UnCommon Sense

(ISSN: 1062-080X)

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Articles Available on Medscape

  • How to Test the Waters of a Cash-Only Practice 
    Many physicians are curious about whether a cash-only practice would work for them. Here's the best way to find out.
  • Are You in Hot Water If Your Staff Doesn't Take Breaks? 
    Coffee and lunch breaks are mandatory in offices; if your staff doesn't take them, or you don't allow them, there could be legal repercussions. Plus, those who take breaks usually perform better.
  • Staff Raises? Seriously? 
    Employees feel insulted if you don't give them substantial raises, even though their contributions to the practice are about the same as last year's. What can you do about this?
  • A Fierce but Effective Way to Combat Accounts Receivable 
    If A/R is mounting and some of it is long overdue, your current staff and billers might not make much headway. You need a tactical way to attack the problem.
  • 9 Costly Myths About Collecting Payment From Patients 
    Your accounts receivable may be suffering because your staff is fearful of being thought 'too aggressive' about collecting payment, but their fears may not be based on reality.
  • Why Your Fees Shouldn't Vary 
    Some physician practices have separate fee schedules for different plans so they bill at the expected allowable and write off less. Bad idea! Here's why.
  • Yes, You CAN Get More From Medicare 
    When physicians protest a Medicare payment, it results in an increased payment 60% of the time. Yet only 6% of Medicare payments are protested. Here's how to do it right.
  • The Best Way to Thank Referral Sources This Season 
    Physicians typically want to thank their referral sources without being accused of bribes or kickbacks. What gifts can make you stand out from the crowd without landing you in hot water?
  • How to Save Money on Your Lease 
    Most people are intimidated by landlords and accept whatever lease is offered. But there are many things you can do to get a better deal.
  • Considering a Consultant: Is the Advice Worth the Cost? 
    Many doctors turn to a practice management consultant for analysis and advice about how to make the practice more successful. Here's how to tell if the price tag will be worth it.
  • 'Why Does SHE Still Work Here?' 
    Most doctors hate to fire an employee, but saying the wrong thing during the termination can lead to trouble. Here's the best way to handle the situation.
  • "Don't Those Pinheads Know I'm Saving Them Money?"  
    You’ll have more success in fighting claims denials by avoiding anger and using certain savvy tactics. Learn what they are.
  • What's the Best Size for a Practice? 
    Each size practice -- solo, small, medium, large -- has its own pros and cons. Choosing which works for an individual doctor depends on his or her own desires and goals.
  • Best Ways to Generate More Referrals 
    A few important tactics could increase the number of referrals you receive, and can keep them coming.
  • Turn the Tables on "Deny and Delay" Insurers 
    Insurers who routinely delay and deny claims create problems for accounts receivable, but there are effective ways to deal with these insurers.