Business Insurance – I’m real glad I have it today.

When starting a practice, you are faced with all sorts of fees – licenses (business and professional), liability insurance, startup equipment (clinical and clerical), legal fees, salaries, and the like. You might be tempted to fore go the business insurance…not a good thing to do. I didn’t…and boy was I glad this morning when I …

Cash Practice

When opening their offices, many Nurse Practitioners look for ways to meet the needs of the uninsured and under-insured patient. This can often be a challenge because of several rules and regulations are in place regarding fee schedules particularly with Medicare. For instance it’s my understanding that you cannot bill a patient less than your …

Staffing Issues

Depending on the size of your practice, you may or may not need to have staff. Typically many office will have a receptionist, a medical assistant and perhaps someone doing billing/practice management. You may hire a cleaning service or a billing service. A larger office will have more staff. But when you are a small …

Medicare Billing Problems | Non-participating provider

I got a call this evening from an NP friend of mine who opened her practice in November 2006. She’s been dealing with doing electronic billing with Medicare. She tells me that after months of working with them, doing test runs, etc…they were all ready to do. Now mind you, these test runs were done …

Did you start a business or make yourself another job?

Many NP entrepreneurs, just like entrepreneurs everywhere, dream of owning their own business. In our case, we dream of the types of patients we will see, how much time we will spend with them, how we will structure our day, make our environment the way we want, and eventually do well enough to support our …

Outfitting Your Office, Part II – Where to find stuff

With my list in hand, one of the first things we did was we visited surplus medical supply houses in and around the Seattle area.  Believe me there are lots to choose from. It is my goal to start with equipment for two exam rooms.  So one of the first items I’d looked at this …

Outfitting your Office Part I – What do you need?

You finally found a space to lease or buy. Perhaps your vision includes brand-new exam tables, the latest in EKGs, that fancy computer system and that beautiful oak desk you’ve had your eye on for months. But before you run out and spend that money, let’s take a look at your budget. Some of us …