Setting up a dermatology practice


The client split from a larger dermatology group to setup a practice in her hometown.


After a larger dermatology group dissolved, our client setup a practice in her hometown. However, setting up a new practice involves several challenges in billing, leave alone the challenges of establishing oneself with patients. The doctor preferred using EMA EHR from Modernizing Medicine and required it to be integrated with AdvancedMD, the practice management system that we use. Further, it was imperative that the doctor is not only compliant with her billing but also accurate enough to get paid correctly and in time.


We stepped in after the doctor had completed her credentialing. From that point on, we developed various processes that resulted in streamlined billing operations. We started by establishing the interface between the EHR (EMA from Modernizing Medicine) and the practice management system (AdvancedMD). Our coding team worked in streamlining modifier usage for dermatology and CPT-ICD coding compatibility. We did “same-day billing” that resulted in faster payments required for the nascent practice to sustain itself.


Our work resulted in 100% growth in collections after the first year. We continue to work with the client to develop strong systems that can withstand continuing growth.