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Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty is the General Manager at M-Scribe. Patrick has worked in the RCM field for 20 years. He was the founder and CEO of his own billing company before joining M-Scribe three years ago as the GM and VP of Business Development. Patrick enjoys golf, traveling and spending time with his family in North Georgia.

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Ascension Partnership with Google Mean for Medical Privacy Laws

Patrick Dougherty

Recently, many people were surprised by a Wall Street Journal report announcing tech giant Google was working with Ascension, the nation’s second-largest healthcare system. While some patients were flabbergasted by the possibility that their personal medical data could be transferred to a third-party, others wondered the legality of the practice as a whole.

As a medical provider, it is important to fully comprehend why this partnership could change how we handle medical data and what it means to your patients individually. After all, many might ask you questions about how you’re handling their private information at your clinic, and you want to be prepared for these types of inquiries. Here are a few things you need to know about Google’s partnership with Ascension and how it affects medical privacy laws.

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Topics: Google Partnership with Ascension

10 Ways to Market Medical Practice Through Local Outreach

Patrick Dougherty

Are you looking for ways to grow your medical practice? While online advertising has a solid place, there is still something important about good old-fashioned community participation. Long gone are the days when the family doctor made house calls, but there are still a variety of opportunities to help local families while gaining exposure for your office.

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Topics: Medical Practice Marketing

Meeting the Four Standards of Patient Medical Records Documentation

Patrick Dougherty

A medical record is more than just a collection of facts that helps guide the care delivered to a patient. Because it's a historical and legal document that provides an account of each encounter between a provider and the patient, it's vital that they are both accurate and thoroughly complete. The following four standards of patient medical records documentation provide a framework for providers: 

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Topics: Patient Medical Records Documentation

Improve Medical Practice Workflow to Boost Revenue

Patrick Dougherty

A medical practice that consistently completes tasks the same way they have always done things is likely to find itself falling behind as models for reimbursement change. An effective way of reducing loss of revenue is to find opportunities for improvement and ways to address inefficiencies by conducting a practice workflow assessment. 

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Topics: medical practice workflow

5 Keys to Improving Patient Outcomes and Value-Based Care In 2020

Patrick Dougherty

Increasingly, medical practices are pressured to improve both patient outcomes and retain value-based care. The healthcare industry continues to transition from a fee for service model to one that is based on value and performance. It can seem difficult to improve patient outcomes while also delivering value-based care but this is something that Medicare and Medicaid have focused on. The shift has been palpable, but there is still much that can be done. 

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Topics: Patient Outcomes and Value-Based Care

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A place for physicians and other healthcare stakeholders to share and discover information about everything related to running efficient medical practices.

Established in 2002 by a group of physicians, we are a national provider of medical billing services to group practices, clinics, and individual physicians. We also specialize in provider credentialing, payer contract reviews, and medical coding for a wide range of clients - from solo practitioners to multi-site, multi-specialty practices.

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