Handling Biologics in Your Practice

In "Handling Biologics in Your Practice," faculty at the 2017 Practice Management Workshop discussed how the use of biologics in treating allergic and immunologic diseases is increasing. While they can be beneficial to your patients, they can result in a big headache for your practice. This recording will help you navigate the challenges related to biologics including revenue cycle management, the role of specialty pharmacies and how to best structure your office’s staffing and procedural operations.

Target Audience

Physician assistants
Office managers
Coding and billing staff members
Other clinical staff

Learning Objectives

Needs Assessment
The use of biologics is increasingly becoming an option in the treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases.  While biologics can be rewarding to your patients, it can cause many headaches, frustrations, and financial liabilities within your allergy and immunology practice as the process for obtaining and billing for these can be confusing and cumbersome.  This course will help practices navigate the steps to successfully manage biologic treatments in allergy practice.

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the role of specialty pharmacies in biologics
  • Describe the process of “buy and bill,” including negotiating rates and dealing with billing and inventory.
  • Describe the revenue cycle management of biologics
  • Discuss your office’s staffing and procedural needs to handle biologics, including the paperwork process, patient communication about the process, and long-term tracking of patients and their insurances
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 1.50 CE
    CE credit.
  • 1.50 CME
    CME credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Cozette Blandford
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, San Antonio, TX
Relevant relationships: None

Helen Combs
Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center, Birmingham, AL
Relevant relationships: None

Weily Soong, MD FAAAAI
Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center, Birmingham, AL
Relevant relationships: None

Content Reviewers
Samuel Gubernick, DO FAAAAI
Family Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates, Largo, FL
Relevant relationships: None

Jon Ramsey, RN
Georgia Asthma Coalition, Albany, GA
Relevant relationships: Genentech: speaker (Xolair); Shire/Baxalta: advisory board


Accreditation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE Designation Statement
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) is a Provider, approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10704, for up to 1.50 Contact Hours.

Medium and Method of Physician Participation for an Enduring Activity
Follow these steps to complete the activity:

  1. Register for the activity.
  2. Review the CME and Disclosure information.
  3. Complete all required components.
  4. Complete the post-test. You must achieve a score of 70% or higher on post-tests to claim credit.
  5. Complete the activity evaluation.
  6. Claim your credits. Enter only the number of credits earned based on your participation in the activity.
  7. Print or save your certificate.

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Release date
Original release date: August 14, 2017.  Valid for credit through August 13, 2018.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 1.50 CE
    CE credit.
  • 1.50 CME
    CME credit.


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