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  • Practice builders – Boost revenues by building up your referral network

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 584

    Abstract: Whether you’re opening a new clinic or you’ve been practicing medicine in the same location for decades, you can’t assume that patients will always choose to walk through your doors. This article provides practical ways to beef up your referral network, such as developing relationships with young physicians entering your community and participating in hospital grand rounds and committees. (Updated 8/29/12)

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  • Vital Stats – National P4P standards take another step forward

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 312

    Abstract: This issue’s “Vital Stats” offers two topics of current interest to physician groups. The first deals with national pay-for-performance standards, which took another step forward when some of the nation’s largest health plans signed the “Patient Charter for Physician Performance Measurement, Reporting and Tiering Programs.”  The second topic describes changes made by CMS to its Physician Quality Reporting Initiative to encourage physician participation.

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  • Recruiting physicians as employees vs. potential partners – What are the tradeoffs?

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 891

    Abstract: A physician who joins a private practice may expect to be offered the opportunity to buy into the practice and become a partner. There are major pitfalls in that option, however, which may make employment a better choice — for both the physician and your group. This article debates the “employee vs. partner” issue so you can better understand the tradeoffs when recruiting new physicians. A sidebar offers tips on what you should look for when interviewing potential candidates for a partnership position. (Updated 8/29/12)

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  • Be free of paper overload – Create a document management policy

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 566

    Abstract: Even with the spread of electronic health records, many physician groups continue to be inundated with mountains of paper. The resulting clutter can impair your practice’s efficiency and give the impression of an office in chaos. This article outlines a four-pronged document management policy that can help you cut the clutter. (Updated 2/29/12)

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  • Surviving in a payor-dominated market

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 787

    Abstract: In its 2007 study, Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study of U.S. Markets, the AMA states that, in the majority of metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), a single health insurer dominates the market. Indeed, their data shows that, in 64% of the 313 MSAs, one health carrier controls half or more of the business in HMO and PPO underwriting. This article explains what this payor dominance means for physician practices and offers some ways practices can fight back. A sidebar discusses some of the drawbacks of larger physician groups.

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  • Holding successful, productive meetings — Do you know what it takes?

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: Managed meetings are a necessity to a well-run medical practice. Yet meetings can also be seen as big time wasters if certain guidelines aren’t followed. This article offers tips on key aspects of any meeting, including the agenda and rules.

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  • Clinical integration: The what, how and why

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 869

    Abstract: The current buzz phrase in the physician practice managed care arena is “clinical integration.” For the last 30 years, the health care industry has searched for the best available approach to coordinate care among primary care physicians, specialists, ancillary services and hospitals while decreasing the overall cost to patients. This article explores why it’s now clinical integration’s turn to step up to the plate.

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  • What should be included in your employee manual?

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 976

    Abstract: Whether you have a small medical practice or a large group, human resources (HR) policy manuals are an absolute necessity. Having these manuals in place will prevent wasted hours spent resolving HR issues rather than conducting productive business processes. HR policy manuals communicate an understanding between employees and their employers on topics such as their rights, obligations and the business environment. This article explains how to get started.

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  • How to survive the November election (and other impending challenges)

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 818

    Abstract: Whether you are a partner in a private practice model or an employed physician in a hospital-owned group practice model, it is vital that you provide leadership — especially in today’s uncertain times. And with the current state of the economy, the high price of fuel and goods, health insurance premium increases, reimbursement decreases, and a new president and Congress on the horizon, these times are definitely uncertain. This article looks at some strategies that health care providers can employ to mitigate the many economic “what ifs” they face.

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  • Practice builders – CDHC: Preparing for it

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 588

    Abstract: With new buying power and greater knowledge of their options, patients are seeking high-quality and convenient health care at reasonable prices. The consumer-driven health care (CDHC) trend promises to change not only the way physician practices operate, but also the nature of the physician-patient relationship. This article explains what your patients want as far as consumer information and amenities. Plus, it describes changes you may need to make to your billing and collection processes.

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  • Vital Stats – How YouTube can help you too

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 239

    Abstract: This brief article describes a unique marketing tool being employed by a medical group in the rural county of Powys, Wales. The BuilthSurgery group uploads short video clips on YouTube as a means of reaching current and prospective patients with important health information. After reading this article, you may want to rethink some of your marketing strategies.

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  • It’s time to start measuring the quality of your care

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 674

    Abstract: Today, patients are choosing providers based on quality of care. Your practice can no longer postpone its decision to commit to a practicewide quality program. This article can help you get started. For example, the first thing you must do is get full buy-in from your practice’s leadership. You’ll also need to align compensation methods with your quality improvement objectives. Consumer-driven health care is here to stay: It’s time to get started. (Updated 8/29/12)

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  • Physicians come, physicians go – A buy-sell agreement can smooth the way

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 997

    Abstract: If yours is like most practices, you’ve seen physicians come and go. Older physicians retire, associates become partners and medical school graduates are recruited. When a physician becomes an owner or partner of the practice, contentious issues may arise regarding asset valuation, division of income and retention of control. This article explains how a buy-sell agreement can help minimize those disputes. A sidebar offers various laws and legal doctrines that should be considered when developing a buy-sell agreement.

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  • You protect your patients’ health, but what about their identities?

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 708

    Abstract: Patient medical records include several types of personal, nonclinical information. The records may contain driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers, and even bank account and credit card information. Identity thieves are far more interested in those numbers than any clinical information. This article offers practical advice on how to protect your patients’ personal information.

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  • Fostering successful physician-hospital relations

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 829

    Abstract: Many hospitals develop physician-relations departments to promote good relationships with their referring physicians. But the true test of success in the relationship is whether hospitals enable these managers to facilitate better relations. Do these relations managers take the time to really listen? Can they act upon what physicians are telling them? This article suggests some tried-and-true ways to foster successful physician-hospital relations.

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  • Impending Medicare cuts offer options, opportunities and obstacles

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1112

    Abstract: Over the past five years, Medicare has proposed cuts to professional and technical fees for physician services. Each year these cuts have been stopped or delayed, but they’re inevitable at some point in the near future. And even if the proposed budget cuts don’t go into effect this year, the professional and technical fee cuts are likely to occur as a result of the increased demand. This article discusses the impending cuts and offers tips on how physicians and health care organizations can begin preparing for them.

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