February 25th 2020
Fundamentals to avoid costly mistakes in employment agreements.
July 24th 2019
Though traditional fee-for-service reimbursement is tied to volume, quality patient care can’t be increased by simply adding more appointments.
June 19th 2019
If you're getting paid in work RVUS, then you need to understand what you’re being paid for and how to calculate your compensation.
August 21st 2018
Coding expert Bill Dacey reacts to CMS’s 2019 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that would collapse office Evaluation and Management code levels-and payment rates.
August 8th 2018
Here are five reasons why CMS’s proposed Physician Fee Schedule for Evaluation and Management guidelines might improve patient care.
Coding for repacking wound care and diabetic shock
Coding expert Bill Dacey explores coding for ongoing wound care and unexpected, extended care for a diabetic patient.
Cost Accounting in the Medical Practice via RVU
Using RVUs to conduct a cost analysis at your medical practice is not only cheap and easy, it is very effective at assessing the value of your payer contracts.
Using RVUs to Measure Physician Performance
More physician compensation is being tied to productivity. Here's how to calculate productivity ratios at your practice using RVUs.
Calculate Your RVU Payment
Looking for a way to get a handle on Relative Value Units (RVUs) tied to Medicare payments or even use of RVUs in your own practice? Here's the formula Medicare uses to calculate payments for the services you provide.
Finding the Right Staffing Mix for Your Practice
Practice employees are more than salaries. If you use them in the right places at the right time, they are revenue generators supporting your physicians.
Assigning RVU Values to Procedures That Don't Have Them
Sometimes, procedures lack RVU values for a reason. If you must, however, here are two strategies to use when assigning RVU values on your own.
Practice-Hospital Lease Agreements: 15 Key Provisions
Leasing your medical practice to a hospital? You may want to consider these 15 contract provisions to ensure your practice is protected for the future.
Sample Patient Payment Installment Plan
Selling Your Medical Practice: 4 Steps to Take First
Whether actively marketing your practice for sale, or curious about the process, here are four steps to help you make informed decisions about the future.
RVUs Remain a Relevant System to Determine Physician Compensation
The Resource-Based Relative Value Scale, the generator of RVUs, is still viable despite the changing nature of physician compensation.
CMS Proposal Eliminates Global Periods, Could Boost Primary Care Demand
If a CMS proposal goes into effect, primary-care providers are likely to be called on more often to provide follow-up care (primarily, evaluation and management services).
The Basics of Making RVUs Work for Your Medical Practice
Knowing how to calculate RVU values is critical if you are going to apply them to any other applications. Here's a primer for your medical practice.
Ten Free Tools that Will Help You Better Manage Your Medical Practice
From a sample patient dismissal letter to an RVU calculator; these 10 resources will help your practice operate in a more efficient and compliant manner.
How Medicare, Other Payers Determine Physician Reimbursement Rates
This short summary of the history and elements of physician reimbursement rates will make you better informed than most other doctors.
Surviving at Medicare Rates: An Exercise for Physicians to Consider
Here's a five-step way to calculate the cost of your common procedures and decide if lower reimbursement is actually fatal to your medical practice.
How Changing Reimbursement Models Will Impact Physicians
Lower fee-for-service rates and bundled payments may present challenges for physicians. So it's time to start planning today.
2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
See what CMS owes your medical practice for your services by downloading the the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
RVUs Still Relevant Despite Reimbursement Shift
Value-based physician compensation incentives are gaining momentum, but aren’t going away any time soon.
Three Steps to Improving Physician Productivity
Receiving maximum practice compensation requires everyone to be on board. If you have a partner who simply won't comply with practice goals that can really hamper your practice. Here's what you can do to motivate your docs.
Annual Wellness Visits; RVU Reductions; Physician Scribes
Medical coding guidance on Medicare Annual Wellness Visits; RVU reductions; physician scribes; student documentation; and more.
Three Problems with Medicare’s Value-Based Payment Modifier
There are a number of reasons the value-based payment modifier initiative could be an unfair way to determine physician reimbursement. Here are three of them.
'Bundled' Denials; Reimbursing Calls; Same-day Visits
Coding questions? We've got the answers
Monitoring Revenue Cycle Management at Your Medical Practice
You've purchased the technology needed to keep tabs on your practice's operations. Now make sure you're looking at the right reports.
Quality Data Codes
QDC codes themselves carry no payment for a claim. However, using the codes correctly may result in a bonus payment from Medicare, and not reporting them successfully will result in a penalty.
2011 Physician Compensation Survey Data
The Fine Print of Physician Employment Contracts
What you need to do, see, hear, and understand before signing anything.
Supervised Residents; Billing for Consults; Prolonged Services Codes
Employed vs. Private Physician
More physicians are opting for employment over the partnership track, hoping to avoid the headaches and hassles of owning a business. But is that that the right choice for you?
RVUs: ‘Hijacked’ to favor Specialists?
RVUs determine the amount Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers compensate physicians for various services. But it’s long been questioned whether RVUs are fair.
Medicare Annual Wellness Visit
Questions pertaining to the new Medicare Annual Wellness Visit.
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