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No-Show Fees

Set Patient No-Show Fees That Comply with Payer Contracts

Although it’s common to charge patients a no-show fee to deter missed appointments, there is more to it than just modifying your office policies. No-Show Fees. If implemented incorrectly, charging a no-show fee can increase your risk of violating payer contracting rules, and result in higher losses than the original missed appointments. It’s vital that […]
physician patient relationship

End Doctor Patient Relationship Carefully to Stop Costly Lawsuit

While dismissing a problematic patient from your practice is never pleasant, things can turn downright litigious if you fail to exercise caution. If you don’t want to get sued, here are several key items you must consider before terminating a physician patient relationship at your practice. Timing is Everything  Although there are several crucial steps […]
notice of privacy practices

Avoid Notice of Privacy Practices HIPAA Danger Zones

HIPAA guarantees a variety of patient rights — one of these includes a patient’s right to know how you’re going to use their PHI (Protected Health Information). In addition, HIPAA requires you to describe your office’s privacy practices in writing in an easy-to-read format, called a Notice of Privacy Practices. Don’t take this HIPAA notification lightly. This is […]
ICD-10-CM coding guideline

Correctly Apply 2022 ICD-10-CM Changes Before Oct. 1st Deadline

You only have a few weeks to fully implement the 2022 ICD-10-CM coding guideline changes by the October 1st deadline. ICD-10-CM coding guideline. It is essential that you apply the 2022 outpatient diagnosis code updates correctly the first time. Failure to do so can lead to denied claims and a halt to your reimbursement. Not to mention the […]
covid vaccine mandate

Reduce Legal Risk of Requiring COVID Vaccine for Practice Staff

Mandating vaccines for your practice may or may not be your choice, but how you transition to this trend is fraught with risk if not managed correctly. Between federal regulations, state requirements, and union contracts, it’s all too easy to make a mistake that can result in crippling lawsuits and stiff penalties – unless you […]
common HIPAA violations

Use Role Playing to Avoid Costly Front Desk HIPAA Errors

Each time one of your patients checks in, his or her personal information has an increased potential of being seen or overheard by someone else in your reception area. However, being aware of this increased risk and setting up preventive actions means you can head off common HIPAA violations at check-in before they occur. common […]
HIPAA access control policy

Control PHI Access to Avoid Massive HIPAA Penalties

Simple mistakes such as not controlling who in your office has access to patient information, can inadvertently result in patient complaints and costly HIPAA access control policy violation penalties. At the core of the HIPAA access control policy Privacy Rule is the “Minimum Necessary Requirement” which offers guidelines around how and when patient information can […]
doctor and patient relationship

Avoid Lawsuit for Innocent Patient Relationship Reup Mistake

When your practice has finally made the difficult decision to end the doctor and patient relationship, there are a number of steps you should take to ensure that further contact doesn’t accidentally “unfire” the problem patient. Failing to take precautions could reinstate the doctor and patient relationship, thereby resulting in ethics or even abandonment charges […]

Complete OSHA RRI Form Without Triggering an Inspection

Failure to report serious accidents and fatalities to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in a timely manner can result in significant financial fines. OSHA RRI. You are required to report serious injuries that occur at your practice to OSHA within twenty-four hours of their occurrence. OSHA defines “serious” injuries as employee hospitalization, an […]