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5 Skills of a Successful Front Desk Specialist

Posted by Daniel Ramsey on April 09, 2020

The front desk is often the face of your practice. They are the first and last people to interact with patients. Because this role is so important to the reputation and success of your practice, you need to have the right person for the job. But how can you know you have chosen the right person? Here are the skills our experts look for in a successful front desk specialist: 

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Topics: Front Desk, Management

Cancels/No Shows- To Charge or Not to Charge?

Posted by Diane McCutcheon on January 16, 2020

Right off the bat, I have to say this is a subject that I get very passionate about.  When I do assessments, I always address the cancellation/no show issue.   I tracked my last 50 client’s responses as to whether they charge for cancels and/or no shows and went from there.  Here is what I found:

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Topics: Front Desk, Management

New Medicare IDs- Don't Wait, Update!

Posted by Daniel Ramsey on December 11, 2019

To protect Medicare patients from identify theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits, Medicare has replaced the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) with Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI). HICNs were based on member’s SSNs while MBIs are unique and randomly generated.  

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Topics: Billing, Front Desk

The Power of Provider Portals

Posted by Daniel Ramsey on December 04, 2019

 

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Topics: Billing, Front Desk

The Rehab Private Practice Year-End Assessment Guide

Posted by Stacey Fitzsimmons on November 13, 2019

The new year is a great opportunity to set standards in your practice to ensure profitability and efficiency. Now is the time to meet with your administrative team to assess how they are performing and set expectations for 2020. Don’t know the right questions to ask? Don’t sweat it! We’ve outlined the 5 questions to ask yourself and your team: 

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Topics: Billing, Front Desk

The Importance of the First Phone Call

Posted by Diane McCutcheon on October 09, 2019

During our Administrative Power Center (APC) training sessions with rehab private practice owners and their front desk staff I always ask, “How do you answer the phone?”

Surprisingly, I have never had an entire staff, in one or multiple sites, all say the same thing. ‘Hello, thank you for calling APC Physical Therapy how can I help you?’ ; or ‘APC can I help you?’ ; how about – ‘APC Physical Therapy hold please.’; or ‘Hi, APC Physical Therapy, we are happy you called, this is Diane, how can I help you today?’; or how about, ‘APC Physical Therapy, if you want to schedule an appointment press 1, if you want to speak to a therapist press 2, if you want to discuss your bill press 3…’

Short, long, name, no name or a recording – what do you want every caller to hear every time they call your office? 

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Topics: Front Desk

RCM Software is Only as Good as the People Using It

Posted by Stacey Fitzsimmons on September 17, 2019

Over the years I have had the privilege of using or at least viewing over a dozen different Medical billing software systems.  Some I liked, and some I did not.  Some were general medical software’s and some specific to Rehab Therapy.  As good or as bad as I thought a system was, not one of them could actually make more revenue for a company.

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Topics: Billing, Front Desk

7 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Rehab Billing Without Even Knowing It!

Posted by Daniel Ramsey on September 10, 2019

Rehab billing is difficult to say the least. There are several pitfalls that you need to watch out for in order to “get paid right the first time”. Here are the top 7 most common mistakes you may be making: 

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Topics: Billing, Front Desk

5 Tips for Increasing Patient Collections During Tax Season

Posted by Daniel Ramsey on January 23, 2019

According to a survey conducted by GoBankingRates, 27% of respondents plan to use their 2019 tax returns toward their debt.  Our experience as a billing company has proven that tax season is a great opportunity to collect overdue patient balances. While it is recommended to collect all money at the time services are rendered, we realize that isn’t always possible.  Use the following 5 tips to increase your patient collections.

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Topics: Billing, Front Desk

The 5 Most Important Questions to Ask When Checking Benefits

Posted by Daniel Ramsey on November 26, 2018

Checking your patient's insurance benefits BEFORE the patient is seen should be a fundamental part of your practice's administrative process. Otherwise, you run the risk of claims being denied and left unpaid. You don't always have the right to appeal or bill your patient which is why it is so important to know the patient's insurance benefits before treatment begins.

When checking benefits, be sure to ask the right questions. Here at Account Matters, we had our administrative experts come up with the top 5 questions you should be asking every time. We highly recommend sharing this information with your front desk staff to ensure they are receiving the most accurate information possible.

Let's jump right in to the 5 most important questions:  

1. "What is the patient's financial responsibility?"

Informing the patient of any co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance upfront will guarantee a better patient experience. Not only will the patient know what is expected from them financially, your front desk staff will also feel more confident when asking for payment at time of service.  This decreases the chance of a nagging patient balance and can reduce the number of patient statements that you need to send each month.

Routinely checking benefits can also reduce the amount of refunds to the patient or insurance company due to over-payments. 

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Topics: Front Desk

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