Pick Lists: Use with Care

Pick Lists: Use with Care

The healthcare industry is transitioning from free-text expression of problems, such as the clinician’s notes, written prescriptions, or office staff’s jotted updates, to encoded, sharable information. In this instance, standardization isn’t a bad thing. Pick lists can provide more accurate information during patient visits, which makes for more accurate diagnosis and prescription information in the EHR or practice management system. Also known as drop-down lists, these selections are ubiquitous features in EHRs and order entry systems. Pick lists are designed...

How Interoperable Does Your Medical Practice Need to Be?

The most recent statistics about physician interoperability are fairly encouraging. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in 2013, 48% of physicians had at least a basic EHR, 26% more than when HITECH went into effect in 2009. Just under 70% of physicians can view lab results electronically, and 42% can offer patients a way to view online, download, or transmit information from their medical record. E-prescribing is, not surprisingly, on the rise, with 57%...

Which Diagnostic Tests Deliver Highest Value To Your Medical Practice

veryone in healthcare is being asked to deliver more value these days, so it’s no surprise the pressure is mounting on the diagnostic testing market. As payers take a harder look at which tests deliver value and which do not, providers must stay up on the latest technologies and rulings in their medical practice. Essentially, the bar is being raised. Simply proving a test confirms or rules out a disease or lesion (clinical validity) is not enough. Tests must now...

One Medical Group to Expand with Fresh $40 Million Funding

A newly acquired round of funding totaling approximately $40 million will aid One Medical Group in the expansion of their chain of high-end doctor’s offices. Patients of a One Medical Group doctor office pay an annual service fee of $200 that rewards them with quick access to doctors as well as many other perks and features. In addition to scheduling their own same-day doctor appointments online, patients can also get laboratory results back more quickly with on-site testing and keep...

Are Your Patients Pot Smokers?

Medical marijuana is allowing chronically ill patients to relieve painful, often debilitating symptoms by legally “toking it up” instead of popping pills that they claim were not doing anything to ease their severe pain. The widespread acceptance of marijuana as a useful medication is also creating a unique medical practice niche that some critics are calling “certification mills” comparable to online diploma mills that provide you with a “real” degree in exchange for several hundred dollars. According to an article...

Heathcare Megatrends: Prepare for the New Year [Medical Billing Tips]

With the New Year approaching, it’s a great time to step back and review overall strategy. We’ve got the perfect tool to help you with that: Manatt Health Solutions’ “10 Megatrends Shaping Healthcare’s Next 10 Years.” Manatt, a law firm with offices across the country, is predicting cultural, technological, and financial changes that merit consideration. How will these changes, assuming they materialize, affect your business in the next year or two? 1. Consumers take charge. As consumers gain access to...