Healthcare

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  • How to create a fair wage structure for your medical practice

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 467

    Abstract: Apparent wage inequities can create resentment among staff. A practice can generally handle this, though, via a smart wage structure and policy. This article suggests that developing a fair wage structure requires adequate research and detailed job descriptions. It notes that it’s also important to consider the value of benefits, such as health insurance, paid time off and holidays, flexible scheduling, and continuing education opportunities.

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  • The ins and outs of health insurance – Handling high-deductible plans

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 533

    Abstract: Low-deductible health plans tend to have extremely expensive monthly premiums. As a result, an increasing number of patients are coming into physicians’ offices with high-deductible plans. This article explains that, while for routine care this is unlikely to be a big problem, for expensive procedures many patients may be unaware of just how much of the procedure fee they’ll have to cover themselves. The article notes that medical practices need to make it as easy as possible for patients to pay their bills — and obtain high-quality health care at the same time.

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  • The art and science of patient scheduling

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 616

    Abstract: How do physicians determine the right amount of time to devote to each patient while limiting wait time? Obviously, efficiency is a goal — but not at the expense of caring for patients. Physicians commonly use one method, or a combination of a few different ones, when setting up patient scheduling in their offices. This article discusses several of these methods and points out that it won’t hurt for physicians to revisit their scheduling method from time to time to help maintain the optimal approach.

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  • Head off problematic physician behavior at the pass

    Fall 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 915

    Abstract: Of the issues and problems that can arise in a medical practice, disruptive behavior on the part of a physician is one of the most difficult to address. This type of behavior can jeopardize a practice — hurting its reputation and even potentially leading to lawsuits and possible legal charges, depending on the nature and severity of the behavior. This article offers some strategies to help address these issues, including following through with a written performance improvement plan. A sidebar lists some tips for dealing with disruptive staff.

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  • Do you want a dynamic practice? Choose and use the right key performance indicators

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 510

    Abstract: Within a medical practice, it’s possible — though not necessarily desirable — to measure anything and everything, ranging from the number of patients per day to the amount of time spent on phone calls. This article explains that physicians need to track key performance indicators over time in order to generate action plans that will lead to both profits and patient satisfaction.

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  • 5 commonsense strategies for preventing physician discord

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 664

    Abstract: When physicians in the same practice disagree about how to handle job responsibilities, administrative issues or other matters, they can sow discord that can make the problems even worse. This article notes that it’s important to foresee this possibility and have strategies in place for resolving issues before the practice becomes completely dysfunctional. Emphasizing leadership, treating everyone equally and reviewing the payment system are among the actions to take that will increase everyone’s job satisfaction over the long term.

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  • Navigating a shifting landscape – Solutions to top practice management challenges

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 699

    Abstract: New challenges for medical practices crop up whenever Medicare and Medicaid policy, or the economy, changes. Still, a handful of problems typically rise to the top. This article provides some ideas for solving these problems before they become overwhelming, including how to handle administrative burdens and recruit and retain skilled staff. Savvy doctors who recognize they are business owners as well as physicians will ensure the practice runs smoothly and profitably while continuing to offer high-quality patient care.

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  • The pros and cons of offering ancillary services

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 816

    Abstract: Before deciding whether to offer ancillary services such as anesthesia or diagnostic testing, physicians need to answer two questions: First, will the services improve patient care? Second, are the physicians interested in, and willing to manage, the implementation of those services? This article suggests some factors for physicians to consider, including upfront costs, service support costs and regulatory issues. A sidebar lists several ancillary services a practice could offer, depending on its specialties and needs.

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  • Credit matters – Will revised credit rating criteria impact your nonprofit hospital?

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Healthcare Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 440

    Abstract: With credit ratings playing so vital a role in hospitals’ financial sustainability, they need to stay current with both Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch Ratings Inc. (Fitch) changes — which could affect their ability to obtain critical financing. This article discusses the revised rating criteria and explains their effects on hospitals. Because strong ratings are essential to minimizing the cost of debt, hospitals need to study the criteria changes and take the necessary steps to maximize their ratings.

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  • Keeping health care quality high: Physicians are key

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Healthcare Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 526

    Abstract: Hospitals — and physicians — need to track a variety of quality metrics over time to ensure that the hospital’s patient care and safety standards meet, or exceed, the quality improvement (QI) goals of reporting programs such as the Joint Commission’s, and others. This article points out that physicians are key to quality of care. The best way to let physicians know that QI is a strategic priority is for top management to show their commitment to it. Among other things, public demonstrations of encouragement and support help create a strong, sustainable quality culture.

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  • How to ward off cyber-extortion – OCR offers some tips

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Healthcare Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 611

    Abstract: Cyber-extortion schemes are on the rise, and hospitals aren’t immune. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued some guidance that might help hospitals avoid these types of attacks. This article explains the forms these attacks may take, including ransomware, Denial of Service and Distributed Denial of Service, and threats to expose sensitive data. It also outlines several steps hospitals can take, such as implementing a robust risk analysis / risk management program and limiting internal network access, which will assist them in protecting their data.

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  • Blockchain is coming to health care

    Summer 2018
    Newsletter: Healthcare Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 768

    Abstract: Many are proclaiming blockchain technology the “next big thing” in a wide range of industries. Whether blockchain can live up to its reputation remains to be seen, but experts agree it has the potential to bring significant positive change to health care. This article explains what blockchain is and how it can be helpful in a medical context to make patient records more accessible, maintain data security and share clinical trial data, among other things. A sidebar notes some potential hurdles to using blockchain in a health care setting.

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  • Accident vs. intention: 6 ways to improve office protocols

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 434

    Abstract: To generate efficient and effective medical office protocols, it’s important to think intentionally about processes and develop systems that staff can use as guidelines for meeting the practice’s goals. This article lists six strategies, including keeping the focus on patients and communicating with staff, to help a medical practice ensure that protocols are well thought out — rather than random and confused.

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  • What are the elements of a medical practice business plan?

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 689

    Abstract: Physicians tend not to get serious about a business plan until they need to go to a bank and ask for money. But there are plenty of other reasons to have a business plan — starting with the fact that physicians are, after all, running businesses. This article suggests four key elements of a good business plan, such as a marketing plan and a financial budget. By getting professional advice and generating a business plan early — and then revisiting it and restructuring it as the practice changes — a physician will be able to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly evolving business.

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  • A good fit – Making the right staffing decisions for your practice

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 700

    Abstract: For a medical practice to maintain profitability and stay current with the latest value-based services and patient care trends, it needs the support of a qualified and engaged staff. This article lists several principles that can help generate more enlightened management of practice human resources. These include establishing detailed criteria for a position before beginning recruitment and making sure that each licensed person “works at the top of their licenses” — performing the highest-level tasks that he or she is allowed to perform.

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  • How the TCJA could affect physician practice owners

    Spring 2018
    Newsletter: Rx for Practice Management / Practice Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 971

    Abstract: The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the most sweeping federal tax legislation since 1986. It includes significant changes for individual taxpayers, many of which will have a major impact on higher-income taxpayers like physician practice owners. This article notes some of the relevant tax law changes and explains how they may affect physicians. A sidebar discusses the implications of both the alternative minimum tax exemption increase and the estate tax exemption increase.

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