• New Orleans – John H. O’Neill Jr., DO, FACP, interacts with many physicians in his roles as vice chairman of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Medical Practice and Quality Committee and governor of the ACP Delaware chapter. Most doctors he encounters tell him they are passionate about what they do and want to remain in private practice, he says. Physicians who prefer working in solo or small-practice arrangements appreciate the increased autonomy and control over the work environment that they have, as well as the close doctor-patient relationships compared with those in larger groups, O’Neill told those attending a session at the ACP’s annual meeting here (link no longer active). And the healthcare system has a place for small practices, he adds. “This is America. A lot of our communities are served well by small practices, and by default, many of our communities have no other providers.” But in
  • A healthcare attorney spotlights big problems and offers advice on ways to navigate around the pitfalls, from cybersecurity insurance to HIPAA, social media to patient access. While the healthcare industry grapples with data breaches and privacy and security regulations, there are common pitfalls that are easy to run into without proper planning. Erin Whaley, a partner at the law firm Troutman Sanders, outlined what those are and shared half-a-dozen tips for avoiding them.   Here is Whaley’s advice: As long as I have cybersecurity insurance I’ll be covered in the event of a breach. It’s not that simple. Whaley said that even healthcare organizations that stack policies to get to $50 million in coverage may not have enough – though she’s not espousing that everyone simply plunk down for more insurance. Providers, instead, need to deploy solid security practices. “Having good security is a prerequisite to good coverage.”   Our
  • The call for physician leaders has grown louder with time, as systems face changing cost structures, services, and payment structures. The need for physicians to be engaged in these roles must be part of the discussion around evidence-based management. Delivering care in this new environment will call for skills that are generally not prioritized. Changing the paradigm will require focused and intentional effort during training. The skills that have been identified as paramount are: Teamwork Interdisciplinary Collaboration Effective Communication Adaptability (Understanding and quickly integrating adapting roles into the delivery team) Ability to Identify and Understand Metrics for Physician Impact and Output Emotional Intelligence In addition, physician leaders need the ability to tangibly grasp an organization’s behavior and be able to strategically manage in roles that generally ask the leader to wear multiple hats in addition to the many already donned. To further this end of developing and understanding evidence-based management, Dr. Nancy Borkowski of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has
  • At the turn of 2016, MediPro made a New Year’s resolution to help medical practices and billing services become more efficient.  We’ve made some headway thus far but there is much more that needs to be done. So I’ve identified some “Time Wasters” that occur in medical offices–which through the use of technology can definitely be improved.     Preparing Patient Statements: Every month one or more of your staff gather to print out patient statements, then they have the task of folding, stuffing, sealing the envelope, affixing postage and making a drop at the mailbox.  Think of how labor intensive this process can be. TRY THIS:  Align yourself with our automated patient statement service– with an upload of a file, paper statements can be professionally generated and circulated on behalf of your practice.  Want an easy way to accept patient payments 24×7?  Get set up with a portal like
  • Patient care is the top priority and a source of passion for physicians, but making sure the business side of your practice is healthy also can contribute to better outcomes and patient satisfaction.  Learn six ways to streamline revenue-related processes to maximize the amount of time available for patient care from the AMA Wire®. Once you have Practice Management software (PMS) in place that works for your practice, take advantage of these six ways to make your revenue cycle management processes more efficient: Verify insurance eligibility electronically before visits. Most health plans allow patient eligibility to be verified by phone or through a Web portal, but these methods are often inefficient and may not provide all the necessary information. Electronic eligibility verification can be a big time-saver. When a patient schedules an appointment, the scheduling or registration staff collects their insurance information and submits an electronic eligibility request by entering
  • Medication nonadherence—when patients don’t take their medications as prescribed—is unfortunately fairly common, especially among patients with chronic disease. Learn eight reasons why patients don’t take their medications and ways your team can help identify and improve patients’ adherence to their medications. Patients can be reluctant to tell you that they don’t take their medicines. If you don’t have a true picture of a patient’s medication-taking behavior, you may needlessly escalate his or her treatment, resulting in potential harm to the patient, unnecessary work for the practice and increased costs overall. Data show about one-quarter of new prescriptions are never filled, and patients do not take their medications about 50 percent of the time. Most nonadherence is intentional—patients make a rational decision not to take their medicine based on their knowledge, experience and beliefs. The top eight reasons for intentional nonadherence are: Fear. Patients may be frightened of potential side effects.
  • Are you concerned that your practice management software is outdated? If so, you’re not alone. A 2014 survey conducted by Software Advice has concluded that 63 percent of the medical practices that are already using practice management software are looking to buy new software this year. Not sure if it’s time to trade in your old software for new? The following signs will make it clear whether your old software is fine or if you need to make a switch. Your Software Can’t Handle Regulatory Compliance Requirements Your medical practice needs to be prepared for the following regulation deadlines: HITECH Act Meaningful Use requirements, which will switch from incentive payments to penalties this year ICD-9 to ICD-10 Transition October 1, 2015 If your software isn’t current, it isn’t designed to handle these regulatory requirements. Check with your vendor about upgrades or new software. The initial investment will pay off in the
  • Cyber attacks can be devastatiing to any business. This is a growing threat that includes the new and dangerous WannaCry Ransomeware hacking. On Friday the WannaCry Ransomware attack  affected over 75,000 machines in 99 countries across Europe.  This was one of the largest and most damaging cyberattacks in history.  This attack affected hospitals, major companies and other government agencies. Ransomware cyber attacks are usually through email spam.  Messages are typically fake invoices, job offers or other lures which are sent to random email addresses.  The email contains a file and once clicked, this is how the virus spreads.  Once this file is opened, the virus spreads on internal networks which locks down all files and asks the owner to pay money to regain control of them. In order to protect yourself from these ransomware attacks, you should make sure: You keep all of your computers, including your servers up to date
  • Lately, the idea of emr software (electronic medical record) has attracted much debate. Healthcare professionals are hearing about the benefits of emr software and about the impending federal mandates concerning the conversion over to electronic medical records. However many of those that is considering acquiring emr software tend to rely solely on the emr software vendor to make the right hardware and implementation recommendations. When you’re pondering this type of investment in your practice you need to consider the product and its fitness for your specialization, how much it will cost, the ease of implementation, the changes in office work flow, ROI and other long-term non-financial benefits such as improved quality of care, automation and the quality of life changes. Before you jump onto the proverbial emr software bandwagon it is very important to look at the total picture at (moviebox application). The first thing you need to do is
  • The medical billing software reviews are an excellent way to find out many important facts about the specific functions and uses of different types of medical billing software and also their limitations. One of the medical billing software that has got the best reviews at almost all chapters is the Lytec medical billing software package. The superlative reviews that computer experts and users alike gave the Lytec medical billing come from the many advantages that the product has to offer, including a clear interface and a simple approach to the medical billing process. The Lytec medical billing is able to handle most common functions that are used by the medical community and this includes tracking claims management, patient billing, insurance and scheduling in a single package. The result of combining all these functions in one big package which is the Lytec medical billing software, is a workspace with a seamless
  • A new diagnostic test, dubbed ViroCap, appears to detect virtually any virus that can infect humans and animals, according to the findings of a research group at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The new test works differently from current tests that aren’t sensitive enough to detect low levels of the many thousands of viruses known to cause illness or only detect only those viruses suspected of being responsible for a patient’s given illness. “With this test, you don’t have to know what you’re looking for,” said the study’s senior author, Gregory Storch, MD, the Ruth L. Siteman Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. “It casts a broad net and can efficiently detect viruses that are present at very low levels. We think the test will be especially useful in situations where a diagnosis remains elusive after standard testing or in situations in which the
  • When starting a new business many aspects must be taken in consideration, organization being one of the most important. The accounting and billing system is one of the primary things which need to be organized. A billing management software guide will help finding the perfect billing management software program for your business. Billing management software is created to help you keep track of customers and generate statements, invoices, and other business documents. Billing management software guides have the purpose of helping you choose the proper billing management software. When it comes to billing management software, the offer can be as general or specialized as required. An important type of software is the medical billing software which has special features create to accommodate the specific needs of a prospering medical practice including a place to enter patient insurance information. Depending on the business the billing software will be available as either