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kwardbilling

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been away for a while...
« on: March 26, 2012, 06:54:49 AM »
Just wanted to send a quick post.  I've been extremely busy and, to my loss, I haven't been on this site very often.  I hope everyone is well, and I'm looking foward to catching up on some reading.

I have been doing strictly mental health and enjoying it, however, I have been approached by a chiropractor to do some billing.  I'm thinking of taking this on, learning curve.......so I'll be reading up a little bit on that...

thanks
Karen

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Re: been away for a while...
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2012, 06:51:55 AM »
Glad to have you back.  I don't want to offend any DC's out there, we bill for many, but it is a tough time for them right now.  They've been hit hard by the Medicare pre-edit audits and by the new workers comp rules.  Just wanted to mention that as you said you are considering branching out.
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Re: been away for a while...
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2012, 10:25:15 AM »
thanks, the only reason I was considering it is because I've been approached by someone who wasn't pleased with their biller.......not sure if I'll take it on, just in the thinking process....I really enjoy the mental health and that is my preference.....time will tell, I'll keep you updated....

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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2012, 07:04:30 AM »
Well I hope I didn't discourage you, but I honestly felt that I had to mention the problems they are facing.  I feel for them as well but I'm not surprised by what is happening.  Unfortunately their are some DC's who bill incorrectly and so both Medicare and WC finally decided to come down on the entire specialty to attempt to put a stop to it.  I bill for many chiros most who are very concerned about their patients, very caring, and only treat and BILL FOR what needs to be treated and billed for.  On the other hand, I do believe that a lot of DC's help patients, especially elderly ones by preventing them from deteriorating to a point that they are in pain, but Medicare is very clear that they do not pay for maintenance.  Personally I think that many patients benefit from maintenance and that it ends up saving money in health care in the long run but that is not how the Medicare plan works.  And again, unfortunately their are DC's out there who once they get a patient in the door they keep them coming once or twice a week forever not based on the patient's condition.  :(  But their are bad apples in every specialty out there!
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Re: been away for a while...
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2012, 07:39:09 AM »
Thanks very much for the opinion!!  I really do appreciate the thoughts.....and I do agree......I'm leaning towards staying with what I am comfortable with....

thanks again
Karen

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Re: been away for a while...
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2012, 10:49:45 AM »
I have worked for 4 Chiropractors over 8 years and 3 of them were cheaters and liars. One wouldn't allow me to accept copays from his family members and friends, the other wanted me to bill for patients he saw "over the weekend at his home", and the third one scheduled patients to come in 2 or 3 times a week for months at a time.  I didn't do what they wanted (fraud) so obviously the jobs didn't last long.  I would proceed with caution...

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Re: been away for a while...
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2012, 12:28:31 PM »
I'm sort of holding back my opinion on this one because I could be biased since I don't believe in most chiropractic services to begin with. I did all mental health myself for a while, but it doesn't cut it when it comes to the money.. I added pediatrics and it was a great balance :)  I avoid chiropractors like the plague! If you notice I never even answer billing or coding questions about chiropractic. LOL
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Re: been away for a while...
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 10:34:00 AM »
It's really sad how the bad apples are ruining public opinion about Chiros.  There are good ones out there, but they're few and far between.  Look for the "mechanics" who work with other doctors.  There are things in the human body that get misplaced and need to be put back.  NOBODY needs 3 times a week for the rest of their lives.  A good chiropractor doesn't "cure" cancer or diabetes and will work with your family doctor and be on good terms with the orthopedists and physical therapists.

Chiropractic is a great adjunct to healthcare, but it's not the only thing you should do for yourself.

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Re: been away for a while...
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 12:42:41 PM »
well, I guess the way I will approach this is that she has requested an appt to meet with me, so I'll go to the meeting and see what I think of her and the practice.  I am always up front, so I will state that and see where it goes from there.  I think I will go with my gutt on this one......If I don't think it's a good legitimate up front practice then I will walk away.  If she is truly a good representative of the field and is truly in need of billing help I would hate to pass it up.

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Re: been away for a while...
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 01:09:49 PM »
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well, I guess the way I will approach this is that she has requested an appt to meet with me, so I'll go to the meeting and see what I think of her and the practice.  I am always up front, so I will state that and see where it goes from there.  I think I will go with my gutt on this one......If I don't think it's a good legitimate up front practice then I will walk away.  If she is truly a good representative of the field and is truly in need of billing help I would hate to pass it up.

I think that's great way to approach this. I get a lot of doctors who tell me that they have talked to other billers who wouldn't take them because the provider didn't want to switch PM softwares, so you never know when a good opportunity will land in your lap. I also use my gut, it never fails me :)
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Re: been away for a while...
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2012, 04:24:35 PM »
PLEASE use your gut, you're a smart lady and you'll know "fishy" when you hear it.  You may even ask what kind of practice they have and listen to their spiel.  If it's fishy you'll know it!