Growing Practice. Growing Pains.

A case study about the benefits of outsourcing your credentialing. By Jon Kettner The Pain: A large optometry practice—with multiple locations, more than 20 providers, and spanning two states—was growing faster than its half-day credentialing specialist could keep up with. Without a dedicated full-time staff, revenue cycle management issues cascaded. The leaders of the practice worried about cash flow implications …

Changes to Medicare in 2020

What you need to know about member IDs, deductibles, and Medigap plans. by Christine Schneider Billing Medicare can be dizzying work because of the multiple updates to policies from year to year, and sometimes even from month to month. In 2020, there are changes to Medicare that will affect your billing if not handled correctly. Below are three changes to …

Cross Your Credentialing T’s and I’s

Make note of these important changes to credentialing for 2020. By Jon Kettner For many optometry practices, the new year is a time when practices ask, “What are my growth goals?” Growth, of course, is tied to healthy revenue cycle management. The new year is the perfect opportunity to make sure you’re aware of changes to credentialing in your state. …

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Coordinating Benefits for Your Eye Care Practice – 3 Easy Steps

For a better practice – and better patient care. by Christine Schneider, VP of RevCycle Partners Coordinating benefits is complicated. Optometrists have to deal with coordinating medical and VSP benefits. Here are a few guidelines for coordinating benefits for your eye care practice — to streamline billing, increase cash flow, and better serve patients: Know What’s Primary, What’s Secondary A …

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Billing Medicare and Medicaid

A start-to-finish process. by Christine Schneider, VP of RevCycle Partners Billing Medicare and Medicaid can be a messy process. If not handled correctly, it can affect payment and even patients—who might be billed more than expected. There are multiple pain points that begin the moment the appointment is made and end with payment collection. Here are 7 tips to simplify …

Will Outsourcing Your Billing Really Improve Your Cash Flow?

Questions to ask to determine if it will benefit your eye care practice. In “The Review of Optometric Business,” Peter J. Cass, OD claims that you could improve the cash flow of your optometry practice by outsourcing your billing. But will it really? In “

How to Make Your Eye Care Practice More Efficient

Tips to cut time spent on administrative work and insurance obstacles. Staying on top of administrative tasks and insurance billing is key to making your eye care practice more efficient. And that means you’ll likely more profitable. There are a bundle of tasks to do so your practice stays on top of the rapidly changing healthcare system. When you’re on …

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How to Release a Patient from Your Optometric Care

8 tips to ensure you are protected from liability. If you’re wondering how to release a patient from your optometric care, you’re not alone. It is a weighty decision. And it should be handled with extreme care. As the AOA’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct states, “Optometrists should strive to ensure that all persons have access to …

Do You Have Time to Be Present with Your Patients?

An essayist discusses the challenge of making more time for face-to-face interaction in a tech era. Staying on top of your optometry practice’s details–whether filling out electronic records or tending to details related to insurance billing and credentialing–has a way of making you feel like you don’t have time to be present with your patients. In the article “Be Present …

Paying attention to the details can increase your bottom line.

6 Optometry Practice Billing Mistakes

Paying attention to the details can increase your bottom line. by Christine Schneider, VP of RevCycle Partners Insurance billing is all about the details. Optometry practice billing mistakes can lead to a time-crushing, cash-sucking mistake. All billers—even the best of the best—will miss a few details. But your optometry practice can minimize the missed-details and maximize your efficiency by not …