Month: April 2019

Call Coverage: Return to OR
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Call Coverage: Return to OR

April 11, 2019 Question: I appreciate your patience in answering my questions.  I understand the E&M scenarios so let me throw in another type of call coverage relationship.  Recently, I returned a patient to the OR for the physician I was covering; the patient had dislocated their hip after a hip arthroplasty.  I reported CPT...

Embrace Patient Ratings and Reviews and Enhance Your Online Reputation
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Embrace Patient Ratings and Reviews and Enhance Your Online Reputation

April 10, 2019 Online review sites have an undeniable influence on patients searching for a medical provider. Patients are going online not only to read about conditions and treatment options but also to research doctors. Word-of-mouth referrals from personal friends and colleagues are giving way to word-of-mouse recommendations via online review sites like Google Reviews,...

5 Reasons Why You Must Budget for Training
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5 Reasons Why You Must Budget for Training

April 3, 2019 I had lunch last week with an administrator who manages a staff of thirteen and leads a board of six surgeons. We were discussing staff performance and training issues. I asked what type of training her team receives, and whether she had thought of creating a professional development plan for those she...

6 Things a Good Billing Service Will Do
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6 Things a Good Billing Service Will Do

April 2, 2019 Plastic surgeons with a blended reconstructive and aesthetic practice commonly outsource insurance billing to a third party billing service. And too often the billing company is selected solely for having the lowest service fee with little consideration given to its business acumen, coding and reimbursement knowledge, and use of technology. Consider the...

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Four Tips for Avoiding Data Breaches

Four Tips for Avoiding Data Breaches AAOSNow – April 2019  by Michael R. Marks, MD According to a new report by Radware, a provider of load balancing and cybersecurity services for data centers, the average cost of a cyberattack now exceeds $1 million. Furthermore, 37 percent of the organizations that have been attacked experienced subsequent damage to...

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