HCRC Anthology Reimbursement Tips

The HCRC Anthology was developed to allow IPA members to access a database from several previous years from the HCRC’s popular Practice/Billing “Tip of the Month”, along with supporting references.

The Tip of the Month was first launched in 2011. The Anthology serves as a handy 24/7 accessible resource addressing common practice issues. In effect, it is an electronic library of practice issues affecting psychologists in Illinois. Often the IPA listserv inquiries will begin with: “I know this has been discussed previously”. Rather than wait for an answer, members are encouraged to access this electronic reference library to solve many practice reimbursement questions.

Currently, a new “Tip” is posted each month. The Anthology will be updated on a quarterly basis.

The Health Care Reimbursement Committee members can be reached at their mailbox hcrc@illinoispsychology.org

The current HCRC Chair is Patricia Farrell PhD., with its Health Care Reform Subcommittee Chair, Dr. Theresa Schultz.

Some of the most popular Tips include:

  • Disputed Claims & 3rd Tier Independent External Reviews
  • A Tale of a Telephonic Review
  • Audits & Record Keeping
  • Billing & Coding Conundrums
  • Coaching – The New Frontier
  • Telehealth – What is Legal or Not?
  • Collections & Risk Management
  • Using Social Media & Payors
  • Five Ways to Improve Patient Collections
  • Medicare as Secondary Payor
  • Sample Letter to PCPs
  • Risk Adjustment Audits

The IPA’s HCRC work has grown exponentially over the years. One long-time IPA member wrote in 2015:

Once again, your intervention on my behalf makes the 25-year membership I have had with IPA and the dues paid worthwhile. Your intervention worked magic. I got a call from “M.” yesterday afternoon, the new Network Coordinator for our area. I guess some of their staff quit and they have been going through transitions (what a story..). We worked together today on resolving the outstanding issue with regards to unprocessed claims. She was pleasant and indicated a strong desire to resolve the problem and get us paid as soon as possible.

Members can access the HCRC reimbursement tips here. To access, IPA Members need to login first by clicking on the yellow Member Login button in the sidebar to the left of this page.