With the first full workweek of the new year upon us, it’s a great time to take a look ahead at some of the big dates in 2013. For medical managers, this is the perfect time to look at key dates for the year. If you have a favorite wall or desk calendar (or just received one as a gift over the holidays) you can take note of the federal/bank holidays, and determine how they will affect your schedule, then add any of the healthcare-specific observances. Let’s look at the 2013 government holidays first.
There are no surprises here of course, with ten familiar dates that your office may or may not observe. Your office may not observe it, but schools and daycares might – which may impact your schedule. The beginning of the year is also a great time to review your policy on opening and closing these days, as well as reminding your staff about policies to request time off and calling in sick.
Coding and billing can go together like peanut butter and chocolate when you’re talking about private medical practices. Hospitals do things much differently, but either way, here are the differences between coding and billing.
In Episode #4 of The Manager’s Minute Video Series, Mary Pat explains the difference between insurance “eligibility” and insurance “benefits” and why a successful practice should check them both for every patient, at every visit.
There has been a lot of talk about why our emergency departments are often overloaded with patients seeking primary care, not emergency care. This video explains EMTALA, the law surrounding access to emergency treatment in hospitals.