Practice Management

Stay on top of the issues that affect how you manage your practice.

Doctors of optometry offer transition tips, whether buying or selling

From personal chemistry to hiring consultants, doctors list a number of considerations in a sale. Are you making plans for the future?

The wrong patient communication plan could be costly

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulates some forms of calls and texts sent by businesses. Is your practice, in its communications with patients, complying with the TCPA?

‘Nobody is safe from this’: Cybercrime in health care

One misstep is all it takes to expose your practice’s essential data and protected health information to a costly cyberattack. The threat to health care is growing exponentially as is the sophistication of attacks, and your practice could be next.

New E/M codes: Is time on your side?

While how time is considered has changed, it is critical to remember that usage of the prolonged service modifier also has changed.

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AOA faults ophthalmology journal analysis of optometrist, ophthalmologist MIPS scores

The journal’s comparative review of 2017 MIPS scores contains numerous caveats that disqualify it from asserting any connection between MIPS performance and physician quality.

New must-have resource by AOA for MIPS providers

The AOA has just released its new 2021 MIPS Guidebook to help doctors protect their Medicare reimbursement and even earn bonuses for reporting.

Coding ethically: What to do when a coding decision is made incorrectly

The AOA Ethics and Values Committee releases topical and timely case study on coding abuse and what to do about it once suspected.

PPP loan deadline extended, AOA pushes SBA for clarity on program eligibility

May 31 is the new application deadline for first- and second-draw PPP loans, with the AOA requesting clarity on whether HHS Provider Relief Funds should be included in gross receipts for assessing eligibility.

AOA MORE, optometry’s data registry, takes yearlong pause

The AOA will use the time to evaluate its collection efforts and create a registry for the future that is most useful to improving eye health and vision care. The AOA launched the registry in 2015.

4 coding changes now in effect

Given the importance of E/M services in patient care, it’s critical that all doctors of optometry are aware of these changes.