Five Tips for Helping Patients Pay off a...

by Michelle Dunn Medical bills aren’t always like other bills, many times they are not planned for and the bill is an unexpected surprise that some people cannot afford. If a patient doesn’t have insurance, this can be a real problem, especially in this economy where as more and more people lose their jobs they also lose their medical insurance. As a doctor billing patients when...

How to Respond to an Initial Request for...

by Hoyt Torras, MPA, MHA One of the biggest mistakes a medical practice can make when they receive a request for medical records from a payer, such as Medicare or Medicaid, is to quickly copy some records and throw them into an envelope. Most audits start with the payer, or their audit contractor, providing a list of names and dates of service for which they are requesting copies of...

By:  Ellen Risotti, BS, CPC, CEMC, CFPC Annual preventive exams have been a standard of care in the medical industry for many years.  CPT describes these services as a periodic comprehensive preventive medicine evaluation (or reevaluation) and management of an individual.  CPT codes 99381-99387 are the codes used to represent these services and their selection is based on whether the...