Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

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  • Practice Notes – Are you ready for “play or pay” under the health care act?

    Summer 2013
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    Word count: 429

    Abstract: Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires large employers to offer comprehensive and affordable health care coverage to employees and their dependents or risk a penalty. This article discusses what a “large” employer is and the degree of coverage that’s necessary to avoid penalties.

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  • Reengineering your practice’s revenue cycle

    Summer 2013
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    Word count: 610

    Abstract: A medical practice’s financial success depends on how well it manages the revenue cycle. Real-world efficacy points to a few fundamental strategies for reengineering the ways that a practice generates revenues. This article discusses analyzing payer contracts, establishing each patient’s financial responsibility, using EHR systems, and managing and preventing denials. A sidebar lists several metrics to include.

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  • Handle with care – Consider an accountable plan for employee expenses

    Summer 2013
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    Word count: 637

    Abstract: There are distinct tax advantages to having a plan for employee expense reimbursements and allowances that’s “accountable” in the eyes of the IRS. But it’s still a decision every practice must make for itself. This article describes the kinds of expenses that are reimbursable and how to document them.

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  • Today’s medical marketplace – 10 ways to maintain your independence

    Summer 2013
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    Word count: 887

    Abstract: The traditional physician practice model is increasingly unsustainable, yet most doctors would prefer to practice independently. Many are even contemplating leaving the profession. But there are ways to maintain at least some independence before abandoning ship. This article offers 10 alternative arrangements, such as evolving into a large multispecialty group practice, forming an independent practice association, or practicing in a patient-centered medical home.

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  • 8 steps to a new physician compensation plan

    Spring 2013
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    Word count: 380

    Abstract: Physicians who have completed a merger or acquisition recently, or are experiencing physician turnover, should probably at least consider a new compensation plan. This article lists eight steps that can help them create one.

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  • How to avoid Medicare penalties in 2013

    Spring 2013
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    Word count: 635

    Abstract: 2013 is going to be a big year for physicians with regard to reporting Medicare quality measures and participating in e-prescribing and EHR incentive programs. Eventually, Medicare payments to physicians will be reduced if they don’t participate in the programs — and Medicare officials will use doctors’ performance in 2013 as a benchmark for future penalties. This article explains what physicians need to do to become compliant.

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  • Safeguarding your practice from Medicare fraud

    Spring 2013
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    Word count: 656

    Abstract: Fraud in the Medicare system is, unfortunately, an ongoing problem. Medicare regulations are always changing, often leaving physician practices in a quandary as to what the most current policies are and what they need to do in light of them. This article discusses how physicians can ensure their practice stays on the right side of the law. It looks at high-risk areas and what to do if violations occur.

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  • When two become one – Understanding the ins and outs of physician practice consolidation

    Spring 2013
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    Word count: 764

    Abstract: Recently projected trends in health care provider reimbursement and regulation will likely motivate practice consolidations. This is a solution midway between hospital employment and total independence in a small group practice. But it’s best pursued through a strategic planning process that follows a natural sequence of phases. This article discusses how to get started, develop a timetable, and implement the merger. A sidebar looks at alternatives to consolidation.

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  • Practice Notes — Rewarding physicians for reducing spending

    Winter 2013
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    Word count: 428

    Abstract: One of the most talked-about new ideas in health care is rewarding providers for reducing medical spending by giving them a share of the net cost savings. The concept is currently being tested by many payor and provider organizations across the United States. The early results are so promising that providers — including physicians — may see contracts offering this arrangement in the near future. This article discusses the characteristics of the demonstration projects testing the new concept.

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  • Office staff overworked? — Take the load off by outsourcing certain tasks

    Winter 2013
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    Word count: 777

    Abstract: With the passage of health care reform come many new rules and regulations. If clinical and office staff are having some trouble getting all the work done — right and on time — perhaps the practice should consider outsourcing certain tasks to outside vendors. This article discusses the kinds of tasks (and not just administrative) that may be suitable for outsourcing and lists three factors that can help determine initial feasibility.

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  • Why patients change doctors … and what you can do about it

    Winter 2013
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    Word count: 779

    Abstract: While it’s somewhat common for doctors to “fire” uncooperative or nonpaying patients, the reverse can happen, too: Patients can become dissatisfied with their current doctors and switch to new ones. Obviously, this isn’t good for a physician’s pocketbook or reputation. This article lists seven reasons why patients switch to a new doctor and offers suggestions for fixing these problems.

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  • It’s time to start thinking about Stage 2 Meaningful Use

    Winter 2013
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    Word count: 813

    Abstract: In August 2012, CMS released new “meaningful use” specifications that physicians must implement in their EHR systems to qualify for financial incentives. Meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) is to be achieved in three stages. Providers that fail to do so by 2015 will see downward Medicare payment adjustments. This article explains what providers must do to meet core and menu objectives and abide by the deadlines. A sidebar shows how physicians should prepare their practices for Stage 2 compliance.

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  • Is your practice ready? — CMS Stage 2 requirements are drawing nigh

    Fall 2012
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    Word count: 585

    Abstract: Last February, CMS published a proposed rule defining the “meaningful use” requirements for Stage 2 of its Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. It’s expected to issue a final version of the rule in late 2012. Although there will be revisions in response to those comments, enough is known now for physician practices to begin preparing for the changes. This article reviews Stage 1 objectives and discusses Stage 2 proposals, and notes when penalties for noncompliance may apply.

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  • Don kid gloves when tackling partnership disputes

    Fall 2012
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    Word count: 728

    Abstract: When partners can’t get along — whether it’s because of personality issues or divvying up responsibilities — running a truly successful practice becomes even more difficult. There are ways to knock out many conflicts but, to do so, it’s necessary to put on kid gloves. This article explains how to share responsibilities, establish a practice vision, resolve issues arising from age differences, and implement a clear, amenable compensation model for physician partners.

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  • Keeping your head above water — How to breathe easier in tough times

    Fall 2012
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    Word count: 798

    Abstract: With no clear end to this economic uncertainty in sight, some practices may find themselves gasping for air when it comes to maintaining a strong bottom line. What can they do now to keep their head above water? This article discusses how to implement sound business practices that will make life easier. It shows how to review financial statements, assess employee benefits, and market the practice to gain more patients.

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  • 7 strategies for improving self-pay patient collections

    Fall 2012
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    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 664

    Abstract: With the increase in health plans requiring members to pay all or part of their office visits, practices are faced with the challenge of asking patients for full payment. This can be upsetting for the patients and uncomfortable for the staff who deal with them. This article offers seven strategies for improving collections from self-pay patients, including preparing for time-of-service collections, setting up prompt-pay discounts, and showing staff how to interact with patients about payment issues.

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