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Blue Shield Changes Its Fee Schedule

In a notice sent to physicians on September 23, Blue Shield notified physicians about a change in the physician fee schedule. The new fees took effect December 1, 2013.  The insurer said that it would be increasing payment for evaluation and management services for preventive care. Additionally, Blue Shield notes payment increases for the more Read more

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Close Your Year With Confidence!

The following is a brief guide to getting ready for the new year: Allowables Do you have any new insurance contracted amounts (allowables) that you need to load in your practice management software for the new year? If you do, load these new fees in your practice management. And, if you do not have your allowable Read more

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Are Social Deals Legal for Physicians?

A number of California physicians have received a letter dated November 6, 2013, on the medical board’s letterhead to immediately “cease and desist.” The letter warned physicians to cease from conducting any daily deal marketing arrangements with sites such as Groupon, Living Social and Amazon. The Medical Board of California issued a statement that it Read more

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Medi-Cal to Increase Pay Rate to Match Medicare’s Rates

Pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and 42 CFR 447, State Medicaid agencies are required to reimburse Primary Care Physicians with a specialty designation of Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, or Pediatric Medicine or related pediatric sub-specialties, at parity with Medicare for specified Evaluation and Management (E&M) and Vaccine Administration services. On average, Medi-Cal reimbursement is Read more

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Charging for “Free” Forms!

Due to rising practice cost and declining reimbursements, most physicians are looking into charging for services that they have done for free for years. One of the new sources of revenue is charging patients for completing forms. Charging patients for forms comes with a risk. Patients are not accustomed to paying for it and this Read more

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How to Provide Legendary Service?

Some time ago I attended a seminar presented by the uber-service conscience team from the Ritz Carlton on the topic of “Legendary Service”. I thought it might help our readers by sharing some of the important points. Why do patients leave a practice? 9% leave due to competitors 10% leave due to other reasons 14% leave Read more

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