Archive for the Week of September 8, 2017

Archive for the Week of September 8, 2017

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the week of September 8, 2017.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the week of September 8, 2017.

You can browse this week's archives by clicking the "More" button from any of the excerpts below.

Improving Patient Experience and Your Bottom Line

No matter how big or small your medical practice is, most administrative leaders and physicians are stressed about outcomes, paying bills, compliance, and — most importantly — keeping patients happy. Unfortunately, while realizing your practice has the same issues as any other brings a feeling of camaraderie, it doesn’t solve any problems. Many practices still carry the mindset that, “if you build it, they will come.” However, the day-to-day challenges of staying profitable in a challenging patient environment dominated by Google reviews and a major push for value-based care are becoming harder to bear. As patients are behaving more like consumers, practices need to embrace a patient-centered mindset in order

You Should Worry about Medical Coding Guidelines Changing

Changes are coming with Evaluation and Management (E&M) coding guidelines. I will use this space to explain why these changes will be both a good thing and a challenge to physicians, particularly those who derive much of their income from office visits. CHANGE IS OVERDUE It has been 20 years since the 1997 E&M guidelines were promulgated. They were confusing to most physicians then and remain confusing today. One study from the Journal of Family Practice showed that physicians are accurate in their E&M coding only 55 percent of the time, yet Mitchell King, MD provided a fascinating follow-up investigation in the Archives of Internal Medicine that showed certified coding

A New Platform for Educating New Doctors on EHR Use

Over the past few years, the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine began to notice a problem. While EHR technology had become ubiquitous in the healthcare industry, medical school curricula had not evolved to reflect this reality. This realization became the impetus for the Regenstrief Institute’s EHR Clinical Learning Platform. “It didn’t start out as this,” Regenstrief research scientist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at IU School of Medicine Blaine Takesue told “It started from a different project here at IU,” he continued. “We’ve had proprietary EHR for decades and we noticed we didn’t do much in the way of direct instruction through the

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