It’s almost time
With the ICD-10 transition swiftly approaching, there is actually another event we need to prepare for. What could it be? Healthcare professionals have already endured so much this year. (Cue the dark, dreary music) The 2015-2016 Influenza season!
Based upon some of my research, it appears that in the United States, flu outbreaks usually occur as early as October and may continue up until the month of May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that epidemics of seasonal flu typically peak during the months of December thru February.
If you are a health professional, I have provided the link to reference some of the new vaccines that will be out in the marketplace as well as general guidelines and recommendations–which are more than likely deeply embedded in your medial temporal lobe. Take me there
If you’ve had bouts with battling the flu, a similar link will be helpful in planning a visit to your physician’s office for a vaccination as well as other helpful tips. 2015 Flu Season
For many years, I’ve been proactive regarding the vaccinations and been extremely lucky. I also know that the Flu season is a very busy time for MediPro clients as their patient waiting rooms will soon be filled with coughs, colds and fever. Hooray for the upcoming Fall season and planning ahead!
**Some of the content contained in this article was obtained from www.cdc.gov
Many overlook this when it comes to an EHR
After 11 years of being in the medical software industry, I’ve seen many trends and spoken with hundreds of physicians in a variety of medical specialties. Most of them have common goals of digitizing patient information with progressive technology which can result in streamlining daily operations, getting rid of paper, enhancing the range of charting abilities, as well as decreasing overhead expenses to name a few. When a practice makes that decision to enter the world of Electronic Health Records (EHR) software, the learning curve journey begins.
My mother used to tell me to “embrace change, be an advocate of something new”–well to this day, I can still be challenged by the change all around me. This draws me to a uncanny parallel of medical offices implementing Electronic Health Records. Change 101 begins and those physicians, staff, and billers who spend the time learning the software program, envisioning automated work flows, and possess sheer determination, ultimately enjoy success. How do they do it?
One of the most important items I believe is continuously overlooked during the research and evaluation process is the actual EHR vendor. Does this company have similar goals to what your practice needs may be? Is the vendor’s staff well equipped to lead your medical team toward victory with a successful product launch? Do they have a roadmap as to how you’ll get from point A to point B? Will they accommodate a varied implementation schedule since medical offices differ from each other or do you have to succumb to a cookie cutter approach? And lastly, does this vendor employ passionate employees who really listen and understand the sense of urgency when an end user cannot log-in or claims aren’t being paid?
Just a little over 10 years with this company and working my way up through the ranks, I can confidently say a MediPro YES to all of the questions listed above. It should be your mission to align your business/medical office with a vendor who exhibits these traits.
I’d like to leave you with this parting thought when it comes to EHR software:
I just spoke with a busy Ophthalmology practice today and they are still conducting 250 paper chart pulls a week. Just imagine the time saved by being able to electronically access a patient chart with a few clicks. Now that is what I call “change.”
How to kick your financial plan into high gear
Developing the traits of a financially prepared physician requires more than balancing a checkbook. You need to proactively plan. Here’s what to do—follow these expert tips to boost your financial IQ and plot a successful path to retirement.
Age is only a number: Why financial preparedness starts with a plan
People tend to think that age, specialty and experience can predict whether physicians will be financially prepared. But physicians’ attitudes and dedication to developing a strong financial plan can have a greater impact on their success, according to a recent webinar from AMA Insurance.
That’s why Robin Robertson, a senior wealth advisor for the Millennium Brokerage Group, urges physicians to plot their own paths to prosperity by developing a sound financial plan.
Robertson said physicians often contact her, requesting one tell-all figure to let them know their portfolio is progressing as planned. But invariably, she tells them to look beyond basic digits and first consult their financial plan. Only a comprehensive analysis can let them know where they really stand on the path to retirement.
“Your plan should be comprehensive [and include] savings, spending, future goals and a risk assessment for disability, life insurance and long term care …. What you don’t want is a pretty binder that sits on a shelf and does not create an action plan,” Robertson said.
“You want to think of your [financial] plan as a living, breathing assessment that needs to be monitored regularly,” she said, adding that the earlier physicians review their earnings and financial plans, the better.
How to proactively execute your plan
Once you create a plan, Robertson recommends you take certain precautions to ensure it succeeds. These include:
- Making personal financial planning a priority.
- Becoming empowered by partnering with a professional advisor.
- Building a comprehensive plan beyond debt repayment and money management.
- Planning for unexpected emergencies during your working years. Evaluate your risks in each emergency, so you can make decisions about how to financially protect yourself.
- Getting your family security items handled: Be prepared for life emergencies, disability, will and directives. Don’t delay this step, especially if you have a family.
- Consulting your advisor if you’re behind on your financial roadmap. They’ll willingly help you build a plan to get back on track.
- Revisiting your master plan annually and adjusting it as your life changes.
- Staying active in your decision making.
Ready for financial success? Explore more on planning and retirement:
- Check out Robin Robertson’s 5 tips for partnering with a physician-friendly financial advisor.
- Read these top personal finance insights from experienced physicians.
- Find out whether you have the 6 traits of a financially prepared physician.
- Review benefits available through AMA Insurance on retirement and legacy planning.
By AMA staff writer Lyndra Vassar
Source: AMA Wire
Do Physicians Need Sales Skills?
Would you like to attract more patient referrals, motivate your staff to be kinder to grumpy patients and increase patient compliance?
Your ability to build rapport and influence others is a leadership skill that will serve you well at work, at home, and at play. What if selling were nothing more than the process of inspiring those around you to take a desired action? By this definition, selling is a critical skill for every physician. Here are some “heal thyself” lessons about selling that will help you achieve better clinical and financial results.
My Old Beliefs About Selling
When I entered medical school thirty years ago, I believed, “Doctors shouldn’t sell; it’s unprofessional.”
Further, I believed that I didn’t have to sell. If I just took good care of patients, my practice would grow.
It was a different story when I traded my scalpel for a pen and a microphone and launched a career writing and speaking and consulting. I had to sell.
And almost every day as an entrepreneur I said to myself, “I hate selling!”
My New Beliefs about Selling
Here’s how I made peace with selling.
I reframed marketing as the process of engaging someone in a conversation; I reframed selling as the process of inspiring someone to take action.
You sell when you persuade your kids to practice the piano, help a colleague see things your way or get your food prepared as you want it at a restaurant.
You sell every day. You sell when you persuade your kids to practice the piano, help a colleague see things your way or get your food prepared as you want it at a restaurant. You sell when you persuade patients to take medication as prescribed, change lifestyle habits or follow up with a specialist.
Your Persuasion Tools
You have three basic tools to persuade others to act in the ways you want.
1. Persuasion through authority: The words “because I said so” had meaning in the Father-Knows-Best era. Mandates generally build walls between people instead of bridges and undermine your ability to influence others.
2. Persuasion through logic: You can persuade by appealing to reason. Here are the three most compelling logical arguments:
“Do it for you.” “Take this medication to prevent another heart attack.”
“Do it for me.” “I would be grateful if you could make these calls for me.”
“Do it because it’s the right thing to do.” “Responsible people put advance directives in writing.”
3. Persuasion through emotion: While we like to think of ourselves as rational creatures, many smart people make not-so-smart choices. Brain science explains why. Growing evidence suggests we make most of our choices with our feeling brain (the limbic system) and justify them with our thinking brain (cerebral cortex). In other words, emotions drive motion.
Consider the possibility that most choices are driven by emotion. In other words, your ability to influence is greatest when you persuade with emotion.
Read more to access the four different personality types and ways to strengthen your power to persuade:
Less than 50 days
Over the past few weeks, MediPro, Inc. has received an influx of calls and inquiries regarding ICD-10. We certainly understand this is a large scale transition and it affects everyone in the healthcare industry. Part of our mission is to educate MediPro customers with the latest news, tools, and resources to help with practice readiness no matter what deadline is on the calendar.
For those who may be feeling some anxiousness or uncertainty, we have included an ICD-10 Quick Start Guide (2 page checklist) from CMS to help you develop an immediate action plan and gain some peace of mind.
As in the past cases of 5010 compliance and the creation of NPI numbers, MediPro will be alongside of your practice every step of the way.