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October 27, 2020
by Simon Hughes

How to Avoid Medical Billing and Coding Errors

Given the many intricacies of medical billing and coding, it is no surprise that mistakes can occur during the process. The most common errors, no matter how trivial they seem, can lead to claim denials, loss of revenue, fines and penalties, and may even impact patient care. Therefore, by knowing how to eliminate medical billing […]

June 28, 2018
by Simon Hughes

A fond farewell to Jeanne Chamberlin as she begins her next adventure – retirement

She’s one of the smartest people I have ever met. I would even argue that she might be an even bigger champion of the independent physician than I am. Jeanne Chamberlin accidentally walked into my professional life at a dry cleaners in Chapel Hill … still the best errand I’ve run to date. Jeanne joined […]

June 27, 2018
by Simon Hughes

Lessons I learned from 35 years in healthcare

When I graduated from Duke with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, one of my professors advised me that the best way to ensure a challenging and rewarding career was to work in a policy area that was always changing. It appears I chose well, as it’s hard to think of another industry that changes […]

January 26, 2018
by Simon Hughes

A much-deserved retirement for Cameron M. Cox, Jr.

January 1, 2018, was a bittersweet day – a sad day for me professionally but a fantastically happy day personally. This date marked the official retirement of my father and a great mentor, Cameron Cox, Jr. As a kid, I remember my dad leaving the house before sunrise. Cam Jr. has always been an incredibly […]

August 16, 2017
by Simon Hughes

MSOC Health Comments on Proposals for 2018 MIPS Program

Submitted to CMS August 2017 We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed rule for the second transition year under the MACRA legislation. We provide practice management consulting services to small and mid-sized independent practices. For the past several years, we have assisted dozens of practices with Meaningful Use, PQRS, Value-Based Modifiers, and […]

July 19, 2017
by Simon Hughes

Social Security Numbers Will No Longer be on Medicare Identification Cards as of April 2018

What did you say? Currently, each traditional Medicare (MC) enrollee has an identification card with a Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) (i.e. policy number). For the clear majority of MC beneficiaries, the HICN is the patient’s social security number (SSN) followed by the letter “A” (for beneficiary), with some exceptions, such as “B” for spouse […]

August 17, 2016
by Simon Hughes

MSOC offers healthcare practice management webinars to move you toward compliance

The MIPS program combines parts of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value Modifier (VM or Value-Based Payment Modifier), and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program into one single program. In the near future, providers will be measured on quality, resource use, clinical practice improvement, and meaningful use of certified EHR technology. How this is all going to work […]

July 26, 2016
by Simon Hughes

Did you know that MSOC Health provides top-notch speakers who can present to your healthcare organization?

For example, our president, Cameron Cox, is a regular keynote speaker for leading industry groups like MGMA, HFMA and medical societies across the U.S. Presenting on healthcare industry topics dealing with the business side of medicine, he has sound advice to help hospitals and practices develop strategically, understand emerging regulatory requirements, and better manage their […]