Medical billing can be a time consuming, frustrating, and overwhelming task resulting in stress, especially for small clinics that have limited time and resources to get the job done(and done right). However, it is a vital function in order to keep money circulating through the practice or clinic. Much like extra pounds on the waistline due to an unhealthy diet and no exercise can cause stress on the human body, extra costs and time spent due to having to hire and train new employees can cause stress on the businesses finances.
MACRO MOVES means big changes in Medicare are taking place. In case your practice didn’t know, Medicare has been issuing new cards since the beginning of April, 2018 and will continue throughout the next few months. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are required by law to have all social security numbers removed from the cards by April 2019. The reason for the change is to help protect individuals from fraudulent use of their social security numbers.
Just as the human body has arteries and veins designed to pump blood to and from the heart to keep the human body healthy and alive, dentists and physicians also need to have systems in place to keep cash flow moving in order to keep their practice alive. With the assistance of MacPractice Business Services knowledgeable, trained medical billers and certified coders, physicians can keep their financial lifeblood flowing and have the resistance it takes to fight off “insurance infections” and “denial diseases” that ultimately can have a deadly affect on a clinic’s survival.
Everyone knows the risk factors of little exercise, poor diet and bad habits can cause damage to the human heart. Similarly, poor billing practices and habits create lost revenue that damages a practice or clinic’s finances. The largest risk factor is untrained billing staff members who are unfamiliar with the ever-changing insurance rules and regulations and in addition may have limited or no knowledge of medical billing software.
The 2018 MacPractice User Conference is a wrap! For those of you that missed it, or perhaps want to relive it or share the experience of the event with colleagues, we’ve curated a few of our favorite memories in this blog post. We want to thank everyone who attended this year. All of our excellent speakers, sponsors, attendees, and event organizers added to the community surrounding the event and made it the incredible success that it was.
You may know that the terms “EHR” and “EMR” mean electronic healthcare record and electronic medical record, respectively, but what do they really mean? As practice management and clinical software has evolved into full clinical and practice management platforms, many have used the terms interchangeably to mean the software they use to provide patient care. MacPractice also offers Abilities by these names, as well as EDR for Electronic Dental Records. For the purpose of this post, we will discuss the terms in their broad definitions, rather than the specific functions of either MacPractice Abilities.
During the 1990s, healthcare software began to become a more prominent part of owning a practice or being a healthcare provider of any type. Technology improved with it, and added new opportunities to enhance patient care, billing, patient communication, ePrescribing, and even general office management tasks.
Given the number of software vendors on the market, you might be tempted to try a free healthcare software product or free practice management option. Consider this – you can’t afford it!
When it comes to the privacy and security of your patients’ health records, you need encrypted, fully HIPAA compliant software that can ideally also improve the way you run your practice and bill for reimbursement. Your patients deserve better than free software to store their most personal health information.
At MacPractice, we understand that your software is not and should never be your first priority. Our philosophy is “Simplicity in Practice” because you deserve to “simply practice.” Healthcare software needs to be designed to be simple, yet robust. Many healthcare professionals find that efficient technology can enhance patient care rather than hinder from it. Practice Management and clinical software that truly supports patient care will aim to balance the complexity of your work. It should offer simplicity, quality, and compatibility.
Medicare’s MIPS Quality Payment Program Submission now open! Submit by March 31!
If you participated in Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (also known as MACRA or MIPS) last year, the Quality Payment Program website is now open for submission of your 2017 data. You have until March 31, 2018 to submit your data for the three sections of MIPS.
The MacPractice User Conference offers many benefits unique to each member of the office staff. Each of our conference sessions is packed with insights and tips for productivity, efficiency, and happier patients and staff! If you want to learn how to increase productivity in your role within the office, join us at MPUC in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 19-20, 2018.
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Recent events have made it imperative for practices to take note of cybersecurity weaknesses in their current practice software. If not, doctors and office managers put their patients at risk, are liable for steep legal consequences, and jeopardize the future of their careers. Here’s what every doctor and office manager absolutely need to know about securing electronic protected health information (ePHI).
Unless you’re a hacker, a spy or have worked for the government, data encryption is not on the top of your mind. Unfortunately, as the world becomes more digital each day, it is virtually impossible not to have your personal information spread around the World Wide Web in some way. Think about it, your credit card company, your bank, and your doctor have enough of your valuable personal information sitting on their computers or traveling over the Internet for your identity to be stolen by a hacker.