The Best Physician Billing Software, Pros and Cons

Many physician billing systems are outdated, especially considering the ever-changing face of medical billing management. Not only do billing procedures themselves change but also coding and HIPAA regulations. It can be difficult to keep up with while maintaining a working medical office and limiting the amount of billing errors and lost revenue. Physician medical billing…


Balance Billing for Out of Network Providers

‘Balance billing’ refers to a system in which doctors from out-of-network (OON) medical facilities can bill a patient for any remaining costs after being paid by the insurance provider. An OON medical office is not bound by the contractual agreements of being in-network. If you are a manager of a clinic or are responsible for…


ICD-10 Changes for Primary Care Doctors

Primary care doctors – are you ready for ICD-10? It’s waiting out there like the Varicella Zoster Virus, dormant but expected and irritating. At least in the case of ICD-10, there’s an arrival date: October 1st, 2015. And, despite the fear and apprehension associated with this change, it’s actually a very positive overhaul to accentuate…


The Effects of Value-Based Reimbursement on Medical Billing Services

Billing Advantage, Inc. is a full-service medical billing company, providing billing services to over 200 providers in 22 states.  We are interested in how changes in health care systems will affect both our customers and billing companies like our own.  It is clear that the shift towards Value-Based Reimbursement will have a very major effect…


Patient and Employee Screening in Your Medical Office to Avoid CMPs

The OIG (Office of the Inspector General) is cracking down more than ever in 2015 on Medicare fraud and abuse, which means that it’s a crucial time to review your medical office’s patient and employee screening practices. Recent statutes have expanded the authority of the OIG to exclude individuals from all federal health care programs….


Hiring a Medical Office Assistant

A medical office can’t run properly without the right combination of motivated and talented staff members. Previously, we’ve highlighted medical office managers and how best to organize an office space with great filing and calling protocols, but we haven’t really discussed the staff members responsible for some of these tasks. A medical office assistant is…