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  • E-mailing, E-banking … E-prescribing? — Medicare offers incentives for going electronic

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 851

    Abstract: For physicians, the electronic world, love it or hate it, is here to stay. Succinctly defined, e-prescribing (sometimes called e-Rx) is the transmission of prescription or prescription-related information through electronic media. This article explores this technology and its advantages, including the fact that Medicare is now providing an incentive to those providers who are willing to use it.

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  • Review your Medicare ABCs to stay competitive in 2009

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 774

    Abstract: Most everyone has heard the old adage “Everything you need to know you learn in kindergarten.” For medical practices in 2009, when it comes to Medicare and staying competitive, that old adage may be truer than ever. This article points out key areas, such as e-Rx and PQRI, that practices need to review to stay competitive.

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  • Practice builders – Taking the plunge into medical spas

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 577

    Abstract: To help boost revenue, some physicians are expanding their practices to include minimally invasive, cosmetic medical procedures. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons aren’t the only ones offering these services: Internists, ob/gyns and cardiologists are moving into the market, often providing the services through a separate facility configured as a “medical spa.” This is more than the expansion of an existing practice — it’s a new venture. Therefore, to help ensure its success, you must draft a formal business plan, based on market research and your short- and long-term goals. This article offers some tips.

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  • Vital Stats – Satisfy your patients; earn more money

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 168

    Abstract: This issue’s “Vital Stats” takes a look at how patient opinions can positively affect physician salaries and practice revenues. Some interesting numbers published in the MGMA Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2007 Report Based on 2006 Data back up that conclusion.

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  • Opting out of Medicare: Is it a good move for your practice?

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 683

    Abstract: The CMS proposal in early 2008 to cut physician reimbursement rates by 10% led many doctors to wonder whether participation in Medicare was a good idea for their practices. Although the rate cut wasn’t approved, the persistent paperwork and billing problems with Medicare continue. This article explores a way you can continue to see Medicare patients without some of these limitations: Opting out of the program and contracting privately with your patients.

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  • Plug up those revenue drains – Internal billing and coding audits can help

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 909

    Abstract: Are you losing money because of holes in your billing and coding process? Conducting an internal billing and coding audit will help you plug up these potential revenue drains before your cash flow dries up. This article explains how an internal billing and coding audit can help identify whether physicians are submitting accurate claims for reimbursement — that is, coded according to CPT codes, guidelines and conventions and as required by payor payment policies.

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  • Fundamentals of a successful practice merger

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1038

    Abstract: Physician practice mergers continue to be a trend in the health care profession. And with good reason: Merging practices immediately gain access to a larger patient base and greater clout in negotiating with payors. Plus, the overhead per physician usually drops, and the two practices are often able to pool capital resources. But there can be downsides. This article explains why a merger shouldn’t be entered into lightly. A sidebar discusses the criteria that will help ensure a merger will be a success.

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  • Difficult times call for increasing physician efficiency and productivity

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 747

    Abstract: In difficult economic times, increasing top-line revenue is a very important strategy. However, investing in risky new ventures, offices or equipment typically is not. How can practices increase revenue quickly without investing heavily in time or fixed costs? By increasing physician efficiency and productivity. This article offers some tips.

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  • Building a successful hospital-physician employment model

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 714

    Abstract: Hospitals and health systems are employing physicians at an increased rate. Why? The economic impact of rising costs of running practices, an inability to recruit young physicians into private practice, the decrease in reimbursement and the challenges of running a private business all have physicians looking for alternatives to private practice. This article examines how organizations can mitigate the risks of this employment model.

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  • Key indicators: The pulse of a practice

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 964

    Abstract: Well-run practices have a set of data points called “key indicators” that partner physicians track on a regular basis. This information is often conveyed in reports that go by a number of titles, including “key indicator reports,” “flash reports,” or “business markers.” What the reports all have in common is a concise measurement of the health of the practice at a given point in time — ideally, early enough to be proactive in detecting and resolving problems. This article takes a closer look at this important tool for managing practice financials.

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  • The economy and your practice — 4 steps to riding out the storm

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1117

    Abstract: The new year brings a new president with a new plan for controlling and delivering health care. And with competition for new physicians growing and patients paying more for their care than ever before, every practice needs a plan for riding out the storm. This article offers four steps for navigating the rough seas ahead.

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  • The importance of goal setting

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Vital Signs

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 696

    Abstract: In today’s fast paced and high-demand world, the daily tasks of clinical practice and administration can get lost in day-to-day activities. Long-term goals for the practice seem to collide with the task of balancing life obligations, which results in time constraints and crisis management. Setting goals is extremely important for individuals as well as practices. This article provides three steps to goal-setting success.

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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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