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San Diego, CA—The first issue of Rheumatology Practice Management looked at the 4 phases for im­­­plementing the new International Clas­sification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code sets. At the 2013 meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, Shelly Cronin, CPC, CPMA, CPPM, CANPC, CPC-I, Director of ICD-10 Training at the American Academy of Professional Coders, Salt Lake City, UT, outlined practical strategies that practices can execute as the transition approaches. Read More ›

Happy New Year. Every year around December 27 or 28 we start wishing everyone a happy new year. As we look into 2014, we are trying to determine just exactly what a “happy new year” means when we manage our business of delivering healthcare services. Read More ›

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 ›

San Diego, CA—Fraud and embezzlement are prevalent in US businesses, including medical group practices. Knowing the conditions that provide an environment for embezzlement and implementing controls to prevent these conditions are paramount to combatting fraud and embezzlement. Read More ›

San Diego, CA—Every area of a practice’s revenue cycle represents an opportunity to enhance revenue. Current processes will not succeed without an assessment of the current revenue cycle procedures from start to finish in all areas, said Maxine Inman Collins, MBA, CPA, CMC, CMOM, CMIS, a healthcare consultant from Wichita Falls, TX, at the 2013 American College of Rheumatology meeting. Read More ›

San Diego, CA—A customer service–oriented practice in which staff members work as a team to increase productivity will enhance your practice’s profitability now and in the future, said Audrey E. Coaxum, CHI, CMCO, CMC, CMIS, CMOM, faculty consultant at the Practice Management Institute in San Antonio, TX, at the 2013 meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. Ms Coaxum offered advice on staff management and development for high performance. Read More ›

San Diego, CA—A major goal of human resource management is to help the medical practice establish a sustainable competitive advantage. Linda L. D’Spain, CMPE, CMCO, CMC, CMIS, CMOM, faculty consultant at the Practice Management Institute in San Antonio, TX, provided tips for successful human resource management at the 2013 meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. Read More ›

All rheumatology practices are facing serious changes brought about by government and healthcare reform, some of which have not been fleshed out clearly enough. In the midst of this flux, practice managers must assess their practice’s performance and needs and make decisions that will affect the continued health and financial success of their business operations. Read More ›