Video: What does the end of Covid-19 look like?

In his latest video, Vachette President Mick Raich looks ahead to what could lead to an end of the current environment of widespread payer coverage for Covid-19 testing and treatment.

CEO update: Examining UHC’s Designated Diagnostic Provider Program and more

In this week's update, Vachette and Stark Medical Auditing CEO Mick Raich reviews UHC’s new Designated Diagnostic Provider Program that will restrict outpatient lab payments for labs who don’t gain entry. He also examines a number of recent audit findings and provides an update of the latest Covid billing issues.

Vachette weekly update — 8/17/2020

In his latest update, Vachette and Stark CEO Mick Raich explores a number of new policy changes from UHC that are continuing to hurt labs during a vulnerable time.

Vachette weekly update — 8/3/20

This week, Vachette and Stark Medical Auditing CEO Mick Raich discusses a number of COVID-19 related issues, including what the extension of the Public Health Emergency means for ordering tests.

Vachette news and COVID roundup — 7/27/20

This week, Vachette CEO Mick Raich discusses the continued push for hospital price transparency, outlines the penalties you could face if your COVID-19 testing cash price isn’t listed publicly on your website and examines a few other COVID-related reimbursement issues.

Vachette news and COVID-19 roundup — 7/20/20

With Covid-19 showing no sign of slowing down in the near future, many health care providers need to prepare for a potential resurgence this fall that could lead to another pause on elective surgeries or a more comprehensive nationwide shutdown.

How COVID-19 could drive surprise billing changes

While the discussion surrounding a nationwide solution for surprise billing was a hot topic until earlier this year, there are now many legitimate questions to be asking about how COVID-19 may drive the push for new legislation.

How COVID-19 is affecting insurers

Everyone knows health care providers have been hit hard by COVID-19, but how have insurers been affected? Vachette CEO Mick Raich has the latest.

How proactive auditing can prevent fraud

Billing items that aren't billable, collecting dollars that don't belong to them -- every day we see different examples of unintentional fraud that could be prevented through routine audits and proactive revenue cycle management.

A troubling trend in denial appeals

Recently, we encountered a biller who had a policy in place stating they won't appeal denials below $500. While such policies are unfortunately becoming more common, it's still unacceptable for your bottom line.

How FOIA can boost your Part A contract

Miss our white paper on how to utilize FOIA requests to bolster your position in Medicare Part A contract negotiations with your hospital? Here's a brief rundown on what data you should be requesting from your Medicare Administrative Contractor.

Finding the sweet spot for small balance write-offs

The practice of writing off small balances is common across the medical billing industry, but the threshold for doing so varies wildly from practice to practice. The question you need to be asking is whether you're losing money because of your write-off policy.

Insurer slashes statewide payment rates by 70%

Imagine discovering a private payer cut your reimbursement rates by 70 percent! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a team of experts on your side to help navigate such a thorny issue?

Revenue changes for health care in 2016 … So far

Mick Raich, president of Vachette Pathology and Stark Medical Auditing and Consulting, has traveled throughout the country this year to various health care tradeshows and conferences to share his insight on how the health care industry's ongoing transition to value-based medicine will impact your revenue stream, and more importantly, what you can do to prepare.

Video: Health network consolidation, MIPS signal big changes for private practices

Vachette President Mick Raich shares his thoughts on the recent news that the Obama administration plans to begin rating health care networks based on the number of physicians and hospitals within a network and also discusses the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System that will be used to grade physicians starting next year.

Video: Forced Single Payer System

Vachette President Mick Raich talks consolidation in healthcare and what this could mean to your pathology practice revenue.

Video: Extended DRG Explained

Have you heard of Extended DRG, or Diagnostic Related Group? If not, you will. Watch as Vachette President Mick Raich explains what this means to you and your pathology practice.

Video: Medicare Proposed Fee Schedule

Recently Medicare released a proposed fee schedule — an 815 page document. Vachette President Mick Raich read the whole document ... watch as he boils it down and relates some interesting items that pathology practices will want to take note of.

CAP ’10 Transformation Plenary

During CAP ‘10, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) hosted the CAP ‘10 Transformation Plenary. Their objective was to examine the economic reality, technological development and the emerging healthcare models that are redefining the physician’s role around...

2010 ASCP Annual Meeting Daily Videos

Attendees are calling the 2010 ASCP Annual Meeting in San Francisco one of the best. See why by watching the five videos chronicling the news of each day and documenting perspectives on the future of the profession. Videos include interviews with ASCP leaders,...

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