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7 Smart Ways Physicians Can Stay Motivated All Day

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Smart-Ways-Physicians-Can-Stay-MotivatedAs a successful physician, what motivates you to do your best on the job every day? While it’s normal for healthcare professionals to be motivated by how much money they are bringing in, this is typically not their sole incentive. 

If you’ve been having difficulties staying motivated all day, here are seven tips to help.

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4 Ways to Ensure Your Medical Practice is Making a Good First Impression

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Medical PracticeYou always want to put your best foot forward when it comes to meeting new people, and this is particularly true when it comes to inviting patients into your practice. But when you have an established medical practice that has been doing quite well over the years in terms of revenue as well as patient retention, it can be easy for staff to become complacent. 

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Topics: Practice Management

 

Get the Most Out of Your Electronic Health Records System with These 3 Tips

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Electronic Health Records SystemBy now, you already know that deploying an electronic health records or EHR system in your healthcare organization is the key to maximizing time, giving your staff the tools it needs to do their jobs as efficiently as possible.

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Topics: Electronic Health Records

 

MIPS: The ‘death knell’ for small practices?

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MIPSThe following excerpt is from an article found on Medical Economics. It was written by Joseph Burns. 

Beginning in 2019, the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), will raise the focus on physician performance measurement to a new level. Robert A. Berenson, MD, a fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, recently authored an article in JAMA Forum critical of the legislation’s focus on doctors’ performance on what he calls a few, random, unreliable measures that he says give a misleading view of a physician’s work.

A board-certified internist who practiced for 20 years before pursuing a health policy career, Berenson is one of the nation’s best-known health policy experts. He has served on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, has headed up Medicare payment policy and private health plan contracting in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and served as an assistant director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff under President Carter.

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Topics: Value-Based Care

 

5 Important Things Every Physician Needs to Know About MACRA

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Physician Needs to Know About MACRASince the passing of MACRA, the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, healthcare providers who treat Medicare patients will be making changes in how they report on the level of quality they provide. New information about the impending changes came from the Department of Health and Human Services this year.

The Department of HHS released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in April of this year in an effort to begin implementing MACRA. It’s a bid to overhaul and modernize the way healthcare providers report information necessary before getting paid. With a goal to reduce the burden of healthcare costs on American taxpayers, MACRA is designed to help providers report data on the quality of services. With that in mind, here are five important things every physician needs to know about MACRA, which will begin implementation in 2019.

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Topics: Value-Based Care

 

How to Collect Patient Feedback and Use it to Improve Your Practice

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 Collect Patient FeedbackOnly the most foolhardy organization would continue to operate as it does year after year without some kind of ongoing assessment of operations. This is particularly true when it comes to medicine and healthcare providers. The field of medicine is always evolving, as are the means by which we test, assess and treat each patient. If you don’t have a good idea of how patients feel about the service you provide, there’s a chance you are alienating some of them to the point where they might seek treatment elsewhere.

What you need to do is gather patient feedback on an ongoing basis. After soliciting information from them, you will go over the results and use the data to improve your practice.

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Topics: Value-Based Care

 

What is Chronic Care Management?

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Chronic-Care-ManagementSince the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (under the auspices of the U.S. government’s Department of Health and Human Services) began paying separately for chronic care management services under a new Current Procedural Terminology or CPT code, many healthcare organizations have questions about the nature of CCM.

Medicare has been making payments to reimburse providers for CCM service using CPT code 99490 only since January 1, 2015, so it’s natural for healthcare professionals to have questions still. Now it’s time to learn more about chronic care management.

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Topics: Value-Based Care

 

5 Population Health Management Predictions for Providers in 2016

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Population Health ManagementThe following excerpt is from an article found on HIT Consultant. It was written by Erica Garvin.

Population health management (PHM) may be losing its novelty buzz but it’s still gaining serious popularity in healthcare. PHM, and its various definitions, has many providers talking about reducing costs and improving care. But it’s not how you define PHM that matters, it’s how you execute it. Talk is always cheap—the costs of flailing, or absent, PHM strategies are not.

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Topics: Industry News, Value-Based Care

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Outsourced RCM

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Outsourced RCMManaging growth may become one of your more interesting challenges as your medical practice become ever more successful. As you take on more patients and offer a wider array of services or additional specialists, for example, your revenue expands as well. 
Keeping the cash flowing can become more difficult as your deal with new personnel and logistical issues that come with growth. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

 

5 Important Questions to Ask Your EHR References

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EHR ReferencesThe health and stability of the computational and software infrastructure that supports your medical organization is not a subject to take lightly. Applications that are vital to day to day operations must be reliable and fulfill your current requirements as well future needs, such as expandability for when your practice grows in scope and size.

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Topics: Electronic Health Records

 

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