Who can Benefit from Neurocognitive Testing?

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, Neurocognitive testing is a method for non-invasively measuring brain function. It uses computerized tests or paper and pencil kinds of examinations to evaluate the most important aspects of cognition, including reaction time, memory, attention span, language, and perception. Neurocognitive testing is much more effective and accurate than simply asking someone how they’re feeling or how they’re doing because it actually measures how they’re feeling or doing by assessing their response to specific tasks.

These tasks are formulated with the direct intention of assessing specific brain function aspects, and by measuring responses to these tasks, it is possible to gain a fairly clear idea of what’s happening in the brain. The real value of Neurocognitive testing is that it provides perfectly objective tests so that responses can be compared to those responses from a much wider population, or against the same person’s responses from a previous test. In this way, is possible to obtain a snapshot of any person’s brain health.

Advantages of Neurocognitive testing

The primary advantages of neuro-cognitive testing stem from the fact that it is far less invasive than any other type of brain measurement test, and it’s also far less costly. It takes very little time to complete neuro-cognitive testing, and the test can be administered in an ordinary setting in a classroom or office, with the patient supplying answers at a desk or on a tablet.

It is also far superior to surgical methods which may involve risk to the patient, as well as taking up a considerable amount of time. Through evaluation of a patient’s responses to some simple questions and tests, it can effectively be determined whether the patient has any kind of learning disability, is suffering from dementia, or whether the patient might be experiencing the symptoms commonly incurred after a concussion.

Who can benefit from Neurocognitive testing?

A leader in the field of neuro-cognitive brain testing is the company called BrainCheck, which has devised brain tests which accurately identify a person’s brain health at any given moment. Medical Healthcare Solutions Inc. of Andover, MA has partnered with BrainCheck to provide all its clients with a simple test that can be used to advantage by anyone who is suspected of having suffered some kind of cognitive loss or degradation. The people who might benefit from this kind of test includes athletes, elderly persons, children, and just about everyone else.

In years past, concussion symptoms were frequently missed, partly because athletes were unaware of the possibility of a concussion, and also due to the fact that it was not widely known how prevalent concussions are in contact sports. With no medical expertise necessary whatsoever, a neuro-cognitive test can be administered right on the playing field to determine whether or not an athlete has sustained a concussion or some kind of violent trauma to the head area.

Athletes are not the only ones who might benefit from Neurocognitive testing, however. Elderly people who are suspected of early-stage dementia can also be evaluated and diagnosed, based on the responses they provide to testing tasks. While dementia cannot be cured or reversed, it is always advantageous to diagnose it as early as possible, so that the impacts can be slowed, and so that patients can be more closely monitored.

Neuro-cognitive testing can also be used effectively on youngsters to determine whether or not they have learning disabilities. Any child who is suspected of having a learning disability can be given a neuro-cognitive test, and have the results compared to the broader population of children’s scores, to see where abilities are lacking. This can be very important in a young person’s life because learning disabilities can be overcome if they are identified and reacted to.

In the broadest sense, almost everyone can benefit from Neurocognitive testing, especially if tests are taken periodically throughout a person’s life. The results from each test at a given point in someone’s life can be considered a baseline for that specific age and can be compared to the same test scores from previous years. When there are significant variations in the test scores, this could be a cause for concern and should be something that is investigated, to determine if there has been an actual cognitive drop-off.

The tests have been designed in such a way that they won’t be any easier or harder at various points in a person’s life, and are not related in any way to knowledge acquired throughout a lifetime. By simply measuring the time it takes to respond, and the accuracy of those responses, a glimpse into brain function can be provided at any point in a person’s life.

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Why MHS is the Right Medical Billing Company For You

Deciding to outsource revenue cycle management for your practice to a third-party is a tough decision. While you may like the idea of keeping this very important task of medical billing in-house, there are many reasons why entrusting this factor of your business to a skilled third-party medical billing professional could be a more beneficial route to take. Choosing the right medical billing professional is key to unlocking many missed opportunities, saving money for your business and increasing your bottom line. Here’s why Medical Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (MHS) is the right choice.

Experience

Experience sometimes is better than education. However, you’ll see that MHS possesses both. Here’s just a snapshot of our commitment to the healthcare industry over the last couple of decades.  Our President/CEO, Stephen P. Brighton, has extensive senior management experience in medical administration as well as his extensive and successful sales experience selling medical billing services. With an educational background in Marketing Management and Biological Science, Mr. Brighton has built a medical billing company that can cater to business aspects of the organization as well as consulting with his clients on medical administration and reimbursement procedures. Our CFO, Regina S Brighton, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with a Minor in Exercise Physiology. Regina has several years consulting with various medical organizations for accounts receivable collections. Utilizing her medical terminology knowledge and consulting experience, Regina has worked with the President of MHS to develop the billing service from one client to over 1500 physicians. This focus on education and experience within our company is what allows us to provide excellent service to our clients.  Our leadership and staff collectively represent decades of medical billing experience and service to the healthcare community.

 

Expertise


We guarantee to provide the most efficient, effective and professional medical billing service possible. We will continually work with you to provide the most effective and up-to-date services available for your practice.  Longevity of clients in the Healthcare industry confirms the strength of the service being provided. MHS is proud of the number of providers who have continually remained with us through the years because of satisfaction with our work. Our providers are our best advocates and are more than willing to act as referrals by sharing their experience with prospective clients. We continually monitor the market for the very best tools available to provide the most efficient services to our providers. As you explore our website, you will notice that MHS is at the cutting edge of technology advancements, allowing us to provide the very best of service to our clients. As the premier national medical billing company, we are proud to offer our medical billing services throughout the United States. MHS employs more than 150 personnel to handle the billing requirements of our providers, including a team of certified coders by multiple specialties.

Full Service

MHS provides complete medical billing, electronic health records and practice management services for Healthcare Professionals. Our full scope of services provide our clients with quality medical billing support at every turn. Healthcare Analytics, ASC Revenue Cycle Management, Student Health Services Billing, Revalidation, Electronic Health Records, Revenue Cycle Management, and Doctor Credentialing are just a few of the services we offer. Each service is tailored and customized to fit the individual needs of our clients.

 

MHS billing provides you with INCREASED CASH FLOW, ELECTRONIC CLAIM SUBMISSION, CUSTOMIZED FINANCIAL REPORTS, STATE OF THE ART CODING PROCEDURES and most importantly, CONFIDENTIALITY.

Not to mention our extensive reporting feature. We provide analytical reports that can give you an in-depth look at how your business is performing, point out areas for improvement, and that will help identify ways you can save more money, collect payments faster, and increase the overall profit of your business.

Want to see us in action? Request information or schedule a free billing analysis. You’ll more about all of our services and solutions. Call us at 800-762-9800 or fill out our form here.

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Why You Should Be Using A Medical Billing Company

A medical billing company is a valuable resource for physicians, medical practices, and other similar healthcare providers. There are many things medical billing professionals do other than post bills to patients. A good medical billing company will handle entering data about your patients into a patient management software such as patient information, physician information, medical codes, insurance information, as well as payment information. Additionally, medical billing professionals will help keep the payment process moving by re-submitting claims, interacting with all necessary parties to complete the billing process, as well as collecting payments from patients and insurers.

While some medical practices opt to do these services in house, there are many reasons why these services should be outsourced to a qualified medical billing company.

Finances

You will save money outsourcing medical billing to a third-party provider. The costs related to purchasing software and hiring and training staffers to do the work typically exceeds the amount you would pay to a medical billing service. In addition, medical billing companies will likely keep a closer eye on denied claims, forms, bills, and other issues that come up with medical billing while one or two staffers in your office may overlook these important issues causing severely delayed or lost payments.

Compliance

Medical billing companies are invested in staying up to date with the latest laws and regulations related to medical billing and patient management. Being compliant ensures that their clients are receiving the high quality service they can rely on. A medical billing company will award peace of mind that your practice’s medical billing practices comply with new laws, regulations, and industry standards.

Time

Another reason why you should hire a medical billing company is to better serve your patients by dedicating your time and resources to treating your patients instead of having to deal with billing. Running a practice brings a lot of responsibility, however outsourcing the revenue cycle to a third party provider frees up your time to focus on patient care.

Efficiency

Most medical billing companies will be able to provide comprehensive reporting on each aspect of the revenue cycle to show you where improvements can be made whether it’s during patient intake or after. This reporting provides an in depth look into the inner workings of your process and point out how to make it more efficient which could resolve cash flow issues, improve payment collection, and shorten the time between the patient’s visit and receiving the final payment. Without medical billing experts to help identify some of these opportunities, you could be leaving money on the table.

A medical billing company can provide a streamlined process starting with patient intake all the way through to final collections relating to the patient’s visit. Making sure this process is working at optimum levels is vital to the financial health of your practice. This process is called revenue cycle management and it’s all about processing information in a timely and strategic manner that will result in collecting payments as quickly and as efficiently as possible. In addition, a medical billing company will be able to communicate the status of your revenue cycle management and make recommendations for improvement. Overall, the business side of your practice must be working efficiently in order to keep it running. A medical billing company can help any practice do just that.  Contact MHS today to set up a demo and we can show you how we can help improve your bottom line.

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2018 Healthcare Revenue Cycle Conference: Sessions We’re Stoked About

The 2018 Healthcare Revenue Cycle Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina this year will be jam-packed with industry leaders, workshops, and valuable insights into the latest developments regarding the revenue cycle management industry. As medical billing and coding professionals, it is our duty to keep a pulse on the latest hot-button issues, industry trends, and new technology to continue bringing cutting-edge value to our clients.

Revenue Cycle Management is very important to the financial stability of healthcare practices. It bridges the gap between providing valuable healthcare services and handling the business side of providing that service. Revenue Cycle Management utilizes a complex network of Health IT systems, communication with patients and payers, and internet-based billing procedures to manage the cycle of healthcare from the initial patient visit to getting paid. Over the years, there have been many new developments in Revenue Cycle Management such as the way we access information, how data is stored, how bills are paid, communicating with patients, handling insurance claims, and many other facets involved in running a healthcare practice. One of the best ways to keep up with these important trends is to attend conferences such as this year’s Healthcare Revenue Cycle Conference taking place in mid-September. We’re excited to take part in this important event and here are some of the great sessions we’re looking forward to.

Hitting the ground running on the very first day, Dan Mingle, MD, Founder and CEO, Mingle Analytics and Kelly Whittle, Founder and CEO, Whittle Advisors will share the newest trends regarding the MACRA regulation including techniques on how to succeed with MIPS and the Quality Payment Program introduced under MACRA. Mingle’s overview of MIPS will include new 2018 requirements, measure selection, data requirements, and the importance of measure performance monitoring. Additionally, he’ll highlight ways to handle reporting with the MIPS program and how RCM companies like us can help our customers unlock data to analyze practice performance and improve MIPS scores. Ultimately, this session will give us a strong foundation to help our customers transition from claims-based reporting to a more value-based framework and to clearly communicate the new payment reform strategy laid out in the MACRA regulation.

Following up this powerful session, Ted Stack, Managing Director, Falcon Capital Partners LLC, will deliver a helpful lecture on creating value in our RCM service that will transfer on to our clients. In this session Stack will discuss how creating value in our business is critical for our customers given the fact that the healthcare market continues to evolve each year with constantly changing consequences on the billing service providers. As we continue to follow these trends, we will be able to identify areas for improvement and ways we can further maximize the bottom line for our clients.

One of the key developments in the Revenue Cycle Management Industry is Robotic Process Automation (RPA).In recent years, new technology has developed that can further streamline the process of collecting money in less time and at less cost. John Fundingsland, VP and GM Healthcare Operations, Hexaware Healthcare Technologies, and Dan Hillman, VP Revenue Cycle Strategy, Hexaware Healthcare Technologies will discuss in detail how RPA has impacted Revenue Cycle Management processes and how we can incorporate some of these practices into our programs so we can pass along those savings to our clients.

Another session we’re looking forward to is Five Strategies Critical to Achieve Payment Assurance Through Patient Engagement, provided on the Operations Track. This session will help us identify ways we can engage with the patient before, during, and after the visit to assure payments are being made at a fast pace. What’s interesting about this session is that these strategies were put in place to combat the recent explosion of patients visiting doctors’ offices, yet still owing a balance for previous visits long after the service was completed. This can cause significant damage on cash flow and overall daily office management. This session will help uncover opportunities for improvement in billing services while also reducing overhead costs and ensuring providers get paid. This is a big goal we strive to meet for our clients on a daily basis.

These are just a few of the sessions we’re looking forward to attending, but there are many more! Not to mention that this year, the conference is held in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Hornets! We’re excited to explore the Queen City as we dive deeper into one of the most important facets of our industry. There are so many new facets and areas to learn about when it comes to Revenue Cycle Management and a great place to dive in head first will be the 2018 Healthcare Revenue Cycle Conference.

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Get Reimbursed for Medical Services You Already Are Performing

You are already performing a wide range of medical billing services within your office. You should be getting reimbursed for all of them. In a nutshell, medical billing reimbursement medical healthcare solutions involves payments received for procedures and services performed, from commercial payers such as insurance companies, that act on behalf of healthcare programs. This reimbursement is determined by the claims submitted and documentation provided and filed by providers like you through the proper use of medical diagnosis and procedure codes.

Commercial payers must follow standards set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), with many of these regulated by each state. With the exception of specific national mandates, like reimbursement for childbirth, commercial payers determine what their rules will be in regards to medical necessity or payment/reimbursement fee schedules. Federal intermediaries like Medicare will reimburse physicians and other providers for services provided to beneficiaries on a fee-for-service, or FFS, basis. Fee schedules are set for physicians, ambulance services and clinical laboratory services, as well as medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies.

The Changing Role of Healthcare

Reimbursement in the realm of healthcare is changing. Even prior to parts of the Affordable Care Act began to take effect, a burgeoning focus on value-based care vs. volume has prompted many health-care organizations and providers to look at accountable and patient-centered care models whereby they take on a greater amount of risk. That’s why revenue must be managed in a different way to make sure that the value delivered to patients is paid for — both accurately and in a timely manner.

In order for hospitals and physicians to ensure their claims are paid out, they first have to understand the differences in various components of claims management and how they can affect reimbursement. This knowledge is time-consuming to attain but can pay off in the end.

You are likely handling several aspects of your company’s billing services. With overworked staff taxing that system, you could be overlooking many reimbursements for work you’re already doing. There are many components of the patient-provider interaction that fit within the revenue cycle and that could lead to loss or risk due to gaps in service:

  • Pre-service (including pre-registration and pre-auth)
  • Process of care
  • Process-integrity practices (including code compliance)
  • Billing services (customer support)
  • Administrative services (debt collections, contract management, etc.)

Professional, Outsourced Assurances

The business of healthcare requires certified medical billers who possess the skills necessary to expertly tackle all aspects of the revenue cycle. Without this expertise in medical billing and the nuances of payer requirements, reimbursement is often compromised. Seeking out a professional medical billing and reimbursement specialist means you can submit claims in accordance with government regulations and private payer policies, follow up on the status of a claim, resolve denials, submit appeals, manage collections, and post payments and adjustments.

If you would like to know more about medical billing reimbursement and how it can help you, contact Medical Healthcare Solutions, Inc. in Andover at 800-762-9800.

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