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09 Aug Would you look at the time…

We discussed some potential changes in E/M visit leveling in last week’s blog. One key point was that the amount of time spent face-to-face with the patient could be used as the key factor in determining a visit’s level of service if CMS decides to...

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02 Aug CMS Backs Down from E/M Code Reduction

In a fact sheet released on July 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) appeared to have reversed its earlier announcement of a reduction in evaluation and management (E/M) office visit CPT codes. In 2018, the agency proposed collapsing the number of E/M codes...

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26 Jul Protecting Your Practice

Social media can be a powerful tool in your toolbelt when marketing your practice and engaging with patients. There’s no faster way to share news about your office and maybe have a little fun too. There are dangers, though. Seemingly innocuous posts can inadvertently disclose protected...

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19 Jul “Alexa, I have a headache”

Amazon announced a new feature for Alexa, its digital personal assistant, last week. British users of the device will now be able to ask the device for medical advice, with responses provided by the UK’s National Health Service. This new development raises concerns about the privacy...

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05 Jul Where are Millennials? Not at the Doctor’s Office

Millennials form the nation’s largest generation, composing over 83 million Americans born between 1981 and 1996. According to a recent study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, fewer than two-thirds of millennials have a primary care...

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28 Jun 5 Keys to Collecting Patient Balances

High-deductible health plans are more prevalent now than ever. As a result, your practice’s financial health is increasingly dependent on your staff’s ability to collect patient balances due. It’s important to make sure that collection is managed in a way that preserves the patient-practice relationship while...

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07 Jun Finding the right fit for your practice

When a busy medical practice is short-staffed, your patients will notice. You know you need to hire, but you want to make sure you find the right person who not only has the qualifications you are looking for, but someone who is a right fit...

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31 May Physician Burnout: What Are the Signs?

No matter what profession someone is in, if they are suffering from extreme exhaustion, they won’t be able to perform at their best. But, physicians who suffer from this fatigue aren’t going to be able to form a strong relationship with their patients, and eventually...

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24 May The Essentials for Patient Engagement

Patient engagement is an essential component in ensuring optimal patient outcomes. Clinicians work hard to do a great job of caring for their patients. They put together short and long-term plans of action, and use their knowledge and expertise to keep their patients healthy. If...

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