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Medical Billing

Medical billing lags in adapting to technology

Electronic billing systems provide consumers with the ability to pay their bills from anywhere at anytime. It's a convenience that most Americans have come to expect from the companies with which they interact. However, few patients are able to experience this level of accessibility when it comes to paying their healthcare expenses.   [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Revenue cycle management poised for rapid growth

The dynamic relationship between the provider, patient and payer has been the cause of many pricing fluctuations over the years, but recent attempts at healthcare reform have applied new approaches to the way providers are compensated for their time and resources.  [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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2 areas where small practices must be prepared for ICD-10

Though they employ many of the same providers, large and small practices experience different aspects of the healthcare industry every day. Hospital networks and health systems may have more financial wiggle room than offices that employ only a handful of physicians, and this excess of capital allows large providers to operate a little less diligently when it comes to processes that threaten their financial stability. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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CMS reports ICD-10 testing success rates

The healthcare industry has tried to implement the ICD-10 diagnostic code system for years as the U.S. system falls behind other developed countries. With the passing of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, the federal government effectively delayed the implementation date by another year.

However, with the official rollout planned for this coming October, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) accepted test claims to measure the industry's readiness. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Government Accountability Office says CMS ready for ICD-10

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing for ICD-10 implementation and should be ready to go ahead with the current date of implementation of Oct. 1, 2015. [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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3 Tips to Improve Your Revenue Cycle Management in 2015

Many practices take time at the end of each calendar year to review the business's accomplishments and shortcomings over the previous 12 months. If the organization was not as profitable as administrators had hoped, chances are that improper billing contributed to the problem. Medical Billers and Coders explained that poor medical billing practices can decrease income by up to 30 percent. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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How to Choose the Right Medical Billing Software for Your Practice

Physician practices that have recently implemented electronic health records should consider investing in supplementary medical payment software. This technology, which is part of many practice management (PM) systems, can streamline a practice's billing processes and help increase reimbursement rates and cash flow. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Physician practices should start preparing for ICD-10 before the year's end

Healthcare agencies have been urging providers to begin preparing for the ICD-10 transition date, but not all physicians are heeding the recommendations. With the ICD-10 transition date less than a year away, small providers need to begin preparing for the new medical coding system, if they have not already. A number of healthcare organizations have voiced their concerns that practices are delaying the crucial steps for the transition.  [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Healthcare professionals have mixed thoughts on ICD-10

A new study from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and eHealth Initiative found that medical professionals show a mix of concern and optimism about the upcoming transition to ICD-10. Some healthcare organizations are still behind on preparations, but most agree that the new medical coding system will be beneficial. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) remains skeptical about provider preparedness and is encouraging physician practices to continue taking steps to be ready for ICD-10 and participate in the different testing opportunities. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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ICD-9 limits ability to track Ebola virus

With multiple confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S., the healthcare industry is working frantically to track and contain the virus. However, experts believe that ICD-9 is hindering these efforts by coding the disease under "Other specified diseases due to viruses." If the nation had transitioned to ICD-10 in 2014 as originally scheduled, Ebola would have its own specific code that would allow more more vigilant tracking. [cont...]

Kevin McCarthy's picture

Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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