Practice Management

What King v. Burwell Could Mean for Medical PracticesAnders Gilberg of the Medical Group Management Association discusses the effect of a Supreme Court decision challenging part of the Affordable Care Act.
Educating Staff on Your New EHROne of the most important things that a practice can do is provide for adequate staff training on a new EHR system. Here are four steps for success.
Physicians prevail over illegal insurance practicesThe courts sided with North Carolina physicians over claims that UnitedHealthcare wrongly and systematically denied medical claims. Perhaps the tides are changing?

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Patients: Trust your doctor, not public figuresFormer Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is not an expert on diabetes, but he's telling patients he is a better resource than their own physician.
Health IT not meeting practices’ care coordination needsA new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine shows that healthcare information technology is not helping providers with the aspects of care coordination they need most.
EHRs' broken promiseElectronic health records (EHRs) promised to revolutionize healthcare delivery. In some respects, they have. But for physicians deluged by patients, EHRs have yet to fulfill their lofty promises and, in many cases, have added considerable strain to the daily workload of physicians. In this article, physicians discuss with Medical Economics how EHRs should—and must—improve to reach their potential.

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Risk management strategies for patient portal useAs a result government incentives, new care standards, and the demands of a more technologically sophisticated society, use of patient portals is becoming increasingly commonplace. But physicians must be aware that the specific functionalities of the portal directly impact the risk management strategies that must be employed by the practice to protect itself from liability.
Strategies to manage the claim denial processDenials may evoke dismay, frustration and even resentment for your business office, but they can actually be harnessed to improve the performance of your practice. It all starts with identifying the specific denial and the reasons for it.
An early death: Physician writing contest honorable mentionMedical Economics is proud to unveil the honorable mention entries in our 2015 Physician Writing Contest. We believe the essays exemplify what connecting with your patients is truly about, and demonstrate the levels of heart, determination, and empathy you strive to bring into every exam room, every day. Thanks for reading.
Improving continuity of careFor patients to receive high quality care, healthcare providers must find ways to work together and ensure continuity of care between primary care physicians, specialists and hospitals. For a variety of reasons, continuity of care has not worked as advertised, but many physicians have ideas for how this collaboration can be improved.

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