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    6 tips to navigating the insurance game

    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    One of the most frustrating and seemingly futile battles of starting your practice from scratch is getting the medical insurance game figured out.

    The problem with this game (and I do call it a game very intentionally) is that the rules vary from company to company.

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    As if this alone weren’t challenging enough, the rules seem to constantly change. It is possible to get one answer from a representative—only to have the next representative you reach tell you the original answer was completely wrong. 

    You might think to yourself as I did, “Ask a colleague how he did it.” The problem is that the process is so complicated, plus many colleagues have been in-network providers so long that they couldn’t remember the details.

    Because of regional differences and the ever-changing rules, it is nearly impossible for me to write you a comprehensive “Here’s how you make insurance credentialing and contracting easier” blog post.

    But what I can do, after a year of relentlessly trying to figure it out and get paid for my work, is give you loose guidance and tips/tricks that would have been helpful for me from the beginning.

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