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Refresh your Referral Building

Physicians Practice – August 22, 2018 by Karen Zupko Years ago, a “good referral” was described using the Three A’s of medicine: Availability, Affability, and Ability. A physician striving to build a successful practice was advised to deliver all three. Managed care contracts and narrow networks temporarily stifled traditional referral building. But the patient rebellion...

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Take Your (Clinic) Life Back: Get a Scribe

AAOS Now – August 2018 by Cheryl Toth, MBA A 2017 Medscape survey indicated that nearly half (49 percent) of orthopaedic surgeons feel burned out. The top three causes cited? too many bureaucratic tasks increasing computerization of practice too many hours at work If you’re looking to reduce the number of hours and tasks spent...

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How to Hire a Superstar Scribe

Healio ⋅ Orthopedics Today – July 2018 by Cheryl Toth, MBA If you have you been thinking about hiring a scribe to handle your electronic health record data entry, then you are not alone. More physicians are hiring scribes to reduce administrative overload. Physicians who use them report improved quality of life, clinic efficiency and...

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Have You Heard the Latest Professional Liability Risk?

Have You Heard the Latest Professional Liability Risk? AAOS Now- June 2018 By: Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA HIPAA allows states to recognize cause of action for breach of confidentiality The list of liability risks for physicians continues to increase. On behalf of the Medical Liability Committee, this article presents new risks via highlights from...

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Tips for Utilizing ICD-10-CM

Tips for Utilizing ICD-10-CM – June 2018 AAOSNow by Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC  In May 2015, most orthopaedic surgeons and their staff were highly focused on learning the new diagnostic language of ICD-10-CM (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, Clinical Modification). That’s because the new diagnosis codes were scheduled to...

Are Physicians Required to Return Overpayments?
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Are Physicians Required to Return Overpayments?

Articles Are Physicians Required to Return Overpayments? Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA Michael Sacopulos, JD AAOS Now – May 2018 When overpaid, many providers wonder if they need to return the funds. The short answer is yes. An overpayment is money that does not belong to providers and keeping it exposes them to collection and...

Four Reasons Staff Don’t Get Trained & How to Fix Them
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Four Reasons Staff Don’t Get Trained & How to Fix Them

Four Reasons Staff Don’t Get Trained & How to Fix Them Cheyenne Brinson Physicians Practice – May 2018 A familiar complaint many orthopaedic surgeons hear from exasperated staff is, “I couldn’t get this MRI approved”the insurance company wants a peer-to-peer review.” The surgeon must then get on the phone with the insurance company, and after...

5 Qualities of Superstar Practice Managers
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5 Qualities of Superstar Practice Managers

5 Qualities of Superstar Practice Managers Physicians Practice – April 2018 There is a significant opportunity in the U.S. for business-minded professionals to have a rewarding career in healthcare as practice managers. As in any profession, there are average managers who do an adequate job. And then there are the superstars—the managers who care deeply,...

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Coding Trigger Point Injections for Pain Management

Articles Coding Trigger Point Injections for Pain Management Deborah Grider ICD10 Monitor – April 2018 Review your payer policies when performing these services. Pain management coding can be tricky.  Trigger point injection therapy is a common procedure performed by pain management specialists, orthopedic surgeons, physical medicine and rehab and other specialties. Trigger point injection therapy...