Ed Rabinowitz is a freelance writer for Medical Economics.
Do You Know If Your Practice's Website is ADA Compliant?
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 Staff
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 Consistency
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.
How to take advantage of the growing physician-dentist collaboration
As a growing body of research suggests a link between oral health and chronic health conditions, the benefits of physician-dentist partnership become even clearer.
Moving to a Value Based Reimbursement Model
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.
Orthopedic Surgeon Goes From the Battlefield to Sports Field
After attending the U.S. Naval Academy and serving as a surgeon in Iraq, John-Paul Rue, MD, made the shift into the field of sports medicine.
Non-Adherence to Incident-To Billing Can Prove Costly
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€
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Improves Lives on a Personal Level
â€œI wanted to have a job where I felt I was serving the public good in a very direct way,â€ says Ramin Javahery, MD. â€œI wanted something that was much more direct and intimate.â€
Are You Making Effective Use of Practice Benefit Dollars?
Competitive benefits, says Sarah Montijo, vice president of business analytics for The Halley Consulting Group, â€œcan absolutely, and should, serve as a recruitment tool for both providers and staff.â€
Technology Can Boost Physician-Patient Relationships
Two physicians have worked to incorporate technology that frees up doctors to spend more time face-to-face with patients.
Physicians Wrestle with the High Cost of Health IT
Electronic health records (EHRs) can be beneficial for patient care, but at what cost?
Plastic Surgeon Builds Relationships Through Empathy
Luis Macias, MD, FACS, may not have had an epiphany moment regarding his career decision, but he's always wanted to care for others.
Physicians Play Important Role in Improving Health Literacy
Damon Raskin, MD, discusses strategies for improving health literacy in patients, which ultimately leads to less confusion and more filled prescriptions.
Osteopathic Physician Thrives on His Love of the Game
Naresh Rao, DO, FAOASM, unexpectedly fell in love with water polo, which eventually led him to becoming the Olympic Team USA water polo physician for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Care Coordination Helps Physicians Advocate for Their Patients
Nearly eight out of every 10 people (77%) have experienced, or know someone who has experienced, trouble using their health insurance in the past year, according to a recent nationwide survey.
The Benefits of Telemedicine Continue to Grow
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 Medicine
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 Attacks
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 Helps
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.
Orthopedic Surgeon Dives Into Both of His Passions
Hard work never hurt anyone. Itâ€™s an age-old expression, and one that Khurram Pervaizâ€™s father took to heart.
Planning is Critical to Addressing Bundled Payment Expansion
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.
Financial Benefits of Clarifying the Pricing Transparency Maze
Does a knee replacement in South Carolina cost the same as the same procedure done in New Jersey? Not likely. And that price differential likely exists just by driving across town in the same city.
Sports Medicine Physician Provides His Own Drum Beat
If Dos Equis was holding auditions for the next Most Interesting Man in the World, Luga Podesta, MD, would be a shoe-in.
The Value of Eliminating Sedentary Lifestyles
Itâ€™s not just Americansâ€™ weight thatâ€™s increasing their health risks, itâ€™s their sedentary lifestyle. Or more simply put, inactivity.
Orthopedic Surgeon Conveys Hope Through Personal Experience
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.
Tracking the Keys to Reducing Overhead, Retaining Revenue
Every medical practice wants to reduce its overhead and retain more revenue. That goes without saying. So, why donâ€™t more practices do that? Because itâ€™s easier said than done.
Weighing the Benefits of Buying Versus Leasing Medical Equipment
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.
Clinical and Financial Benefits of Eradicating Medication Misuse
Results of a recent study by Quest Diagnostics found that more than half of adults and 44% of children misused their prescription medications.
Dermatologist Makes Life Better for Fellow Physicians
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.
Virtual Reality Opens New Doors Across Healthcare
When virtual reality technology first came on the scene it most definitely targeted the gaming industry. Now hospitals and healthcare organizations are eager to test virtual reality in different situations.
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