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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2010, 03:34:12 PM »
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Locking file cabinet, or locking desk for PHI.  Also it's important to teach your kids about privacy anyway, this could be an important learning experience for all.

Excellent point!

Yeah I keep my drawers on lock....he he he

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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2010, 04:12:23 PM »
I turned down the rental space today. Thanks to all the suggestions I'm going to check out a few alternatives.

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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2010, 05:03:08 PM »
You can do it!!!!!

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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2010, 06:25:07 PM »
I turned down the rental space today. Thanks to all the suggestions I'm going to check out a few alternatives.

You are welcome. I have been working from home since June 09 (preparing for opening since 02/09). I got my first client 09/09. My second client was 01/10, third & 4th client 03/10, (Although 1 isnt' open yet), my 5th client (possibly today*fingers crossed), and I have a 6th one pending. I have yet to have an issue with PHI. My faxes come to my pc (ring central), and any invoices that I have to print get filed in a drawer, but I really don't have to do that. I save them to a stick and keep them. Don't get so caught up in the PHI where you OVERTHINK it. Its very good that you are aware and on top of the legal issues involved. I'm either moving to a 4bedroom this summer to convert 1 bedroom into an office, or I am thinking of renting office space by 06/01/10 (my one year anniversary). I have to (for me) be able to seperate the "home" from the job. Having my office no where near the "home" works best for me. I am leaning towards the office do, more so for marketing on my end. It is in a very lucrative medical office park in Cary NC. Cary, for those not from here is synonymous with money. 

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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2010, 09:56:51 PM »
That's great Charlene!  I moved into a larger home with a dedicated office in November 09.  Opened for business in October 09, 1st client in November, 2nd client in March and ummmm where's the rest of my clients?  I'm working on it. Seems really slow but I must admit it gives me time to create best practices and get a workflow down to maximize my time.  Looking forward to an office space when I can also.  I like the flexibility but kind of miss leaving the house for work. 
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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2010, 05:29:07 AM »
Both of you are off to a great start.  It is not easy to find those first clients.  It's good for newbies to see the reality of this business so they can prepare properly.  Believe me, once you get going the new clients come a lot easier.  Keep up the great work!
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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2010, 06:39:36 AM »
Thanks Alice, and congrats MS. What newbies need to remember is that clients don't seek you out..you have to SEEK them!! I have had several to email me about what can they do, how does this work or other requests. I have been assisting LONG before I got my first client. I had one lady I helped and she BLEW up quick. It all happens in time. What will not happen is sitting back just "dreaming" about what you are going to do and not doing it. Faith without works is DEAD!! Not only did I believe that I could do it, I worked at doing it. Michelle Rimmer from the PMBA can tell you how many nights I was up trying to either market, or learn the ropes for the PIA client I had just landed. Either she was helping me, or I was helping her. These forums are especially great as well, but some people use them as a crutch. They are like anything else, a tool to help you build and grow, but it is up to you to tighten the screws. When I see people grow, I get just as excited for them. What does bother me, is those that grow, but never look back!! They join the forums, get help and BOUNCE. Never once thinking about the help they received and offering to help someone else. The industry can support us all.

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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2010, 07:08:08 AM »
You're right Charlene.  These forums are a great tool, and even though I consider myself 'experienced' I still learn new things every day.  We had such a hard time finding help when we started that we decided to dedicate ourselves to helping others.  There's a medical provider on every street corner and all up and down the blocks in between.  The industry CAN support us all!  Of course it's survival of the fittest, I don't like the billing services that are in it solely for the money (because obviously any one doing this for a living is in it to some point for the money) and do a really crappy job because they don't really care.  But they wouldn't bother to take the time to be members of forums now would they!   ;)

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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2010, 08:39:16 AM »
In the last ten years I have worked for health insurance and dental insurance companies for customer/ provider services and claims processing. I have been to a medical billing and coding class. I have received my insurance sales license for the entire east coast in health, long-term care and annuities. I have worked in billing and during this time not once did I think about starting my own billing company.

I love to learn new things which is why I stay in this field. I love having a problem and researching for the answer. I love winning appeals. I love having the inside scoop on some processes that go into claims.

It wasn't until my current job, medical billing and collecting for a HHC agency that I entertained the idea of staring a billing company of my own. Since then the idea has stuck until I found myself spending months researching, crunching numbers and deciding how to do it and what I need to do to make it work. Its scary because its not a familiar paycheck every two weeks but its exciting too.

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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2010, 12:41:04 PM »
Looks like this thread has changed paths a little, but I love it.  You guys are so great!  Reinforcing known rules, redirecting procedures that could be better, and the support that we all have bumps in the road!

I would like to encourage all billers, whenever they get the chance, to educate friends and families about the ins and outs of health care billing and insurance benefits and payments.  There's a notion in the general public that health care costs are "escalating out of control".  The general public knows nothing about allowed amounts and write offs, copays and deductibles.  They don't realize that providers are hit with higher and higher costs to do business and yet they're being cut every year by the insurance companies. 

We, as responsible billers have to make sure the doctors bill correctly (ethically, morally), the insurance companies pay correctly (per their contract with the doctor and the patient), and that the patient pays their portion appropriately.  We're kind of watch dogs, aren't we?

Ok, I'm stepping off the soap box now.  But we can educate people in our own areas and like ripples on the water, it'll get around!

Have a great weekend everyone!  Thanks for being there!

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Re: Office Space vs. Home Office
« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2010, 01:39:54 PM »
You are welcome DMK!