Supplemental Income for Physicians

Many physicians looking to supplement their income are interested in doing file review work from their home office.

Kinds of Work Available for Physicians

One of the most frequently asked questions is what kinds of file review work is available for physicians. The good news is that there are many different types of file reviews physicians can do from their home.

Here is a list of over 40 of the more common types of file reviews available:

  • Appeal Reviews
  • Billing and Coding
  • Causation Reviews
  • Clinical Outcomes
  • Complex/Legacy/Peer Reviews
  • Continuation of Care Plans
  • CPT Code/Billing Reviews
  • Credentialing Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE)
  • Dental Review
  • Diagnostic Testing Reviews
  • Disability Review
  • Experimental/Investigational Reviews
  • Fair hearing expertise
  • File/Chart Reviews
  • Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE)
  • Group Health Reviews
  • Hospital Bill Review and Audits
  • Hospital Inpatient Care Reviews
  • Length of Stay
  • Long Term/Short Term Disability Reviews
  • Medical Chart Review
  • Medical Director Services
  • Medical Imaging Review
  • Medical Legal Reviews
  • Medical Necessity Reviews
  • Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) Reviews
  • Medication Reviews
  • Mortality Reviews
  • New technology/procedure
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Reviews
  • Patterns of Care
  • PBM and Pharmacy Reviews
  • Pharmacy Reviews
  • Plan Interpretation
  • Post-Service Retrospective Reviews
  • Pre-Authorization Reviews
  • Quality/standard of care
  • Retrospective & Concurrent Length of Stay Reviews
  • Sentinel/Adverse Events
  • Sleep Study Reviews
  • Specialty Reviews including IRO
  • Standard of Care Reviews
  • Telephonic or onsite educational sessions
  • Utilization Review
  • Utilization/medical necessity/coding validation
  • Work Comp Reviews

Volume of Work Available

As can be seen by the above list there are many types of file reviews that need to be performed and as a result there is a great need for physicians to perform these file reviews.  SEAK publishes a Directory of File Review Consultants that physicians list in, to obtain this type of work.

Getting Off to a Strong Start

One of the keys in doing these file reviews is to do high quality reviews. The insurers, file review companies, TPAs, and IROs usually only give the new physician one chance to show what they can do. Do well and the physician will get ongoing work. Do poorly on your first review and the company will move on to another physician.

Training for Physicians

SEAK, conducts an annual training course for physicians, How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful Disability and File Review Consulting Practice. For additional information on the course click here.

To speak to the course director, contact Steven Babitsky, Esq. at