Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving to all! I am amazed at how quickly this year has rushed by. I am also amazed that I have not posted a blog since July of 2012. Wow! I can only state that this is due to a very busy and quickly growing acupuncture practice, which is not a bad thing!
I have four important business-related updates I would like to share with you. First, I am extremely happy to announce that I am now a contracted, in-network provider with Regence Blue Shield of WA. Regence sent me a personal “invitation for credentialing,” to which I was quick to respond. After one week to review my application, Regence responded that I am now a contracted provider. As a contracted provider with Regence, I am able to serve a larger population in Washington state. Regence is a covered provider for employees of the State of Washington, the City of Seattle, and King County. This includes employees of the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview. Open enrollment with insurance plans is currently underway, so please pass this on!
Also, I now offer credit and debit card services. This means you can pay your co-pays or co-insurance via your credit or debit cards. And for those of you with a health savings account, I can run that card as well. I did the research and met with a credit card consultant who recommended a safe, encrypted credit card swiper. So rest assured that when I swipe your credit or debit card, your information will be safe.
Online scheduling is available via my web page. Online scheduling is an extremely convenient way for you to schedule your first appointment with me or follow-up appointments and you can also cancel or reschedule as needed without having to contact me. Here is a link for your convenience: http://ingerjohnson.com/schedulingandlocation.html
And I now have a HIPAA-compliant secure email service called ProMailSource for your privacy protection. You will receive emails from me from the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org (Note that at first this email might end up in your SPAM folder because it is new to your email system. If so, simply move it to your inbox.) The email will let you know it is encrypted. You will then be asked to create a password so that you can read such emails from me going forward. You only have to do this once! And this will ensure that our conversations via email are safe, encrypted, and HIPAA-compliant.
It feels good to update the technological side of my business. Technology changes faster than the seasons. On that note, here’s a friendly reminder to please take some time to slow down this holiday season in order to rest and renew for the upcoming New Year.