Something new for practice managers and physician owners who are striving to make sure their practices are among the best: our Secrets of the Best-Run Practices Book Club. In celebration of the release of the 3rd edition of Judy’s best-selling book, we’re setting up a new community for readers and fans. The idea is to […]
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A few days ago, the ATM turned 50. The first ATM in the world debuted in London in 1967; we got our first one in the US in 1969. Wow! I bet that the ATM has been around longer than many of you reading this. It’s hard to imagine a time when this technology wasn’t […]
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Summer’s here! If the change of the season has you thinking about reading on a beach, a back porch, a dock, or a hammock, we’ve got the reads that you need. Judy and Laurie have both published new books. They’re both easy reads packed with intriguing case studies of real practices — the furthest thing […]
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How knowledgeable are you about theft inside medical practices — and preventing it? This quiz is designed to get you thinking about how you can protect the money you’ve worked so hard to earn. Embezzlement always leaves practice owners feeling violated. In some cases, when the amounts are large, a practice’s profitability can even be […]
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Did you happen to catch this New York Times Magazine article last month? It begins with a moving story of an uninsured patient who suffers a terrible brain hemorrhage. Thankfully, she gets timely, effective treatment — but her condition requires many expensive services, including an air ambulance. Her bills totaled about $500,000. Although the patient […]
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When we work worth practices in adult primary care, OB/GYN, and pediatrics, we often recommend they consider proactively recalling patients for preventive visits. Because preventive visits are usually reimbursed entirely by insurance with no patient cost-sharing, helping patients stay current with preventive care can be a win-win for patients and the practice. A preventive visit […]
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2016 was a busy blogging year for us. Here’s a rundown of our top five most-read posts of ’16: “It’s everyone’s responsibility, but nobody’s doing the job“ “Are you missing out on excellent solutions to front office challenges?“ “The upside of staff downtime, the downside of multitasking“ “Copays are declining, and that’s not good news“ […]
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A new study from the University of Florida found that patients’ rudeness towards their physicians can have a “devastating” impact on medical care. Patient rudeness may play a critical role in medical errors, which by some analyses are now the third leading cause of death in the US. The Florida researchers determined that patient rudeness […]
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More productivity, better morale, and better patient service, with no extra costs?  It may sound like a dream (or maybe an illusion?), but that’s the idea behind employee engagement. Engaged employees go above and beyond the objective requirements of their job. They’re observant about ways to provide better service to your patients, and take steps […]
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When Judy, Joe, and I begin consulting engagements with practices around the country, we’re almost always asked, “Do you think our practice could be overstaffed?” Usually, the administrator or physician leader who asks seems to assume that overstaffing is a terrible mistake, one that will surely undermine the organization’s profitability. Oddly enough, I don’t think […]
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Committed, well-trained employees can make all the difference in patient service. After all, your employees are usually the first point of contact for your patients. Your employee costs are also probably one of your largest practice expenses (if not the largest). So how can you be sure your investment in staff is delivering the kind […]
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Technology for the medical practice front office has many benefits. It can speed up processes, keep critical data safe from fire and flood, allow practice staff to tap resources from other organizations via the Internet, and so on. The list is long and growing. But my favorite front office technology benefit by far is the […]
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Does your specialty have an association just for practice administrators and managers? Specialty practice management associations like the AOA (for ENT administrators), ADAM (for dermatology managers), and others are some of the most lively and valuable networking and education groups around. If you haven’t looked into whether your specialty has a practice management association, it’s […]
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It’s a fact of medical practice management life that unilateral decisions by other organizations can show up out of the blue and negatively affect the practice business, such as when a payer changes reimbursement terms or stops paying for a code that was previously reimbursed. In situations like these, practices have no obvious short-term option […]
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Q4 is here! For many practices, it’s the busiest time of the year, as patients who’ve been timing their care to maximize the value of their insurance coverage or their tax deductions are now ready to schedule. During this period, a greater proportion of reimbursement will usually be collected from health plans, rather than patients. […]
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Considering outsourcing your medical billing? Not sure you know all you need to know to choose wisely? This upcoming free webinar will help you refine your screening strategy as you look for the perfect billing partner, and prepare to set a productive relationship. Some of the topics we’ll hit on: why technology matters; what’s the […]
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This amusing television ad from Cigna is bound to attract a bit of attention from fans of Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, House, ER, and MASH. It’s cute. If you recognize any of these tv docs, you’ll likely enjoy it. And it has a message that can help patients get more out of their insurance, and help […]
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I stumbled upon this quote by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently: I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress. This makes so much sense for any enterprise. If you’re stuck, try chipping away at the easiest part […]
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A recent Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker study revealed an interesting finding: average copayments are declining. Their study, which analyzed claims data from Truven MarketScan, found that average copay amounts paid by patients decreased by 26% from 2004 to 2014. Seems like a positive trend for patients and practices … except that it’s not. It’s part […]
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