Medical Office Managers: Do You Know Your Legal Obligations in Relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic? Five Steps to Safety

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Mar 18, 2020 6:28:06 PM

The rapid spread of the coronavirus across the U.S. and many parts of the globe has drawn quite a bit of attention to employee safety. As business leaders look over their employee policies and procedures, they may begin to wonder about legal risks that a pandemic may expose them to. Medical offices are no exception. OSHA requires every employer to have policies and procedures to address the pandemic spread of viral illnesses such as the flu or coronavirus. A review of your policies and response plans now is essential.

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Topics: medical office certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance

Get Hired as a Medical Office Manager- Strategies to Get the Job

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Mar 9, 2020 9:46:28 AM

With an above average salary base and an optimistic job forecast there’s no better time than now to consider a job in medical office management. The fact is medical offices and healthcare facilities cannot run smoothly without a great manager at the helm. The role of a medical office manager is critical in today’s fast-paced facilities where above board patient care and quality is expected.

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Topics: Practice management, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office staff

Building Your A-Team: Interview Strategies to Hire Great Employees

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Feb 11, 2020 8:57:42 AM

If you are short staffed and need someone who can hit the ground running fast, we’ve got some ideas that may help. As urgent as this need may seem, hiring a new team member should not be a rushed decision. Taking steps to find the right fit for your medical office team is going to save you a lot of effort in the long run.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, cmom certification, staff recruiting

Performance Reviews Done Right

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Oct 9, 2019 6:47:56 PM

If you break out in a sweat when it’s time to conduct employee performance reviews, you’re not alone.  For many medical office managers, this is a difficult but necessary step in developing your team. Your staff probably dreads it as much as you, but performance reviews are an important way to gauge your employees’ work successes and stressors, and create better overall communication.

The goal is to take a positive approach and avoid a few common errors. This will help put everyone at ease, including yourself. So, we put together some do’s and don’ts to use as a guide to help your next round of performance reviews go smoothly.

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Topics: CMOM, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office manager topics

CMOM FAQ: How Can I Pay For CMOM?

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 29, 2019 9:54:59 AM

We know CMOM is a huge investment. But the financial piece shouldn't keep you from personal development. In the  video below, PMI Faculty Member and CMOM Instructor Linda D'Spain discusses the different ways to pay for CMOM.

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

Why We Host: Interview with Lindsay Usher, Northern California Medical Associates

Posted by Nancy Clements on Jul 31, 2019 9:31:25 AM

Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) has been a leading association of medical practitioners in the North Bay Area since 1975, when Cardiology Associates of Santa Rosa, Inc. first opened its doors. Since then, NCMA has expanded its expertise and scope of care by merging with several private practices to better serve patients in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties.

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Topics: Practice management, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office manager topics, quality assurance, staff recruiting

Best Practices for Successful Medical Staff Recruitment

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jul 3, 2019 10:29:15 AM

In today’s robust job market, competition for finding the best talent can be challenging. Most often the task of recruiting new employees in the office is the Medical Office Manager's responsibility. When searching for qualified candidates, it is important to follow recruitment best practices and be familiar with laws and legal guidelines governing employment. It’s definitely a balancing act, but being able to successfully juggle both will yield clear-cut results.

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

In-house vs. Outsourced Billing: Tips for Medical Office Managers

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 26, 2019 8:11:33 AM

Portions of this article were originally published in BC Advantage Magazine March 5, 2019

A whopping 25 to 31 percent of total health care expenditures in the U.S. are administrative costs, according to a time-driven, activity-based costing study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)1. These are huge margins for healthcare providers already squeezed by insurers and increasing costs of care. You may wonder if the grass is greener on the other side.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, PMI Certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office manager topics, medical practice issues, medical billing

Tips to Recognize and Control Identify Theft in a Medical Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 19, 2019 4:41:32 PM

In 2017, 16.7 million people in the U.S. experienced some type of identity theft with $17 billion in losses to organizations, according to a recent Harris Poll. Medical identity theft is fraud and recognizing and controlling it is a growing and serious compliance concern for medical office managers.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, medical practice issues, medical fraud, medical identity theft

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

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 3, 2019 6:55:28 PM

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 give her insights and address these specific CMOM FAQs. Whether you are just starting out on your career journey or thinking about your next career move, 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

Exploring Quality Assurance in the Medical Practice—the Path to Patient Satisfaction

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 3, 2019 6:50:29 PM

How high are you setting the bar for patient care in your medical practice? Their health is in your hands, and they expect quality personalized care. Quality assurance is more important than ever. This article offers medical office managers insights for measuring quality assurance in your office. Read further and learn the “how” using two common tasks that can be easily improved when quality assurance is top-of-mind.

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Topics: CMOM, PMI Certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office manager topics, cmom certification, quality assurance

5 Best Techniques for Practice Time Management

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 23, 2019 9:58:32 AM

The time clock is ticking the moment patients enter your waiting room. How soon do you greet them? How long will they wait until they are called to the back?  Respect for a patient’s time is perhaps among the most highly valued attributes of the patient experience. It’s also very frequently overlooked. So why is time management in a medical office so hard to control, and what can be done about it? Let us count the ways. 

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

Medical Office Recruiting Done Right: Writing a Rock Star Job Description

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 20, 2019 2:00:00 PM

A well-written job description will help you find the best candidates for your medical office team. The more detailed a job description, the more candidates with desired skillsets and expertise will be walking through the door. Its benefits are two-fold: 1) It sets clear expectations for applicants searching for medical staff positions and 2) It helps recruit the ideal candidates for the job.

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

Managing Difficult Employees in a Medical Office: 9 Disruptive Behaviors to Watch

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 13, 2019 5:38:21 PM

You didn’t sign up to play referee or counselor to adults that don’t get along. But personality conflicts and unprofessional behavior in the workplace should not be taken lightly. It can destroy your medical office productivity, morale, and send good employees packing.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, PMI Certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office, medical office manager topics, cmom certification, difficult personalities

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

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 8, 2019 10:27:54 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 program. 

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