Practice Management

Evaluating Business Opportunities

Evaluating Business Opportunities

Physicians need a good understanding of a potential partner, regardless of the business model being considered.

Navigating the Complexities of Nephrology Coding and Billing

Navigating the Complexities of Nephrology Coding and Billing

Over- and under-documentation are equally considered fraudulent, and may increase audit risk, so it is essential to get coding and billing right the first time.

Tips for Addressing Uncompensated Time

Tips for Addressing Uncompensated Time

Strategies include addressing prior authorizations and referrals, such as with use of key words that ease approval or hiring a staff member to obtain prior authorizations.

Hackers Pose a Threat to Medical Practices

Hackers Pose a Threat to Medical Practices

Employee training and prioritizing security are the first specific strategies to stop hackers.

Key Points to Consider Under MACRA

Key Points to Consider Under MACRA

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One area to that requires particular attention is investments physicians need to make in their staff.

What to Know Before Buying a Practice

What to Know Before Buying a Practice

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The financial shape of a practice is just one of several important considerations.

Physician Specialties Saw Increased Compensation in 2016

Physician Specialties Saw Increased Compensation in 2016

Primary care specialists saw an increase of 3.2%, similar to the 3.6% increase in 2015.

Errors in Opioid Prescribing for Adult Outpatients Common

Errors in Opioid Prescribing for Adult Outpatients Common

Most of the errors were made on handwritten prescriptions.

Evaluating Practice Options in the Shifting Health Care Landscape

Evaluating Practice Options in the Shifting Health Care Landscape

Partnering with another organization may provide multiple benefits, including support for participating in new value-based agreements, infrastructure to comply with regulations and access to the capital needed to fund technological investments and growth.

Trimming Costs to Increase Income

Trimming Costs to Increase Income

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Shopping around for less expensive medications and buying used medical supplies and equipment can boost the bottom line.

Meds Plus Risk Factors Tied to Greater QTc Interval Lengthening

Meds Plus Risk Factors Tied to Greater QTc Interval Lengthening

Combined with risk factors, QT prolonging meds tied to greater QTc lengthening than QTPM alone.

Healthcare Workers at High Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency

Healthcare Workers at High Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency

The team noted that indoor workers had lower 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels compared to outdoor workers.

6 Risk Factors Linked to Physician Burnout

6 Risk Factors Linked to Physician Burnout

Physician burnout often is caused by the breakdown of at least 1 of 6 areas of work life, including workload, control, rewards, community, fairness, and values conflicts.

Most Doctor Mothers Say They Receive Discrimination at Work

Most Doctor Mothers Say They Receive Discrimination at Work

The most common manifestation was disrespectful treatment by nursing or other support staff.

More Female Practitioners Leaving Medicine

More Female Practitioners Leaving Medicine

In addition to the pay gap, female physicians may leave the medical practice to take on additional work at home.

Americans Commonly Overcharged for ER Care

Americans Commonly Overcharged for ER Care

Emergency departments were more likely to serve higher numbers of uninsured, black, and Hispanic patients, the researchers said.

Tips for Negotiating Payer Contracts

Tips for Negotiating Payer Contracts

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Providers need to analyze which procedures and services constitute a large portion of their practice.

To Divest or Not to Divest Your Physician Practice?

To Divest or Not to Divest Your Physician Practice?

Evaluating Physician Practice Options in the Shifting Health Care Landscape Part 1

Managing Referrals and Payers to Grow a Physician Practice

Managing Referrals and Payers to Grow a Physician Practice

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Specialists need to determine the kind of payers they have and the kind of payers they want.

Death Risk Up for Hospitalized Senior Pts Treated By Older Physicians

Death Risk Up for Hospitalized Senior Pts Treated By Older Physicians

Readmissions did not vary with physician age, while costs of care were slightly higher among older physicians.

Half of US Doctors Receive Monies From Pharma, Device Companies

Half of US Doctors Receive Monies From Pharma, Device Companies

Market share for brand-name drugs decreased at hospitals with sales restrictions, while market share for generics increased, the researchers found.

How Medical Practices Can Improve Collection Rates

How Medical Practices Can Improve Collection Rates

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Medical groups may need to address such issues as claims denials and failure to obtain prior authorization.

Second Opinion From Specialist Valuable for Correct Diagnosis

Second Opinion From Specialist Valuable for Correct Diagnosis

Final diagnoses were better defined/refined in 66% of cases, but in 21% of cases, final diagnoses were distinctly different than referral diagnoses.

Advice for Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Advice for Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship

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One of the most overlooked functions of communication is establishing the patient relationship.

ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Hinder Access to Care

ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Hinder Access to Care

Medicaid expansion was associated with greater insurance coverage but also longer wait times for appointments.

MACRA: Understanding What the Rule Is and What It Isn't

MACRA: Understanding What the Rule Is and What It Isn't

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MACRA carries significant reimbursement implications over the next several years.

Improving Nephrology Care With Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Improving Nephrology Care With Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Benefits include rapid assessment of kidney size, cortical thickness, and volume status.

CMS Proposes Rule to Increase Small Group Health Insurance Options

CMS Proposes Rule to Increase Small Group Health Insurance Options

This proposal will take steps to stabilize the marketplace, provide more flexibility to states and insurers, and give patients access to more coverage options.

Affordable Care Act Replacement Proposed

Affordable Care Act Replacement Proposed

The package discards the mandate for health insurance and instead offers tax incentives designed to encourage Americans to get health insurance coverage.

Patients Getting Good Care From International Doctors

Patients Getting Good Care From International Doctors

Patients treated by international graduates had lower mortality and slightly higher costs of care per admission.

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