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Texas Blues Reverses Policy to Discontinue Incident-To Billing - 05/13/2022

In response to Texas Medical Association advocacy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) has reversed a new policy under which the insurer would have discontinued paying the full payment rate for “incident-to” services performed by nonphysician practitioners (NPPs).


Practice E-Tips on Human Resources - 03/31/2022

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Articles and Papers on Legal Issues - 03/18/2022

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Four Bill-Collecting Tips for New (or Any) Practices - 02/01/2022

Starting a practice can be daunting, and one challenge often overlooked is making sure you get paid. Although only a small number of patients will not pay you, or will pay slowly, they can hurt your bottom line. Writing off thousands of dollars in charges should not be an option.


Instructions for Deleting Data Elements on NPI Applications - 11/19/2021

Step-by-step instructions to delete data elements on NPI applications


Stop Embezzlement Before It Starts - 10/28/2021

Embezzlement occurs in medical practices more often than you might think. Follow these tips to reduce the potential for cash embezzlement in your practice.


Patient Notification During Practice Transition - 10/28/2021

Patient Notification During Practice Transition


These Workplace Posters Should Be on Your Walls - 10/28/2021

Along with any decorative prints or motivational signs that might adorn the walls in the employees-only areas of your practice, posters about up to a dozen lawsmust be on display.


May Nonphysician Practitioners Order DME? - 10/28/2021

Under what conditions may my physician assistant order durable medical equipment (DME)?


Employing Nonphysician Practitioners: Online Resources - 10/27/2021

The Texas Medical Association has a number of tools to help physicians manage nonphysician practitioners properly.


Sample Letter: Physician Discontinuing Practice - 09/24/2021

Letter for Physician Discontinuing Practice


Sixteen Ways to Save Money in Your Practice - 09/23/2021

Looking for ways to trim practice expenses? Here are some easy suggestions for saving a little here and a little there. It can add up.


What Patients Want: Doctors Who Listen - 09/23/2021

Mastering these four communication tasks can result in happier,healthier patients.


How to Handle Patient Complaints - 09/23/2021

When a patient raises a complaint, the staff’s best course of action is a coherent, concise response that preserves patient confidence and satisfaction.


Maintain an Attitude of Respect and Helpfulness Toward Patients - 09/23/2021

Maintain an Attitude of Respect and Helpfulness Toward Patients


Why You Should Conduct Background Checks - 09/17/2021

Starbucks does it. The company routinely conducts a background check when it makes a tentative job offer to any candidate for employment. Medical practices should do so, too.


Eight Reasons Your New Employee Didn’t Work Out - 09/17/2021

Hiring the right employee isn’t an easy job, nor a particularly fun one. You don’t want to do it all over again in a couple of months because your recent new hire didn’t work out. If that happened to you, here are some things you may have done wrong.


Interview Candidates the Smart Way - 09/08/2021

When interviewing candidates for your practice staff, it’s a good idea to work from prepared questions. Here’s why.


Try These Budget-Friendly Ways to Motivate Your Staff - 09/08/2021

Employees value many things as much as — maybe even more than — the amount of money you pay them. Respect, recognition, and pride in what they do are basic but powerful motivators. Here are some no-cost, low-cost ways to help your staff bloom.


Paying Employees for Lunch Break - 09/08/2021

Does your practice have clear policies regarding rest and meal breaks for hourly (nonexempt) employees?


Does the Family and Medical Leave Act Apply to Your Practice? - 09/08/2021

Does the Family and Medical Leave Act apply to your practice?


Top Three Reasons Embezzlement Occurs - 09/08/2021

Medical practices suffer from one of the highest embezzlement rates of all service industries.Several factors can contribute to embezzlement. The top three are opportunity, pressure, and rationalization.


Avoid Embezzlement by Managing Staff Responsibilities - 09/08/2021

One way to protect your practice from embezzlement is by separating financial responsibilities among your staff so they become accountable to each other.


What Hinders a Medical Office Staff’s Productivity? - 09/07/2021

When making staffing decisions, evaluate how productive staff members are. Examine support staffers, especially clinical support staff, to see what factors might impede their ability to get patients ready for you to see.


Preventing Embezzlement - 09/07/2021

Preventing Embezzlement