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5 Things New Medicare Providers Need to Know

Saturday April 12, 2014
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There is so much to learn about being a Medicare provider. There is no exact method to the madness of Medicare. Some Medicare providers take years to get it right and then have processes change.

It seems almost impossible but for many providers Medicare payments make up the majority of the revenue they receive. For this reason, it is worth learning as much as possible about Medicare. Learn More

Another aspect of Medicare that is important to providers is coding. Read these important coding topics:

ICD-10 Delayed... Again

Friday April 4, 2014
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It appears that the implementation of ICD-10 will be delayed for the second time.  The original implementation date was scheduled for October 1, 2013 but was pushed back to October 1, 2014.  Now there is talk that it will be pushed back again another year to October 1, 2015.

If you didn't know the reason for the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10, it is simply this - it is out of room. Apparently, the ICD-9 code set is unable to expand for additional disease classification or newly identified diseases. ICD-10 will include a larger mix of numbers an letters to increase the number of diagnosis codes available.

As the health care industry implements this new system, it is clear that lots of changes will take place. The first being the implementation of HIPAA 5010 beginning January 1, 2012 that will replace version 4010 in order to accommodate the increase in size and complexity of the ICD-10 codes.

Read more on ICD-10

National Autism Awareness Month

Friday April 4, 2014
National Autism Awareness Month In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s.

The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

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National Minority Health Month

Friday April 4, 2014
National Minority Health Month During April, we mark National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities.

This year's theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities.

It is a call to action, a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our communities.

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Here are Lessons 4 and 5

Monday March 31, 2014
If you have completed Lesson 3 of this free online medical billing course, you are ready to proceed with Lesson 4 and Lesson5.

Lesson 4: Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Payers provides a brief overview of the basic information regarding government and commercial insurance payers.

Lesson 5: Medical Billing Mistakes to Avoid provides a brief overview of "what not to do" as a medical biller. No matter what specialty of billing you are in, all medical billers can benefit from this information.

Here is Lesson 3 of the Medical Billing Course

Friday March 28, 2014
If you are interested in becoming a medical biller, here is Lesson 3: Medical Claims Processing.

Lesson Objectives

Objective 1: Billing Electronic Claims

Objective 2: Billing Paper Claims

What Do You Desire in a Medical Office Employee?

Monday March 24, 2014
A few weeks ago I asked the question of what was more important in a medical office employee.  I would like to share with you one of the best responses I received which was from Dr. Kimberly Jefferson of New Haven Chiropractic Clinic:

"Currently I am looking for an educated technical person for my chiropractic office.  I prefer experienced but the experienced person may shortcut in things that shouldn't be or be stuck in routines (not willing to learn).  This is why I am looking for a student who wants internship position at the office to LEARN.  So Passion is important too.  They must have the drive and interpersonal skills to do this.  I consider if this person would mix with my team, goals, and temperance.  Their attitude about themselves and other people is a BIG indicator for me.  I don't want someone who just wants a job but someone who is looking to be compensated for their contributions to the team in my office (even though it's just me and my retired assistant), but even organizations that I choose to work with must be available, offer solutions, takes initiative, wants to grow as a person, and wants to be a part of the peaceful and rewarding atmosphere in the office.  My mission is to provide this community with the healthcare resources and chiropractic care needed to impact purpose and well-being."

Thanks to Dr. Jefferson for sharing her opinion and being a valued reader of About.com Medical Office!

This discussion is still open.  If you would like to see your response here, send me an email at medicaloffice@about.com.

Interested in Becoming a Medical Biller?

Wednesday March 19, 2014
If you have completed Lesson 1: Introduction to Medical Billing of the Online Medical Billing Course, then you are ready for Lesson 2.

Lesson 2: Medical Office Terminology covers all of the medical office terms and concepts you need to understand in your medical billing career.  This lesson has five objectives:

Objective 1: Heath Insurance Terminology

Objective 2: Medical Billing Terminology

Objective 3: Medical Coding Terminology

Objective 4: Payment Terminology

Objective 5: Health Information Technology Terminology

These objectives are split into two parts:

Lesson 2: Medical Office Terminology Part 1
Lesson 2: Medical Office Terminology Part 2

Lesson 1: Introduction to Medical Billing

Monday March 17, 2014
MEDICAL BILLERMedical billers are responsible for the timely submission of technical or professional medical claims to insurance companies including physician offices, hospitals, nursing homes, or other health care facility. In a hospital setting, medical billers perform different functions than medical billers that work in a physicians office, home health, clinic or other health care facility.

If you are interested in becoming a medical biller, here is Lesson 1: Introduction to Medical Billing.

eHealth University: A Resource Provided by CMS

Tuesday March 11, 2014
graduation.jpg CMS (Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services) has launched eHealth University. 

eHealth University is a resource that allows providers to find vital information through the use of an educational portal on ehealth and ehealth programs.

There are five ehealth programs
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