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Ergonomics: Funny Word, Serious Workplace Safety Issue

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Sep 16, 2021 5:23:42 PM

With all the major stressors involved in practice management, it's easy to lose sight of an obscure issue like ergonomics. But studies like this one in the Journal of Preventative Medicine and Hygiene (JPMH) have shown that time spent evaluating the health and safety of your team's workstation will help improve mental acuity and decrease physical stress and absenteeism.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, medical practice issues, osha, hazard communication

Free Online Assessment Measures Medical Practice Management Readiness

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Sep 8, 2021 11:16:52 AM
Healthcare jobs are always in demand, and administrative positions are booming. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics cites that the employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Now is a great time to prepare for a career leap.
 
Earning a credential like the Certified Medical Office Manager means gaining more expertise, leveling up your career, and ultimately, making more $$$. If you love working in the non-clinical side of healthcare and want to take on a leadership role, studying to become certified is a step in the right direction. But, how do you know if you're ready to make the leap into CMOM? Take the assessment to find out.
 
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Topics: Practice management, medical practice benchmarking, cmom certification, cmom assessment

How to Safely De-Escalate a Hostile Situation in a Medical Office

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 24, 2021 5:00:31 PM

Tense situations in a medical office are inevitable, and knowing how to de-escalate a potentially violent situation is a skill that every provider and employee needs to know.  You hope you never have to use it, but having an emergency action protocol and team response training will help protect your team when seconds count. 

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Topics: Practice management, medical practice issues, workplace violence, emergency preparedness, personnel management

How Can Changes in Telemedicine Financially Impact Your Practice?

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 23, 2021 8:09:34 AM

The rapid evolution of telehealth services has helped keep medical practice virtual doors open to meet their patients' health needs during the pandemic. But with new utilization comes cautionary areas from a billing standpoint, and it's important to stay current on updates and compliance protocols to promote revenue growth and avoid financial loss. 

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Topics: Practice management, payer contract, medical office compliance, medical practice issues, medical billing, financial management, medical coding

Tips for Developing a Workplace Violence Prevention Program

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 13, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year, and the number has only grown since the start of the pandemic. While workplace violence can strike anywhere and at any time, the risk of assault can be prevented or minimized if employers take appropriate precautions.

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Topics: medical office compliance, medical practice issues, workplace violence

How to Properly and Safely Terminate an Employee

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jul 29, 2021 4:27:09 PM

As a Medical Office Manager, there are few actions as uncomfortable as firing an employee. Yet, after verbal warnings, write-ups, and other corrective actions, you know when this time has come to gather your documentation and make difficult decisions about how and when to proceed. But failure to follow proper procedures and federal guidelines could put your practice at risk of an employee lawsuit or a compliance violation. Take a look at some best practices and a termination checklist below to help you proceed professionally and safely.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, medical practice issues, personnel management

CMOM Certification is Within Your Reach: Take These Steps to Prepare Now

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jul 12, 2021 12:09:00 PM

No matter where you are in your career, long-range planning and determination will help you achieve your goals faster. And if your plan includes rising the ranks in medical office management, then experience, time management, confidence, and great people skills will help you get there. Add certification in medical office management to the mix, and you've got a long-term recipe for success! 

Don't know where to start? Here are a few steps to help get you on your way to becoming a Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM). We know you can do it, so let's get you there!

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Topics: CMOM, PMI Certification, medical office, medical office leadership

How to Improve Staff Retention: 7 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jul 1, 2021 4:51:41 PM

In a time where medical practices and hospitals continue to experience staff shortages, it is more important than ever to cultivate and embrace your team. Leading an engaged, productive, and happy team is a hallmark of a successful medical office manager. It's also one of the biggest practice management challenges. So where do you begin? Read on for some tips to lead a great medical office team.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical practice issues

CMOM Course Overview with PMI Faculty Member, Linda D’Spain

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 22, 2021 2:51:28 PM

Here at PMI, we receive a lot of questions from prospective students about the Certified Medical Office Manager course and exam. They want to know things like how much experience and knowledge is needed to begin the course and tips on how to study for and pass the exam. So, we asked PMI faculty member, Linda D’Spain, to address some common questions about the certification course. 

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, PMI Certification, medical office certification, Certified Medical Office Manager

Why Do I Need CMOM Training & How Can I Justify It to My Manager?

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 11, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Two of the most common questions PMI receives about the Certified Medical Office Manager credential are, "Why do I need a CMOM certification?" and "How can I get buy-in from my provider/supervisor?"  We asked PMI faculty member, Linda D’Spain, to share her thoughts and address these specific CMOM FAQs. Whether you are just starting out on your career journey or thinking about your next career move, watch the video or read on for insider tips to get you CMOM-ready. 

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Topics: CMOM, PMI Certification, medical office certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, cmom certification, CMOM FAQs

Best Practices for Recruiting Front Desk Medical Staff

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 7, 2021 9:19:47 AM

As medical practices bounce back from the pandemic, many are finding it challenging to recruit and hire great employees, including front desk staff. Don't put this off! It takes time to find the right fit, and as patient flow picks up, you need to be ready!  Here are some recruitment best practices for Medical Office Managers to help you attract the best talent.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office, medical office manager topics, medical practice issues, staff recruiting

4 Reasons Why It’s Time to Get a CMOM Certification

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 26, 2021 4:18:01 PM

As the pandemic fades, medical practices are adapting to a different work climate post-pandemic. You could say the “next normal” is far from normalcy as medical office managers struggle to hire and retain employees and continue to work through ongoing challenges like getting patients back to receive services, managing a reduction in cash flow, and watching for post-pandemic reimbursement and business process revisions.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, medical office certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office leadership

Certified Medical Office Manager: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 23, 2021 10:34:40 PM

One of the most popular training and certification programs PMI offers is the Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM)(R). This curriculum helps office managers take charge of their practice, better manage risk, motivate employees, and improve the financial outlook in a medical office.

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Topics: CMOM, PMI Certification, medical office certification, Certified Medical Office Manager

Tips for Better Revenue Cycle Management in a Medical Office

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 12, 2021 6:44:51 PM

How would you characterize the success of your medical office? Is it a steady flow of patients, low denials, providers that take an active role in the business, a great clinical and administrative team? How about the financial health of the practice? It’s hard to guide the ship in the right direction when you are too busy plugging holes in the galley.

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Topics: Practice management, Practice cash flow, medical practice issues, financial management, patient billing, patient collections

How to Negotiate Payer Contracts: Expert Insights for Your Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 10, 2021 6:22:38 PM

Contract review is a delicate dance but doing your homework and negotiating for a better deal helps to achieve a better outcome, says healthcare attorney, Heidi Kocher, JD, MBA, CHC, of DC-based Law Firm, Liles Parker. Before you start the negotiation process, here are a few things to consider.

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Topics: Practice management, contract negotiation, payer contract, carrier contract, value proposition, carrier contract guidelines, Heidi Kocher, medical practice benchmarking