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Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047710/strategic-scheduling-improves-etticiency
#1
Donna Weinstock
Many practices find themselves struggling with their patient schedules. Physicians need to see a certain number of patients per week from a financial perspective, yet want to have enough time to spend with each patient. No-shows often have a significant impact on the daily patient flow, from both a scheduling and a financial perspective. Monitoring schedules and creating a work flow that works for your practice can help decrease no-shows.
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047709/expanding-the-role-of-registered-nurses-in-primary-care-a-business-case-analysis
#2
Jack Needleman
Primary care is evolving in response to payment reform, changes in the primary care workforce, and development of new models of work emphasizing team care. The role of registered nurses in these new models is being reexamined and reimagined, with increased registered nurse engagement in chart review prior to visits, histories and physicals, preliminary patient assessment, patient education and coaching in ordered care, delivery of care under standardized orders and protocols, transition planning, and care coordination...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047708/advanced-alternative-payment-models-part-ii-understanding-the-next-generation-accountable-care-organization-model
#3
Richard Hayden Self, Janis Coffin
With CMS establishing preliminary definitions for fully qualifying Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in May of 2016, it has become crucial to many care providers accepting Medicare and Medicaid payments to understand the nature of these entities if they wish to eventually participate in one of the current or future payment models. Changes under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 specifically identify subsets of APMs that allow providers to avoid possible negative adjustments for poor relative performance compared with their respective peer groups through the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System beginning in 2017...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047707/seven-deadly-sins-of-a-medical-practice
#4
Neil Baum
The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a list of vices of Christian origin. They are hubris, greed, lust, malicious envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth. Likewise, there are deadly sins (mistakes) that have a negative impact on the medical practice. This article discusses the deadly sins of a medical practice and what each physician and each practice manager can do to combat those sins or mistakes.
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047706/four-steps-to-launching-a-successful-patient-portal
#5
Heera Kang
Patient portals can bring many benefits to both practices and patients, but achieving those benefits requires a thoughtful and well-designed launch plan. This article provides four critical steps to a successful patient portal launch along with some tips from one practice manager who has implemented a portal successfully. Learn how to train your staff, communicate about your new portal effectively to patients, use your portal to improve revenue, and increase patient satisfaction.
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047705/tips-for-effectively-dealing-with-your-board-of-directors
#6
William R Pupkis
This article addresses the importance of relationships between physicians and the administrative leader. The article points out that the administrative leader has been hired to manage or run a family business; these organizations are owned by physicians, and they are not only their businesses, but also their life. It discusses the meaning of good concise communications, with a strict no surprises policy, as well as how being willing to adapt rather than adopting solutions will better ensure success. The board of directors should never be seen as people you dread being around...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047704/leading-employee-compliance
#7
Monica Wofford
Patient compliance is no laughing matter, but when administrators and doctors are asked if employees follow their directions, the question often is met with nervous laughter. In order to provide high levels of patient care and safety, leaders in the healthcare industry must be able to motivate employee compliance, adherence to policies and preference, and, at a minimum, the following of directions. Each can be achieved, resulting in far higher levels of performance in a hospital or even,small practice, but that requires leadership in each of the following five areas: giving explicit directions; imposing reasonable consequences; monitoring progress; employing empathy; and following through consistently...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047703/thriving-under-medicare-s-newest-pay-for-performance-program-making-sense-of-the-merit-based-incentive-payment-system-and-the-alternative-payment-models-part-i
#8
Rick Rutherford
This is the first in a three-part series of articles intended to guide medical practice managers through the maze of the innovative,'yet complex regulations that will affect the amounts paid to healthcare providers by Medicare for at least the next three years. The goal of this series is to provide information to help practices optimize their payment potential from Medicare in 2019 based on their actions toward compliance for some portion of 2017 and to prepare to expand these behaviors as required in future years...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047702/what-healthcare-will-look-like-in-the-next-five-years
#9
Ron Howrigon
With the 2016 election now in the past, everyone is wondering and predicting what will happen next. I have heard everything from fearful Democrats saying the new President will abolish Obamacare and throw 20 million people out in the cold and return them to the ranks of the uninsured to optimistic Republicans making statements that President Trump is going to fix everything in the first 100 days and healthcare will be affordable again. To be honest, both are probably equally wrong. Although we do not know what the new administration will do, we can be assured of this: healthcare is a complex problem that will not be solved easily or overnight...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047701/preparing-for-the-transition-to-value-based-reimbursement-what-you-need-to-know
#10
John Martin
By now most healthcare providers have heard about the transition from volume, based to value-based reimbursement, but it can be challenging to keep up with the latest initiatives and to understand the implications for providers. In fact, as of the writing of this article, lawmakers are continuing the debate on healthcare legislation. This article reviews the basics of the transition from volume-based to value-based reimbursement, summarizes the latest government healthcare programs under the Affordable Care Act, and explores what providers need to know to navigate the transition successfully...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047700/managing-an-employee-who-doesn-t-like-you-twenty-strategies
#11
Laura Hills
In the course of your career in medical practice management, you will almost certainly encounter at least one employee who dislikes you. In some instances, an employee's dislike may be justified. But in many, you will have done nothing wrong. This article suggests what you can do to clarify how an employee actually feels about you, to be sure that what you're observing and sensing is dislike. It then suggests 20 strategies to help you manage, change, or cope with an employee who dislikes you. This article also suggests 14 signs that your employees hate you in secret...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047699/developing-and-implementing-an-audit-program-for-physician-practices
#12
Kim Huey, Sandy Giangreco
The word "audit" generates fear in any situation. Many practices do not audit-sometimes because they are so overwhelmed with just day-to-day management, but sometimes because they would rather not know of issues that they do not wish to confront. Even practices that currently audit may have the wrong focus. Common errors in auditing include performing internal audits only, choosing the wrong auditor, auditing based on the wrong parameters, not repaying or resubmitting after an audit, not performing follow-up education, and thinking that attorney-client privilege provides unlimited protection...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047698/preparing-to-meet-the-new-cms-emergency-preparedness-rule
#13
Debbra Cascardo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30047697/nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants-how-expanding-reimbursement-and-scopes-of-practice-can-facilitate-high-quality-efficient-healthcare
#14
Donald A Balasa
As the demand for healthcare increases in the United States, nonphysician practitioners such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are being called upon to provide more services in a greater variety of settings. State laws have been amended to broaden the scopes of practice of NPs and PAs. New Medicare programs such as Chronic Care Management and Transitional Care Management are well suited for NPs and PAs. This article discusses these developments, their impact on healthcare delivery and reimbursement, and how medical offices, clinics, and health systems can utilize NPs and PAs to provide excellent healthcare in an efficient manner...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29969551/ten-bad-habits-that-should-be-banned-from-the-workplace-forever
#15
Leigh Stringer
It turns out that taking care of worker health and well-being is the most effective way to increase engagement and performance. Putting yourself and your health first isn't selfish; it's exactly what we all need to do to make our businesses thrive. It is a minimum requirement for doing your job well, and the perfect New Year's reso.lution. This article offers a comprehensive list of the "don'ts," with suggestions on what to do instead, including strategies that increase movement and exercise, improve sleep and eating habits, reduce stress, improve air quality, and reduce chronic and infectious disease in medical offices...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29969550/medical-malpractice-stress-syndrome-a-forme-fruste-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
#16
Zachary R Paterick, Nachiket Patel, Krishnaswamy Chandrasekaran, Jamil Tajik, Timothy E Paterick
Physicians practicing medicine face many challenges in today's healthcare arena. The stress of practicing medicine is increasing exponentially as new medical information is exploding on a daily basis and new stresses to practicing are occurring in a burgeoning telecommunication world. The impact of rapidly increasing medical information and the era of electronic medical records allowing physicians to communicate with patients and physicians electronically, without the benefit of observing body language or clarifying misunderstandings, has had a huge impact on practicing physician-patient risk for misinterpretation of the electronically transmitted medical information...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29969549/advanced-alternative-payment-models-part-i-understanding-the-medicare-shared-savings-program
#17
Richard Self, Janis Coffin
With CMS establishing preliminary definitions for fully qualifying Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in May 2016, it has become of interest to many care providers accepting Medicare and Medicaid payments to understand the nature of these entities if they wish to eventually participate in one of the current or future payment models. Changes under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 specifically identify subsets of APMs that allow providers to avoid possible negative adjustments for poor relative performance compared with their respective peer groups through the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System beginning in 2017...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29969548/implementation-of-a-web-based-provider-care-team-system-at-the-va-north-texas-health-care-system
#18
Udayan K Shah, Arjun Gupta, Mark Cooper
Concern that our Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suffers low relational coordination led us to seek a system that might improve domains of relational coordination. The lack of an accurate system to identify the physician caring for a patient at any given time was a ready target. We conducted forward effect analysis, a novel methodology we adapted from our shared experience in software development and entrepreneurship. This study sought to implement a Web-based patient care team system in the critical care units at the VA North Texas Health System...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29969547/project-management-for-healthcare-practices-costs-and-timing
#19
Neil Baum, Benjamin Swig
Every medical practice and every hospital will at some point decide to incorporate a new technology, a new procedure, or a new building; hire a new doctor; or embark on literally hundreds of other projects that require going outside of the box and outside of the usual routine in order to bring the project to fruition. This article discusses project management for implementing a new brand into a medical practice or a hospital, and how to prepare a time schedule and a cost analysis to see that the project is completed on time and within budget...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29969546/managing-a-lazy-employee
#20
Laura Hills
Managing a lazy employee can be a huge source of frustration for a medica practice manager. It can also be baffling, especially when the manager is highly self-motivated and cannot relate to an employee's penchant for laziness. This article defines laziness and explores the most likely reasons behind an employee's lazy behavior. It suggests that medical practice managers look to their owr management prior to taking disciplinary action against a lazy employee, anc provides specific guidance. It then offers practice managers 10 strategies for dealing effectively with lazy employees and 15 do's and don'ts for them to share with employees who are dealing with a lazy coworker...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Practice Management: MPM
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