The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, August 2, 2019
Lunch and learn with a coding expert
Accurate coding is critical to assigning the appropriate risk to a patient population, validating “how sick” patients are and directly impacting per member per month costs.

Gain insight and knowledge into improving coding through monthly Lunch with the Coder webinars. These complimentary education sessions will focus on important coding updates, tips, information and more. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the webinars.

Save the dates for upcoming webinars:
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 12-1pm: Coding changes you need to know now - REGISTER
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 12-1pm: Top 10 HCC specific codes - REGISTER
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 12-1pm: HCC coding continued - REGISTER
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12-1pm: CPT updates - REGISTER

Presenter: Mary Mallory, CEMC, ambulatory coding education specialist at The Physician Alliance, serves as a subject matter expert providing knowledge and proficiency in coding and billing. She has significant experience in risk adjustment, compliance review and diagnostic coding. She has been a certified coder since 2010 and has assisted and educated providers and their staff on proper diagnostic coding and other risk adjustment issues.
Help patients get discounted prescriptions
The Michigan Rx card provides prescription assistance to state residents. The free pharmacy coupon card can provide up to 80 percent savings on prescriptions, including discounts on generic and brand drugs. The card is accepted at more than 68,000 pharmacies nationwide.

The program may be used to provide savings on prescriptions not covered by a patient's health insurance or Medicare Part D. The program may also be used instead of insurance coverage when it offers greater savings than a copay. There are no enrollment forms, no age or income requirements, no waiting periods, no eligibility required, no exclusions, covers pre-existing conditions, no claim forms to file, no annual or lifetime limits.

The pharmacy coupon card and more information for patients can be found at michiganrxcard.com
New clinical quality guidelines available
The Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium provided an array of updated guidelines for evidence-based clinical practices. These guidelines include ADHD diagnosis and treatment, office sedation, routine preventive services for infants and children, and others.

Updated guidelines and more can be found on the MQIC website . Scan by 'date updated' column on the webpage.
Eight mistakes that can upend your retirement
Pursuing your retirement dreams is challenging enough without making some common, and very avoidable, mistakes. Here are eight big mistakes to steer clear of, if possible.
 
  1. No Strategy. Yes, the biggest mistake is having no strategy at all. Without a strategy, you may have no goals, leaving you no way of knowing how you'll get there – and if you've even arrived.
  2. Frequent Trading. Chasing "hot" investments often leads to despair. Create an asset allocation strategy that is properly diversified to reflect your objectives, risk tolerance, and time horizon; then, make adjustments based on changes in your personal situation, not due to market ups and downs.
  3. Not Maximizing Tax-Deferred Savings. Not participating in your workplace retirement plan may be a mistake, especially when you're passing up free money in the form of employer-matching contributions.
  4. Prioritizing College Funding over Retirement. Your kids' college education is important, but you may not want to sacrifice your retirement for it. Remember, you can get loans and grants for college, but you can't for your retirement.
  5. Overlooking Health Care Costs. Extended care may be an expense that can undermine your financial strategy for retirement if you don't prepare for it.
  6. Not Adjusting Your Investment Approach Well Before Retirement. Consider adjusting your asset allocation in advance of tapping your savings so you're not selling stocks when prices are depressed. Asset allocation is an approach to help manage investment risk. Asset allocation does not guarantee against investment loss. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
  7. Retiring with Too Much Debt. If too much debt is bad when you're making money, it can be especially harmful when you're living in retirement. Consider managing or reducing your debt level before you retire.
  8. It's Not Only About Money. Above all, a rewarding retirement requires good health. So, maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, stay socially involved, and remain intellectually active.

Contributed by: Vantage Pointe Financial Group , an Affiliate Partner, offers comprehensive financial planning and reduced fee services to TPA members. Contact Kaled Khaznehkatbi at 248-858-9957 or kaledk@vpfgroup.com for details.
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