Practice Management

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.

How 'Bundling' Changed Dialysis Care

How 'Bundling' Changed Dialysis Care

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Decreased use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and an uptick in peritoneal dialysis use are among the trends.

5 Ways to Make Your Medical Practice More Efficient

5 Ways to Make Your Medical Practice More Efficient

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Cutting down on chitchat with patients is among the ways to improve workflow.

Patient Complaints of Surgeon Attitude Tied to Complications

Patient Complaints of Surgeon Attitude Tied to Complications

Patients whose surgeons have large numbers of unsolicited patient observations in the 24 months prior to the patient's operation are at increased risk of surgical and medical complications.

Most PCPs Oppose Full Repeal of Obamacare

Most PCPs Oppose Full Repeal of Obamacare

In a survey conducted between January and March 2015, PCPs were split, with approximately half having a favorable view of the law (48%) and the other half unfavorable (52%).

Enhance the Patient Experience

Enhance the Patient Experience

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Practices should think of patients as consumers and identify ways to make their visit enjoyable.

Health Care Provider Burnout Linked to Worse Patient Care

Health Care Provider Burnout Linked to Worse Patient Care

Greater burnout among healthcare providers was associated with poorer-quality healthcare and reduced safety for patients.

Physician Burnout: Common but Manageable

Physician Burnout: Common but Manageable

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Exhaustion, low energy, increases in absenteeism, and drops in productivity are among the signs of burnout.

How to Deal With Negative Doctor Reviews

How to Deal With Negative Doctor Reviews

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Managing complaints can be a way to make or break your patient relationships and online reputation.

Benchmarking Your Practice Means Knowing Your Numbers

Benchmarking Your Practice Means Knowing Your Numbers

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What you need to know now to benchmark your medical practice.

Health IT Costs Soaring

Health IT Costs Soaring

Between 2009 and 2015, costs for IT increased by 40%. Experts say that costs may continue increasing at considerable rates.

Opioid Abuse Costs $78.5 Billion Annually

Opioid Abuse Costs $78.5 Billion Annually

Costs includes health care, lost productivity, and treatment programs.

How Doctors Can Express Empathy

How Doctors Can Express Empathy

Doctors should take advantage of first few minutes of clinical encounter, give full attention to patients.

Lower Pay for Women Doctors May Relate to How They Code

Lower Pay for Women Doctors May Relate to How They Code

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A study suggests that female physicians do not use as many codes as their male counterparts, resulting in a reimbursement gap.

Reimbursement, Legal Concerns Plague Telehealth

Reimbursement, Legal Concerns Plague Telehealth

Although the benefit of telehealth services is substantial, reimbursement issues have limited its use and expansion.

Addressing the Top 3 EMR Challenges

Addressing the Top 3 EMR Challenges

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Many providers still find EMRs vexing, even after all these years.

Salary Gap Between Male and Female Faculty Physicians

Salary Gap Between Male and Female Faculty Physicians

Significant differences seen even after accounting for age, experience, specialty, and faculty rank.

CMS' Chronic Care Management Program: Is It Worth the Effort?

CMS' Chronic Care Management Program: Is It Worth the Effort?

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The gross revenue of the CCM program for a physician with 1,742 patients could range from $44,000 if about one-third of the Medicare patients are eligible to as much as $178,000 if two-thirds are.

Do You Dress to Impress Your Patients?

Do You Dress to Impress Your Patients?

Patients prefer doctors who wear 'professional' attire, survey finds.

Transition to ICD-10 Going Smoothly? Not So Fast

Transition to ICD-10 Going Smoothly? Not So Fast

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Providers are becoming more comfortable with the new system, so Medicare and other payers may scrutinize claims more closely.

Cancer Patients May Benefit From Precision Medicine

Cancer Patients May Benefit From Precision Medicine

Patients who underwent genetically-guided precision cancer treatment were more likely to experience improved outcomes.

3 Ways Practices Can Improve Collections From Patients

3 Ways Practices Can Improve Collections From Patients

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Prompt-pay discounts and payment plans are among the ways practices can improve collections of what patients owe.

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