working with locum tenens physicians and new physicians who are awaiting credentialing. Locum Coverage When employing the services of locum tenens physicians during a time of critical staffing need, it’s important to keep

Prying Eyes in Your Practice Present Pricy Penalties

Posted on 05/03/15 by Johna Kennedy-Preston

It’s become a near daily occurrence in our headlines; security breaches and data theft are an unfortunate consequence of modern technology. Typically, it’s the large-scale insider theft or loss of protected health information that makes the news, but the reality is that small practices are not immune to patient record snooping. According to a recent

Super Groups – Finding Your Super Power

Posted on 02/22/15 by Kathleen A. Hargreaves

With the continued evolution of the healthcare industry under the Affordable Care Act, many private practice physicians find themselves in situations where they are being removed from insurance panels due to exclusive contracts being executed with larger practice groups. This scenario has played out with several of my clients recently, and it is certainly a

ICD-10 Implementation is Fast Approaching, Don’t Delay!

Posted on 02/08/15 by Johna Kennedy-Preston

February is a busy month for healthcare providers. While many practices are focused on meeting the PQRS submission deadline and successfully achieving Meaningful Use attestation, it’s also important to keep in mind that the ICD-10 implementation deadline of October 1, 2015 is fast approaching. There are no further delays in sight for the transition to

Finding a Cure for Medical Office Fraud – Best Practices for Cash Management

Posted on 02/04/15 by Kathleen A. Hargreaves

When I became a CPA, my father, a small-town physician, asked me to prepare his tax return.  I commented that his business appeared to be down.  “That can’t be, Kathy,” he responded.  “I’m seeing more patients than ever!” As we parsed the records, the truth was revealed.  My dad had been defrauded by a “trusted”

Pneumococcal Vaccination Coverage for Medicare Recipients Modified to Align with ACIP Recommendations

Posted on 01/25/15 by Johna Kennedy-Preston

Following a recent Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced a modification to the pneumococcal vaccination coverage for patients covered by Medicare. Under the new plan, Medicare will cover: An initial pneumococcal vaccine for all Medicare Beneficiaries who are receiving the vaccine for the first time

Concierge Medicine, Is it the Right Choice for Your?

Posted on 12/15/14 by Kathleen A. Hargreaves

About two years ago, my father-in-law told me that he had begun a concierge relationship with his physician. For an extra fee of about $1,500 per year, he received some additional benefits and the knowledge that his physician would have more time to spend with him, because he had cut down on the number of

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