ACCOUNTING vs. BOOKKEEPING

I graduated from Luther College from a double major in Accounting and Management [SHOUT OUT to all the Luther Alum around the world!] I entered a fairly common trajectory for an accounting graduate at the time (all documented in my LinkedIn profile – take a look). I took a position with a public accounting firm, [...]

By |2020-04-28T12:42:09-05:00June 24th, 2018|Business, Finance, Financial, Healthcare, Medical, Small Business|Comments Off on ACCOUNTING vs. BOOKKEEPING

Medical Financial Management

I was asked to co-present for a Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) certification course on the topic of Financial Management in Healthcare. The session used to be two days, apparently had been reduced to one. Explaining financial concepts is a pretty dry subject – condensing it into a time slot required for the webinar takes [...]

By |2020-04-28T12:42:09-05:00May 28th, 2018|Finance, Healthcare, Management, Medical|Comments Off on Medical Financial Management

Prior Authorizations, Denials, Death?

Are you aware how much time your practice spends obtaining prior authorizations for a patient’s care? Are you aware of the clinical knowledge one must know or have documentation for in order to obtain a prior authorization? I have a client that told me he had a nurse consistently sitting on hold with a particular [...]

By |2020-04-28T12:42:09-05:00August 13th, 2017|Finance, Healthcare, Medical|Comments Off on Prior Authorizations, Denials, Death?

Ill Effects of Health Care Debate

Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, out of pocket maximums, non-covered services…who really is in charge of your healthcare decisions? Is a provider in-network, out-of-network? Does a patient have control over which lab or radiology provider to choose? Does the patient know whether those providers are in network or out of network? Do your patients know the [...]

By |2017-06-20T18:10:48-05:00June 18th, 2017|Governments, Healthcare, Medical|Comments Off on Ill Effects of Health Care Debate

Cost of Patient Statements

This past week I was a sponsor at the IMGMA (Iowa Medical Group Management Association) conference held in Cedar Rapids, IA. My business, FinanSynergy, my vision is to be Iowa’s Premier Health Care Experts. At dinner, the very first night I was thrown a curve ball by someone who has long been in medical administration. [...]

By |2020-04-28T12:42:10-05:00April 23rd, 2017|Financial, Healthcare, Medical|Comments Off on Cost of Patient Statements

Provisions of the American Health Care Act – Part 1

Effect on Patients and Businesses The American Health Care Act rolls back individual requirements to carry health insurance. Two provisions of the AHCA would be retroactive to December 31, 2015 include: Individuals would not be penalized for being uninsured The Act would eliminate the employer mandate to provide coverage without a financial penalty Other provisions [...]

By |2017-03-18T20:08:51-05:00March 18th, 2017|Finance, Financial, Governments, Healthcare, Human Resources, Medical, Small Business, Taxes|Comments Off on Provisions of the American Health Care Act – Part 1

The Coding Commodity

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines commodity as “something useful or valued.” In healthcare, coding is the most important yet silent commodity in the revenue cycle. With over 68,000 medical diagnosis codes available through ICD-10 and over 87,000 procedures codes for providers to comb through, coding specialists are essential to get paid. Though electronic health records were [...]

By |2020-04-28T12:42:11-05:00January 22nd, 2017|Business, Healthcare, Medical|Comments Off on The Coding Commodity