HHS’s New Proposal May Limit Birth Control Access

Reports from several reliable sources indicate that HHS is planning to expand exemptions in order to opt out of providing birth control through their healthcare plans if they are religiously or morally against it. The proposed policy will eliminate one of the major provisions of Affordable Care Act, which requires all employees to help offer birth control. Reports say that exemptions will include non-profit and religious organizations. HHS made plans to expand exceptions for allowing any company, which cites religious or moral objections. However, the agency refused to give any details on how…Read more …

Senate Finance Committee Reestablishes Bipartisan Bill Intended For Chronic Care

The Senate Finance Committee has come up with a reintroduction of the bipartisan bill intended to develop care for the chronically ill Medicare population. First introduced in 2015, the bill was not approved and was eventually expired after the adjournment of the 114th Congress. The bill also failed to secure any vote in the Senate during that time. The primary focus of the bill is in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. It facilitates MA plans in providing with an assortment of supplemental benefits for the chronically ill enrollees starting in 2020. For covering…Read more …

How To Create A Blog For Your Billing Company

We had our monthly medical billing company owner group meeting last week.  The topic was "Marketing When You Don't Have The Time".  We had many medical billing company owners from across the country on the call.  These companies have 15-35 employees.  We spoke about different ideas on how to grow your medical billing business.  For the purpose of this article I want to discuss "How To Create A WordPress Blog". Creating a blog is the easiest and probably the most inexpensive way to drive traffic to your website.  You can have your blog…Read more …

Proposals In The “Skinny” Budget By President Trump

  It is mandatory for the President of the United States to present a federal budget proposal to the congress every February. This budget request is usually recognized as an indication of the priorities of the Administration and these requests are not actually a force of law. The “Dead on Arrival” budget of the President is seldom declared by the members of the congress and it’s regardless of which party controls the Congress and who occupies the White House. As per the constitution, Congress also possess the real power to decide how to…Read more …

GAO Reviews HHS Efforts In Bolstering Patient Usage Of Electronic Health Information

A recently released report by the Government Accountability Office offers an insightful review into the effectiveness of numerous attempts undertaken by the Department of Health and Human Services. It covers how these efforts have enhanced the accessibility to patients in the usage of electronic health information. Through the years, HHS has been working to provide patients with simple electronic access to health data, which is also useful in professional medical billing purposes. The efforts of HHS to bolster the ability of patients in electronically accessing their health information along with the degree in…Read more …

How To Talk To Your Clients About Outsourcing

I get the same question all the time from existing and prospective clients "Do I tell me clients that I am outsourcing their work to India or not?".   Typically, medical billing companies have contractual provisions whereby the medical providers authorize the billing services to be performed by employees, agents, contractors, and subcontractors of the billing company, which includes the authority to perform certain billing services offshore.  These contractual provisions are now standard given the industry shift toward offshore services, and the desire of medical billing companies to have the offshore option open.…Read more …

Three Things I Learned About Doing Business in India

I first traveled to India over ten years ago.  At the time I owned a medical billing company and wanted to research the medical billing BPO's in Chennai.  It was a time before social media.  Any company could have a website and make it appear as if they had a large company when in reality they may just be working in a hut in a remote village with limited internet connection.  I had to go to India and check out these companies for myself. I asked my friend Mike, also a medical billing…Read more …

How To Deal With Employee Resistance To Outsourcing

Employees and most human beings fear the unknown.  When an employer announces that they are outsourcing any kind of work employees get nervous and worry that their job is in jeopardy.  I have studied this process extensively and have facilitated the movement of many medical billing tasks offshore successfully.  I have listed some of the tactics that I have used to achieve a successful  transition. You are supplying them with an assistant.  One of the most common reasons for outsourcing work, is having more work than the current staff can handle.  To alleviate the…Read more …

Do you need to notify clients that you are using an offshore vendor?

We are often asked the question by our clients that are thinking about outsourcing medical billing "Do we need to notify our clients that we are using an offshore vendor?" At 4D Global the data is never housed or stored on offshore servers.  We have dual monitors and access our clients information on one screen and enter it from another screen.  The security measures and protocols we implement to ensure HIPAA compliance prevent the transfer or movement of any protected data out of the U.S. Typically, medical billing companies have contractual provisions whereby…Read more …

Why Should You Outsource Patient Demographic Entry And Eligibility Verification

As a medical billing company you understand that every piece of information in the patient demographic form is essential for claim payment. Accurate entry of these details greatly affects the revenue and reimbursement of the practitioner and the medical billing company. An error free patient demographic entry offers accurate data for claim submission. Updating as much data as possible, without any errors, will also improve the reliance of the insurance company on the medical billing company. It was never so easy to record and manage the vast amount of data associated to healthcare.…Read more …