New ICD-10 Software Guide: Interview with Gaby Loria of Software Advice

As we countdown to October 1, for many, readiness for ICD-10 will come down to the wire. Here’s the latest: Good news came July 6th when CMS announced a coding leniency contingency, stating that ICD-10 claims with errors will not be rejected if they bear codes from the proper family. The downside to this contingency is that it applies only to CMS, meaning that commercial payers will do what they will come Oct 1st. (see petition to President Obama) Surprising...

Practice Management Expert Laurie Morgan on Better Practice Management

Sometimes it helps to get a fresh perspective – especially when tackling the challenges of managing medical practices that are experiencing major transitions. Cue someone like Laurie Morgan, senior consultant and partner at Capko & Morgan, who didn’t start her career in health care. Prior to joining Capko & Morgan (then Capko & Company) in 2010, she had careers as a senior executive for a large, global technology media company and in media start-ups, and also worked as a consultant...

Effective Practice Managers Rely On Practice Suite Software to Meet New Practice Management Challenges

For a medical practice to run smoothly and be profitable, it needs strong management. But there is a big difference between a strong manager who is effective and a strong manager who alienates the rest of the staff. A good practice manager understands the challenges their practice faces and works to meet those challenges head on. There are plenty of ways that practice managers can be effective and make sure that their businesses are prepared to meet the new challenges...

Practice Management Software Can Improve Cashflow in Your Practice

Are you ready to power up your cash flow? Good practice software can do just that. From streamlining your patient workflow and office tasks, to helping you process your claims to get you paid faster. What is Practice Management Software? As your practice grows, it naturally becomes more and more challenging to manage all of your patient data along with each patient’s financial history and any open balances they may have. Practice Management software is a specialized patient accounting system...

4 Things Your Medical Practice Management System Needs

We all like to feel like things are under control, especially when it comes to our business, but when you’re running a physician practice that’s a tall order because there are many moving parts—from front office tasks like checking eligibility, to tracking every part of the billing process, to keeping a close eye on your financials. Given the complexity of today’s practices, the only way to be sure things are under control is to use a full-featured practice management program....

Secure Text Messaging For Your Medical Practice

Text messaging can simplify communication with patients in a medical practice; however, it is also risky if the doctor and staff members do not take measures to improve security. As a doctor or medical staff member, security plays a key role in patient confidentiality and privacy. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that sending a text message is as secure and safe as possible. Put a Halt to Texting Until there are clear rules about what can be sent in...

Control Your Medical Practice With Practice Management Software

We all like to feel like things are under control, especially when it comes to our business. When you’re running a physician practice, that’s a tall order. There are so many moving parts—from front office tasks like checking eligibility to tracking every part of the billing process to keeping a close eye on your overall financials. Given the complexity of today’s medical practices, the only way to be sure things are under control is to use a full-featured practice management...

3 Social Media Best Practices For Nurses

Nurses are the foundation and lifeblood of any medical practice and hospital. Whether nurses are working with a patient or in medical software, it’s important to remember social context, and also that someone is always listening. During a recent visit to my wife’s 92 year old grandma at a hospital near Blue Ridge, GA, two nurses discussed another patient’s condition –aloud with me only 4-5 feet away. Granted, Grandma’s room was adjacent to the nurse’s station making privacy a challenge,...

Practice Management Hacks – Tip #10: Utilize Text Based Appointment Reminders

PM Hack – #10: Utilize Text Based Appointment Reminders The appointment is the glue that holds the physician-patient relationship together. Unfortunately, conventional appointments don’t work anymore. Patients wait too long, and physicians are so under the gun that they don’t get the time they need to fully examine patients. The end result: unhappy patients and unhappy physicians. Here are some tips to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of physician-patient appointments. Here are the seven steps to maximize patient appointment scheduling:...

5 Tips for Managing a Departing Locum Tenens Physician

When physicians in your practice leave – whether it is to open their own practice down the street, move out of town, or retire, you typically set up a time to meet together to establish a transition plan. Charts must be up to date and any pending business transactions must be completed. You take all necessary steps to ensure your practice remains successful and patient care is not compromised. A similar transition exit plan should be in place when a...

Powerful Tips to Speed Up Claims in Your Practice

Even if your current claims process brings in a steady stream of reimbursements, it might surprise you to learn that hidden fees and inefficient protocol unnecessarily cost you thousands of dollars each month. It is impossible to push every medical claim through without a few slipping into the dreaded “pending status,” but there are steps your practice can take to avoid processing delays and costs associated with denials and appeals. Controlling Costs Medical claims processing grows increasingly more complex, more...

Physician House Calls 2019 Style : Concierge Medicine Still On The Rise

Dr. Russell Dohner hangs his signature fedora on the hat rack precisely at 10 o’clock each morning. One by one they arrive – with colds, ear aches and the occasional broken bone. Regardless of why they come, each will hand over a $5 bill – payment in full for services rendered. No insurance required nor accepted. The faded, age worn office has no fax, no computer, no familiar beeps and bells of chiming smart phones. This familiar scene has played...