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May 25

Should I Implement Third-Party Billing for My Health Care Practice?

Physician practices tend to struggle frequently with the decision about whether or not they should outsource their billing processes. It can be quite the balancing act weighing the pros and cons. What is good for one practice might not work for another. This article goes over a few considerations health care practitioners should take when deliberating third-party billing.

Apr 26

What Can You do to Prevent Employee Fraud?

It is important for medical professionals to be aware of the potential for employee fraud in their practices and to ensure that their internal controls are designed to provide maximum protection. This article explains the most common types of employee fraud and lists several steps management can take to keep it from happening, such as conducting a risk assessment, separating staff duties and monitoring employee behavior.

Mar 31

The Power of Delegating: Improving Practice Efficiency

From a business perspective, spending too much time on non-medical concerns can reduce a practice’s efficiency and profits in the long run. This brief article points out that physicians need to delegate responsibilities so that they spend less time taking care of financial, recordkeeping or other functions unrelated to their medical responsibilities, and more time performing the duties of a physician.

Feb 10

Harnessing Best Practices in Claim Denial Management

Claim denials are a huge financial drain on physician practices. If nothing is done to reverse a denial, the revenue that it represents is lost to the practice. Attempts to manage and resolve the denial can cost an average of $25 to $30 per claim, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). In this blog, we take a look at some best practices you can employ to help manage claims denied by payers.

Jan 17

Always Be Closing: Internal Marketing and Tracking

Internal marketing can help retain patients and increase patient referrals. This brief article explains four tracking methods — including recording how new patients heard about the practice and coding marketing materials — that can help medical or dental practices evaluate their return on investment (ROI).

Dec 09

Getting Patients in the Door

Attracting patients is increasingly challenging for physicians. One way to getting patients in the door of a medical practice is to create a marketing plan that incorporates an understanding of the practice’s target demographic and brand identity. Using this form of marketing plan can attract patients that fit into the identity basis. This article discusses some marketing tactics for physicians and medical practices to consider. It also suggests that these efforts probably should cross several formats and platforms to be most effective.

Nov 21

Bring it On: Adding an Associate or Partner to Your Practice

A practice may consider adding an associate or partner for many reasons — from an increase in practice volume, preparing for retirement or even an eventual sale. In any case, careful consideration of the pros and cons is necessary to ensure there are no regrets down the road. This article looks at some steps to take before making this significant decision, including a thorough analysis of practice goals and how to find a good match.

Sep 09

Can Your Practice Meet HITECH Goals? Smart Ways to Optimize Your EMR System

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 prompts physicians and other health care shareholders to adopt health information technology to help improve efficiency and cut costs. As a result, most practices have implemented some version of an electronic medical record (EMR). This article suggests various ways to optimize an EMR system. A Sidebar looks at how mobile technologies are affecting EMR.

Aug 08

Effective Patient Scheduling Depends on Finding the Right Fit

The less time a patient spends in the reception area or examination room, the better it is for both the medical practice and the patient. The patient is comforted knowing that the medical practice recognizes that their time is valuable, while the practice benefits by having efficient patient flow and effective utilization of staff and facilities. While patient scheduling may seem to be routine, the success of a practice’s patient flow impacts everything from the practice’s income, to the contentment of staff. This article discusses various considerations in finding a system that’s just the right fit.

Jul 15

Cut Practice Costs to Improve Efficiency and Profitability

Maintaining profitability, staying up to date with the latest technology and providing quality patient services can be a difficult balancing act for medical and dental practices. This article offers some ideas for keeping your practice operating lean and efficient, including analyzing staff costs, salaries and PTO, as well as reviewing occupancy costs.

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