Entries by CM

How To Improve Your Practice’s Patient Management

It’s important to continuously consider ways to improve your practice’s efficiency, in order to keep patients content and encourage treatment follow through, and also to reduce staff frustration and burnout. Sometimes no-shows, over-complicated processes, and even staff communication patterns can get in the way of delivering a high-quality experience for your patient. There are several […]

MACRA-Compliant EHR Implementation: What Practices Need to Know

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) changed the way providers see Medicare patients and get payments. It’s up to practices to implement a MACRA-compliant EHR platform in response. What steps can they take to make implementation smoother? Project Management An excellent place to start is to consider the project manager. Most […]

FHIR: The Future of Healthcare Application Development

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is an innovative technology making its way into the healthcare industry. FHIR allows clinical applications to access patient data outside of the EHR while remaining standards compliant. Here’s what you need to know about FHIR and the future of healthcare applications. What Exactly is FHIR? FHIR is fairly new in […]

What Is HealthIT’s Security Risk Assessment Tool and Update?

Going through a risk assessment is tough, and when you’re in healthcare, it can be even more difficult. How do you meet the requirements for both HIPAA’s Security Rule and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program? Fortunately, the professionals at HealthIT.gov have developed a handy Security Risk Assessment […]

Encouraging Patient Payment in Your Orthopedic Practice’s Revenue Cycle Management

Patient payment responsibilities need to be the number one concern for your revenue cycle management success. Most patients today have high deductibles, paying the majority of their medical expenses out-of-pocket. Also, there are a number of procedures that may not be covered under their insurance policies. In the past, patient payments represented a small percentage of […]

Is Private Equity Right for Your Practice?

If you’re in an orthopedic practice, you’ve likely been following the recent trend in selling to private equity investment firms. This has been a viable option for other specialties in healthcare for some time. Those types of specialties were primarily elective in nature, like dermatology, or were part of a larger hospital organization. For orthopedic […]

Sweeping Changes to ICD-10 in October 2018

It’s here. The largest and most comprehensive update to ICD-10-CM was officially mandated on October 1st. When ICD-10 was first announced to replace ICD-9, the expansive nature of the changes made a lot of providers nervous about its implementation. The additions came concurrently with other changes and regulations that were sweeping through the medical industry. […]

5 Ways to Improve Revenue Cycle Management in Your Orthopedic Practice

There are a lot of important aspects to running a successful orthopedic practice, but your revenue cycle management is one of the most crucial. Simply put, your practice can’t stay solvent without a robust plan in place to keep your annual income within a profitable margin. One of the most important changes for practices to […]

The Effects of the Stark Law on Healthcare Administrators

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently informed Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMSS), that the Physician Self-Referral Law – perhaps more commonly known as the Stark Law – burdens providers administratively and hinders the exchange of health data and coordination of care unnecessarily. Instead, HIMSS […]

What the 2019 Global Security Budget Looks Like for Healthcare

Security concerns are on the rise, especially in healthcare with system violations occuring at an alarming rate. A recent report put out by research firm Gartner estimates the world will spend over 124 billion dollars on information security in 2019. That’s 12.4 percent over last year. A certain amount of that will go to protect […]

What Does the Change to Value-Based Healthcare Mean for Orthopaedics?

As digitization marches forward, so does the change from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare. Much like the change in focus of most businesses, the changes in healthcare look to shift the focus from providing services for a fee to focusing on delivering the most value to the patient. But what exactly will that change look like […]

What are the Proposed MIPS Changes in the 2019 Quality Payment Program?

When rules to the program you use to provide better care change, it’s frustrating trying to determine what they mean and how they’ll impact your ability to continue providing quality care for your patients. With the recent MIPS changes for the 2019 Quality Payment Program proposed rule, there has been a lot of confusion about […]

Top 5 Ways an EHR Implementation Specialist can Help Your Office

The implementation of electronic health records (EHR) is often met with resistance. Not so much from a lack of acceptance, but rather from a lack of training and knowledge. Healthcare employees tend to find themselves excited to reap the benefits of using EHRs, however, many of them are unfamiliar with the technological side of operating […]

Better Integrated EHR Systems Can Reduce Physician Burnout

A recent study of over 15,000 physicians found that 2/3 felt burned out from their work, with nearly a third admitting that they were more easily exasperated, less engaged and less friendly with their patients. An additional 15% felt they would make mistakes with patients that they would not normally make, including 5% that had […]

Cost-Cutting Practices Include the Integration of EHRs

Electronic health records (EHRs) have undeniably revolutionized the healthcare industry. Studies have shown the use of these digital records is improving the quality of care physicians are providing to patients and it’s also bringing about cost-cutting advantages on a two-fold basis. It takes the ability to seamlessly integrate EHRs into a medical practice’s overall operations […]

Tips for Integrating EHR Systems and Practice Management Systems

Electronic health records (EHR) have a clinical focus while practice management software focuses on the administrative side of operating an orthopedic practice. Being that the two are not centered around the same functions, you can see how both are vital to the operation of any medical facility. If you have one but not the other, your […]