Are You Ready for These Medical Billing Changes Coming in 2016?

Anyone that runs a medical practice and supervises a billing staff (as well as oversees numerous and ever-changing rules and regulations) knows that medical billing is complex, which is putting it mildly. Keeping a practice financially sound these days takes up more and more valuable time for physicians and their administrative staff. Of course the […]

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Implementing EHR Effectively

Electronic health records (EHRs) have the ability to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare when implemented successfully. However, EHRs have become a hot-button issue today as some medical staff claim these systems are frustrating to use and hinder their work. When medical staff aren’t trained in the use of EHRs, this can unfortunately become […]

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The Physician Employment Infographic

Our recent posts about physician work-life balance and satisfaction got us thinking — how are physician employment trends changing as a whole? It won’t come as a shock to any physicians that things are changing pretty rapidly but we think you’ll still find the numbers pretty compelling. Here’s what we found.  

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Tips and Tools for Maintaining Patient Interaction While Using EHRs

A recent study by Northwestern University aimed to answer an important question in today’s world of electronic health records (EHR): Do physicians spend too much time looking at the computer screen? The results? Doctors who use an EHR in the exam room spend about one-third of their patient visits with their eyes on the computer. […]

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How to Measure Patient Satisfaction

While patient satisfaction has been an important topic for decades now, the recent increase in emphasis on quality of care and value-based payment models has brought more attention to the concept. But measuring patient satisfaction can be tricky. There are three main parts of the process: creating a useful survey, distributing the survey, and accurately […]

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5 Steps for Managing an Underperforming Employee

5 Steps for Managing an Underperforming Employee You’ve noticed that one of your employees has been making a lot of errors recently. Or maybe a staff member always seems to be behind on his work. Before simply saying, “You’re fired,” take some time to consider your next move. With a little time and effort, you […]

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Why physicians are concerned about public access to Medicare payment data

In a move to increase transparency and accountability, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released data on Medicare payments made to physicians. Previously confidential, this information is now available to the public. The raw financial data files, available in Excel and tab delimited formats, encompass more than 880,000 healthcare providers and approximately […]

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Maintenance of Certification: A Look at Both Sides of the Controversy

Physicians who want to maintain their Board Certification may face new requirements soon — for better or worse. In February 2014, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announced new standards for the continuing professional development and recertification of physicians. The ABMS is made up of 24 Member Boards, each of which has its own […]

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Trends & Growth of Accountable Care Organizations (Infographic)

It appears that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are on the rise, but are physicians actually benefiting from them? From growth statistics to physician’s opinions, here is some of the most compelling data we could find on the topic.  

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Protect your practice from mobile device security risks

Smartphones, tablets, laptops — devices like these can make your practice more efficient. And mobile technology allows you to get work done even when you aren’t physically in the office. But storing and transmitting health information electronically also opens you up to additional security risks. The penalty for a breach? One HIPAA violation can result […]

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