Medical Practice Marketing 101

  Put an ad in the yellow pages and call it a day.  That’s how my father used to advertise his pediatric practice.  Alarmingly, some doctors today still do the same thing.  This is the 21st century and we advocate a much more streamlined effort to get your practice into the mind of your community. 

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How to Contend with Resistance to Change

  In previous posts we have discussed the “transformation” to a digital system and how it affects the staff in a medical office.  Resistance to change is normal human behavior but can be managed to have a beneficial outcome.  Imposing a new workflow along with learning new systems can throw some people off their game

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How to properly respond to Electronic Refill Requests – Medisoft Clinical EMR

Summary Pharmacies can send electronic refill requests electronically to providers enrolled with Surescripts who are using Practice Partner\LytecMD\Medisoft Clinical.  If refill request messages are not responded to properly, pharmacies may stop sending requests electronically and fax or call them in instead.  Using the ‘Renew’ or ‘Renew All’ functions from the Rx/Medications tab in the patient’s

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Evaluating Quality of Care

  How does a physician evaluate their quality of care?  The simple answer consists of one easy answer.  If they are using paper charts they don’t know what quality of care they provide.  An electronic health record will allow a practice to give accurate estimates of the degree of quality they provide.  Evaluating quality of

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Why Electronic Medical Records Are Needed

  My brother is a pulmonary specialist.  My father was a pediatrician.  Although I have some training in medicine, my primary expertise is medical technology.  I’m also a patient and while recently changing doctors I needed my records transferred to my primary care physician.  Thankfully my new doctor had an EMR in place and was

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Maximize Your EMR With Built In Success

The application of  EMR to support the delivery of healthcare has become an essential component of a modern physician practice.  Because of the swift evolution of these technologies, doctors and staff must be able to adhere to different workflow and be well trained and motivated to utilize the capabilities of a new system.  Below are a few tips

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Physician Practice Tune-up

The current economic climate is having a negative effect on physician practices.  Flat or declining reimbursement, more regulatory paperwork, health reform, and IT implementation have but pressure on small practices.  The good news is that there are ways to tighten up your belt and tune-up your practice going forward. Improving the revenue cycle starts with some

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Components of a Modern Clinical Information System

The difference we see in a modern clinical information system today compared to 20 years ago is due to the advancement of system design knowledge and innovation in information technology (IT).  The quality of these systems is enhanced by connectivity, electronic integration, and knowledge management. Some areas of an ambulatory practice have not changed.  The

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Tick Tock – Meaningful Use Medicare Attestation Process

Now that more than 70,000 providers have registered for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR meaningful use program, its time to clear up some confusion.  You can register long before you are ready to attest for MU.  This way any problems are resolved and your attestation does not get delayed. You do not commit to anything by

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