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Ways to Show Appreciation for Healthcare Employees

Today more than ever appreciating our healthcare employees is so essential! As the days grow shorter and we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, a favorite holiday, let’s discuss a few ways healthcare employers can show appreciation for employees (no turkey necessary).

With everyone under so much pressure in a fast-paced healthcare environment (ah-hem, COVID-19), showing a little appreciation for your employees can go a long way and help ease some of the stress. The following are a few ideas to help you thank your employees and make them feel appreciated.

A Simple “Thank You”

Positivity goes a long way in the workplace, and it can be as simple as saying “thank you” to your team at the end of each day. While it may seem like a small gesture, it can truly make a difference if it’s truly sincere. It’s not secret that Millennials want constant feedback, so what better way than to tell them what a great job they’re performing after a day with a sincere “thank you?” Consider speaking with your managers and supervisors to start implementing this practice with their teams.


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Keep Your Medical Practice Running Amid a Pandemic!

Shifts in patient volumes, elective procedure cancellations, supply shortages, staffing concerns and much more all require healthcare administrators to adapt.  The best administrators guide their practices to evolve to new workflows to remain successful, rather than succumbing to competing pressures practices face during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following areas are essential in helping medical practices not only evolve, but excel throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. Planning, decision-making and crisis management

The ability to act quickly and decisively and make plans that have both short- and long-term financial implications can make a huge difference in medical practice operations. Adapting and pivoting to the daily changes at both a federal and state level is essential to help a practice to continue operations while offering patient care and protecting providers and staff.


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Improve Your Medical Practice Today!


Tower Nephrology Medical Practice Management Should You Outsource Billing and Coding? Yes!

Should You Outsource Billing and Coding? Yes!

Every practice’s operations can be improved. As the physician-owner of your own medical practice, you may find that you and your staff expend energies on activities that have little or no value. You may be able to perform some activities more efficiently, allocate work better and eliminate redundancies. Here are several ways, both large and small, that you might go about improving things.

Work on one aspect of your practice — the aspect that seems almost manageable.



Tower Nephrology Medical Practice Management Strategic planning is the process by which practice leaders determine what the practice intends to be in the future and how it will get there.

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Keeping up with COVID-19 Codes


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Should You Outsource Billing and Coding? Yes!

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the world is hyper-focused, as it should be, on the caregivers and the population of patients contracting the virus. However, we must also keep in mind the need for clear and concise documentation regarding the diagnosis, testing, and tracking of the spread of the virus.

There are hundreds of medical terminologies that document every step of the health care process through admission, testing, treatment, discharge, and billing. So when there is a large health event or worldwide pandemic, like COVID-19, it requires quick changes and updates to those terminology sets. This is required to ensure that health care providers have the ability to accurately document, track, and treat their patients in a timely fashion.



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Should You Outsource Billing and Coding? Yes!

If you have a busy medical practice, then you have probably considered outsourcing your medical coding and billing services. In today’s digital age, where technology is advancing at lightning speed, outsourced medical coding and billing can be a huge benefit for medical practices. Below, our professional biller and coders have provided some information about the benefits of outsourcing your medical billing and coding.



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Maximize Medical Billing Revenue by Being Proactive

Many medical practices are having a tough time sustaining and improving their performance and practice revenue as the healthcare environment continues to evolve. Trying to juggle decreasing resources with increased provider and patient demands makes it difficult to keep practices growing financially. Aligning with hospitals and health systems through affiliate or employment arrangements can be financially beneficial to some medical practices, but it doesn’t ensure optimal performance, growth, or improved practice revenue.

What can you do to start bringing in more revenue? The first step is to understand the obstacles standing in your way and then address them to start seeing growth and improvement.



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Title: Telehealth and Nephrology Care

Changes in the way that healthcare is delivered during this pandemic are needed to reduce staff exposure to ill persons, preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), and minimize the impact of patient surges on facilities. Healthcare systems have had to adjust the way they triage, evaluate, and care for patients using methods that do not rely on in-person services. Telehealth services help provide necessary care to patients while minimizing the transmission risk of COVID-19, to healthcare personnel (HCP) and patients. The use of Telehealth technology is widely accepted throughout the medical community. Having now existed for over a decade, Telehealth has taken medical practices by storm and changed the way that patients visit with their providers.



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10 Reasons to Outsource Your Medical Billing

If you have had to downsize your staff due to the pandemic, then outsourcing your medical billing and coding may make your practice more efficient and profitable. Outsourcing your medical billing services can serve as a springboard to boost, not only your profit margins, but also patient and employee satisfaction. Outsourcing may even reduce in-house stress because managers or other skilled employees will be able to focus on their intended work. When everyone is working more efficiently, your company can, once again, save money and accomplish more in a shorter time.



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Tower Nephrology Medical Practice Management Your Medical Billing Efficiency

Increase Your Medical Billing Efficiency

Finding ways to lower costs and increase revenue is essential if you want to keep your medical practice afloat financially. With rising business costs, effective and accurate medical coding is more important than ever. It’s the diagnostic and procedural codes submitted with reimbursement claims that mandate the amount providers are paid for their work. Medical practices must make sure they optimize coding procedures for financial success. Try implementing the following tips to ensure your practice is coding more effectively.



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Safely Reopening Your Medical Practice

Safely Reopening Your Medical Practice

You may be starting to open your practice backup and need to evaluate the efficiency of running your practice. There are so many things to figure out to ensure that your patients receive the best care that you’re able to give. But in order to keep giving patients the best care, you need to know the guidelines to make sure your practice is running as safely and smoothly as possible.

To help you with that, we have compiled seven ways to help you keep your staff and patients safe during this transition period.

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5 Tactics to Help Cut Cost for Your Medical Practice

Running a medical practice is a business and physician practices are confronting unique operational and business challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to grow profitably and responsibly, trimming costs is necessary. There are several areas where this can be done — overhead, personnel, technology, billing, bill processing, and insurance. Within these categories, simple changes can lead to process improvements, helping physicians find more time for appointments and other revenue-generating activities.

The end result is cost-savings, something that can bring more stability and opportunity for growth to a medical practice. Below, learn five tips for effective cost-cutting from some of Tower’s operation managers.

Outsourcing select practice operations to Tower is another viable option for most practices who want to improve their efficiency and stability. We have full-time professionals in IT and Revenue Cycle departments who stay up to date on the latest regulations, applications and skills.

Here our some ideas suggested by Tower’s operations managers:

  Cross training staff so that a MA can work front desk, and room patients, etc. in addition to clinical role Cross-training offers a wide variety of benefits for medical practices. A well-designed program can help reduce costs, improve employee morale, reduce turnover, and increase productivity. It can also give a company greater scheduling flexibility, and may even lead to operational improvements. Perhaps the most important benefit to companies that implement cross-training programs, however, is greater job satisfaction among employees.

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Emily Frederick with Jack Rudnick Jr. talking about Telehealth implementation in a medical practice

New Nephrology Today Podcast with Jack Rudnik Jr.

New Nephrology Today Podcast with Emily Frederick of Tower Physician Solutions and Jack Rudnick Jr., Practice Manager, talking about Telehealth implementation in a medical practice.

Telemedicine and telehealth have the potential to increase access to care, improve quality of care and decrease costs. Jack looks at Telehealth from the perspective of four fundamental areas: access, cost, quality and continuity.

Access to Specialists

Telemedicine allows you to get healthcare at any time and from any place, as long as you have an Internet connection. It is now possible for the patient to leverage the expertise of specialists who are not nearby. When it comes to serious health issues, you want to consult with the best, not the closet.

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Now is the Time to Outsource Your Medical Billing & Coding

Now is the Time to Outsource Your Medical Billing & Coding

As the country continues to deal with the public health emergency that’s come with the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical practices had to make the tough decision to downsize their office personnel. There still is much work to be done and with limited resources many practices are looking to outsource their billing-coding during this difficult time. As you face the constant changes and challenges affecting practices during COVID-19, having an experienced medical billing and coding company by your side can help you navigate this time successfully.

Once you partner with Tower Physician Solutions, you do not have to worry about managing your revenue cycle, as our prompt medical coding team will accurately code the services and our billing team will ensure that the claims are reimbursed on time.

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Emily Frederick with Jack Rudnick Jr. talking about Medical Practice Consolidation

New Podcast from Nephrology Today; Practice Consolidation

Although the decision to consolidate is not an easy one to make, Jack Rudnick Jr. of Indiana Kidney Specialists discusses the support and benefits of joining NANI. In our latest Nephrology Today Podcast, Emily Frederick and Jack Rudnick Jr discuss the support received during the onboarding process of bringing together two practices.

Podcast title: Emily Frederick with Jack Rudnick Jr. talking about Medical Practice Consolidation

Unfortunately the reach of the pandemic is also affecting nephrology medical practices. It may be no surprise that many practices have had to furlough, or terminate altogether, employees as a result of COVID-19. Some have had to reduce hours or days that the practice can be open during the week and have had to quickly learn and implement telehealth solutions for their office-based patients and visits to various dialysis centers.

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Planning for Success After the Pandemic, Take the Financial Temperature of Your Practice

Planning for Success After the Pandemic

Take the Financial Temperature of Your Practice

Secure the financial and legal strength of your medical practice through medical auditing. This process, performed regularly on chart notes and billing for each provider, offers several essential benefits to the practice.

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Planning for Success After the Pandemic

Nephrology Today Podcast Conversation with Antone Crasto

We recently sat down to talk to Antone Crasto, our VP of Strategy and Development for Tower Physician Solutions, representing NANI. We discussed how the current COVID-19 pandemic and Public Health Emergency have affected medical practices nationwide.

Podcast title: Emily Frederick Podcast w/ Antone Crasto discussing COVID-19 pandemic and Public Health Emergency

Unfortunately the reach of the pandemic is also affecting nephrology medical practices. It may be no surprise that many practices have had to furlough, or terminate altogether, employees as a result of COVID-19. Some have had to reduce hours or days that the practice can be open during the week and have had to quickly learn and implement telehealth solutions for their office-based patients and visits to various dialysis centers.

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Telehealth Made More Accessible for Nephrology Patients

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Telehealth Made More Accessible for Nephrology Patients

As reported by CMS, Nephrology-Specific Payment Issues

Important changes have been made by CMS to Medicare regulations for telehealth visits, which could be significant to your Nephrology practice. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency, patients may now participate in telehealth visits from their home, according to CMS.

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CMS changes physician payments in 2020

How CMS will change physician payment in 2020

As reported by CMS, Nephrology-Specific Payment Issues

On payment issues specific to nephrology, the specialty is slated for a 0% impact for 2020. All dialysis codes, inpatient and outpatient, adult, pediatric and daily, experience increases of between 0.1% and 1.0%, except for CPT code 90970, the adult daily dialysis code, which was increased 4.5%. CPT code 90960, the adult in-center, four-visit code, increases 0.8%, which, with the increase in the conversion factor (discussed below), works out to a $2.21 increase (unadjusted for geography). Meanwhile, CPT code 90935 (hemodialysis, single evaluation) is increased by 0.4%, working out to a $0.32 bump. Regarding the dialysis circuit codes for interventional dialysis services, the two high volume codes, 36902 (angioplasty) and 36905 (thrombectomy with angioplasty) experience 2.5% and 3.0% increases when these services are provided in the physician office setting.

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Achieving Work-Life Balance
during the Holidays

This time of year is magical, but the holidays often mean more stress and a less balanced work-life routine than usual for busy physicians and their practice managers. Use these tips for managing stress so your holiday spirit stays merry and bright.


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Tower Nephrology Medical Practice Management IMPORTANT 2019 MIPS REPORTING AND QUALITY PAYMENT PROGRAM DEADLINES

Important 2019 MIPS Reporting and Quality Payment Program Deadlines
are Headed to ASN in Washington!

Missing an important Quality Payment Program (QPP) deadline could have negative impacts on your organization – including a penalty on your Medicare Part B reimbursements. Keeping track of these deadlines can be tricky, especially in a developing quality reporting program with multiple performance categories. Here’s a list of upcoming deadlines you should know about to protect your income and become successful in MIPS and the QPP. If you have questions or aren’t sure which deadlines apply to you and your practice, contact us to get help from one of our experts!

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NANI Physicians & Tower PS Leaders
are Headed to ASN in Washington!

American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2019 will take place from November 5-10, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. Join the following NANI doctors (listed below) who will be in attendance along with 13,000 other kidney professionals from across the globe at Kidney Week 2019.

ASN Kidney Week is the world’s premier nephrology meeting. It provides participants exciting and challenging opportunities to exchange knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances, and listen to engaging and provocative discussions with leading experts in the field.

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MIPS: Your MIPS performance in 2019 impacts your 2021 Medicare payments. Payment adjustments based on 2019 performance increase to +/- 7%—that's a potential 14-point swing in Medicare payments. MIPS is designed to make ECs compete in quality performance. Since MIPS is mandated to be budget neutral, the program essentially takes money from lower performing ECs and pays it to higher performing ECs. There’s a lot of incentive for you to bring your A-game, so review which quality metrics you could be meeting more effectively.


Revenue Cycle: Are you leaving money on the table? At the heart of revenue cycle challenges is running an efficient operation such that the cost to collect on billing is not higher than it should be. Could you be running a more efficient revenue cycle? Run periodic audits to check the health of your billing and collections activities.


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Tower Nephrology Medical Practice Management Navigating MIPS 2019

Navigating MIPS in 2019

Emily Frederick interviews Sandeep Bajaj MD, Quality Programs Expert at Tower.
In the latest podcast Sandeep will review new information on the topic of MIPS and review key points a medical practice should know for 2019! We want to be a resource for you as you run your medical practice. Here is some important information practices need to know about.
Starting in Year 3 of the MIPS program, CMS will add a 3rd criterion for clinicians to qualify for the low-volume threshold. Clinicians and groups must meet one of the following three criteria to be excluded from MIPS:
● Have $90,000 or less in Part B allowed charges for covered professional services; OR
● Provide care to 200 or fewer beneficiaries; OR
● New: Provide 200 or fewer covered professional services under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).


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NAVIGATING THE COMPLEXITIES OF REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT!


NAVIGATING THE COMPLEXITIES OF REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT!


With the growing body of regulations today, nephrology coding has become more complex. Practices must navigate not only a new level of required specificity but also additional requirements from payers. Needless to say, it can be daunting to stay on top of all of the guidelines for CPT, E & M, and ICD-10 coding — all while continuing to provide quality care for patients. Periodic reviews and education, however, can save you and your practice time, resources, and money. Coding reviews can help nephrologists assess the accuracy and completeness of the documentation of services provided as well as to determine if that documentation supports the claims ultimately submitted for payment. It is critical to the success of a nephrology practice to be accurately reimbursed for services provided.

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Patient Experience Can Be Improved
with Telephone Etiquette


Patient Experience Can Be Improved with Telephone Etiquette


Every patient’s satisfaction with their care starts with their experience in the physician’s office. As the importance of online reviews and satisfaction surveys has grown, the way staff interacts with your patients has become more important than ever. Consider these tips the next time you talk to a patient on the telephone. 

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HOT TOPICS TO WATCH IN NEPHROLOGY MEDICAL BILLING & CODING

Hot Topics to Watch in Nephrology Medical Billing & Coding

With the growing body of regulations today, nephrology coding has become more complex. Practices must navigate not only a new level of required specificity but also additional requirements from payers. Needless to say, it can be daunting to stay abreast of all of the guidelines for CPT, E&M, and ICD-10 coding — all while continuing to provide quality care for patients. With changing federal guidelines and payer requirements, complex conditions like chronic renal disease, global periods and the unique billing rules for inpatient and outpatient services, nephrology medical coding is quite complex. An in-depth understanding of this specialty is imperative for accurate documentation and reimbursement. The experts at Tower Physician Services can help avoid these headaches and reduce the rate of claim denials for nephrology offices. Tower can provide timely and affordable coding solutions to save your time and maximize your revenues.

Is your billing company prepared to offer your practice the information and support you need to bill successfully? Avoid interruptions to provider revenue stream by working with Tower Physician Solutions.

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Medical Practice Revenue Management and the self-pay patient


As we reach the end of 2018, a lot of reflection is happening from everyone – both personally and professionally. The team at Tower Physicians Solutions wants to help offer some tips or resolutions that your Nephrology Practice can make for 2019 in order to grow your medical practice and improve patient care. Where do you see your practice headed in 2019? 



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Keep Your Medical Staff Happy this Holiday Season!

Happy workers are also known as “engaged” workers. Engagement in the workforce has a direct correlation to productivity. Engaged employees are less likely to leave your facility in search of a new position. For the sake of your patients and your facility’s reputation, it’s always a good idea to take steps to keep your employees happy on the job. Healthcare can be a very demanding career, with large caseloads, long shifts and – on occasion – difficult patients. Many healthcare professionals can suffer job strain, especially around the holidays, that drags them down throughout the workweek; it’s your job as an employer to help your healthcare workers stay on task and in high spirits.

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Very important dates for MACRA 2018 - 2019

The year is almost over and we gathered important dates that you should note going into 2019. As always the experts at Tower are here to be your MIPS/MACRA resource. Starting your reporting early can help you catch errors and improve processes!

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Your practice’s revenue and the self-pay patient

In healthcare today, patient financial responsibility is on the rise. Patients are increasingly responsible for a higher percentage of their own healthcare costs. Employers are shifting those costs to employees, and insurers are offering high deductible health plans which increases out-of-pocket expenses. It's also harder for healthcare organizations to get paid for the care they provide. When patients can’t pay, your accounts receivables (AR) days go up, cash flow slows down, bad debt mounts and revenue shortfalls are almost inevitable.

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5 WAYS TO PASS YOUR NEXT MEDICARE AUDIT

5 WAYS TO PASS YOUR NEXT MEDICARE AUDIT

A medical practice can pass a Medicare audit easily if they have the right information. One of the consequences of treating Medicare patients is that the practice is then subject to Medicare audits. These can lead to the suspension of payments and Medicare fees. For a practice with lots of Medicare patient accounts, this can cause a financial crisis.

Unfortunately, Medicare audits are a necessary part of the system. Healthcare waste, fraud, and abuse lead CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to be diligent in recovering as much federal money as possible. This places a burden on facilities that follow the rules. Even when there is no intent to be dishonest, the practice can still face penalties if found guilty of improper Medicare billing.

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Medical Billing Process

How to Get the Most Out of Your Medical Billing

The most successful nephrology practices don’t reach their position in the industry without paying close attention to all aspects of their revenue cycle. Of course, success is based on numerous factors and not just on the financial side of things at your organization. You may have assembled a group of highly dedicated medical professionals who are at the top of their game. You also have a large base of satisfied and loyal patients, many of whom also happen to refer new patients to you.

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Medical Billing Process

REDUCE INCORRECT BILLING WITH A PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

One of the biggest financial problems that have affected Nephrology medical practices is inaccurate billing and coding at various stages of the medical billing process. Incorrect billing and coding can occur due to several reasons, including slow collection of patient receivables and coding at improper levels. Medical errors can happen anytime, even by the most professional and well-trained staff members. By automating outsourcing billing functions with a practice management solution, you’re effectively eliminating unnecessary medical practice expenses.

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MIPS: Start your MIPS reporting early

Starting your MIPS reporting early can help you catch errors and improve processes! Early reporting can also help to improve MIPS scores in the second half of this year and alleviate that last minute pressure to report before the deadline…

Tips for tackling 2018 reporting:

  • Identify your deficiencies in 2017 reporting and focus to improve those areas.
  • The minimum number of measures to report has increased, in fact it’s beneficial to report on as many measures as possible.
  • Review the list of 92 improvement activities, and identify at least one improvement activity your practice completed for each activity in 2017.
  • The most affordable and easiest way to submit data on improvement activities is by attesting to participation via the new data submission system on the QPP website..

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    What Your Nephrology Practice Should Know…MIPS/MACRA Updates 2018

    The trend toward value-based payments began with the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that was signed into law in April 2015. Since then, there have been updates and additional programs included in MACRA, such as the Quality Payment Program (QPP). MACRA created a new framework for independent physicians who will be rewarded financially for providing high-quality care. Physicians may qualify for one of two tracks for payment: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs).

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    IMPROVING YOUR ICD-10 CODING

    Why are there so many ways to submit an ICD-10 cause code? As a medical billing department specializing in Nephrology, we know it can be frustrating to try to sort out the differences in coding requirements among various payors. The more individualized your coding is on claims, the cleaner your claims submissions will be, resulting in more expeditious reimbursement.

    Education Improves Coding Accuracy

    If your practice management system does not automatically update coding according to the level of service indicated in your visit notes, then it’s essential to know how to choose the appropriate codes for service and procedures provided. Not only is this a key step in the revenue cycle, but accuracy at this point may be evaluated in an audit.

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    Hill Day and NCAP Forum June 22-24!

    This year, RPA's annual Hill Day is June 22, followed by the NCAP Advocacy Forum on June 23 and 24. RPA's Advocacy Weekend is open to all nephrology providers and practice managers and NANI’s leaders will be there.

    According to NCAP attendee and practice CEO Brian O'Dea, CPA, "All the thought leaders in nephrology are here. We get to work with other groups to find out what they are doing around the country and share our collective knowledge. You realize that you aren't out there alone."

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    NANI & Tower are Headed to Kidney Week:

    The World's Premier Nephrology Meeting

    The Nephrology experts of NANI and Tower Physician Solutions will be heading to New Orleans, LA. on October 31st for ASN’s Kidney Week, the premier conference in our field. More than 13,000 kidney professionals from across the globe will be in attendance at this year’s Kidney Week 2017.



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    Nephrology Today Interview with Dr.Degani, MD

    Hear how having the right help with your medical practice back office can help you focus on patients and work life balance.

    Dr. Omaima Degani is a nephrologist in Gurnee, Illinois and is affiliated with Advocate Condell, Vista Regional and Midwestern Regional Medical Centers. She received her medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and has been in practice for 11years.


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    Sandeep Bajaj M.D, is an accomplished healthcare professional with over 10 years experience.

    She provides strategic direction and oversight of health quality programs and initiatives aimed to improve physician practices. Listen to our online podcast Nephrology Today as Sandeep reviews important dates for MIPS/MACRA and the impact on medical practices.

    Why is October 2nd important and what should a practice be doing now to prepare?

    If you participate in MIPS, you have a total of six options for reporting Quality Performance data to CMS, but you must decide by October 2nd of 2017.




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    September 7th

    MIPS/MACRA: Why October 2nd is Important
    and What You Need to be Doing Now!

    Wait! Don’t let your medical practice miss this deadline. You cannot afford to pass up Medicare revenue and incentives in years to come. Most physician practices are running a race against time to implement Medicare's value-based payment system. Read on to learn about MIPS, MACRA and what you need to do today.

    Understanding MACRA’s complexities is critical since the law exposes both providers and payers to greater risk and opportunity. MACRA does more than address physician payments; it is designed to reduce health care costs by rewarding quality care over service and procedure volume.


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    Focus on your patients,
    but don’t let the business slide

    Nephrology Today Interview with Dr. John Ducker, MD Listen as John Ducker, M.D. of Fort Wayne, Indiana discusses the benefits his practice realized when they joined a large private practice, NANI. His group has improved their best practices including the challenges of billing and coding, mergers, and MACRA/MIPS for 2017.

    Dr. Ducker explains how consolidating with NANI and having office functions consolidated in one office, from billing to HR, really helped cut down on overhead. He stresses how the partnership has made his job easier so he can focus on patient care. Dr. Ducker is a community leader and has brought a more advanced level of nephrology care to Fort Wayne by giving chronic kidney disease patients better access to outpatient procedures and transplants.


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    Let Us Audit Your Billing/Collections!

    Focus on your patients, but don’t let the business slide.
    The more efficiently your office runs, the better customer satisfaction will be. Every private medical practice can benefit from a billing process with few errors and consistent cash flow, as well as more time to focus on customer satisfaction.


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    June 16th

    8 BENEFITS OF OUTSOURCING MEDICAL BILLING

    Deciding whether or not to outsource medical billing can be a difficult decision for your practice. Medical billing has always required a specialized set of skills, and in the last few years there has been a steep increase in complexity and red tape. Whether you are a new practice startup, experienced veteran, or in the midst of turmoil like upgrading to a new system, referring your billing to a specialist makes a lot of sense. It has now become a necessity for practices to consider revenue cycle management services.

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    May 18th

    MIPS/MACRA Tips for 2017!

    As with Meaningful Use, the earlier your practice starts participating in MIPS, the better the outcome will be in terms of future penalty avoidance and Medicare fee increases.
    Although 2017 is a reduced reporting “transition” year, it’s a great time to choose a few of the new patient care protocols that will soon be essential for MIPS participation and incorporate them into your workflow.

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    May 2nd

    Succession Planning

    After years, or decades, of carefully building a Nephrology practice, most physicians want to be just as intentional about what will happen to their practice and your patients when it’s time to retire. Early retirement planning and open communication can help you find a buyer for your practice, ease your transition to retirement, ensure your practice thrives and still provide effective care for your patients.

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    April 20th

    onboarding

    A great article providing tips on “practice onboarding” for smooth integration of a small practice into a larger practice. Written by Bob Florio, Controller & Director of Finance for NANI, the article “Practice Acquisitions

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    April 1st

    ICD-10 for Optimists

    With a new, clean calendar comes the intimidating task of preparing your practice, your providers and your billing staff for the advent of ICD-10 coding. October 1st, 2015 may be an imposing, if not frightening, deadline for practice managers concerned about their Medicare payments.

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    March 27th

    Practice Acquisitions: What You Need to Know to Grow

    A great article providing tips on “practice onboarding” for smooth integration of a small practice into a larger practice.

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    March 1st

    Meaningful Use: Avoid Audit Panic

    Spending two weeks preparing for an EHR Meaningful Use audit may not be one of your top goals for this quarter. In fact, it’s almost certainly something you don’t have time for. After all, you’re in Healthcare to help patients and they are your top priority.

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    February 25th

    MACRA and MIPS Changes Summarized

    The MACRA Division The new 962 page rule can certainly not be summarized very well, but I would like to highlight some key points that will be useful to Providers.

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    February 1st
    Sept 2

    Now is the Time to Prepare Your Practice for MACRA

    Sandeep Bajaj, Meaningful Use Coordinator with Tower Physicians Solutions recently discussed in an interview what nephrology doctors need to know about MACRA. CMS released its long-awaited for new value-based payment programs under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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    January 18th
    Oct 1

    Outsourcing Your Medical Practice Management

    According to the American College of Physicians, approximately 20 percent of new physicians create their own practice. While autonomy is one of the main benefits of a solo practice, it can be difficult for a small provider to shoulder the financial demands necessary to succeed with smaller budgets and fewer resources.

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    November 5th

    Small Changes in ICD-10 Coding is a Big Deal for Practices

    Once again, October 1st was the BIG DAY. Medicare’s one year ICD-10 grace period ended October 1st of this year, a year after ICD-10 coding requirements were turned on. That year wasn’t so tough, was it?

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