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

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

How to Effectively Manage Employees’ Time for Increased Patient Satisfaction

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 6, 2019 5:27:24 PM

Your patients love your doctors and there’s rarely a slow day in your medical office’s busy waiting room. But recent communication problems with front and back office staff are causing scheduling backlogs, and patient complaints are on the rise. It’s time for swift corrective action.

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Topics: CMOM, PMI Certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, time management, medical office manager topics

Medical Office Staff Meetings That Stick: Tips for Conducting a Successful Meeting

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 2, 2019 2:55:09 PM

Want to improve engagement at your next medical office staff meeting? Best intentions don’t always result in successful outcomes. You can become a better team leader with good preparation and a little ingenuity. Read on for tips that will help you turn a sub-par meeting into a forum that meets objectives. The formula is simple: start with "why", create your outline, and stay focused.

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

Certified Medical Office Manager: 7 Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Apr 25, 2019 6:00:00 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