For anyone who tried to register after we were full, or couldn’t attend, there will be a Webinar Replay here: http://bit.ly/1cnb8dn as well as replays on the webinars from previous months and an Action Pack of resources – all free!
Please join us Tuesday, November 12, 2013 for our free monthly HIPAA Webinar. The topics we will be discussing this month are based on the following questions you’ve asked:
We are now in the Medicare Enrollment Period (October 15 through December 7) and Medicare-aged patients are making decisions about which type of Medicare coverage they want. See a description of the different types of Medicare coverage here. Currently-enrolled patients should have already received a “Plan Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC) that describes any changes in their coverage, costs, or service area that will be effective in January.
Starting today, October 1st, 2013 – physician offices and hospitals will probably start fielding calls about the Insurance Exchanges and Obamacare.
October 1st is a big day for heathcare reform in the United States because Open Enrollment is beginning in the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. Today is the first day patients can see what their options are for health insurance on the state exchanges, and purchase insurance if they decide to.
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve placed this year’s flu vaccine information in a slide format as well as in the post. We hope you enjoy it!
As someone actively engaged in the conversation around health reform, I get a lot of questions about the Affordable Care Act from clients, readers and relatives. With the approaching open enrollment in state healthcare marketplaces (exchanges), and all the recent news stories about employers paring back benefits in the wake of reform, one of the most popular questions recently has been about the possibility that rising insurance costs and regulations will force companies to reduce or abandon health benefits for employees.
Our clients and readers are constantly asking “What do I need to do to be ready for all of this change in healthcare?” There is so much to digest, plan for and keep track of that our industry is constantly seeking new skills to confront new challenges. Professional development is a critical part of career plans in most industries – but the speed at which healthcare administration is changing is pressing the issue even further. But when can already-swamped managers find the time (let alone the money!) to stay sharp and expand their skill sets?
In the past five years a solution has emerged from the Internet. The MOOC, or “Massive Open Online Course” is a model that has the potential to revolutionize how we educate people on a large scale – not to mention give busy managers a chance to get high-quality education at little or no cost on a flexible schedule. After several universities put free, open-coursework courses online to great success, several sites developed to expand the scale of the model. Now sites like Udacity, Coursera and edX offer free courses with video lectures, materials, and examinations to anyone who can access their site. The New York Times dubbed 2012 “The Year of the MOOC”, but it might be 2013.
If you are a manger looking to stay sharp, check out some of the Coursera offerings for summer and fall of 2013 below!
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced recently that nationwide, 77.8 million consumers saved $3.4 billion up front on their premiums as insurance companies operated more efficiently. Additionally, consumers nationwide will save $500 million in rebates, with 8.5 million enrollees due to receive an average rebate of around $100 per family.
This report includes the 2012 health insurer data required under the Affordable Care Act’s Medical Loss Ratio, or “80/20 rule.” The report shows that, compared to 2011, more insurers are meeting this standard and spending more of their premium dollars directly toward patient care and quality, and not red tape and bonuses.
We’re very excited today to announce the official “unveiling” of the new design for managemypractice.com. We’ve had various versions of the old and new sites up as we’ve tinkered with them for the past few weeks, but we are now thrilled to have the new site finished and ready to show our readers. For those of you used to seeing our blog posts on the homepage you can find them under the “Blog” tab in our navigation menu, or by bookmarking http://managemypractice.com/blog/. We also have beautiful new pages for all of our consulting and service offerings, and will be shortly adding some of our favorite educational and consulting materials to our new store (check back soon!).
In addition to the new look, we have two webinars to announce for July:
#1: Taking the Mystery Out of Using the ABN
On Thursday July 18th, from 3-4pm EST we will be presenting our brand new webinar – “Learn How to Use the Medicare ABN and the Non-Medicare ABN to Your Practice’s Advantage” ABN stands for “Advance Beneficiary Notice” and is a form you give to patients when you anticipate that Medicare or another payer will not pay for a specific medical service. This is an expanded webinar with 75 minutes of content and 15 minutes of Q & A with the attendees. This 90-minute program is $99.00 per attendee. See more details below. Click here to register for “Learn How to Use the Medicare ABN and Non-Medicare ABN to Your Practice’s Advantage.”
What will I learn by attending the ABN webinar?
- How to use the ABN to benefit your practice six ways.
- How to evaluate losses due to use of the ABN.
- What is medical necessity and how does it relate to the ABN?
- When is an ABN required by Medicare?
- How to complete the ABN form.
- Using the ABN functionality in your EMR.
- Workflow options for introducing the ABN to the patient.
- What to do about patients who refuse to sign the ABN.
- How to use the correct claim codes for the Medicare ABN.
- Collecting for ABN services.
- Using an ABN for commercial payers.
What does the program Action Pack include?
- Current Medicare ABN
- Non-Medicare ABN
- Workflow charts for the ABN process
- Sample protocol and policy for using an ABN
#2: How to Reduce Collection Expense and Increase Revenue
In addition, our wildly popular “Starting a Credit Card on File Program in Your Practice” program will be presented again on Thursday, July 11th 1-2pm EST. The webinar walks you and your staff through the process of starting a credit card on file program in your practice, notifying and educating patients and selecting a credit card processor. This one-hour program is $59.95 per attendee and will put you on the track to lowering expenses and increasing collections in your practice. See more details below. Click here to register for ”Starting a Credit Card on File Program in Your Practice” on Thursday, July 11th!
Why should I attend the CCOF webinar?
We know that patients are bearing more of the financial burden for healthcare, particularly in the form of High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs), so it falls to the provider to collect the deductibles. How can you collect deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance, as well as electronically manage patient payment plans while reducing the associated labor and resource expense? Register for the Manage My Practice webinar that teaches you everything you need to spend less and collect more at time of service by implementing a Credit Card on File Program in your practice.
A Credit Card on File (CCOF) Program facilitates the collection of a credit or debit card from each patient and requires this card to be used for co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles. You have the option of collecting an estimate of what is due at time of service, and/or charging the credit card when the payer pays the claim.
What will I learn by attending the CCOF webinar?
- Understand how a credit card on file program differs from traditional payment options typically offered by practices.
- Learn the terminology and protocols of credit card processing – it’s not as mysterious as it seems!
- Compare credit card processing fees and choose a vendor based on an informed analysis.
- Utilize handouts to train staff and educate patients on the credit card on file program.
- Successfully implement a credit card on file program.
What does the program Action Pack include?
- Worksheet for Credit Card on File Program Return on Investment (ROI)
- Staff Script & Role Playing Suggestions for Staff Training
- Sample Security Policy to Comply With PCI Guidelines
- Credit Card on File Program Timeline Worksheet
- Credit Card Program Comparison Worksheet
- Patient Handout #1: Information About Our CreditCard on File Program & Discontinuation of Statements
- Patient Handout #2: What is a Deductible and How Does It Affect Me?
- Sample Patient Agreement for the Credit Card on File Program