9 Advantages That Happen When You Outsource Optometry Billing

9 Advantages That Happen When You Outsource Optometry Billing

Reducing accounts receivable and staff expenses sound appealing? Let’s explore the advantages you can experience with an improved optometry billing process.

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Medicare Advantage Billing ProTips That Will Boost Your Revenue

Medicare Advantage Billing ProTips That Will Boost Your Revenue

Struggling with increasing Medicare Advantage claim denials? Improve the financial health of your eye care practice by following these billing requirement tips.

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Stay Current with This 2019 Eye Care ICD-10-CM Code Updates Guide

Stay Current with This 2019 Eye Care ICD-10-CM Code Updates Guide

It’s never too early to start planning for the 2019 ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) eye-specific code changes that go into effect on October 1, 2018. Avoid delays in claims processing or denied claims by downloading this free guide.

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How Efficient Optometry Billing Eased Stress for a Busy Practice

How Efficient Optometry Billing Eased Stress for a Busy Practice

In many optometry offices, doctors and staff members are multitasking with patient care and revenue cycle management. Drs. Julie and Jay Honda recognized how a more efficient billing process could positively impact their practice and their bottom line. This is how they fixed their process.

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How to Reduce the Accounts Receivable Cycle with Smarter Billing

How to Reduce the Accounts Receivable Cycle with Smarter Billing

Does your eye care practice have an unhealthy cash flow and high accounts receivable (AR)? There are many ways you can reduce your AR. Let’s look at common challenges, solutions, and marketing strategies that will help your practice reduce the number of days your AR goes unpaid and sits in the Aging bucket.

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6 Eye Care Billing Rejections You Can Overcome

6 Eye Care Billing Rejections You Can Overcome

Noticing more eye care billing rejections appearing in your inbox? Is your claim rejection percentage rate increasing? Let's examine six common eye care billing rejections and how a billing solution like Fast Pay Health can help you overcome them. 

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4 Smart Tips for Better Medical Billing: How to Maximize Your Cash Flow

4 Smart Tips for Better Medical Billing: How to Maximize Your Cash Flow

Do you wonder where your money is in your optometry and ophthalmology practice? With more patients coming in with insurance, it’s easy for money to get lost. On average, 25% of lost practice revenue comes from poor medical billing and revenue cycle management (RCM). 2018 may be the year for you to move your in-house billing to an end-to-end revenue cycle management service.

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Practice Success Story: Why We Switched Our In-house Revenue Cycle Management to Fast Pay Health

For more than ten years, managing revenue cycle management (RCM) has been a challenging and often frustrating task for Princeton Optometry in Princeton, NJ. Constant regulatory and coding changes, declining reimbursements, keeping up with staff training, reducing administrative costs, and getting Medicare to pay claims, are key reasons why Princeton Optometry decided it was time to outsource their insurance billing, accounts receivable/aging claims cleanup, and practice management payment postings. 

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How Can End-to-End Revenue Cycle Management Help You Grow Top-line Revenue?

How Can End-to-End Revenue Cycle Management Help You Grow Top-line Revenue?

In an era of declining reimbursements, high-deductible health plans, and constant industry challenges, profit margins are tighter than ever for most medical practices. Medical providers should be able to focus on patient care—instead of paperwork and payments. That’s why having end-to-end revenue cycle management (RCM) processes in place are important to running a successful practice, so your revenue doesn’t slip through the cracks. 

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2018 ICD-10-CM Code Changes: Are You Ready?

2018 ICD-10-CM Code Changes: Are You Ready?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will be making ICD-10-CM code changes to 728 diagnosis codes that become effective October 1, 2017. This month, CMS released the 360 new codes, 226 revised codes and 142 deleted codes for patient encounters occurring from October 1, 2017 forward. Claims that have a service date of September 30, 2017, or earlier, must use the 2017 codes.

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11 Tips That Will Make Your Medical Claims Cleaner and Improve Cash Flow

11 Tips That Will Make Your Medical Claims Cleaner and Improve Cash Flow

Researching unpaid or denied claims is a time-consuming and frustrating process. On average, more than 25% of lost practice revenue comes from poor medical billing and revenue cycle management practices. According to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the average cost of reworking a claim is $25. 

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Medicaid & Replacement Glasses

It might be surprising, but Medicaid in most states only covers repairing or replacing glasses for patients 20 and under. If an adult aged 21 or older comes in needing repairs, they must pay out of pocket if they have no other insurance. We sometimes see offices try billing Medicaid for replacement glasses on older patients, only to get a denial and ask us what to do. Read on for more.

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ICD-10 Updates: Are Your Codes Specific Enough?

ICD-10 has been in use since October 1, 2015, but thanks to a code freeze put in place to allow providers time to adjust to the new format, the majority of codes had been set since 2011. That all changed last fall when the first update to ICD-10 was released on October 1, 2016. Read on to see what you should be doing.

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8 Reasons You Need a Medical Billing Service

8 Reasons You Need a Medical Billing Service

Are you getting your money’s worth with your in-house billers or billing service for your eye care practice? Choosing the best medical billing and end-to-end revenue cycle management (RCM) service is more than just finding someone to process claims. If you are considering outsourcing your medical billing service and are still on the fence about making the leap, here are eight quick reasons to help you decide.

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Medicare Advantage Plan Billing Tips

Today, nearly a third of Medicare enrollees are covered by a Medicare Advantage plan—up from roughly a quarter in 2010. Depending on your state or even your city, the number of Medicare patients enrolled in an Advantage plan can vary, from about 55% in Minnesota down to 1% in Alaska. But many providers often don’t understand how these plans work in relation to conventional Medicare.

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What You Need to Know About MACRA and MIPS

What You Need to Know About MACRA and MIPS

To help offices prepare for MACRA and MIPs, the new payment system for Medicare Eligible Clinicians (ECs), we are sharing this guest blog from Nitin Rai, CEO of First Insight. Check out these quick facts, FAQs and industry resources to help guide you through the complicated process.

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How to Avoid Common Ophthalmic Billing Rejections: Part 3

How to Avoid Common Ophthalmic Billing Rejections: Part 3

Next up in our three-part series on “Common Ophthalmic Billing Rejections” is new vs established patient exams. One surprisingly common rejection seen by Fast Pay is, “This many frequencies is not allowed for procedure code billed.” The cause? Billing a new patient code on an established patient.

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How to Avoid Common Ophthalmic Billing Rejections: Part 2

How to Avoid Common Ophthalmic Billing Rejections: Part 2

Continuing our series on “Common Billing Rejections,” we turn now to ophthalmic testing with Medicare patients. Many codes require a referring or ordering physician in order to process the claim. These include pachymetry, fundus photos and OCT.

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How to Avoid Common Ophthalmic Billing Rejections: Part 1

How to Avoid Common Ophthalmic Billing Rejections: Part 1

Working with eye care providers across the country, our billers at Fast Pay see many common rejections that could have easily been avoided. In this “Common Billing Rejections” series, we will explore some of the top rejection reasons, starting with the OCT/GDX and fundus photography combination.

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How You Can Get Three Billers for the Price of One!

How You Can Get Three Billers for the Price of One!

The average biller makes an estimated $35,139 annual salary, or $2,928 per month. That’s not counting health benefits, paid time off, sick pay, holidays, office materials, utilities and more. When you add it all up, the expenses of having a dedicated biller in your office can mount quickly. And when you add the risks with having a single person handling your entire billing process—should this person become ill or decide to leave your practice—you might find yourself with a billing vacuum and falling revenue.

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