Meet the new Credentialing Manager of PETTIGREW, Jennifer Deer

We are proud to announce the promotion of Jennifer Deer. She started with Pettigrew Medical in November 2019 as a Credentialing Coordinator and was promoted to Credentialing Manager this month. As the Credentialing Manager, Jennifer works directly with clients to assist them with applications and participation with third party insurance carriers while overseeing all credentialing on our team.

Meet the new CEO of PETTIGREW, Emily M. Osetek

PETTIGREW is delighted to announce that Emily M. Osetek is now the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Emily has over 30 years of Revenue Cycle Management expertise and is an industry leader in this field. She began her healthcare career working in the private hospital setting and learned all phases of Part A and B billing.

Service Animal’s in the Medical Industry

Animal assisted therapy is gaining popularity in health care and beyond to help people recover or cope with health problems including cancer, heart disease and mental health disorders. The Mayo Clinic has a Caring Canines program where they conducted a study and found that patients were in a more positive emotional-physiologic state as a result of animal-assisted activity sessions.

Psychological Effects Related to COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of people around the world in unprecedented ways which caused uncertainty, a change in daily routines, stress about finances and alienation with social isolation. The concern about their health, the duration of the pandemic and job stability has created a mental impact in our society.

In Honor of Heart Healthy Awareness Month

Roughly 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year, some occurring without any warning signs and those who survive often have permanently weakened heart muscles and there is a higher risk of having another one which can be fatal. Women are less likely to survive heart attacks than men and studies are being done to learn more, some analogies are that women don’t seek or receive treatment as soon as men

Healthcare Staffing Shortages

The spread of the COVID-19 and variants has prolonged the shortage of workers across the healthcare industry, straining hospital profitability and adding to burnout rates. Providers across the country are struggling with staffing shortages combined with long hours and increasing administrative burdens that has contributed to staff burnout, turnover, and shortages-even before the pandemic.

Retail Healthcare

Physicians are up against the retail health-care options that are bringing a new type of competition where patients find that it is more convenient to go to a retail market than waiting at a physician’s office. The entrance of Amazon, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens into the retail health market is causing a disruption across the country.

The Importance of Credentialing

The provider is responsible for getting the required information to the person who will be overseeing the process. In most healthcare organizations, this will be a designated credentialing expert, such as a medical staff coordinator for larger facilities, or a practice manager or business office manager for smaller facilities and private practices.

What Questions to Ask a Medical Billing Company

Partnering with a medical billing company is a big decision. There are a lot of choices out there. You may have some questions that are specific to your needs, but the following questions should apply to any practice.

Do they have an accredited compliance plan in place? Are they HIPAA compliant? What are their security protocols?

What will it cost? This is always the main thing on everyone’s mind.

How Contaminated is Your Mask?

We have become accustomed to wearing a mask as a barrier to protect us from viruses, but as we move into cold and flu season, have you thought of what kind of contamination is in both the inside and outside of the mask, especially when sneezing and coughing inside of a mask worn for several hours.