Receiving notice from a payor that you are being audited can be alarming. Questions will inevitably run through your mind, such as, Why? How? How much will this cost? Understanding the types of payor audits and how to navigate the process can make answering those questions easier. In addition, advanced preparation and knowing when to… [Read More]
Practice Management » Legal
Dear Dr. Hospitalist: I am a seasoned hospitalist at a large academic medical center in the Northeast and have recently become more bothered by how our group is being coerced to aggressively bill for our services. It seems the current reimbursement environment has pushed some of our leaders to demand more aggressive billing from our… [Read More]
It is inevitable that, at some point in your career, you will need to hire a healthcare attorney. Proper representation is the best way to ensure a positive outcome in any situation. Physicians often consider tackling certain issues on their own to reduce costs and avoid complicating matters. However, there are at least five situations… [Read More]
Steve Harris, Esq., legal columnist for The Hospitalist, explains the ins and outs of a hospitalist contract.
As the practice of medicine continues to transition to performance-based payment systems, the number of mergers of hospitalists and specialists has surged. Payment models that focus on clinical outcomes and best practices link payment to the ability of physicians to provide efficient, quality healthcare and improve patient outcomes. These payment systems are changing the way… [Read More]
The movement toward greater transparency of financial information in healthcare is providing patients with access to data that might affect their healthcare decisions. Not all of this information is provided in ways that give patients the full picture, and they may turn to you for some added clarity. Financial Relationships The Physician Payments Sunshine Act… [Read More]
Society of Hospital Medicine estimates more than 44,000 hospitalists in U.S. in 2014, nearly four-fold increase since 2003