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Increase Insurance Reimbursement with These Two Billing Tips

Diagnostic Evaluations One way to increase insurance reimbursement is to bill for a second 90791 (psychiatric diagnostic evaluation) when appropriate. Since the diagnostic evaluation tends to pay more than other therapy services, increased utilization of this code will improve your bottom line. The guidelines presented here are provided from Medicare, but most commercial...

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Billing with Modifiers

Understanding insurance billing is confusing in and of itself. This article will explore the use of modifiers when submitting insurance claims. If you need a refresher on the basics of insurance claims see my article on CPT Billing codes. Let’s get started. What is a modifier? A modifier is a...

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How to Create a Marketing Letter Using Mail Merge

Marketing Letters using Mail Merge Being able to reach out to potential referral sources quickly and efficiently is an effective way to help you grow your practice. In this video tutorial, I will show you how to send a marketing letter by harnessing the power of a “mail merge”. As you will see,...

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Understanding Medicare Sequestration Payments

Medicare Payments & Sequestration Understanding Medicare EOB’s can be confusing as a result of the mandatory 2% reduction known as sequestration. In this video I will explain what sequestration is and show you how to make sense of your Medicare EOB. This took me a while to figure out, so I...

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Passive Income: Selling Digital Downloads

Creating a Professional Cover for your E-Book or Product Passive income is money that you can make while you sleep, literally. This can be a nice way to supplement your private practice income. The easiest ways to do this is by selling digital downloads. This could be an ebook, a...

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How to Create a Marketing Database

How to Set up a Database – Video Tutorial In this video I will show you how to create a marketing database using Microsoft Access. If you tried using Access before and found it complicated, I hope to take some of the fear and mystery out of it by showing you...

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Market Your Private Practice Online: Having a consistent brand

In today’s wold of social media, having an online presence is essential for growing your private practice. You probably have a Facebook Page, a Twitter account and/or a Google Plus page. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to manage each channel, but that’s a discussion for another day. What...

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Online Therapy – Benefits and Concerns

Is Online Therapy Right for Your Practice? If you are considering adding internet based therapy services to your practice there are several issues to consider, one of the biggest being security. Most importantly, the technology used needs to be HIPAA compliant and therefore, the use of Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts...