Vendors talk about partnering with medical practices all the time – especially in the information technology (IT) world of electronic health records (EHRs) and practice management systems. But, ask any physician about their IT solution and most will express dissatisfaction, unhappiness, or harsh complaints. The reason? For the most part, medical groups are not trained effectively for integrating IT into their work flow. Ask EHR vendors about their approach to training and ...

Read more...

The latest numbers from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics affirm that a majority of small practices do not have an EHR. Why is that? One big reason is because small practices don't have the management or technical infrastructure available to prepare for and handle the biggest challenges facing medical practices today. What are those challenges and what's that got to do with EHR implementation? According to the Medical ...

Read more...

Which electronic health record system should I select? Among physicians and managers in small-group practices today, there is no more common question. But lately, another vexing question has emerged: Whether to install EHR software on servers in your office, or subscribe to an Internet-based system maintained in "the cloud." What Is "the cloud"? When EHR vendors began offering their products via the cloud, many physicians were puzzled. Some think that the cloud is simply ...

Read more...

Technology adoption is iterative. Here are some suggestions that can help you adopt and morph EHR techniques and processes to fit into your own practice's workflow. When it comes right down to it, some are basic learning techniques that can apply to any new situation in the office. And remember, everyone has something to learn. Don't get stuck in your own routine, if a physician finds a work-around that improves a system function ...

Read more...

Billing is way more than billing. In a typical medical practice, more than 300 insurance cards cross the front desk every month. The variety of plans and coverage along with the complexities of coding and the difference among payers requires expertise and technology to effectively manage accounts receivable, regardless of practice size. There are two basics required to manage your billing and accounts receivable -- a practice management system and a clearinghouse. The ...

Read more...

Do you cringe when you hear the phrase "office meeting"? Some medical practices meet too frequently and some seldom meet, but others have it just right – routine meetings with preparation, an agenda, and follow-up. Your practice can get it right, too. And make no mistake, meetings are important. Medical practices, regardless of size, have a variety of positions that are not interchangeable, but do interact throughout the day. To make ...

Read more...

Your staff members are your most important (and costliest) resource. Have you invested in them? Do they know what is expected of them? Have you asked them if they have what they need to do their jobs? Optimizing staff performance is a process. It starts with a plan, not the formal performance review. You can't do a successful performance evaluation without establishing accurate standards against which the employee's performance can be ...

Read more...

Doctors who do not successfully e-prescribe 10 times for Medicare patients in the first six months of 2011 using claims-based reporting may be hit with a 1% penalty on their Medicare Part B payments for covered professional services in 2012. The penalty will increase to 1.5% in 2013 for those who don't e-prescribe for 25 Medicare patients during 2011. Not yet e-prescribing? Maybe your Read more...

It's easy to get caught in the surf on the Web. But plug these URLs into your browser and explore some simple tools that can help not only keep your practice above water but help it ride high. www.digitalassent.com Digital Assent automates the patient intake process with a PatientPad instead of the clipboard and an online tool for advance registration. It does integrate with EMR systems, but it provides another strong operational ...

Read more...

I had a déjà vu experience recently when I visited a medical practice that was like so many others I've been to before. This practice just wasn't getting their investment back from their EHR. The practice had been live on the EHR for about five months and was functioning effectively without pulling charts for patient visits. The clinical staff was comfortable with the ...

Read more...

Join 150,000+ subscribers

Get the best of KevinMD in your inbox

Sign me up! It's free. 
close-link
✓ Join 150,000+ subscribers 
✓ Get KevinMD's 5 most popular stories
Subscribe. It's free.