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Healthcare Practice Advisor Blog

This is the place to turn to for physician practice-specific how-to-articles to help you overcome the top challenges you face in medical coding & billing, compliance, credentialing, practice management, HIPAA, and more.

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Medicare ABN Mandatory

Is an ABN Mandatory or Voluntary? Here are 4 Clues to Decide

The Medicare Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) form is only one page long, but accurately completing the process can be as tedious as waiting for the repair man to show up. And it’s really critical that you take the time to get each step right, or you’ll be faced with increased write-offs and could even land […]
DOL FFCRA

Fed DOL Ruling: 4 Changes You May Need to Make to Your FFCRA Policies

A federal judge just invalidated some key elements of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) interpretation of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFRCA), including concluding that the DOL’s interpretation of ‘health care providers’ is too broad. While the ruling doesn’t yet apply nationally, you should be prepared for your local government to consider the judgments. […]
Refuse mask ADA

Stop Legal Nightmares When Your Staff Confront Face Mask Refusals

The sad reality is your front desk employees are being forced to police your patients’ compliance with local, federal, as well as your own face mask mandates. Arm your staff with the tools they need to be polite, uphold employment law, all while not violating the patient’s ADA rights. This guide walks you and your […]
CAQH credentialing process

CAQH Updates: Ace New Features and Speed Credentialing Process

QUESTION: I credential our providers via the online CAQH portal and I am confused by some of the recent updates. Specifically, the taxonomy code set change and the new NUCC grouping. Does CAQH now follow the NUCC code set? What other changes are new?  CAQH credentialing process. Parsippany, NJ subscriber ANSWER: The CAQH updates bring […]
COVID-19 Employee Screening

Prevent Havoc from COVID-19 Employee Screening Violation

Screening your employees for coronavirus is a ticking time bomb. Require too much from employees and your demands could trigger a complaint and even a lawsuit. Ask too little and the safety of your patients and staff are at risk. Cut through the confusion of how to screen your employees so your policies best diffuse […]
Telehealth HIPAA COVID

3 Ways to Avoid Telehealth HIPAA Violations During COVID-19

While HHS gave you a carrot and on the last possible day extended the public health emergency through mid-October, you better use the time to tighten up your telehealth privacy – or you could face expensive HIPAA violation penalties. Telehealth HIPAA COVID. CMS has added telehealth audits to its new work plan, so take it […]
PPP Loan Application

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application: 3 Tips Help You Keep More Money

QUESTION: Our practice received payroll protection program (PPP) funds and now we need to fill out the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application. We are confused about what information we need for the forms. How do we determine whether we should follow the 8- or 24-week covered period?   PPP Loan Application. Question from White Plains, NY Subscriber […]
keep medical records

How Long Must You Keep Medical Records to Prevent Fines?

Retaining medical records for even one patient for the required amount of time is really confusing because there are so many laws you need to follow. But you must keep medical records long enough for all of your patients to protect yourself against hefty FCA violations (up to $50,000 a piece!) and other compliance penalties. […]
Face Mask Policy

3 Face Mask Policy Don’ts That Protect Your Office

While most of your employees and patients will readily comply with face mask mandates, there are always exceptions. Having the right policy in place will help you properly handle refusals and keep your practice safe. Face mask policy. Avoid these face mask responses at all costs to stop charges of violating an employee, local, or […]
2021 ICD-10 Code Updates

2021 ICD-10 Code Updates: Speed Pay for Headache, Abuse, Eye Claims

It’s that time of year again — while summer temps rise, CMS looks towards fall with the release of the 2021 ICD-10-CM code changes. You’re up to your neck dealing with all things COVID, so you may have missed the release — but don’t let that catch you off guard come October 1st. Collecting every […]
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