All Articles Mentioned by Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT

All Articles Mentioned by Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - President and CEO

Welcome to the archived list of all articles mentioned and posted to the site by our Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT.

All mentioned articles are listed below and categorized by date, newest to oldest. Click any link below to read the entire synopsis.

Capitol Hill is paying a lot of attention to ICD-10…

“Capitol Hill is paying a lot of attention to ICD-10 implementation” is a great article by Carl Natale on ICD-10 Watch that talks about a big week in ICD-10 implementation…   Excerpt: “The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), has scheduled a hearing on “Examining ICD-10 Implementation” for 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. There isn’t a list of witnesses yet. But expect representatives from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and American Medical Association (AMA) at least.   There are plans to livestream it at   This comes a day after the Coalition for ICD-10 sponsors

Mentioned By: Melissa on February 9th, 2015 | No Comments

Ensure Complete Medical Billing For Every Encounter

“Don’t Overlook Coding Opportunities For Routine Healthcare Services” is a great article by Greg Freeman on Health Leaders Media’s site. The article talks about a big problem that we see every day, in that providers are not always paying close attention to coding for normal, everyday services, therefore they are not being reimbursed in full…   Excerpt: “Optimizing your revenue is an ongoing challenge for any physician practice, and the task only gets harder as the healthcare industry changes and reimbursement is restructured. But one way to improve your practice revenue can easily be overlooked in all the effort to accommodate the new factors: making sure you are charging fully

Mentioned By: Melissa on January 29th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Need a Business Plan When Starting a Medical Practice?

“Medical Practice Business Plan – Needed to start a Medical Practice?” is a great article by Jim Hook over at the Fox Group. The article digs into the “What’s” and “Whys” of needing a business plan as you start your new medical practice…   Excerpt: “A medical practice business plan may seem like a luxury when you’re starting a medical practice. After all, you’re going to need start-up capital for lots of other things, too, like initial deposits, equipment, insurance and staff, just to name a few. So why should you consider allocating resources to a medical practice business plan? The “What” and “Why” of a medical practice business plan?

Mentioned By: Melissa on January 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Five Strategies for a Successful, Lean Medical Practice

“Five Success Strategies for a Lean Medical Practice” is a great article by Audrey “Christie” Mclaughlin over at Physicians Practice. The article makes some great points about how to get as much done as possible, with as little staff as you need…   Excerpt: ” let’s talk about a few strategies to keep a lean clinic running smoothly. 1. Cross train. All ancillary staff (nurses, billing, reception, office manager, etc.) in the clinic should be able to fill in for any other position in the clinic when it comes to basic duties. Without tons of practice (and we don’t want you to have a lot of call-ins) your staff may

Mentioned By: Melissa on January 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Great List of ICD-10 Resources from HiTech Answers

HiTech Answers has an article outlining a number of great resources for ICD-10 transition from CMS, Optum etc…   Excerpt: “The health care industry will transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes for diagnoses and inpatient procedures on October 1, 2014. The final updates to ICD-9-CM codes took effect on October 1, 2013. These updates will be in effect until the ICD-10 transition takes place on October 1, 2014. You can find the last official ICD-9-CM code titles, both full and abbreviated, on the CMS website. For the latest CMS news on ICD-10 refer to the CMS website. While October is many months away, preparation for this transition must begin now.

Mentioned By: Melissa on January 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Are You Learning From The Daily Lessons?

“Turning Lessons Learned into Action at Your Medical Practice” is an article over at Physicians Practice. I am mentioning it because the article brings up a great point about the things that happen to us daily, and whether or not we actually think about the lesson and learn from it…   Excerpt: “Every day is full of lessons to be learned, if only we would pay attention to them. Lessons present themselves in various forms throughout the day. We make conscious and unconscious decisions every second, resulting in some type of action. Are you going to run that yellow light just as it is turning red? What if that jogger

Mentioned By: Melissa on January 20th, 2014 | No Comments