Archive for November, 2013

Quotes

November 25, 2013

You can succeed beyond the past, but not beyond your belief.

– Orrin Woodward

Quotes

November 18, 2013

The purpose of anger is to let us know that something in our life needs changing and to provide the energy to make a change.

– Garrison Wynn

Medical & Business Industry Leaders to follow

November 14, 2013

We get asked frequently on who is a good resource for a Medical Practice.  We have comprised a list [specific in some areas to the State of Texas as that is where our business originates from].  Below is a list that will help you get started if you are working or interested in the Medical Field.

Stay informed on the changes in the industry to improve your viability and health of your practice.  Take classes, attend seminars, and share what you lead with your team.  Together you can be excellent in your industry as a Physician, Medical Practice Administrator, Medical Biller, Medical Coder and Nurse!

Quotes

November 11, 2013

We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.

– Robert H. Shaffer

celebrate freedom

November 11, 2013

Photo: Thanks to those who have and are serving our country!

Today we Celebrate the work our Veterans have done for us! THANK YOU!!!

Billing Q&A: Covering for a Colleague

November 6, 2013

In part of our Question & Answer Series, today we address a common question about how to do billing when you are covering for another physician.

Q:  If I am covering for another physician and see some of his/her patients during his/her absence, are these patients considered new or established?

A:  The CPT guidelines specifically address this in the E/M services guidelines section in the front of the CPT manual, under the heading “New and Established Patient”.  “In the instance where a physician is on call for or covering for another physician, the patient’s encounter will be classified as it would have been by the physician who is not available.”

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So what does this mean?  Let’s use an example.  Physician A is on vacation and Physician B is taking Call Coverage while the physician is out of town.  Patient makes an appointment to see On Call Physician (Physician B).  Patient is established with Physician A and would have seen Physician A except he/she is out of town.  Therefore the visit is billed as an Established Patient.

Quotes

November 4, 2013

The time is always ripe to do it right.

– Martin Luther King, Jr

The Benefits of a Routine

November 1, 2013

I was raised in my childhood with a routine, actually a very strict routine.  Nothing we did was ever [rarely, if ever], done outside of one.  I believe habits are developed from routines.  Personal, I like a routine and I don’t think its just my personality or training that developed that taste, I believe there are qualities that support it that I am drawn to.

A routine makes me feel like I don’t or won’t forget anything.  It makes me remember tasks and not forget them because after I do one there is another that follows.  It makes me stay focused on all the things that have to be done each and every day.  It makes me make sure I do it the same way each and every time.  It makes me know where I left off when I stick to a routine.

Some days a routine is the only thing that saves me.

You know what I mean?  Ever have one of those days?

The phone interrupts every little thing you try to accomplish.  The computer shuts down when it supposed to be up and running.  The printer jams and doesn’t spit out the job you were trying to get out.  Sometimes so many of these interruptions make you forget what you were doing or trying to do.  A routine sometimes is the only thing that keeps these days anywhere near somewhere on track.  If you don’t have a routine, you are liable to come away with not having even accomplished even the little things, like eat, drink water and take your medication.

A routine usually means you have less wasted time because all efforts are accounted for.  A routine gives prediction to your life patterns of people around you and they create expectations out of your routine.  A routine allows you to plan.

The problem with always sticking to a routine and not throwing a routine out of the window is that you never get to enjoy something a little longer than normal, because you are focused on the routine and the next step.  You never get to do something out of order, because you are afraid if you do you won’t remember the next step or come back to the missed step.  A routine usually means you won’t make a mistake, but is not a guarantee of it.

Are you a person who enjoys a routine?  If not, share with us why.  If you do, then we would love for you to share with us one thing that you have developed to create your routine work for you.