Practice Management

Think back to a time when you had a bad work experience or left a job. What happened that made you miserable or made you leave? Of course, pay is important, as are other logistical items such as commute time and flexible work schedules for family obligations. But, when we say an employee has “left the company,” most likely it was because of a manager. Read More ›

In the group practice setting, I have seen many of my practice manager friends and colleagues retire, change jobs, or—worse yet— be relieved of their management position. What is going on lately? Read More ›

A colleague of mine has been part of a well-known practice management/electronic medical record (EMR) company’s software support team for 10 years. She often tries to steer people to me when she cannot solve a client’s problems with a software solution. Even though she was once a practice administrator herself, she is a software support person now and the problems she sends to me cannot be solved with software. “Mary Pat,” she asks me, “Why do they think I can solve their practice management issues? All I am empowered to do is to help them use the software.” Read More ›

The healthcare market has begun to redefine or change the qualifications of the care coordinator/manager. This new definition is not being driven by the new care models, service changes, or qualifications. Simply put, it is because of financial reimbursement, government regulation, and subsidies. Read More ›

A colleague of mine has been part of a well-known practice management/ electronic medical record (EMR) company’s software support team for 10 years. She often tries to steer people to me when she cannot solve a client’s problems with a software solution. Read More ›

Urology offices can realize substantial benefits by taking steps to improve office efficiencies, which can be accomplished by maximizing the use of existing technologies and software programs. Read More ›

Initial survey results from the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) show that nearly 60% of the respondents say they’ve made significant changes in how they run their practices just in the past 3 months. Read More ›

Management of a urology office—large or small—is fraught with challenges, particularly in an era of rap­idly evolving regulatory and fiscal environments. Read More ›

Health plans and oncology practices alike are evaluating the use of specialty pharmacy as a resource for the delivery of cancer drugs. Specialty pharmacy organizations are creating large divisions to manage oncology spending and to provide not only oral drugs but injectable and infused drugs as well. Read More ›

Implementing electronic health record (EHR) technology requires a commitment from every person in a medical practice to reap the benefits of the technology. At the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, Mark A. Sitarik, MD, outlined the principles of successful adoption and implementation of health information technology (IT), from selection to clinical decision support. Read More ›

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