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6 Ways to Practice Smarter

In my previous blog, I discussed knowing your numbers to maintain a robust bottom line. Here are other practice management tips that can dramatically increase your bottom line. You must see patients. I am all for vacations and time off to recharge, but I find that some doctors take too many days off or reduce […]

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How Much Are You Getting Paid For That?

This should not be a guessing game, nor should it be a mystery.  Knowing what your reimbursement should be for a service is an important tool in planning treatments and in checking your Explanation of Benefits (EOBs).  This is the case with evaluation and management services, procedures, and durable medical equipment, including both surgical dressings […]

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Dr. Bruce Blank & AMERX Support the 2019 World Scout Jamboree

In July 2019, more than 45,000 Scouts from 169 countries gathered for the 24th World Scout Jamboree held in West Virginia. Over the course of 12 days, attendees camped and adventured across the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve experiencing troop teambuilding, educational workshops, campfire gatherings and more. AMERX Health Care had the privilege of […]

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Time to Start Using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have removed social security-based claim numbers from Medicare cards and are instead using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) for Medicare transactions.  All Medicare beneficiaries have received their MBIs, and it is important to collect that information. Physicians must start using the MBI instead of the social security number […]

A Medical Practice is a Business

You want to be a physician and only a physician.  You want to see your patients and go home at the end of the day.  The last thing you want to do is deal with the business aspect of your practice. This is not why you went to medical school, and frankly, you don’t have […]

Can You Dispense Surgical Dressings/Wound Care Supplies to an Inpatient?

The short answer is… No. Medicare will not make separate payments for items dispensed during any inpatient stay in acute care hospitals, long term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, inpatient psychiatric facilities, or critical access hospitals.  Medicare makes payments to these entities via different payment systems and all payments made through these systems are considered […]

Can You Dispense Surgical Dressings/Wound Care Supplies To A Nursing Home Patient?

If you can’t dispense surgical dressings/wound care supplies to your inpatients, can you dispense supplies to your nursing home patients? Yes, you can! Dispensing wound care products to your nursing home patients allows you to control the wound care supplies your patients are receiving.  It is also great for an additional revenue source.  Dispensing wound […]

Top 5 Practice Management Pearls

As a medical consultant and practice manager, I am often asked, “What are your top management pearls?” Without further ado, here are my top 5: Always collect insurance information over the phone from a patient.   Always call and check benefits for standard procedures or DME that will be dispensed.  Know a patient’s deductible/ co-insurance and […]

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Get Ready! Additions to Pressure Ulcer Coding Coming Soon

Surgical dressings can be used for all types of qualifying ulcers.  This includes arterial ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and pressure ulcers.  It is important to use the correct diagnosis codes for each of these ulcer types.  Diabetic foot ulcer codes should start with L97-.  Stasis ulcer codes begin with I83-. L89- codes are […]

Valuing Your Time as a Physician: Part 2

This is one of the top 10 questions I receive as a medical consultant, and my answer is always the same: Are you doing things that you are not required to do as a physician? Do you ever find yourself saying: Crap! I forgot to do that. I am running late. I will do that […]