Medical Billing

How many of us put ourselves in the place of patients when we send them itemized bills that may be in error? Most of us rationalize it by saying insurance won’t be paying all those charges anyway, but what about self pay patients? Though we’re used to seeing some of the amounts as they pertain […]

A couple of my consulting assignments have involved setting up processes for increased upfront collections. Although physicians offices have been doing this for years, it’s still surprising just how many hospitals have yet to truly broach this subject within their own facilities. Pictures of Money via Compfight A major part of upfront collections, and direct […]

I originally wrote this article in 1998 and had it published in an organizational magazine. It’s meant to be both a tongue and cheek look at medical billing as well as part of the reality of what some patient accounting directors deal with on a daily basis. highwaysengland via Compfight One of the difficulties all […]

I feel the time has come for me to discuss something that I’m not sure is ethical or not. That something is whether medical providers should be giving diagnosis codes or procedure codes to patients for services that they have provided. Asian Development Bank via Compfight After recently helping another person who, as a patient, […]

As of October 1st, the coding standard for diagnosis coding has changed in the United States. It’s gone from what used to be called ICD-9 to ICD-10. Hospitals and physicians across the country have been scrambling to get their coders trained for the new system, even though it’s been around since 1995, because most insurance […]