Practice Management

From quantity to quality: Meeting the new demands of value-based care
From quantity to quality: Meeting the new demands of value-based careHHS’ announcement that, by the end of 2016, it aims to link 30% of Medicare reimbursements to the "quality of value" is the latest sign that, after years of talking about the importance of quality and outcomes in medicine, payers are getting serious about making them part of their reimbursement formulas.
Asthma: Key coding considerationsYou need to be specific in your ICD-9 coding for asthma because there are several codes available.
Treating asthma: Patient management tipsFollow these tips to improve patient management and adherence of asthma treatments

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How to evaluate revenue cycle management vendorsAsk these 10 questions before you choose a RCM vendor
The revenue cycle decisionEven the most experienced physicians and practice managers face a daunting dilemma on the financial front: Should they handle billing and collections internally or hand over these tasks to an external vendor? There are strategies that physicians can use to evaluate potential vendors and make the best decision for their practice.
You've been sued for malpractice: Now what?Being sued for malpractice, especially for the first time, can be an unsettling and frustrating experience. The consequences of a lost case can range from an increase in future insurance premiums to a health department investigation which could affect your license. So it is imperative that you immediately report a malpractice claim to your professional liability insurance carrier and retain an attorney specializing in the defense of medical malpractice cases in order to protect your interests.

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Defend your practice against HIPAA violationsDespite changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that dramatically affect the risk profile of medical practices, many have yet to establish a full arsenal of defenses against data breaches. The simple fact is that failure to update your protections can multiply your vulnerabilities and fines if a breach occurs.
What you need to know about chronic care managementChronic care management can become an additional revenue stream for practices, but it requires understanding how to use the codes.
The rising cost of generic prescriptionsRising costs can affect treatment adherence and lead to negative outcomes for patients. But physicians can take some small steps to help their patients overcome this challenge.
In our patients' shoes: Reducing barriers to care in diabetes treatmentTreating chronic diseases such as diabetes requires a strong and open relationship between physician and patient.

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