Ascertaining Cardiologists’ Medical Billing Needs Even as They Migrate From Private Practices to Hospitals

Till recently, cardiologists who were happy with their private practices have suddenly started exploring avenues to align themselves with hospitals. The change has been so dramatic that already around 15 percent of cardiologists across the U.S. have left their private practices in search of more secure positions in large clinics and hospitals. As per reliable industry sources, the exodus might well cross 70 percent in a couple of years. This shift may have not come about without valid reasons – increased regulations on private practices, stricter reimbursement environment, and a series of healthcare reforms calling for healthcare to be made more affordable may have triggered the swift turn of events.

  • Impact of revised cardiology fee schedules

    Like in other clinical disciplines, cardiologists too are feeling the heat of significant cuts in their fee schedules. The recent revision to cardiology fee schedule is so hard on cardiologists that it is virtually difficult even to operate on minimal operational margins. While a certain double digit cut to reimbursement from Medicare is expected, there is also apprehension that private payors may also follow suit. The consolation from the likely swell in patient numbers may not still be able to off-set revenues losses completely.

  • Stricter federal regulations on private practices

    Although the recent health care reforms are generally aimed at optimizing the quality of medical care across the nation, private practices may feel rules and regulation emanating from such reforms to be rather harsh or difficult to comply with. Affordable care model, mandatory EHR compliance, and the ensuing ICD-10 billing regime may be both exhausting and expensive. Therefore, cardiologists in private practice may deem it apt to mitigate such burden by abandoning their private practices, and practice in hospitals where they focus solely on cardiology efficiency.

  • Lure of hospitals

    Certain hospitals too are laying out baits to cardiologists with promise of lucrative benefits and vertical promotions. Hospitals feel that they can improve the quality with a large pool of experts under one umbrella. And, as for the cardiologists, it may be an opportunity to expand their professional expertise without additional overheads.

  • Immunity from administration burden

    One of the significant reasons behind cardiologists opting for larger clinics and hospitals is the perceived burden of administration, which is likely to be even more laborious in the aftermath of the recent health care reforms and the ensuing ICD-10 billing regime

While this migration may clinically and operationally be prudent for cardiologists who do not want to risk practicing amidst volatile conditions, it may not be good for the industry which has always thrived on proper mix of sole practitioners, clinics, and large cardiology specialty hospitals. The fear with this unprecedented exodus is that it may deprive instant access to primary cardiology points. Therefore, cardiologists need to be assured of operationally viable practices. And, there is no better way of doing this than easing cardiology medical billing burden of their shoulders. has been a premier source for medical billing, coding, and revenue cycle management services. Practices of varied sizes and disciplines across the 50 states in the U.S. have found our services to be reassuring at times of major operational dilemma. And, now at a time, when cardiologist across the U.S. are losing faith in private practices, our cardiology-specific billing, coding, and RCM solutions may just help them focus on their clinical priorities without being unduly worried about operational issues.