Ed Rabinowitz is a freelance writer for Medical Economics.
Do You Know If Your Practice's Website is ADA Compliant?November 30th 2017
Is your practice website compliant with guidelines set down by the Americans with Disabilities Act? Depending on the website content, it may or may not have to be. But even if you have no legal obligation, don’t you want to be known as a good business partner in your community?
Finding, and Retaining the Best Front Office StaffNovember 22nd 2017
Front office staff are the face of a practice. Patients form perceptions about the quality of a doctor’s work based on interactions with staff at the front desk. As such, the people you hire as front office staff might just be the most important staff members in the practice.
Build On Solid Foundations with Documentation and ConsistencyOctober 16th 2017
Excellent recordkeeping and policy handbooks are the heart of any practice. Too often, thorny situations arise without proper documentation, but potential lawsuits can be avoided with the aforementioned elements in place — maybe it’s time to have a conversation with a human resource professional or labor employment attorney.
Moving to a Value Based Reimbursement ModelJanuary 27th 2017
â€œThe industry will feel the reimbursement pain of not being prepared for the rapid rise of outcomes-based measures and the need for real-time clinical, administrative, financial and health device data to support these models,â€ says David Nace, MD.
Non-Adherence to Incident-To Billing Can Prove CostlyJanuary 17th 2017
Concerning incident-to billing, Carolyn Buppert says, â€œItâ€™s not something people learn in medical school.â€ Buppert is a healthcare attorney who specializes in legal and reimbursement issues for nurse practitioners and physicians. She adds, â€œItâ€™s not something that anyone is necessarily tested for.â€
The Benefits of Telemedicine Continue to GrowDecember 5th 2016
The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced plans to fund 80 distance learning and telemedicine projects in 32 states. The goal, in part, is to â€œconnect rural communities with medical and educational experts in other parts of the country.â€
Dancer/Athlete Brings Passion to Orthopedic MedicineNovember 29th 2016
Becca Rodriguez, DO, is an osteopathic physician certified in family medicine and sports medicine. Most recently, she served as the medical director for the high-performance center for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Be Proactive to Avoid the Risk of Cyber AttacksNovember 28th 2016
By now, the details of the cyber attack on Banner Health this past summer have been well-documented. Approximately 3.7 million patients, health plan members and beneficiaries, physicians and healthcare providers were impacted by the attack.
Health-Related Web Information Can Be Dangerous, Educating Patients HelpsNovember 21st 2016
A poll this past summer by SERMO, a global social network exclusively for physicians, found only 10% of doctors reporting that patients â€œfrequentlyâ€ arrive at an accurate diagnosis after researching their condition online.
Planning is Critical to Addressing Bundled Payment ExpansionNovember 14th 2016
In July, the Department of Health & Human Services proposed new bundled payment models for cardiac careâ€”the third bundled payment model in a little more than a yearâ€”and an extension of the existing bundled payment model for hip replacements and other hip surgeries.
Orthopedic Surgeon Conveys Hope Through Personal ExperienceOctober 18th 2016
Today David Johnson, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with MedStar Orthopaedic Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. And while Johnson is a highly accomplished surgeon, itâ€™s perhaps the events that occurred prior to his becoming a surgeon that have impacted his life the most.
Weighing the Benefits of Buying Versus Leasing Medical EquipmentOctober 10th 2016
One of the myriad of choices physicians face is whether to buy or lease medical equipment. But as Mark Hoffmann, vice president at Key Equipment Finance, points out, those who purchase medical equipment outright are in the minority.
Dermatologist Makes Life Better for Fellow PhysiciansSeptember 27th 2016
What is someone to do when their father wants them to be a physician, like him, but their mother doesn't want them to have the long hours lifestyle? Michael Sherling, MD, of Palm Beach Dermatology, and chief medical officer and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine, was able to make both work.