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April 2014

Fueling Your Therapy Practice with Guest Blogging

Creating a constant stream of fresh content published on your website can help your clients connect with you even before they ever contact you for an initial appointment.  But, what happens when a potential client runs a Google search of your name?  Do these search results imbue that prospective new client with the impression that you are the master of only your own domain (website domain, that is), or will your prospective client find your name and published articles attached to expert websites all over the web?  Becoming a guest blogger or newsletter contributor will increase your online exposure, thereby helping both your existing and prospective clients to see you as an expert in your field. 

Would I be wasting my time writing articles and finding sites to publish them? Guest blogging is the online version of networking and building your reputation.  Strive to become a regular contributor to a highly-regarded website in your field.  Using the web to spread your knowledge and increase your reach will help your clients view you as the expert they need.  Not only is this an incredibly effective tool to establish yourself as an expert to which potential clients will turn, but it is also 100% free advertising.

How would my prospective clients find my articles published outside of my website? While many of your new clients will go directly to your website, many will also search online for articles or reviews about...READ MORE
Argonaut Does That...?

"Can we use a client's Flex plan credit card?  It looks like a credit card, but it has money on it for health expenses not covered by insurance."

Any HSA/FSA debit card with a Visa or Mastercard logo on the card can be processed through Argonaut as easily as any debit or credit card.  You will want to enter the card information in the Client's Account Information page as you would any credit card.

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EClaims: 90 Days Free + No Annual Fees EVER

Streamline your finances with practice management and integrated insurance claim processing all-in-one. This one-step eClaims billing feature delivers everything you need to process claims in seconds, Counseling Practice Electronic Claims Processingdirectly from Argonaut.  Get started by May 30, 2014 to automatically receive:

  • 30-Day Free Trial of Argonaut's Practice Management Software
  • 3 months of integrated insurance eClaims processing services for free.
  • PLUS, we will waive the $200 set-up fee and annual maintenance fees for eClaims FOREVER.

eClaim Rates Learn More About Electronic Claims Processing for Mental Health Counselors

CMS 1500 v02-12 Update

The newest version of the CMS 1500 (02-12) that went into effect on April 1, 2014 has been updated in Argonaut.  While you may already be aware of the change, you may not know what changed in the form or why it changed.  This will help you get more familiar with the changes:

  • The reason for the change:  The National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC) designed the updated form to accommodate the upcoming diagnosis code changes that will be applicable to the ICD-10.
  • No longer on the form: 1) marital and employment status, 2) primary insured's employer or school name, 3) secondary insured's date of birth, sex, and employer name, and 4) balance due.
  • Added to the form:  1) ability to include 12 diagnosis codes that are now numbered alphabetically instead of numerically, 2) alphabetical Diagnosis Pointers replace numerical Diagnosis Pointers, 3) a new field to identify the diagnosis codes as ICD-9 or ICD-10.
ICD-10 News

The newest International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding standard, the ICD-10, expected to go into effect on October 1, 2014, has been delayed for at least another year.  The delay came as a result of the signing of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.  A section of the new law does include a stipulation that this new coding standard cannot be implemented prior to October 2015, but it does not specify a definitive deadline for the conversion to ICD-10.  What does this mean for healthcare providers?  It means that providers will continue to use the current classification standard of the ICD-9 until a new deadline is provided.



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