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March - April 2018 •
Volume 23, Issue 2

Start Spring With Renewed Commitment
President's Message
By Ginger Ryder, CMPE, CHBME, CPC
As I write this message, winter is still waging a war that is trying to most of us. Snow, ice, sleet, driving rain, and windstorms threaten to disrupt our businesses, our homes, and our lives. It reminds me a bit of how healthcare revenue cycle management has been over the last several years. Click for more

News from Around the HBMA
By RCM Advisor Editors
Are You Maximizing Your HBMA Membership?; New HBMA Members; CHBME Quiz; HBMA 2018 Compliance Symposium Schedule; HBMA 2018 Healthcare Revenue Cycle Conference Click for more

Telemedicine Reimbursement and Regulations
Feature Story
By Max Reiboldt, CPA
Providers entering this emerging field should be vigilant of new policies, regulations, and other changes. Click for more

Compliance Issues for Ambulance Biller
Feature Story
By Douglas M. Wolfberg, Esq.
It is imperative that billers fully understand the nuances of ambulance reimbursement to be able to successfully sidestep the many landmines of ambulance service billing. This article lays out five of the most important issues. Click for more

Preparing for the New Medicare Card Program
Feature Story
Contributed by the American Medical Association
It is important that practices and their technology systems be prepared to accept Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers in April 2018 to ensure all claims are processed promptly and without issue. Click for more

Understanding Your Role as a Business Associate
Feature Story
By Chad Schiffman
How can a business associate be sure they are meeting their compliance requirements? In the event of an incident, how will the business associate respond? Click for more

7 Reasons Why You Should Take Data Security Seriously
Feature Story
By Lee Barrett
Medical billing companies must maintain the highest levels of data security, but many fall short because they are unaware of the risk they could be the target of an attack. Compliance isn’t voluntary, so here’s why data security should be a top priority this year. Click for more

Has Your Data Gone Phishing?
Feature Story
By Noah Dermer
There are a few best practices to protect yourself and your billing services against hacking attacks. Here’s how you can make sure you’re operating with a complete tackle box. Click for more

MIPS Eligibility: Are Your Clinicians Exempt from MIPS in the 2018 Transition Year?
Feature Story
By Dan Mingle and Gay De Hart
This article contains an explanation of the five MIPS exemptions CMS recognizes and a list of frequently asked questions about the transition. Click for more

HCPCS Code Changes for 2018
Coding Corner
By Jackie Miller, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC
As usual, there were numerous additions, deletions, and revisions in the 2018 alphanumeric HCPCS file. This column discusses a few of the changes, but there are many more. Click for more

Excel Functions Every Excel User Should Know, Pt. 4
Software Talk
By Nate Moore, CPA, MBA, FACMPE
Welcome back to the RCM Advisor series covering basic Excel functions to save you time and frustration when working with spreadsheets. The January/February 2012 issue of Billing introduced the IF function. The basic syntax of an IF function is =IF (condition, value if condition is true, value if condition is false). Click for more

Success: The Only Definition That Matters Is Yours
From the Road
By Dave Jakielo, CHBME
If you Google the word success, you’ll come up with 51,300,000 hits. defines success as “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of goals.”an additional four. Click for more

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