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. Almost daily there’s a news story somewhere about […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]