Health Law & Policy

Asthma: Key coding considerationsYou need to be specific in your ICD-9 coding for asthma because there are several codes available.
Treating asthma: Patient management tipsFollow these tips to improve patient management and adherence of asthma treatments
How to evaluate revenue cycle management vendorsAsk these 10 questions before you choose a RCM vendor

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The revenue cycle decisionEven the most experienced physicians and practice managers face a daunting dilemma on the financial front: Should they handle billing and collections internally or hand over these tasks to an external vendor? There are strategies that physicians can use to evaluate potential vendors and make the best decision for their practice.
You've been sued for malpractice: Now what?Being sued for malpractice, especially for the first time, can be an unsettling and frustrating experience. The consequences of a lost case can range from an increase in future insurance premiums to a health department investigation which could affect your license. So it is imperative that you immediately report a malpractice claim to your professional liability insurance carrier and retain an attorney specializing in the defense of medical malpractice cases in order to protect your interests.
ICD-10 documentation: The key to getting paid
ICD-10 documentation: The key to getting paidRegardless of how well physicians or their coders understand the new coding system, practices will not fare well on reimbursement unless their providers can document encounters in sufficient detail to support the new codes.

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Physician liability for the actions of midlevel providersWill employing mid-level providers put physicians at risk?
Malpractice insurance considerations for employed physiciansPhysicians who leave independent private practice to join a large group or a hospital system have different considerations when it comes to medical professional liability (MPL) insurance.
Treating Medicaid patientsThe provider that accepts a large number of Medicaid patients and makes it work for his or her practice is much like the fabled unicorn: there are rumors that they exist, but no one has actually seen them.
Career decisions: Should you start, buy or join a practice?There are many ways to have a medical career. Choosing whether to take employment, buy a practice, or start from scratch involves assessing your personal and professional values, and the specific location you are targeting. The bottom line: Choose what will make you personally and professionally happy.

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