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Billing Errors that Can Cost Thousands
Billing Errors that Can Cost Thousands

Last year, a medical practice lost over $30,000 in revenue from skipping a basic step in the billing process. "These are billing 101 mistakes," says Sae Evans, CPA, with Warren Averett.

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ICD-10 Codes Will Affect Physician's Scores
ICD-10 Codes Will Affect Physician's Scores

The annual update in ICD-10 diagnostic coding went into effect this month with 363 new codes, 142 deleted codes, and 250 codes with revised definitions.

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Proposed Changes to MIPS Are Tame this Year
Proposed Changes to MIPS Are Tame this Year

"The new changes in the 2018 reporting period are actually not terribly drastic," says Joni Wyatt, MHA, MHIA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, with Kassouf & Co about the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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The Rise of Prior Authorizations
The Rise of Prior Authorizations

There are better things we could do for patient care than spending hours chasing down a prior authorization," says Jennifer Neal, administrator with Pulmonary and Sleep Associates in Birmingham.

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UAB Bolsters Percentages While Prepping for MIPS
UAB Bolsters Percentages While Prepping for MIPS

Though the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for Medicare physicians does not take effect until 2019, UAB Medicine has already executed several successful campaigns to improve processes that will raise their MIPS rating.

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The Breach Risk of Using a Remote Desktop
The Breach Risk of Using a Remote Desktop

On April 24, Greenway Health, a vendor providing cloud-based healthcare computer services to 75,000 customers, announced a ransomware attack on their system.

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Dangers in the Cloud
Dangers in the Cloud

"Being in the cloud means you may have other companies using that same platform, because you're sharing a server," says Randy Rupp, security and compliance analyst with ICS Medtech.

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Getting Caught by Phishing
Getting Caught by Phishing

Last month, a global cyber-attack of ransomware, called WannaCry, struck over 60 countries in one day.

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Tapping EHRs to Maximize MIPS Scores
Tapping EHRs to Maximize MIPS Scores

"If providers utilize their IT to its fullest potential through an EHR, then they're going to be able to maximize their Medicare reimbursement in 2019," says Carrie Gulledge, director of EHR with MediSYS.

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UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder
UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder

Around one-fourth of all American adults have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Although present in all humans at birth, this small flap-like opening -- the foramen ovale -- in the wall between the right and left upper chambers of the heart, usually closes during infancy.

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UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder
UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder

Around one-fourth of all American adults have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Although present in all humans at birth, this small flap-like opening -- the foramen ovale -- in the wall between the right and left upper chambers of the heart, usually closes during infancy.

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Kidneys from Genetically Engineered Pigs Are on the Horizon
Kidneys from Genetically Engineered Pigs Are on the Horizon

Within four years, pigs could be providing kidneys to humans in need, thanks to the revolutionary Xenotransplantation Program at UAB.

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New Procedure for Breast Surgeries
New Procedure for Breast Surgeries

Many surgeons may not yet be aware of a new technique for breast cancer surgery that has recently emerged. The name - Hidden Scar surgery - describes the purpose.

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The Repeal of Obamacare
The Repeal of Obamacare

"What the healthcare community hates about the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) is that our patients have very few choices and are not able to have the insurance they expect," says Chad Mathis, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Pelham, Alabama.

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Alabama Gains from National Hospital Quality Program
Alabama Gains from National Hospital Quality Program

"The great thing about being part of Partnership for Patients is you have access to a lot of resources," says Vicki Britt, director of quality management at Pickens County Medical Center.

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New Software Platform Potentially Generates More Revenue
New Software Platform Potentially Generates More Revenue

ARCpoint Health has unveiled a new software tool to enable primary care physicians to garner greater reimbursements and better manage labs.

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St Vincent's Opens Hospital in Chilton County
St Vincent's Opens Hospital in Chilton County

For three years, Chilton County has been without a hospital, which at times, has been challenging for the community. For instance, last year, when a school bus crashed in Clanton, the children had to be driven 30 miles away to Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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Reinventing the State's Malpractice System
Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

During last year's Alabama legislative session, Senator Trip Pittman introduced a proposal to rein in the costs of malpractice suits. Senate Bill 413 would have replaced the trial-based system with a no-blame, administrative one.

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Birmingham Researcher Releases As-Needed Drug for Anxiety
Birmingham Researcher Releases As-Needed Drug for Anxiety

"This will fill an unmet need in mental health," says Tom Dooley, PhD, a Birmingham researcher with 13 patents for pharmaceutical and biotech developments to his name.

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Luxury Rehab Facility Opens in Cahaba
Luxury Rehab Facility Opens in Cahaba

"We don't consider those who come here for rehabilitation as residents or patients, they're guests and we call them guests," says Landie Acker-Langley, admissions coordinator at the Aspire Physical Recovery Center at Cahaba River, a new short-term rehabilitation facility in Vestavia Hills.

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Upheaval in Alabama's Health Exchange
Upheaval in Alabama's Health Exchange

Insurers have jumped ship on the health insurance marketplace in Alabama. Started in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the exchange has offered options by insurance carriers to all individuals and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

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Healthcare Insurance Rate Hikes
Healthcare Insurance Rate Hikes

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama's (MASA) health insurance for members will rise 15 percent next year. "We didn't like 15 percent," says Mark Jackson, executive director. "But don't get me wrong, we felt fortunate that we were able to keep it at 15 percent."

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Understanding the Merit Based Incentive Payment System
Understanding the Merit Based Incentive Payment System

Starting in 2019, Medicare's push toward value-based reimbursements will be within reach of the finish line. "It can sound terrifying," says Joni Wyatt, MHA, MHIA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS with Kassouf & Co. "But most practices have already done the work."

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Easing into MACRA
Easing into MACRA

On September 8th, Medicare announced two more ways to participate in the upcoming shift to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). "There are four different payment programs now, since the release of the pick-you-pace model," says Carrie Gulledge, RHIA, director of EHR with MediSys. "They allow providers to test the waters with their toe or jump all in."

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The Woes and Warnings of Moving a Practice
The Woes and Warnings of Moving a Practice

On the drawings for their new medical offices, it said "lab".

"In my mind, if you have experience in building medical labs, you know you need space to sit down and draw blood," says Danielle Brown, practice administrator for Advanced Surgeons.

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UAB Heads Two New National Rehab Research Centers
UAB Heads Two New National Rehab Research Centers

"The challenge of this is not only building the center, but attracting users across the national community and for them to become aware of what we have to offer," says Marcas Bamman, PhD, director of the new REACT Center and MR3 Network Coordinating Center at UAB.

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Bringing EMR Training On-site
Bringing EMR Training On-site

"There is always a eureka moment," says Hazim Mohammed, a software consultant with eClinicalWorks. He performs onsite trainings at healthcare facilities that use the eClinicalWorks electronic medical record (EMR) software.

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Patient Portals
Patient Portals

"Patient Portals are continuing to evolve, like all medical software," says Jimmy Chapman, president of MedConnect, which makes the EHR distributed by MediSYS in Alabama. "Portals will change communication between physicians and patients."

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New Diagnostic Tool Pairs Labs with Psych Assessments
New Diagnostic Tool Pairs Labs with Psych Assessments

Synergy Labs has just released new diagnostic software that helps physicians efficiently assess a patient's status in relation to psychological disorders, substance abuse risk, and pain levels. This digital tool, called Clarity, pools results from patient self-assessment tests and lab tests into a single screen to allow physicians an overall view for better evaluating diagnostic and treatment avenues.

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The Threat of Ransomware
The Threat of Ransomware

"It's so easy to get it," says Curtis Woods with Integrated Solutions in Birmingham about ransomware. One specialist practice in Birmingham has been hit three times. Another local practice lost access to 400,000 files for more than a day from an attack.

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Technology Advances Physician and Patient Interaction
Technology Advances Physician and Patient Interaction

"Wearable medical devices are not coming, they're here," says Russ Dorsey with Kassouf & Co.

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New Technology Brings Millimeter Accuracy to Spinal Fusions
New Technology Brings Millimeter Accuracy to Spinal Fusions

"The big thing that drew me to this was the decrease in radiation," says Charles H. Clark III, MD, a neurosurgeon with Neurosurgical Associates in Birmingham, about the new robotic technology for surgical lumbar spinal fusions. "In the past, we used four to five minutes of fluoroscopy during the procedure. Now we're down to less than a minute."

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Rural Communities Vulnerable to Upcoming Medicaid Cuts Alabama has Most Restrictive Eligibilities in the U.S.
Rural Communities Vulnerable to Upcoming Medicaid Cuts Alabama has Most Restrictive Eligibilities in the U.S.

“It’s getting old,” says Donald J. Jones, FACHE, administrator for Fayette Medical Center, about the looming Medicaid shortfall recently decided by the Alabama legislature. Every year the cycle repeats, he says, and every year, the state finds a way. “But it feels different this year. I’m concerned.”

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Heroin and Birmingham’s Medical Community
Heroin and Birmingham’s Medical Community
“Through my entire career,” says Clay Morris, special agent with the Birmingham Office of the DEA, “I’ve never spoken to a heroin addict who didn’t have a prescription drug addiction.”
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X-ray Reimbursements Will Bring an End to Analog and CR
X-ray Reimbursements Will Bring an End to Analog and CR
Medicare has begun the push toward purely digital radiography (DR). Starting next year, reimbursements for exams preformed on film-based x-ray machines will radically decline. The following year, reimbursements involving computed radiography (CR) equipment will get hit.
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Overcoming EHR Obstacles
Overcoming EHR Obstacles
Seven years after the mass introduction of electronic health records (EHR), many practices still fight with the use of these systems.
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Solving EHR Frustrations
“I would bet the majority of practices have not revised or tweaked their EMR systems since they were first installed,” says Susan Pretnar, president of KeySys. “They complain about how clunky their systems are, but have not put in the time and effort to make them work.”
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New Software Displays Real-time Costs, Risks and Options
New Software Displays Real-time Costs, Risks and Options
Five years ago, Mukul Mehra, MD, a gastroenterologist in Birmingham, told a colleague that he wanted a ribbon of information on his computer screen that delivered risk and cost data at the point of care and would work over any EMR [electronic medical record].
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CMS Final Rules Strip Down Meaningful Use
CMS Final Rules Strip Down Meaningful Use
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MACRA: What’s Replacing the Sustainable Growth Rate
MACRA: What’s Replacing the Sustainable Growth Rate
The annual nail-biting over potentially drastic cuts in Medicare physician fees ended last April with the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate. In its place will be the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
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The Brookwood and Baptist Merger
The Brookwood and Baptist Merger
“We are two long-term competitors who know that healthcare is evolving quickly, and understand that we can do better together than apart,” says Garry Gause about the joint venture finalized in October between Baptist Health System and Brookwood Medical Center.
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Platelets and Lasers Now Treat Thinning Hair
Platelets and Lasers Now Treat Thinning Hair
Since 2009, when Tiger Woods used it to speed the healing of his ACL repair, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been used by numerous athletes for hard and soft tissue repair, including tennis’s Rafael Nadal and basketball’s Kobe Bryant. Now it’s being used to stimulate hair growth.
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Princeton Opens Structural Heart and Valve Center
Princeton Opens Structural Heart and Valve Center
Internationally renowned surgeon serves as medical director

“Instead of one option, you get 10 options here,” says Mustafa Ahmed, MD, medical director of the new Structural Heart and Valve Center at Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

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Medical West Expands Animal-Assisted Therapy
Medical West Expands Animal-Assisted Therapy
Dogs to Become Part of Rehab Program

“It’s wonderful to see the transformation in the patients’ faces when the dogs arrive,” says Pam Autrey, PhD, RN, and chief nursing officer at Medical West hospital, an affiliate of UAB. The dramatic change occurs in one of the most difficult populations to manage at a hospital, geriatric psych patients. 

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Reimbursement Errors from a CPA’s View
Reimbursement Errors from a CPA’s View
Jerry Callahan, a CPA with Kassouf & Company, finds that every practice he consults has a problem wasting time verifying insurance coverage before a patient crosses the threshold.
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Code Modifiers Generate Reimbursements
Code Modifiers Generate Reimbursements
“A lot of people think there’s nothing to coding and billing. They say, ‘How complicated can it be?,” says Eddye Sheffield, a certified professional coder with Medcorp. “But it is complex. Diabetes alone has something like 12 pages of diagnosis codes.”
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IMOs and ICD-10
IMOs and ICD-10
More tools are rolling out to help with the onerous transition to ICD-10 codes due to start on October 1. “You have options,” says Tammie R. Olson, CPC, CPCO, a certified professional coder with Management Resource Group (MRG).
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Rapamycin Could Be the Miracle Anti-aging Drug
Rapamycin Could Be the Miracle Anti-aging Drug
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Functional Medicine Offers Surprising Outcomes
Functional Medicine Offers Surprising Outcomes

A 55-year-old man with peripheral neuropathy taking three diabetes medications came to Farah Sultan, MD, a primary care physician in Birmingham, fed up and in pain. Within six weeks, his blood sugar had stabilized enough that he quit all his diabetes prescriptions along with his medications for blood pressure, pain, depression, and cholesterol.

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Verapamil May Reverse Type 1 Diabetes
Verapamil May Reverse Type 1 Diabetes

Adult patients needed for UAB clinical trial

 

UAB researchers have found a way to reverse type 1 diabetes in animal models. Now they need adults aged 19 to 45 years diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to participate in the clinical trial.
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Preventing Breaches with Hardware Firewalls
Preventing Breaches with Hardware Firewalls

On the Health and Human Services website, a section posts every healthcare organization since 2009 whose patient data covering 500 or more individuals has been breached. Each page of this “Wall of Shame” lists 100 organizations. As of June 15, the list runs 1,249 pages long.

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UAB Lab Studies Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
UAB Lab Studies Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Institute of Medicine Announces New Name for CFS

 

In California, patients wait up to five years for initial appointments at a Stanford clinic that caters to chronic fatigue syndrome. “That’s how little supply there is for the demand,” says Jarred Younger, PhD, head of the new Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Lab at UAB. “No specialty has taken it on.”

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Regional Care Organizations on Track to Take Over Medicaid
Regional Care Organizations on Track to Take Over Medicaid
In January, Alabama Medicaid named eleven organizations as probationary Regional Care Organizations (RCOs). By October of next year, the plan is for these nonprofit RCOs to manage the care of just over 600,000 qualifying Medicaid patients in the state.
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Transitioning to a New EHR
Transitioning to a New EHR
“I don’t know that sales people are really mentioning this problem upfront,” says Ryan McGinty with Oceris, makers of FlexMedical electronic health record (EHR) system. “But each time a practice transitions to a new EHR, a complete data conversion is almost never possible.”
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Easy Ways to Violate HIPAA
Easy Ways to Violate HIPAA
 “Compliance with HIPAA and HITECH is not about whether your IT is working, but if your patient data is at risk. It’s kind of an invisible issue,” says Blake Perry with Keep IT Simple. “Unless you know what you’re looking for, you could be non-compliant.”
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Digital Hospital Boosting Medical Office Rental Rates Citywide
Digital Hospital Boosting Medical Office Rental Rates Citywide

“At this time, $23 per square foot feels like you’re getting a deal in medical office space.

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Where Have All the Practice Administrators Gone?
Where Have All the Practice Administrators Gone?

“There’s already a shortage, and it’s going to get worse,” says Jim Stroud, a CPA with the Warren Averett healthcare consulting group. According to local job listings, medical practices and hospitals are finding it hard to fill practice administrator openings.

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The Increasing Stress of Practice Administration
The Increasing Stress of Practice Administration

“You have to wear so many hats,” says Jimmy Norman, practice administrator at University Orthopeadic Clinic (UOC) in Tuscaloosa.

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E-cigarettes Reveal New Danger to Children
E-cigarettes Reveal New Danger to Children

A search for electronic cigarette stores in Birmingham quickly generates 30 listings on the Yellow Pages site.

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What’s in a Flu Vaccine
What’s in a Flu Vaccine

Flu strains migrate across the world like flocks of birds. But they garner far more attention.

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Reimbursements that Can Quickly Raise Revenue
Reimbursements that Can Quickly Raise Revenue

With just two Medicare exam codes, a physician raised her revenue by $45,320. “So many services that patients are eligible for, like preventative care visits, don’t get utilized by providers, and many are already performing the services,” says Julie Thompson, billing supervisor at MediSYS.

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In-House Pharmacies Raise Revenues and Compliance
In-House Pharmacies Raise Revenues and Compliance

Like Walmart expanding into the grocery business, medical practices have begun branching into services that will up their revenue and deem them one-stop medical shops.

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Don’t Overlook Aspirin Sensitivity
Don’t Overlook Aspirin Sensitivity

Five to ten percent of mild asthmatics will have a reaction to the most common and age-old remedy for inflammation—aspirin. In severe asthma patients, that amount more than doubles, reaching up to 25 percent.

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UAB Orthopedic Surgeon Teaches Around the Globe
UAB Orthopedic Surgeon Teaches Around the Globe

“A thing that is a necessity here is considered a luxury for much of the world,” says Ashish Shah, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at UAB.

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Nurse Practitioners Now Prescribing Narcotics
Nurse Practitioners Now Prescribing Narcotics

“I’ve been administering controlled substances since 1985,” says Dee Dee Gardner, DNP, CRNP, a nurse practitioner at Cullman Regional Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. “Now I can prescribe them.”

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Using Patient Portals to Qualify for Meaningful Use
Using Patient Portals to Qualify for Meaningful Use

To meet Stage 2 of Meaningful Use of their electronic health records (EHR)—and earn another portion of the reimbursements—practices must begin to engage patients through online options.

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