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“10 Steps for Physicians to Survive the 2015 Accountable Care Act” – by Matt Kinley

TLD’s Healthcare chair and Partner Matt Kinley was recently published in the Inland Empire Business Journal, discussing the 10 steps for Physicians to survive the 2015 Accountable Care Act.

Kinley, states, “In 2015, physicians will find themselves facing new challenges and policies related to the Accountable Care Act (ACA), which reforms healthcare by changing payment systems. Instead of traditional, pay-for-service models, new systems will pay physicians for value provided to patients. To remain viable, physicians must transform their practice to utilize new payment systems to their advantage.

Payment for value means that physicians will be rewarded for quality of care, superior technology and clear communication. Physicians will also have to be prepared to see more patients while being compensated less per patient.

Physicians who wish to succeed under the 2015 ACA should follow these guidelines:

1.Practice with New-Fangled Payment Systems

2. Utilize Technology

3.   Hire Mid-Level Professionals

4. Consolidate

5. Address Patient Financial Responsibility

6. Be Prepared for Out-of-Network Claims

7. Understand Grace Periods

8. Refer Only to In-Plan Physicians

9. Reporting

10. Establish An Effective Financial Strategy”

To read Partner Matt Kinley’s fully published article in the Inland Empire Business Journal, Click Here: TLD – Inland Empire Business Journal 12-2014

 

 

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TLD’s Matthew L. Kinley Speaks at the OCMA – Enhance Your Practice

On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 TLD’s Healthcare Chair and Partner Matthew Kinley spoke to the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) about how to Enhance Your Practice with Employee Performance and Customer Service. Mr. Kinley spoke alongside Kathleen Stillwell from The Doctors Company and Irene Doti from Practice Builders.

With 85 people in attendance, the audience included Physicians of all specialty practice areas and their staff. The seminar addressed the important role of employee performance and patient satisfaction in the success of your medical practice. Attendees were offered strategies for monitoring, managing and evaluating performance of office staff. Along with examples for methods to enhance customer service and patient satisfaction.

As a preferred and fully vetted Partner of the OCMA, TLD provides various educational talks throughout the year. For more information on how we can help your medical practice, or to have Matt talk to your company, please contact Matt Kinley at (877) 923-0971.

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TLD’s Pamela Tahim Speaks about HR to the Riverside County Medical Association

On Tuesday, December 9th TLD’s Senior Associate Pamela Tahim spoke to the Riverside County Medical Association (RCMA) about Human Resources in the Medical Field.

Topics Included:

1. Identifying key mistakes made by employers in healthcare practices.

2. Learning best practices.

3. Understanding employer’s legal obligations.

4. Lowering exposure to liability and risk.

TLD is a preferred vendor and speaker for the Riverside County Medical Association and provides consultation for all members. For more information about RCMA visit their website: www.rcmanet.org/

To receive a copy of this presentation or to find out how to schedule Pamela to speak at your next seminar please contact us here!

 

RCMA HR Workshop

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TLD partner Matthew Kinley Discusses the Rise of Mid-level Practitioners & The ACA

TLD partner Matthew Kinley discusses the rise of mid-level practitioners and what physicians need to know to stay in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.

“In order to stay in business, the financial aspect of patient care can’t be ignored, and this means being aware of billing regulations when employing clinicians. As these professionals take on an advanced medical role, proper billing requirements should be communicated. Whether the payer is Medicare, Medicaid or a private provider, each healthcare entity has specific rules and requirements for paying these practitioners,” says Kinley.

Read more in this Healthcare Business Today article: http://ow.ly/EijCN

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TLD’s Pamela Tahim Partner’s with Universal Financial Systems George Christidis at OCMA for Dinner Lecture

TLD’s Pamela Tahim spoke along side George Christidis from United Financial Systems, based in Chino Hills, CA, at the Orange County Medical Association on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014.

The two hour dinner lecture focused on, “Best Practices for Collection and Billing,” touching on educational points for Doctors and their staff to focus on. Topics included;

  • Best Practices for collection strategies
  • Compliance plan for billing practices
  • Handling collection of copayments, deductibles and coinsurance
  • How to deal with Grace Periods under the Affordable Care Act
  • How to maintain strong patient relationship while simultaneous collecting
  • Out of network referral reimbursements made to patients rather than medical practices and how to collect them
  • Transition to ICD-10

As a preferred vendor and speaker, Tredway, Lumsdaine and Doyle works with the Orange County Medical Association to provide educational programs and discounted services for Doctors and their staff. For more information, or to join please visit: OCMA.org

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TLD’s Matthew L. Kinley Quoted in American Medical News

TLD’s Matthew L. Kinley, long-time partner and lead healthcare attorney, was recently interviewed by Karen Caffarini and then quoted in American Medical News.  The theme of the article was: “Collaboration Can Save Medical Practices Time, Money and Effort”.  American Medical News is the official publication of the American Medical Association.  The website receives more than 2,000,000 unique visitors per month, which include physicians in private practice and on hospital and managed care staffs, in military service and on medical faculties.

Click here to read more.

Click here to contact Matthew L. Kinley.

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Physicians Guidelines for Employment in Large Institutions

Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP’s partner, Matthew L. Kinley posted a new blog on www.CaliforniaHealthcareLaw.com regarding “Physicians Guideline for Employment in Large Institutions”.  Here is part of the excerpt:

“In this press release, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopts guidelines for physicians considering employment with large institutions. AMA Guidelines are available here.

In addition to the ethical issues described, California has strict legal requirements for physicians considering a job and leaving their private practices such as:

  1. Informing clients of the move
  2. How to handle medical records
  3. How to handle accounts receivables
  4. What insurance to carry…”

To read the rest of the article, please click here.

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Primary Care Physicians Needed

Below is an excerpt from Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP’s heathcare blog:

“When reviewing the various new regulations concerning the Accountable Care Act and particularly Accountable Care Organizations, it is clear that the Primary Care Physician will be at the center of doctoring over the next several years. While there already is a shortage of good primary doctors, the shortage is about to get worse.

Here’s an article from Medscape Today:

ACA Will Require 3% More Primary Care Physicians by 2025

Robert Lowes

Nov 12, 2012

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), experts predict, will only deepen a shortage of primary care physicians brought on by a growing — and aging — population.

But to what extent? A new studyin the Annals of Family Medicine offers a hard number. It will take an extra 8000 primary care physicians in 2025 just to treat patients who obtain insurance coverage under the law, according to lead author Stephen Petterson, PhD, and coauthors.

In all, they write, the nation will need 52,000 more primary care physicians in 2025 than it has now, a figure resembling estimates in other recent studies. Before Congress enacted the ACA in 2010, the Association of American Medical Colleges had forecast a shortfall of 46,000 primary care physicians by 2025.

In the Annals of Family Medicine study, sheer population growth accounts for 33,000 of the 52,000 extra physicians needed in 2025, according to Dr. Petterson, the research director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians, and colleagues. Another 10,000 physicians of the total reflect the higher level of services used by baby boomers on the rolls of Medicare.

The ACA will extend insurance to roughly 30 million more Americans through 2019. The 8000 primary care physicians required by this expansion represent a 3% increase of the current workforce.

As a baseline for their projection, Dr. Petterson and co authors used the 246,090 primary care physicians who were engaged in direct patient care in 2010 as reported by the American Medical Association. They whittled down that number to almost 209,000 after excluding physicians who were retired, working as hospitalists, or working in emergency departments and urgent-care centers…”

To read the rest of this article, please visit our blog www.CaliforniaHealthcareLaw.com by clicking here.

 

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Negotiating Contracts with ACO’s

Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP partner, Matthew L. Kinley, blogged about “Negotiating Contracts with ACO’s” on www.CaliforniaHealthcareLaw.com.   Here is an excerpt:

There are several types of Accountable Care Organizations that a physician may be asked to sign a contract with, including the Medicare Shared Saving Program ACO, Pioneer ACO, and private insurance providers.

All ACO’s have certain attributes in common, including risk participation and assessment, patient participation, integrated care, evidence based care, utilization of non physician professionals (physician assistants, nursing assistants, etc.) data analysis and use of technology for improving communications and care.

As a physician entering into any contract, but particularly a contract for an ACO, you should make sure you understand the contract. In most cases, if it’s not in the contract, it doesn’t exist. If you are promised some benefit from an ACO plan, like help with achieving meaningful use (technology), make sure it’s spelled out in the contract.

Here are some other things you should review In the contract:

1. Risk Participation: Shared Savings is a concept that has not been completely defined. Providers should understand how the billing works, and how the shared savings works. Some plans have penalties for physicians who do not meet benchmarks. This is an important part of the contract. Your payment should be clearly spelled out.

2. Exclusivity: Most plans require primary care physicians (including internists, general practitioners, family doctors, and geriatric doctors)to be exclusive with the ACO. Specialist can usually contract with several. Again, this should be clearly designated.

3. Corrective Action: What corrective action will take place if a physician does not meet benchmarks?

4. Benefits Provided: ACO’s need to provide infrastructure to help achieve cost savings. These include integrated care, behavior counseling, nurse phone availability, and improved technology. These benefits should be spelled out in the contract…

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Check Out Our New Resource for Healthcare Professionals!

 

Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP (TLD) is excited to announce a new resource for healthcare professionals.   TLD’s new blog is the legal source for the practice of medicine in California.  Please let us know if there are any specific topics that you would like to see covered.  You can also subscribe to the blog to receive updates via e-mail.

Click here to visit our blog:
www.CaliforniaHealthcareLaw.com

 

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