Practice Management

5 Key Steps to Grow Your New Nephrology or Urology Practice

5 Key Steps to Grow Your New Nephrology or Urology Practice

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The moment's here: you're opening your own nephrology or urology practice. How can you make it grow?

Many Physicians Not Prepared for End-of-Life Talks With Patients

Many Physicians Not Prepared for End-of-Life Talks With Patients

Additional training, reimbursement may foster these critical conversations, authors say.

Strategies to Cut Medication Costs

Strategies to Cut Medication Costs

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Buying larger quantities of drugs and decreasing drug waste are among the options that can help practices adjust to the rising price of pharmaceuticals.

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Online Consumer Ratings of Physicians Tend to Be Skewed

Ratings also differ significantly by specialty group.

Boosting Revenue by Seeing More—or Fewer—Patients

Boosting Revenue by Seeing More—or Fewer—Patients

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Medical practices have a variety of strategies they can employ to boost revenue.

What a Building Contractor Taught Me About Informed Consent

What a Building Contractor Taught Me About Informed Consent

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Identifying a patient's preferences and goals leads to a care plan that can reflect those goals, and this may improve patient satisfaction.

Clinical Pharmacists Are an Option for Chronic Disease Management

Clinical Pharmacists Are an Option for Chronic Disease Management

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Clinical pharmacists help manage complex patients because they look at medications with a different eye than a doctor.

Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients perceive F2F physicians as more compassionate and better communicators.

Put Yourself in Your Patients' Shoes

Put Yourself in Your Patients' Shoes

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Patients want to be listened to and well informed about the care they will receive.

Top Patient Concerns About Physicians

Top Patient Concerns About Physicians

Concerns relate to time with physicians; technology detracting from patient care; rising costs

Hiring Scribes, Delegating Tasks Can Help Ward Off Burnout

Hiring Scribes, Delegating Tasks Can Help Ward Off Burnout

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Among other factors, electronic medical records may be contributing to physician dissatisfaction because it leads to decreased face-to-face time with patients.

Managing Difficult Patient Encounters

Managing Difficult Patient Encounters

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Practices need to create protocols for dealing with office triggers, such as patient or provider lateness to an appointment, that may contribute to difficult patient interactions.

CROWNWeb Reporting Gets Up to Speed With Implementation of Dashboard

CROWNWeb Reporting Gets Up to Speed With Implementation of Dashboard

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The CROWNWeb dashboard improves users' ability to submit required data in a timely manner.

Women Working the Night Shift Have Higher Risks of Some Cancers

Women Working the Night Shift Have Higher Risks of Some Cancers

Dose-response pattern seen, with increased risk of breast cancer for every five years of night shift work.

Why Physicians Are Delaying Retirement

Why Physicians Are Delaying Retirement

Many older physicians feel that they are providing a useful service, desire part-time or occasional work.

Pay Cuts for Physician Office Lab Tests Start Jan 1, 2018

Pay Cuts for Physician Office Lab Tests Start Jan 1, 2018

Jan 2018 marks the start of significant pay cuts for physician office-based labs.

3 in 4 Patients Prescribed 'End of Life Option Act' Drugs Take Them

3 in 4 Patients Prescribed 'End of Life Option Act' Drugs Take Them

Suffering existentially, loss of independence, and incapability to enjoy life were some reasons patients pursued EOLOA.

Forcing Insurers to Participate in Marketplaces May Improve Access

Forcing Insurers to Participate in Marketplaces May Improve Access

Greater insurance viability may be possible if government enforces insurers to participate in the Marketplace.

Different Perspectives Have a Different Effect on Physician Stress

Different Perspectives Have a Different Effect on Physician Stress

The findings may be especially useful in the context of medical professions, like doctors and nurses, especially in areas with high rates of burnout.

The Importance of Nurse Managers

The Importance of Nurse Managers

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Nurse managers have a direct impact on the quality of care provided by staff nurses.

Dec 31 Deadline to Avoid MACRA Payment Penalties

Dec 31 Deadline to Avoid MACRA Payment Penalties

Physicians must report by Dec. 31 and submit to Medicare by Feb. 28 to avoid 2019 payment penalties.

Why You Should Talk to Seniors About Drug Interactions

Why You Should Talk to Seniors About Drug Interactions

Of the 99 percent of seniors who felt they knew how to avoid mixing medications, only 35% actually sought advice.

Authoritative Apps for Practicing Physicians

Authoritative Apps for Practicing Physicians

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There are a host of "calculator" apps that provide information such as body mass index or intravenous solutions that physicians can incorporate into their practice.

Bringing a Practice Manager On Board

Bringing a Practice Manager On Board

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Physicians have a lot of factors to consider, including personality, data knowledge, and comfort with handling confrontation.

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.

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