Social Media Opportunities for Practice-based PhysiciansApril 11th 2011
From "Tweeting" a link to a great article or blogging about a hot issue, to suggesting patients “like” your practice on Facebook, using the right online tools can enhance your career. But there are also dangers to spending time as a social doctor on the Internet.
How an HIE Can Enhance the Medical Home ModelFebruary 15th 2011
The medical home model relies not only on teamwork between multiple healthcare providers, but complete and constant communication. A health information exchange, or HIE, allows providers to move information quickly and easily to all involved caregivers through various means.
Technology Is Getting Patients Involved in Care at HomeFebruary 15th 2011
How can everyday devices like a weight scale and a blood pressure cuff keep an individual from returning to the hospital? They can if they are directly connected to a patient's healthcare provider for remote monitoring and feedback if needed.
The Impact of PHRs on Office Visits, Patient SatisfactionFebruary 15th 2011
With an increased drive to empower patients, the healthcare industry is turning to many new initiatives, including the personal health record, or PHR. The online tool allows patients to access information, such as test results, while also taking action on their own care, such as scheduling an appointment with their physician or placing a prescription refill request.
Is the War on Drugs Becoming A War on Doctors?January 14th 2011
As America's battle against illicit drugs shifts focus away from street-level narcotics and toward prescription painkillers, physicians are increasingly finding themselves targeted for investigation - and prosecution. Attorney Marcos Hasbun offers insight into this trend, and guidance on how well-meaning physicians can continue to help their patients while protecting themselves.
AMA Trying to Avoid Medicare 'Disaster'November 12th 2010
Congress is about to address a potential double-digit cut to physician reimbursement under the Medicare program. With a Dec. 1 deadline looming and a lame-duck session of Congress about to reconvene, the American Medical Association is urging lawmakers to take more time to find a long-term solution to declining physician payments.
Examining Payer Contract LanguageOctober 21st 2010
Negotiating rates with your payers is important, but so is the language in your contracts. Practices can face a number of possibly adverse provisions that could contradict practice policies and cause confusion with patients. But how do you discover and address such provisions?
EHRs and the Security of Patient InformationOctober 18th 2010
Most of the highly publicized cases of security breaches involving personal health information have been due to lost or stolen laptops and storage devices. But EHRs are full of personal health information that practices must ensure is protected. And, a recent study showed the general public is still very concerned about the security of EHRs, which could be a barrier to adoption.
Measuring Productivity Through RVUsSeptember 28th 2010
Looking for a better way to gauge physician productivity? A number of physicians' practices and hospitals are turning to relative value units (RVUs) over traditional benchmarks including charges, receipts, collections, or number of encounters. But what exactly are RVUs?
The federal government’s commitment to encourage more health information technology means there is a need for some 50,000 health IT workers in the next five years. One organization answering that call is the Oregon Institute of Technology, which just launched a health informatics degree program.
Podcast Series: How Healthcare Reform Affects YouJanuary 1st 2010
This podcast series features conversations with two experts from the MGMA: Robert Bennett, a member of MGMA’s government affairs staff, who explains what parts of the law are likely to affect medical practices, and Dave Gans, vice president of practice management resources at MGMA, who details what practices can do now to get ready for reform.