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Volume 21, Issue 6

Is Your HR Department Part of Your Compliance Program?
Compliance Starts with Human Resources
By Michelle Ann Richards, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPPM
If your HR department is not currently part of your compliance program, it most certainly should be, regardless of your affiliation or industry. The HR department is the first face an onboarding employee sees; it therefore sets the tone for the culture of compliance. Click for more

What's on the HBMA Horizon?
Message from the President
By Holly Louie, RN, CHBME
Now that our very successful Healthcare Revenue Cycle Conference in Atlanta is over, it is time to really reflect on where we have been and where we are going. Click for more

News for HBMA Members
By Billing Editors
Next Sound OFF!; New HBMA Members; Educate, Advocate, and Collaborate with These Membership Benefits; Stay Connected with the HBMA Message Board Click for more

Administrative Employee Classifications
Feature Story
By Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq. and Michael Foster, Esq.
Employing the right administrative staff is a necessity for operating a successful billing company. Many of us view our integral administrative staff as more than employees: They are key team members keeping our ship afloat as we all row in the same direction, which is a main reason so many companies prefer to pay on a salary and bonus structure, as opposed to maintaining hourly employees. Click for more

Convenient and Secure Payment Options
The Benefits of Patient Portals, Digital Wallets, and Apple Pay for Billing Services
By Noah Dermer
New online and mobile payment options are becoming more common in healthcare due to their ability to simplify the payments process and deliver a consumer-friendly experience to patients. Patients are also coming to expect these kinds of convenient payment options for their healthcare encounters. Click for more

HIPAA Compliance in the New Year
Plan Ahead to Meet the Challenges of HIPAA Compliance
By Greg Margrett
With the end of the year in sight, many of us will soon be making New Year's resolutions, perhaps the typical "I need to get in shape," or, "I want to spend more time with family and friends." But how many of us will resolve to make HIPAA the priority it needs to be for business to be more successful? Click for more

Coming Soon to Your Practice: Medicare Beneficiary Identification System
Overcome the Challenges of Remaining Compliant
By the American Medical Association
Since the beginning of Medicare, program beneficiaries have received identification cards that include a Social Security number (SSN)-based health insurance claim number (HICN)... Click for more

First-Tier, Downstream & Related Entity Compliance Standards
Understanding the Obligations of FDR Entities
By Carrie Aiken
In service to clients, our firms adhere to many compliance standards, including those of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security, Office of Inspector General (OIG), coding guidelines, and others. But what about FDR compliance? Click for more

How Unspecified Codes Live on in ICD-10-CM
Coding Corner
By Melody W. Mulaik
The first year of the implementation of ICD-10 is upon us, and everyone is wondering if the relative calm the industry has experienced will remain, or if there are big changes to come. Click for more

Sparklines Part 2
By Nate Moore, CPA, MBA, CMPE
In the last issue of Billing we discussed Sparklines – charts that fit inside a cell that are especially useful when creating dashboards. We created Line, Column, and Win/Loss Sparklines. Click for more

How to Motivate and Energize Your Team: Part 1
From the Road
By Dave Jakielo
Our business is a tough one and employee burn-out is not an unusual occurrence. So it is imperative that you and the leaders of your company understand how to keep your team members motivated and energized to ensure peak performance. Click for more

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