Sunday, August 28, 2016

How Acupuncturists Can Use Meetup.com For Fun and Profit!



As an acupuncturist and business person, not only do you treat and care for your patients, you also need to bring new patients in the door.

One of the mantras of business is to "go where your customers are."

Instead of sitting around and waiting for patients to call, being proactive with your marketing can be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful practice.

An underutilized tool for finding new patients is Meetup.com. That's right, the online tool for like minded people to meet each other and connect.

Here's how to can use Meetup.com for your practice!

Go to the Meetup.com website.



The first step is to make your way to the Meetup.com website! Just click on the link below!


Select your location



Next, click on the location link and enter your city or zip code.

Search for a meetup



In the search box, enter a search term for a meetup you're interested in and with people who might be interested in your practice.

I would start with some of your own interests. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • health
  • fitness
  • mindfulness
  • meditation
  • herbalism
  • medicine

Signup for a meetup



Once you've chosen a meetup group, join the group and signup to go to your first meetup! Exciting!

Go to a meetup


Going to your first meetup is fun and exciting. You'll get to meet new people and learn new things.

Make connecting with people your primary focus of your first few meetings. Feel the meetup out before making any business introductions, but don't be opposed to it if the opportunity arises!

Make time and effort to introduce yourself to the organizer(s) and thank them for putting together the meetup!

Present at a meetup


After a few meetups and you've gotten comfortable with the group of people, offer to present at a meetup. Meetup organizers are often short of presenters!


Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

What Acupuncturists Need to Know About the CMS-1500


The CMS-1500 is the standard paper claim form used by all non-institutional medical providers (private practices, etc.) to bill Medicare, and is also, accepted by health insurance payers.

The forms are designed by both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC). The NUCC is part of the American Medical Association (AMA).

The forms are printed in special red ink so that they can be easily scanned and the data read by a computer.


The CMS-1500 is separated into a series of boxes to collect all the necessary information needed to submit an accurate claim.

The fields include payer information, insurance information, patient demographic information, ICD-10 codes, and dates of service.

Payer Info



The first box in the CMS-1500 is for identifying the payer. (ie. Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, etc.)

Insured Info



A grouping of boxes make up information about the insured, like the insured policy number, plan name, policy group and contact information.

Patient Info



Next, you have patient contact information and his/her relationship to the insured.

Diagnosis Codes



In box 21, is where you'll put the ICD-10 codes.

Treatment Codes



Next, you enter the dates of service, CPT codes and charges. As well as, associating the diagnosis code from above to each service.

Provider Info



In box 33, you have the provider information, including the provider NPI and the taxonomy code. The taxonomy code for an acupuncturist is 171100000X.


And, that's a quick run down of the CMS-1500.

If you're interested in previewing the insurance billing features in Jasmine, signup for our private beta below!




Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Do You Scrub Your Acupuncture Insurance Claims?


Filing an acupuncture insurance claim can be a daunting task for an acupuncturists. Not many would argue that the CMS 1500 form is more functional rather than beautiful. Some might even call them aesthetically challenged!

One of the biggest problems with filing an insurance claim is that if there's a small mistake in the form, you don't get paid!

Claims can be denied by simple data entry errors or mismatched demographic information between the acupuncturist and insurance. These errors can be costly, taking weeks before being detected and longer to correct.

To help prevent this, Jasmine will run a scrub eligibility before submitting claims.

Scrub Eligibility


Scrub eligibility provides real time errors while creating a claim.


Jasmine will compare your claim's patient information with the coverage information the insurance has on their system.

If there's an error with the coverage information comparison, the claim will not be processed, giving you the ability to correct the errors.

This will reduce the number of denied claims and save you time and most of all MONEY!

Insurance billing is currently by private invite only. If you're an acupuncturist interested in insurance billing and would like to be the FIRST to use the new insurance billing features, sign up below!



Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Spotlight: Sharon Sherman - Philly.com Best Acupuncturist (2016)


In this Spotlight, I want to congratulate Sharon Sherman of Empirical Point Acupuncture for winning this year's Philly.com Reader's Choice Award for the "Health & Fitness" category! Beating out physicians, surgeons, chiropractors, spas and gyms in the greater Philadelphia area. A great honor!

Sharon is the founder and licensed acupuncturist at Empirical Point Acupuncture in Philadelphia, since 2001. She is also a Board-appointed member of the Consulting Staff at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, part of the Jefferson Health System.

Sharon earned her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine with honors from Tri-State College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

I'm extremely proud to say Sharon is a long time Jasmine user and many of the features and inspiration for Jasmine is directly attributable to her!






Please join me in congratulating Sharon on this VERY prestigious award!


Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Monday, July 25, 2016

What's an NPI?


What's an NPI?


The National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a unique 10-digit identification, intelligence-free number issued to health care providers in the US by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This means that the numbers do not contain any data about the health care provider, like medical specialty.

The NPI is used for all administrative and financial transactions between covered health care providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses. So, as an acupuncturist, if you want to accept insurance and file a claim, you will need an NPI.

The NPI was mandated as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

How to get an NPI?


Getting an NPI requires applying through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website linked below.
 

Here's also a video to help you navigate the website:



Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Is your acupuncture patient covered?


How do you check if your patient's insurance covers acupuncture?

If you're like many, you have to call to verify your patient's information, check the individual payer's web sites, or the more common scenario, ignoring the process altogether.

What a pain!

As part of exploring the new insurance billing features coming in Jasmine, we'll take a look at the benefits of the new Patient Coverage feature and how it'll help you save time and money in your practice!

Real-time Coverage Information




Checking a patient's coverage, should be real-time and instantaneous. As easy as clicking a button, a practitioner should be able to pull up a patient's insurance coverage and at-a-glance see the plan details. The practitioner should be able to immediately see if the patient's plan covers acupuncture and determine the patient's cost estimates in real-time.

No more time consuming phone calls to insurance companies!

Verify Demographic Information



While checking a patient's coverage, you'll be able to check the patient's demographic information and update them within Jasmine. Keep everything current with what's on-file at the insurance company.

Reduce Denials



With all the details of your patient's plan in front of you, you can quickly see the deductible for In and Out-of-Network and whether the plan covers acupuncture!

With all the coverage information at your finger tips, you'll be able to reduce the number of claim denials!

Insurance billing is currently in active development. If you're an acupuncturist interested in insurance billing and would like to be the FIRST to be notified and to use the new insurance billing features, sign up below!




If you're interested in how insurance enrollments will work, visit our blog post here ---> Can acupuncturists easily enroll with insurance?

Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Can acupuncturists easily enroll with insurance?


Before an acupuncturist can start submitting claims and receiving reimbursements from insurance companies, she needs to go through the first step of enrolling with the insurance payer. Provider enrollment is an important first step for the insurance company to ensure they're working with only qualified acupuncturists.

The process is not for the faint of heart.

The enrollment process has been difficult and time consuming because it required heavy paperwork and manual labor on the part of the insurance company. In turn, translating to long processing times and frustration for the acupuncturist.

Any time I hear the words "paperwork" and "manual labor", I get excited and my ears perk up. These are music to my ears, because, they are areas that can be streamlined with technology.

As a quick introduction, here's a sneak peak at the Enrollment process for Jasmine in the upcoming insurance billing features.

Choose a payer



As a practitioner, you will be able to choose the payer that you want to work with. Jasmine currently connects with over 2,000 payers across the country and will continuously add more.

Enter provider info



You will then provide the necessary information required by the insurance company. Information necessary to process a claim, like your NPI (National Provider Identifier) and EIN (Employer Identification Number).

Signature




And, finally, if the insurance company accepts electronic signatures, you can sign within Jasmine!


Insurance billing is currently in active development. If you're an acupuncturist interested in insurance billing and would like to be the first to be notified and to use the new insurance billing features, sign up below!




Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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