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February 11, 2021
by Simon Hughes

Are You Properly Billing and Coding COVID-19 Vaccinations At Your Hospital?

Now that we have approved and recommended COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), it’s time to execute the correct medical billing and coding strategy to sustain the country’s vaccination efforts properly. These medical codes were nonexistent a year ago. Still, since we face a global pandemic, healthcare practitioners must quickly adapt to these new guidelines to […]

February 1, 2021
by Simon Hughes

How the 2021 Medicare Rule Changes Will Affect Your Hospital Billing Guidelines

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) aims to reduce the burden placed on physicians required to adhere to the current coding system and reward them accordingly for their time spent managing and evaluating patients. In the final rule, the CMS makes several changes to streamline reporting processes. This rule affects office and patient […]

December 15, 2020
by Simon Hughes

4 Steps to Telehealth Success in Rural American Hospitals

Expanding your services to include telehealth may seem like a challenging endeavor, but this new provision and management of medical care provides a sound solution to improving the rural communities’ access to quality healthcare. Using telehealth in rural areas can help reduce the difficulties patients usually encounter, such as distance, travel time, and transportation issues. […]

December 2, 2020
by Simon Hughes

Charles Colligan Joins Coronis Health

Coronis Health is welcoming Charles Colligan to their expert team to oversee the financial and operational performance of the company as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, supporting Coronis Health’s continued success in providing niche clients with the best-of-the-best solutions in revenue cycle management. Charles “Charlie” Colligan brings 30 years of experience in developing and […]

November 23, 2020
by Simon Hughes

Coronis Health Implementing New Mandatory Medicare ABN

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have revised the Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) form and have announced that it will delay the regulation requiring physicians to use the new version of the form (Form CMS-R-131). It was previously reported that CMS would require the use of the new form starting Aug. […]

August 21, 2020
by Simon Hughes

Code Changes for 2020

Question: Are there any code changes that apply to anesthesia in 2020? Answer: There were no changes to anesthesia codes for 2020. There are, however, some changes to pain management codes that may affect you—they are listed below: 2019 codes 2020 codes Anesthetic agent injections 64999 unlisted procedure, nervous system 64451 (Injection(s), anesthetic agent(s) and/or […]

March 13, 2019
by Simon Hughes

The top 10 highest physician salaries by specialty

Specialists continue to draw bigger paychecks than primary care physicians, with orthopedic salaries at the top of the list, according to a new survey. Orthopedic doctors had the highest salary among 25 types of physicians, according to a MedPage Today salary survey. The online survey received more than 20,000 responses, including 7,753 with salary information used in […]

January 2, 2019
by Simon Hughes

Data-driven marketing: using data analytics to make smart decisions

Data is the new currency, and it’s disrupting virtually every industry. As people become more connected through technology and social media, more data points are available for collection. In fact, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every 24 hours. That’s 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data, to be precise! Over 90% of data that exists has been generated […]

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 […]