Practice Management Resources
Mark your calendar and prepare your practice for important dates in 2013–2015.
Disclosing to Patients Other Offices to Obtain Advances Imaging Services
starting January 1, 2011, referring physicians are required to disclose to their patients in writing that they may obtain certain advanced imaging services (CT, MRI, PET) at other locations within a 25 mile radius of the place of the referral. Find out more, and download sample forms
The Academy has developed new, free resources to assist members who wish to simplify office procedures and save time and money. Sample office registration forms are now available to AAN members along with short instructional videos on how to create and use the forms.
Practice Management Webinars
Learn the latest on practice management hot topics while earning CME credit! Both live and recorded webinars are available and designed to help practicing US neurologists, residents, and office staff improve their practice. Register Today!
External and Internal Audits
In a follow-up to the internal billing audit brochure, the AAN and the AMA have again partnered to create an external audit brochure guiding physicians through a retrospective health plan audit.
The internal billing audit brochure will help you learn the steps to performing an internal audit in your office. Identify incorrect billing patterns before the claims are denied or outside auditors assess penalties.
The AMA's Private Sector Advocacy group collaborates with medical societies and develops tools for physicians. The AMA developed a new flyer entitled How to Appeal Inappropriate Health Plan Claim Denials (.pdf). AMA members can access the complete Claims Management Resource Kit.
Claims Processing Forms
Most neurology practices could benefit from improved claims processing efficiency. The AAN is part of a specialty society coalition that meets with insurers to increase communication and collaboration. A committee representing physicians, health plans, and hospitals developed tools to help with claim delays and denials.
- Coordination of Benefits: Tips for Reducing Payment Delays and Improving Accounts Receivable (.pdf)
- Claim Correction Form (.pdf)
- Improving Claims Processing and Payment: A Self-Assessment Tool for Providers (.pdf)
With just so many hours in a day, how do neurologists squeeze in more patients without feeling like they're skimping on quality and patient safety? Adding another neurologist to a practice is one answer, but it can be a lengthy and expensive—and perhaps unnecessary—solution.
As today's health care delivery system evolves, all levels of professionals are learning that a "team" approach is both efficient and effective for providing quality patient care. Neurologists are increasingly using nurse practitioners and physician assistants (non-physician providers, or NPPs) to broaden the availability of neurological services.
Physician Extenders (.pdf)
Business and Research Administrators in Neurology Society
The Business and Research Administrators in Neurology Society (BRAINS) are a group of both academic and private practice administrators and managers with a focus on opportunities that will benefit those who are managing neurology and neurosurgery groups.
BRAINS members work together to advocate for change and identify issues of importance to administrators and managers in neurology.