Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

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  • Practice Notes – When it’s time to sell, you’ll know

    Summer 2011
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    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 483

    Abstract: There’s an increasing trend of hospital ownership of physician practices. This article discusses the pros and cons of selling a practice, along with specific considerations a physician should take into account if a hospital expresses interest in his or her practice.

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  • Clinical comanagement – A relationship based on trust

    Summer 2011
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    Word count: 595

    Abstract: Clinical comanagement, whereby a hospital buys or contracts for physician-led management services, is a significant step toward integrating operations — which is fundamental to health care system reforms. But it’s important to be mindful of the legal and practical factors involved. This article looks at the two forms of comanagement, along with the obligations of both hospitals and physicians. It also discusses a few of the legal considerations.

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  • Is your practice at risk? – How to identify areas susceptible to error or negligence

    Summer 2011
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    Word count: 739

    Abstract: Many practices are allowing revenue to fly out the window at alarming rates simply because their billing and coding processes aren’t up to snuff. But an internal billing and coding audit can put a stop to it. This article explains why these audits are important, how to bring together a team of individuals to oversee the process, and what steps they need to perform.

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  • Making the business case for EHR implementation

    Summer 2011
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    Word count: 949

    Abstract: Most of the literature that promotes the installation of an electronic health records (EHR) system emphasizes the clinical benefits it will produce. Yet there appear to be plenty of valid business reasons for investing in such a system. This article looks at studies that offer varying types of EHR-related data, such as how EHR systems are being used, the experiences that physicians are having with them, and the costs involved. A sidebar lists many nonclinical benefits of EHR.

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  • Practice Notes – Using social media to connect with patients

    Spring 2011
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    Word count: 501

    Abstract: A growing number of physician practices are turning to social media to share critical information with their patients and colleagues, network with other practices, demonstrate their expertise, promote and provide health education, and boost their practice’s reputation and visibility. But, before they step into this world, it’s critical that they and their entire staff understand the legal and ethical risks. This article lists a number of protective steps to take, and offers two organizational resources for further guidance.

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  • Become lean and mean with lean principles

    Spring 2011
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    Word count: 786

    Abstract: The concept of lean management has been applied for over a decade to other industries, and it’s now making its way to health care. The essence of lean management is doing more with less. It may be just the tool a practice needs in this time of cost pressures, reduced reimbursements, quality concerns and reform initiatives.  This article lists examples of waste that lean principles can address, and describes Value Stream Mapping — an important tool in introducing a lean management program to a health care practice.

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  • Get all you’re due – Make it a point to regularly examine your fee schedule

    Spring 2011
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    Word count: 587

    Abstract: With countless changes being thrust upon physicians in the wake of health care reform, and reimbursements still lagging behind the actual cost of delivering health care, their only salvation may be a well-thought-out fee schedule that’s structured for maximum benefit. This article offers some tips for ensuring that a practice gets all that it’s due.

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  • Employee theft: Don’t take chances with your practice

    Spring 2011
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    Word count: 1065

    Abstract: Because medical practices are often an easy target, the amount of money that employees steal can quickly cripple a practice. This article lists several internal controls that a physician practice should include, and discusses how to screen employees, conduct surprise audits and train staff. A sidebar lists the steps that should be taken when employee fraud is discovered.

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  • Practice Notes – E-mail: Getting doctors and patients together

    Winter 2011
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    Word count: 460

    Abstract: A 2008 study showed that only 6.7% of office-based physicians were routinely communicating with patients via e-mail. The HITECH Act aims to close this gap by making secure patient-physician e-mail messaging one of the Stage 2 meaningful use objectives beginning in 2013. This article shows the benefits of such communications and addresses privacy concerns.

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  • Malpractice lawsuits are a reality – What are you doing to protect your assets?

    Winter 2011
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    Word count: 664

    Abstract: Some physicians may think that they’re well covered because they have malpractice insurance. But in some cases such insurance won’t completely protect them. Although giving away assets is one tool to shield them from creditors, this article shows that there are ways to protect assets instead. Such tools include family limited partnerships, homestead exemptions, and trusts such as personal residence trusts or offshore or domestic trusts.

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  • The future of medicine – Nonphysician providers fill the gap

    Winter 2011
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    Word count: 826

    Abstract: As all physician groups become more integrated, accountable and patient-centered, every clinician must practice “at the top of his or her license.” That’s why employing nonphysician providers (NPPs) is essential to improving productivity in a physician practice. This article looks at the role that NPPs might play in a practice, how they would work, and how to find them. A sidebar lists several reasons why physician practices — particularly those in primary care — are hiring NPPs.

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  • Brace yourself for the next wave of practice consolidation

    Winter 2011
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    Word count: 892

    Abstract: The new health care reform law, downward pressure on physician reimbursements and the need for capital are all driving an anticipated next wave of physician practice consolidation. Although some doctors have avoided these problems by accepting employment with a hospital, many others are exploring the option of merging with or acquiring other physician practices. This article takes a closer look at the potential advantages and roadblocks of these arrangements.

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  • Practice Notes – 8 ways to manage the complex world of CMS billing rules

    Fall 2010
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    Word count: 409

    Abstract: Doing business with the CMS puts physician practices in close touch with an extraordinary level of administrative complexity — convoluted rules and regulations; spreadsheets marked by arcane labels and multiple revisions; additions, addendums and supplements issued throughout the year; and hundreds of CPT codes involved in the billing process. But this article lists eight simple, practical ways to minimize the frustration that’s part of dealing with the CMS.

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  • Outsourcing can help improve your bottom line and results

    Fall 2010
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    Word count: 678

    Abstract: Outsourcing can be a benefit to many practices, but it’s important to think through the decision before sending work offsite. This article explains that one should begin by doing a cost-benefit analysis, and lists three factors to consider in determining feasibility. But, if the answer is “yes,” outsourcing can improve operations, reduce costs, and eliminate responsibilities and hassles for physicians and administrators.

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  • Ready for an extreme medical office makeover?

    Fall 2010
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    Word count: 744

    Abstract: An office that presents an unappealing, uncomfortable environment for both patients and employees can contribute to reduced productivity. So an office that hasn’t been updated in a while might need an extreme medical office makeover. This article notes that there are two broad areas of concern in the design of a practice facility — appearance and functionality— and describes how they can aid healing and improve quality of care.

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  • Reform-driven patient demand – The ripple effects of PPACA are vast

    Fall 2010
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    Word count: 1013

    Abstract: Apart from the variety of regulatory and reporting requirements imposed on physicians by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the increased insurance coverage it grants will likely produce a surge in the number of people seeking medical care. This article describes what to expect and lists a number of ways that practices can prepare themselves. A sidebar explains why practices should look at whether their present mix of people, patients, payors, services and facilities is commensurate with what the practice wants to be and wants to achieve in the future.

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