Patient Pricing Transparency Movement Hits Stride
Practices are going to have to accept pricing transparency experts say, otherwise they'll get left behind as consumers push this trend forward.
Major Trends in Medical Practice Staffing
The advent of team-based healthcare means a more coordinated approach to seeing patients. It also means different staffing roles and ratios.
Adjusting to Value-Based Care as an Independent Practice
Independent practices likely have a lot of questions about the looming value-based environment. Here's helpful insight and guidance from two experts.
How Small Practices Can Prepare for Value-Based Care
Changes to physician compensation are looming, so now is the time for small practices to start focusing on value. Here's how.
Co-opt Patients into Your Collections Process
Practices can no longer afford to be remiss about collecting outstanding patient balances, as high-deductible health plans are forcing patients to pay more.
Roles of Staff, Technology in Patient Collections
Developing better patient collections processes depends not just on good staff policies and training, but the newest in HIPAA-compliant technology.
New Meaningful Use Rules: 5 Key Takeaways
There are 752 pages covering the changes to Stage 2 of meaningful use and finalizing Stage 3. We’ve whittled that down to five major takeaways.
Ten Things to Do at MGMA15
Traveling to Nashville for MGMA15? Make the most out of your trip by making sure you do these ten things during your stay.
Meaningful Use Stage 3 a Mixed Bag for Physicians
CMS has released modifications to the meaningful use program. Here's what the changes mean for physician practices.
Seven Ways to Improve Physician-Staff Relationships
Trusting relationships are key to medical practice success, and at the root of trusting relationships is strong communication. Here's how to make improvements.
Physicians: Medicare Quality Reporting Programs Ineffective
A new survey reveals most physicians feel Medicare quality improvement programs are ineffective, too complex, and too burdensome for physicians and staff.
Making an mHealth Connection to Patients
Patients have smartphones. Physicians have information about health and well-being. So logically, using mobile health technology can provide better connections.
Finding the Right Staffing Mix for Your Practice
Practice employees are more than salaries. If you use them in the right places at the right time, they are revenue generators supporting your physicians.
Participation in EHR Donation Program Requires Due Diligence
EHRs can be expensive for small practices. But a stipulation of the Stark Law allows a hospital to donate funds and partner with you for meaningful use.
Ten Conflict Management Tips for Medical Practices
Dealing with difficult personalities and the resulting conflicts that arise can be an everyday occurrence at many practices. Here's how to address such issues more effectively.
Dealing with Difficult Staff at Your Medical Practice
Here are four common difficult personality types you may have as employees at your medical practice and how to deal with them.
Savings Alone Shouldn't Determine ACO Success
While the initial performance of Medicare ACOs hasn't achieved prescribed cost-savings goals, that doesn't mean they aren't successful, say two practices.
Effective Physician Onboarding Saves Time, Money
Welcoming a new physician to your practice goes beyond credentialing and orientation. It also includes marketing, integration into the team, and mentoring.
What Every Practice Manager Should Do Before 2015
In this podcast, healthcare consultant Craig Greenberg shares three tasks every practice manager should complete before the end of 2014.
Communication Crucial to ICD-10 Success
To truly be ready for the ICD-10 transition, start your communications now: with your physicians, your staff, and your tech vendors.
Nontraditional Suggestions for a Productive Practice
Practice managers often fall in to common office habits, but going against conventional practice may result in a better office culture and cost savings.
HIPAA Compliance: 3 Changes to Patient Rights
At the MGMA 2014 conference, attendees learned about key elements of HIPAA compliance they may be overlooking. Many have to do with changes to patient rights.
Growing Your Medical Practice Starts with You
You may talk about growth at your medical practice, but are you walking the walk? Here are three ways to boost both personal and professional growth.
Collaboration, Not Competition, Will Save Medical Practices
Market forces are driving new healthcare models, so it's critical to look at your practice's future. And collaboration may be the key to any kind of longevity.
Using Point of Care Registries to Manage High-Risk Patients
In order to get patients the care they need when they need it, consider a risk-stratified care management system tied to point of care registries.
Preparing for a HIPAA Audit: Tips and Resources
The HIPAA audit program under the Office for Civil Rights is expanding and changing. Is your practice prepared?
Patient Communication Preferences Vital in Care Compliance
What you communicate to patients should also consider how you reach them. And with the variety of messaging available, there is also varying patient preference.
Qualities Shared by 'Better-Performing' Medical Practices
"Better-performing medical practices" excel in four performance categories, according to the MGMA. How does your practice stack up?
Secrets to Great Physician-Administrator Teams
Communication, support, and education - especially on finances - are key areas for physicians and practice managers to work together in a team environment.
Two Keys to Small Medical Practice Survival
Looking for longevity as a medical practice? Joshua Halverson of ECG Management Consultants offers tips on survival and how to increase your practice's value.
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