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Eight Healthcare “wins” to Know About for 2019

Patrick Dougherty

While there was much uncertainty amid efforts to reform some of the more troublesome regulations and reduce their impacts on patient and provider alike, some good news has finally emerged.  The AMA and their various partners among many states have worked to reach consensus among the various industry advocacy groups and organizations among a number of areas needing reform: drug prices, improved EHR usability, insurance abuse and other critical issues. Overall, over 85 victories were won in areas as diverse as reducing gun violence, securing a greater degree of regulatory relief and improving physician reimbursement, according to AMA President, Barbara L. McAneny, MD. 

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Topics: medical practice management, healthcare industry

How to Build a Successful Independent Medical Practice

Patrick Dougherty

Launching an independent, or solo, practice is becoming more attractive, especially to newer physicians, who see it as a way to retain more autonomy and practice medicine as they envision it rather than toe the line of a larger, more impersonal corporate administration.

As one solo practitioner puts it: There are no office managers or practice administrators who come to me on a daily basis asking me to see more patients per day. No one asks me why I only saw two or three new patients yesterday…In my practice, we have a very high patient retention rateThe patients tell me they enjoy being seen by the same physician for each follow-up visit. They also like the friendly atmosphere in my office.

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Topics: small physician practice

5 Unique Challenges Nephrology Practices Face Related to Billing

Harold Gibson

From electronic health records to dealing with patient no-shows to trying to manage time effectively, physicians face challenges daily. However nephrology practices deal with unique challenges that can make it more difficult to keep your practice growing and performing well. Here’s a closer look at some of the big issues that nephrology practices often face, as some helpful tips on how physicians and practice managers can deal with them effectively. 

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Topics: Nephrology billing, nephrology coding

How to Market Dermatology Practice Sucessfully

Patrick Dougherty

There’s a good chance that your dermatology practice is already pretty busy. This means you don’t merely want to increase new-patient numbers for 2019 you want to change your mix of cases. Maybe you want to cultivate a niche dermatology practice, or you’d like to bring in more cash-pay aesthetic patients. Many dermatology practices aren’t aware that they actually have the power to influence the patients they attract to their office. When done strategically, it’s possible to market your practice in such a way that you bring in the patients you really want. Here’s a closer look at some of the tips and strategies you’ll need to begin drawing in that patient base you want to take your practice to the next level this year. 

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Topics: Dermatology Practice Marketing

5 Specialties Facing Bigger Medical Coding Challenges in 2019

Harold Gibson

The medical billing system may be wonderful for insurance companies, but the huge volume and multiple combinations of billing codes make it a challenge for physicians and coders. Significant changes to the system like ICD-10 and then the yearly updates to CMS codes have made it even more difficult for practices across the country. However, certain medical specialties have faced, and continue to face, unique payment challenges. Here’s a look at five medical specialties that deal with some of the biggest coding challenges in the business. 

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Topics: orthopedic billing, Ob Gyn Coding, nephrology coding

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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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