December 06, 2011
Like most of the states in the US, Illinois too boasts of quality medical services. Lying in the Midwest region, Illinois population, being the largest in the region at 12,830,632 as per 2010 census, offers endless opportunities for diverse medical practitioners. Coupled with the demands of the ever-increasing population, Illinois’ robust economy, estimated to be US$652 billion, and per capita income at US$41,411, has greatly been influential in encouraging medical infrastructure for diverse medical disciplines. Whereas Illinois commands as great goodwill as the rest of states in attracting practitioners and patients alike, it has its edge in being a major destination for Gastroenterology Medical Services that merits a special mention: “of the 44 U.S. News Best Hospitals in the Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area, 19 are nationally ranked or high-performing in Gastroenterology, the care of digestive-tract disorders” – as per the survey conducted by a medical agency.
While the survey findings speaks highly of Illinois’ progress to being a front-runner in Gastroenterology, strangely there has been a shortage of gastroenterologists in the wake of disproportionate population growth, and alarming rise in digestive-tract disorders warranted by life-style changes. Path breaking advances in diagnostic and treatment procedures have been catalyst to rapid expansion of scope of Gastroenterology. The scenario has prompted an unprecedented increase in workload for the existing Gastroenterologist, who, considering the critically sensitive nature of their practice, have rarely been able to take their eyes off their core concern of quality medical care to their patient fraternity; leave alone time and resources for medical billing management.
Having to take on mounting loads of practice, Gastroenterologist have been losing on efficient management of medical billing management, which is the fulcrum on which their sustenance and growth hinges on. But, inevitably, before it becomes detrimental to their very existence as Gastroenterologists, they need to seek out ways to balance their progressive medical care with efficient medical billing management. With in-house gastroenterology medical billing being largely unsuccessful both cost and result-wise, an outsourced gastroenterology medical billing solution has seen a better result.
Yet, physicians/hospitals need to be weary of unscrupulous service vendors so as to avoid repenting on wrongful choice of outsourced gastroenterology medical billing solution. A thorough examination for the prospective vendor’s self-sufficiency in the requisite qualification
and competence – certification from American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC); expertise in advanced technology interface for medical billing and coding; proficiency in applying standard CPT, HCPCS procedure and supply codes, and ICD diagnosis coding as per CMS guidelines and HIPAA compliant medical reporting – should be the yard-stick to judge its credentials as a medical billing solution provider.
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