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Top Sick Leave Questions Answered

If I already provide my staff with sick time, do I have to pay an additional three days? If you have an existing policy that meets or exceeds the 3 days or 24 hours and it can be used for any personal time off (PTO), you do not need to provide three additional days. Note: Read more

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Advance Care Planning – New Payable Service

For the first time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for Advance Care Planning (ACP) separately payable by Medicare. CPT codes 99497 & 99498 are used to report the face-to-face service between a physician or other qualified health care professional and a patient, family member, or Read more

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PQRS Reporting Options

There are several different reporting options from which a PQRS participant may choose in order to participate and avoid the noncompliance payment adjustment (penalty). For those reporting as individual eligible professionals, the options are: Claims reporting (individual measures only) Registry reporting (either individual measures or measures groups reporting) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Direct Product that Read more

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How to Read an EOB / ERA

Many physician practices recognize the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as both a patient information privacy law and electronic patient information security law. However, HIPAA actually encompasses a number of regulations. As such, the federal government has published several “rules” that instruct the health care industry on how to comply with the law. Read more

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4 Holiday Pay Tips

As we get ready for the holidays, it is also important to understand the employment laws as related to holiday pay. It is also a good time to update your employee manuals to reflect detailed policies on holiday pay. Practices should have a clear policy on what days employee will be able to take off Read more

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5 Tips to Look for in a Front Office Staff

A lot goes into recruiting a new employee. You may have developed a job description and salary, posted the job, screened resumes and set up interviews. For working relationships to be successful, both the employer and employee have to find the right match. To help you determine the right match, we have compiled the following Read more

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