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Despite widespread complaints about physician reimbursement, two major practice surveys show physician compensation trending up substantially in 2023. While on the surface that’s good news, it may simply mean doctors are working harder, which may exacerbate another common complaint — physician burnout — and lead to other problems. But experts suggest ways to carry the volume more efficiently.
Don’t overlook the latest National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) update. If your practice misses the procedure-to-procedure (PTP) and medically unlikely edits (MUE) that go into effect July 1, you could spend the rest of the summer dealing with denials.
Question: We charge patients $50 if they miss an appointment. I think it’s helped reduce no-shows. But we had one patient who missed an appointment and has refused to pay the fee. My boss wants to send it to collections, but I want to make sure first: Are we actually allowed to do that? (The patient is on Medicare.)
Question: How should HIPAA covered entities (CE) and business associates (BA) navigate the updated Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance on using online tracking technologies while ensuring PHI protection?
The latest MGMA physician compensation report doesn’t just have financial figures for different practice types. It also looks at the top states and regions for compensation by different kinds of practitioner, some of which may be a surprise to you.


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