Professional Vision Group Blog

Showing the Love: Appreciation is the Fuel of Motivation

According to Inc. magazine, showing appreciation is not just a nice thing to do, it goes a long way toward increasing motivation, productivity, and morale.    When we interview people for positions on an eye care team, we will ask “What motivates you?” and most of the time the answer is “appreciation.”  I think  most leaders know the value of...

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Quality Payment Program – How Medicare pays physicians in the future

The final rules for the Quality Payment Program are out and while there are still some lose ends, the real face of the program is beginning to emerge.  The Quality Payment Program (QPP) replaces the previous system of Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate reimbursement method and rewards quality care with two more consistent systems – Advanced Payment Models (Advanced APMs) and...

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Changes to ICD-10-CM Go Into Effect October 1st 2016

After October 1st, the 12-month grace period will end and your use of ICD-10 codes will need to be more specific and accurate or risk denied claims.   Fortunately, EHR technology has made coding with the new system much simpler but there are some changes that go into effect soon: Diabetes For Type II diabetes E11.9 be sure to...

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PQRS and Meaningful Use Still in Play in 2016

Use PQRS measures on Medicare claims Use of quality measures are still the standard for physicians submitting claims to traditional Medicare.  In fact, next year a new quality system will be utilized to start the implementation of the new value-based MIPS Medicare payment system. For now, things you should be doing: There are four “cross-cutting” measures used on all...

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Next year the clock starts ticking for new Medicare payment system

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) provided for value-based payment of Medicare benefits based on  system designed to measure and promote quality in care.  In April, a proposed rule will allow Medicare payments to be based on a score from four categories: Quality – 50% of the score replacing the old PQRS and CQM systems....

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Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Due by July 1

Providers who feel that they were unable to successfully attest for Meaningful Use in 2015 have until midnight July 1 to file for a Hardship Exception to avoid 3% penalties in 2017.  Many organizations including CMS and the AOA believe that the new rulings were released too late in 2015 for Eligible Providers to file for and achieve Meaningful...

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New Overtime Rule Sets Minimum Salaries Effective December 1

On December 1st, the new overtime rule goes into effect making the minimum salary $913 per week or $47,476 per year.  This rule limits employees from being put on salary to avoid paying overtime and sets the minimum salary for management. The Department of Labor offers these options: Pay time and a half for time over 40 hours in a pay...

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Polarized sunwear represent a “double whammy” of potential to raise your average Revenue Per Patient

Only 6% of all prescription eyeglass lenses are polarized, representing an enormous potential for growth in your average optical sale.  Second pair sales are a challenge in our industry, with some sources citing average second pair sales as low as 13%. These facts help you position sunwear in your office: Polarized sunwear is not just a summer time thing. Over...

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Zika Virus: Facts and Liabilities

The Facts Zika is real and has spread to the United States. The following summarizes what we know about this virus. Transmission occurs mainly through the bite of a carrier Aedes mosquito but it can also be transmitted through sexual contact with an infected individual.  The incubation period is unknown but thought to be only a few days. More...

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the Four Question Performance Review

According to the Washington Post, in an effort to streamline what can become a laborious, negative, and in many ways ineffective and inefficient, performance review process, Deloitte, an international HR consulting firm, is getting away from the long supervisory and peer-reviewed performance evaluation processes. Now there are four simple questions: Given what I know of this person’s performance, and...

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