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Employee Verification

MedEsthetics – November/December 2014 by Karen Zupko Because employees of medical practices and medspas have easy access to patient information, employers must conscientiously verify information provided by applicants. One way to decrease the risk of hiring staff members who may jeopardize patient or practice safety is to perform reference and background checks. Some of the...

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Build Better Patient Relationships, Faster, Using the FORD Method

Aesthetic Society News – Fall 2014 by Karen Zupko, President “How long will I have to stop running after surgery?” It’s a simple question that many patients ask. You can choose to give the patient a simple answer, for example, six weeks, and move on to the next topic on your laundry list of risk...

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Tighten Cash Handling & Audit Controls: 9 Best Practices That Reduce Embezzlement Risk

Aesthetic Society News – Summer 2014 by Karen Zupko, President A few years ago, we worked with an aesthetic practice whose patients frequently paid in cash. To document the amount collected, the staff made copies of the cash, fanning out the bills to show the dollar amount listed on each, but displaying the serial number...

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Banking: Shop and Compare

Journal of Medical Practice Management – May/June 2014 by Jennifer A. O’Brien, MSOD, and Sherry DeJarnette, CPA There are many reasons to take a critical look at the practice’s banking relationship(s)—technology advancements, security measures, improvements in available services, recent banking enhancements designed specifically for medical practices, the impact of the financial crisis on bank ratings and stability,...

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Avoid Billing Service Nightmares: Issues to consider before partnering with independent and hospital-based billing services

AAOS Now – April 2014 by Jennifer A. O’Brien, MSOD In addition to the compliance and security issues highlighted in part 1 of this series (“Avoid Billing Service Nightmares,” AAOS Now, February 2014), an evaluation of operations, experience, and costs is essential to selecting the right partner for the provision of billing services. This is...

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Make Your Last Impression as Good as Your First: Fine-Tune the Fee Quote

Aesthetic Society News – Spring 2014 by Karen Zupko, President You’ve spent thousands on attractive branding and Web design. You’ve hired a capable team that excels at personalizing the patient experience. Your office decor rivals the Four Seasons. So why on earth would you give your patients a fee quote that looks like that? So...

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Avoid Billing Service Nightmares: Use Business Rigor to Reduce Your Risk: Part I

AAOS Now – February 2014 by Cheryl L. Toth, MBA Recently, an orthopaedic surgeon remarked that he was thinking about outsourcing his billing so he could avoid learning ICD-10 and make ICD-10 “the billing service’s problem.” But hastily outsourcing billing and collections without carefully evaluating the company can lead to problems. Choosing the wrong billing...

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Don’t Get Burned by the Billing Company: Avoid These Revenue, Reputation, & Regulatory Risks

Plastic Surgery News Connection – October 2013 by Cheryl Toth, MBA “It’s a total nightmare!” The physician’s voice was a mixture of fear and anger. He had hired his cousin’s next-door neighbor’s billing company, which had reportedly worked miracles for other practices. But with this physician’s claim volume, the one-woman company quickly fell behind. In...

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Coding and Reimbursement Strategies: Using an Unlisted Code for Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Coding and Reimbursement Strategies: Using an Unlisted Code for Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery – April 2013 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP and Mary LeGrand, RN, MA, CCS-P, CPC The American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) codes for reporting medical services and procedures performed by physicians must be used to bill services to third party...

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Hiring Right Makes Your Practice More Profitable and Pleasant

Aesthetic Society News – Winter 2011 by Karen Zupko, President When Lucy showed up for the interview, you thought your prayers were answered. Here was the patient coordinator/office manager candidate you had always envisioned. Actually Lucy’s resume and cover letter caught your attention; they were among the best you’d seen. Well-groomed, articulate with a soothing...

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