Small organizations’ steps toward 2014 HIPAA audit readiness

Small organizations’ steps toward 2014 HIPAA audit readiness

While working directly with healthcare organizations on the challenges that HIPAA and HITECH present, Tony Kong, Director of the West Monroe Partners healthcare practice, believes there are reasonable compliance steps that organizations can take in preparing for audits.Kong said West Monroe Partners ...
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HIPAA Compliance: Focus on Training

HIPAA Compliance: Focus on Training

The Department of Health and Human Services, in its auditing and enforcement activities, has confirmed that a lack of training is a common cause of HIPAA compliance difficulties. So it's taking several steps to help.This week, HHS unveiled several new online tools to educate health ...
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Four Deal Breakers for Physicians When Selecting a Financial Planner

Four Deal Breakers for Physicians When Selecting a Financial Planner

Physicians that are seeking out a financial planner should never take the selection process lightly. In fact, there are several red flags that physicians need to watch out for. They include:• Commission-based payment• Inadequate experience• The wrong personality• Lack of accessibilityLet’s ...
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Five Often-overlooked Benefits of the ICD-10 Transition

Five Often-overlooked Benefits of the ICD-10 Transition

Many people focus on differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 and the problems that ICD-10 may cause. However, there are many benefits of moving to ICD-10. Here are some of the biggest:1. Reduced denialsAppropriate clinical documentation will be critical to selecting the correct diagnos ...
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How to Improve Your Medical Practice by Focusing on the Negative

How to Improve Your Medical Practice by Focusing on the Negative

Historically, healthcare marketing has always embraced traditional branding aesthetics: accentuate the positive, never mention or attack the competition. The dynamics of both marketing and healthcare are changing, and some health systems and practices that are looking to distinguish themselves in cr ...
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Encouraging Healthy Habits for Physicians

Encouraging Healthy Habits for Physicians

For my birthday this year, I received a Misfit Shine, which is an activity tracker you wear on your clothes, shoes, around your neck or on your wrist. It measures how much you walk, run, or swim each day, can keep track of what you eat, and records how long you sleep each night and how much of that ...
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Five Ways to Keep Patients Coming Back

Five Ways to Keep Patients Coming Back

A lot of energy goes into attracting new patients to your practice, but getting them into your office is only half the battle. Patient loyalty is a now bigger issue that ever. A recent study at Johns Hopkins found that 23 percent of patients see three or more primary-care physicians in a 24-month ...
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Small Things, Like Checklists, Make a Big Difference

Small Things, Like Checklists, Make a Big Difference

I was very excited to see Atul Gawande, MD, was going to be a keynote speaker at the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference in Boston this summer. As a surgical PA, I have been a great fan since he published a book called "The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right."In his ...
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View Your Medical Practice Billing Dept as a Partner

View Your Medical Practice Billing Dept as a Partner

You know how your parents taught you to “Be kind to others and they will be kind to you”?  Do you still use this philosophy in your daily living?  It was a good lesson to learn, and I believe that if you carry it into your working life, you will really cultivate meaningful relationships that c ...
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Improving Soft Skills is Key to Reducing Malpractices

Improving Soft Skills is Key to Reducing Malpractices

An important anniversary for the healthcare industry just took place.  It has been four years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now widely referred to as Obamacare, was passed.A lot has changed — and continues to change — in healthcare because of the ACA. The major impetus behind the law is ...
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