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Top 3 Benefits of Mobile EMRs

Tycene Fritcher on 02/27/2015

The rise of technological accessibility has had a pronounced effect on every single genre of the professional world across the last few years. Perhaps no single industry, though, has seen an explosion of innovation equal to that which has occurred in the medical field. Whether you're a doctor, a practice manager or simply interested in the growth of the medical field, you've no doubt noticed the rise of electronic medical records. Simpler and more efficient than alternative methods, EMR​s have become a mainstay of most successful practices in the U.S. 

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Topics: Mobility

Manage the Financial Health of Your Practice

Tycene Fritcher on 02/26/2015

Between keeping up with advances in modern medicine, establishing meaningful and healthy relationships with your patients and dealing with the day-to-day grind of running a business, it can be hard to make time to think critically about revenue cycle management. Still, it's important to remember that having a clear understanding of your various revenue streams and financial management techniques is key to the longevity and success of your practice. Luckily, this need not be quite as difficult an undertaking as it may first seem. In fact, pairing strong organizational techniques with effective practice management software can make financial evaluation a breeze. Take a look at these best practices for managing the financial health of your practice:

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Topics: Revenue Management

ICD-10: So far yet so close

Tycene Fritcher on 02/25/2015

As ICD-10 implementation gets closer, many healthcare providers have found themselves struggling to understand the deadline. This is due largely to the fact that the set date has been pushed back several times in an effort to allow all affected parties to prepare accordingly. With that in mind, it's important to recognize that ICD-10, though seemingly far away, is a great deal closer than you think. With the ICD-10 transition date now set for Oct. 1, 2015, take a look at some key information concerning the shift:

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Topics: ICD-10

Tips for improving practice profitability [Video]

Nextech on 02/24/2015

Getting Specific: ICD-10 for Plastic Surgery

Nathan Brown on 02/23/2015

The United States is currently the only developed country in the world that is still using the outdated ICD-9-CM Volume III for diagnosis codes, electronic health records, and insurance claims. However, this is soon to change.  As of October 1st 2015, the official final deadline for ICD-10 implementation, insurance companies will no longer be accepting ICD-9 for diagnosis or procedure codes.  This means that all healthcare professionals must begin learning ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes now, especially as they apply to medical specialties.

In this three-part series, we have been examining ten of the most commonly used ICD-9-CM codes for each of three distinct specialties—Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and Plastic Surgery—and comparing them to their respective ICD-10-CM counterparts.  This demonstrates how the high specificity level of ICD-10-CM makes it far superior to ICD-9-CM (which is loaded with obsolete, outdated terminology as well as outmoded and ambiguous codes, not to mention inadequate data that fails to accommodate for a multitude of medical discoveries and advances that have occurred in recent decades).

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Topics: Plastic Surgery, ICD-10

Getting Specific: ICD-10 for Ophthalmology

Nathan Brown on 02/20/2015

The United States is currently the only developed country in the world that is still using the outdated ICD-9-CM Volume III for diagnosis codes, electronic health records, and insurance claims. However, this is soon to change.  As of October 1st 2015, the official final deadline for ICD-10 implementation, insurance companies will no longer be accepting ICD-9 for diagnosis or procedure codes.  This means that all healthcare professionals must begin learning ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes now, especially as they apply to medical specialties.

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Topics: ICD-10

Getting Specific: ICD-10 for Dermatology

Nathan Brown on 02/19/2015

The United States is currently the only developed country in the world that is still using the outdated ICD-9-CM Volume III for diagnosis codes, electronic health records, and insurance claims. However, this is soon to change.  As of October 1st 2015, the official final deadline for ICD-10 implementation, insurance companies will no longer be accepting ICD-9 for diagnosis or procedure codes.  This means that all healthcare professionals must begin learning ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes now, especially as they apply to medical specialties.

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Topics: ICD-10

Get paid now - credit cards accepted! [VIDEO]

Tycene Fritcher on 02/18/2015

With integrated credit card processing, you'll never need to wait to get paid for your services. Read More

Topics: Revenue Management

Learning from the Mistakes of Others: The G20 & DoD Hacks

Nathan Brown on 02/17/2015

Part 3: The G20 & DoD Hacks

The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs announced this morning that a team of criminal hackers have stolen an estimated total of $1 billion from over a hundred banks in at least twenty-five different countries (including the U.S.), in what security experts are calling one of the largest bank heists in history.  Kaspersky representatives are quoted as saying it is “by far the most successful criminal cyber campaign we have ever seen.”  Exactly how the hackers gained access to so many bank networks has yet to be disclosed, but some theorize that spear-phishing emails or unauthorized password sharing are possible causes.  Then again, the cause might be the same as that of the two hacks we’ll be discussing in this third and final installment—the 2013 G20 Incident and the Department of Defense (DoD) Worm Infection—both of which were the result of mobile storage devices infected with malware.

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Topics: Security

Word of Mouth Marketing Still Matters

Courtney Vevea on 02/16/2015

Medicine is a field that presents a unique host of challenges when it comes to marketing. It is vital to the health and longevity of your practice, whether it be a specialty-driven office or a general practitioner, that you not only retain current clients but also regularly attract new ones. Many individuals within the medical field might be surprised to learn that word of mouth marketing can still make a difference in today's high tech world. Though it may seem somewhat outdated, this form of communication and advertising is still incredibly valuable for doctors looking to grow their client base and boost patient retention. Take a look at a few factors to consider when approaching word of mouth marketing.

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Topics: EMR, EHR, Marketing