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Supero Healthcare Solutions Provider Enrollment and Credentialing Blog

3 Common Provider Enrollment Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Brian Agnew on Fri, Dec 07, 2012 @ 16:12 PM

describe the imageProvider enrollment is an inevitable process that comes with running a healthcare business such as a physician practice, rehab clinic, or urgent care center. Becoming a provider with commercial and government insurance companies is essential to maintaining steady patient referrals and cash flow and are the backbone of any successful practice. Avoiding the following common mistakes will ensure your credentialing application and provider enrollment process moves along efficiently and timely.

 

1. Forgetting to Include Complete Information

During this early application phase, an insurance company needs a thorough picture of your current and past medical practice to determine if you would be a good fit for their provider network. Requested data usually includes practice address, phone, fax, contact information, services provided, copies of your licensure, employment history, average patient profile and any records of past legal troubles regarding your medical practice. Omitting any of this data can lead to delays in your provider credentialing, and it can sometimes be grounds for a denial. Also forgetting to sign the applications and contracts can cause significant delays.

Whether you are compiling this data yourself or working with a provider enrollment and credentialing company, checking your initial application for completeness is essential. Using a provider enrollment and credentialing service will ensure that your information is complete and in the correct format and uncover any areas you may have forgoten about.

2. Starting Too Late

Many practices get started on the provider enrollment process too late, which can be a matter of success and failure for a new start-up practice.  In ideal situations, you would want to begin the process at least 90 days prior to opening (with the exception of a provider already joining an existing practice).  It should be known that for a new start-up, outsourcing the work to a provider enrollment company, can take at least 4 - 6 months to complete the entire process, doing it on your own could take 8 - 12 months.  Many practices simply cannot survive within that time frame.  

3. Lack of Follow-Up

As mentioned above, the average provider credentialing process can take months for many practices. Regular contact with the insurer will keep you up to date on your application's status. It can also help to shorten this waiting period in some instances.  Many payors are understaffed and the process takes much longer than in the past and being proactive is your best weapon. 

Enrolling as a medical provider requires attention to detail and consistent follow-up with an insurer. Working with a provider enrollment and credentialing company can help you complete each phase without unnecessary delays. They can provide you assistance with both government-based and private insurer applications as well as any CAQH and NPI requirements.

 

If you are seeking assistance with Commercial Insurance or Medicare Provider Enrollment.  Please click here for more infomation. 

Brian Agnew is President of Supero Healthcare Solutions a leading practice management company focused on provider enrollment and credentialing services for physicians and other healthcare providers.

 

Topics: Provider Enrollment, Payor Credentialing, Provider Enrollment Services, Physician Credentialing, Medical Credentialing, Provider Credentialing, Insurance Credentialing, Medicare Provider Enrollment, Credentialing

Provider Enrollment - 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Issued

Posted by Brian Agnew on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 19:11 PM

Provider Enrollment News From Supero Healthcare Solutions:


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The CY 2013 PFS final rule with comment period was placed on display at the Federal Register on November 1, 2012. The conversion factor dropped from $34.0376 in 2012 to $25.0008. Add this to the changes in the RVU values themselves and we could have a real mess on our hands. Physicians are on edge to see what might happen to them with regards to their reimbursement via our beloved government sponsored program: Medicare. 

Some of the winners of the new fee schedule include family medicine doctors who , with changes in care coordination payment and some other changes in the rule, stand to see a 7% increase and other primary care providers will see a 3% - 5% increase.  However, this will only happen if Congress averts the statutorily required reduction in Medicare’s physician fee schedule.  A list of how each specialty is impacted is listed by the AMA here. 

In announcing the Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said that the final rule with comment period also includes a statutorily required 26.5 percent across-the-board reduction to Medicare payment rates for more than 1 million physicians and non-physician practitioners under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) methodology.

Nothing new to share here, but Congress has overridden the required reduction every year dating back to 2003. The Administration is committed to fixing the SGR update methodology and ensuring these payment cuts do not take effect.  It is highly likely that the reduction won't happen in 2013 either.  As always, everyone is put on edge and nothing happens.  We can only hope that we are not around when something does.  The unfortunate problem is that wherever Medicare rates end up, many of the commercial payors who use Medicare as a basis for reimbursement will likely follow suit with cuts, but it is doubtful they would impliment any increases. Most payors are looking for reducing reimbursement rather than making increasing fees that are paid out to their providers.  

Visit CMS' website to see the final rule with comment period here.  Additionally you can read the CMS fact sheet here.  The comment period closes on December 31, 2012.

If you are seeking assistance with Medicare Provider Enrollment.  Please click here for more infomation.  

Brian Agnew is President of Supero Healthcare Solutions a leading practice management company focused on provider enrollment and credentialing services for physicians and other healthcare providers.

 

Topics: Provider Enrollment, Payor Contracting, Payor Credentialing, Provider Enrollment Services, Physician Credentialing, Medical Credentialing, Provider Credentialing, Insurance Credentialing, Medicare Provider Enrollment