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Elizabeth

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    Facebook is now an inescapable part of modern life. The popular social networking site boasts 1.86 billion monthly active users as of the end of 2016, and those users come to keep up with their friends, share news and videos, and interact with businesses. Your   Read more..
    Posted on 20 Nov, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    Medical Practice Marketing: Creating & Maintaining an Effective Facebook Page
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    The federal government knows the severity of cyberattacks and data breaches in the healthcare industry. That’s why the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created laws, regulations, and guidelines to keep you and your   Read more..
    Posted on 14 Nov, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    Cybersecurity: Are You Keeping Up with Technology?
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    The first encounter your patients may have with your agency is via an Internet search for you. Your website, then, is your first opportunity to attract and convert patients and boost patient satisfaction. The user experience you provide should load quickly, state information clearly, and   Read more..
    Posted on 9 Nov, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    Is Your Home Health Agency’s Website Working for You?
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    People with high EQs are self-aware, curious, and not afraid to challenge themselves to learn and grow—all traits that contribute financially to a practice.
    For quite a while, businesses have stressed the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ). More recently, healthcare has also begun to recognize its crucial role in patient-centered care. Indeed, providers’ EQ may be just as important as IQ in healing patients. Emotional intelligence is also an   Read more..
    Posted on 6 Nov, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    Emotional Intelligence for Medical Practice Management & Success
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    Remember the movie Field of Dreams? An Iowa farmer (played by Kevin Costner) is walking through his cornfield when he hears a voice whisper repeatedly, “If you build it, he will come.” He sees a vision of a baseball diamond in his field, decides to   Read more..
    Posted on 3 Nov, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    If You Build It, Will They Come?
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    More than two decades ago, a few legislators with good intentions wanted to prevent conflicts of interest in medical decision making that involved Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Starting with clinical labs, Congress began to pass laws prohibiting physicians from referring patients to designated health services   Read more..
    Posted on 30 Oct, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    Are you familiar with the Physician Self-Referral Law—a.k.a, The Stark Law?
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    The HHS OIG released compliance guidelines for most healthcare sectors between 1998 and 2008. During this period, the watchdog agency developed “The Seven Elements of an Effective Compliance Program.” Now, almost 20 years later, these elements remain effective for evaluating the state of your practice’s   Read more..
    Posted on 23 Oct, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    7 Elements of an Effective Compliance Program
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    Every November, in a long, wordy Federal Register post, CMS releases Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) updates, which describe reimbursement policies for hospital outpatient and ASC settings for the following year. On a quarterly basis, CMS revises and releases ASC Addenda, which get down into   Read more..
    Posted on 19 Oct, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    Medicare Reimbursement Basics for ASCs
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    What are Your Hedgehog Concepts? Good to Great, written by Jim Collins in 2001, is the product of five years of detailed scientific research. Collins and his team wanted to answer one question: How do good companies become great companies? To answer that question, they   Read more..
    Posted on 13 Oct, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    Take Your Practice from Good to Great
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    MACRA, as you’re probably aware, is essentially a Quality Payment Program (QPP)—one that has streamlined the numerous quality improvement programs most coders have been involved with over the years. Among its objectives, MACRA is designed to reward healthcare providers for giving better quality of care   Read more..
    Posted on 12 Oct, 2017
    By Elizabeth
    MACRA 101