I set out trying to do an article on how long hospital and physicians billing offices should retain their records. Once I got into it, I realized it could turn into a major project. It turns out each state gets to determine the length of time medical and billing records are expected to be kept. I learned that state regulations for the retention of billing records range anywhere from 6 to 20 years.

The easiest time period to quote is the recommendation for records pertaining to federal programs; 10 years. It is assumed that this is the safest period of time to cover almost any event that you may ever have to worry about.
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Medical fraud and abuse costs both the government and insurance companies billions of dollars each year. Some fraud and abuse is unintentional, but in other cases, it’s intentional and known to be criminal. When that happens, fines and lawsuits are filed, and sometimes, someone goes to jail.

fraud and abuse

Almost daily there’s a news story somewhere about a health care facility or a physician that’s committed one or both of these acts. They may not get caught immediately, but eventually the truth comes out and everyone gets caught. Let’s take a look at some of what’s being done that’s basically illegal as it pertains to health care revenue cycle.
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The fact is we all get depressed from time to time. Those whose depression is more severe might need counseling and treatment. Some people who have panic attacks on a consistent basis might be diagnosed as having panic disorder.


The treatments for both of these range from relaxation techniques and therapy to medication. Medications can be effective in helping people get over their panic disorders. However, they are also dangerous, mind altering drugs, which can be detrimental to a person’s long term health in some fashion, and may bring about other symptoms that neither the patient nor the doctor is expecting.
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More and more smokers are deciding it’s time to stop smoking, either because the price of cigarettes is going up or for health reasons. Many of them take time to learn about some of the cessation techniques available, see their doctors, or join groups geared towards helping smokers stop doing it. Almost every smoker has […]

Medical billing in general is pretty easy stuff. These days, most bills go out automatically, priced and coded. Where problems occur is when the coding is off; it either delays bills going out or it causes insurance companies to reject them, which affects cash collection. TheeErin via Compfight Incorrect coding crosses many borders. It could […]