10 Tips for Selecting Top Talent for Your Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Apr 22, 2022 3:45:00 PM

With high turnover and staff burnout sweeping the healthcare industry, medical practices have sped up and expanded their recruiting efforts, hoping to secure the right team for the long term. If you’re a medical office manager that’s caught in this hiring whirlwind, you’ll want to follow these best practices to ensure you’re not only attracting motivated candidates but also selecting the most qualified, patient-focused members for your team.

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Topics: medical office, medical office manager topics, medical practice issues, medical office staff, staff recruiting, personnel management

Meet Kathleen Riexinger - PMI's Director of Student Experience

Posted by Nancy Clements on Feb 2, 2022 1:04:21 PM

Whether you are new to Practice Management Institute, a certified professional, enrolled in, or inquired about medical office training, you have probably interacted with Kathleen Riexinger at some point. She has worked with PMI for two decades and recently received a well-deserved promotion to Director of Student Experience. She chose the new title, said PMI President/CEO David T. Womack, and it fits her to a tee.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical practice issues, medical office staff, administrative burdens, medical office leadership, medicare compliance

Are You Really Listening? How to Build Active Listening Skills

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jan 12, 2022 11:00:00 AM

The average listener retains only about 50 percent of a conversation. After 48 hours, retention drops to about 25 percent. Everyone working in a healthcare setting, listen up! Poor listening skills can result in relaying incorrect information to a provider or erroneously transcribing information into a patient file. These errors impact the quality of patient care and may even lead to accusations of fraud.

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Topics: medical office manager topics, medical office leadership

Provider Time Management—7 Techniques for the Medical Office Manager

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jan 7, 2022 9:00:00 AM

A provider’s workload is never ending. Time is always ticking, and there never seems to be enough of it in the day. With regular patient visits, mounds of paperwork, administrative meetings, and countless other demands, it’s no wonder that patients are kept waiting. This is why provider time management is an essential skill for the medical office manager. Improving a provider’s time management can have beneficial results including a decrease in stress, an increase in productivity, and much happier patients.

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Topics: Practice management, time management, medical office manager topics

OSHA Recordkeeping & Reporting Basics Every Manager Should Know

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Oct 25, 2021 9:12:21 AM

Working in healthcare, a range of illnesses and injuries walk through your medical practice doors. Serious and emergent situations may arise, depending on your specialty, and protocols are in place to refer to local emergency facilities. When it comes to your staff's safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers to prepare and maintain records that document serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 Log.

 

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, osha, Practice safety

To Ask or Not to Ask - Interview Questions That Spell Trouble

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Oct 7, 2021 5:08:19 PM

Asking the right questions not only will secure the right talent but will also keep the practice out of legal trouble. Learn the questions you can and can't ask to avoid putting yourself and your practice at risk. What you ask and how you ask matters. 

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, personnel management

An Elephant in the Room: How to Manage Poor Performing Medical Office Staff

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Sep 29, 2021 2:25:32 PM

If you dread conducting employee performance reviews, you're not alone. But perception is everything; a performance evaluation does not have to be confrontational. it can be an uplifting and productive opportunity to connect with your team members. Reviews are a good time to formally recognize your team members for going above and beyond. It is also a confidential space to address problems head-on and provide a pathway for improvement. What you say, and how you say it must be carefully considered during a review to avoid a negative result.

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Topics: medical office manager topics, cmom certification, medical practice issues, medical office staff, medical office leadership

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

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

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

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

How to Promote Diversity & Inclusion in Medical Office Workplace Culture

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Apr 20, 2021 7:26:03 PM

Lots of healthcare organizations say their core values reflect a diverse and inclusive workplace but fall flat in implementation. A diverse workplace must be welcoming of all individuals, no matter their ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation. More than a mission statement, everyone in your medical office plays an active role in its successful integration. In this post, we discuss what it takes to create a strong workplace culture of diversity and inclusion and why you must elevate its presence in your medical office.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical practice issues, diversity and inclusion

Enough Is Enough: 5 Tips to Stop Burnout in Your Medical Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Apr 2, 2021 1:07:56 PM

Mix together long hours, hectic schedules, heavy caseloads, COVID-19 chaos, and office politics, and you get a toxic recipe for medical practice burnout. Don't ignore these signs! Medical office managers can reduce the effects of stress and burnout with strategies that support providers and staff. Learn best practices to avoid burnout, protect your practice, and increase patient satisfaction.

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Topics: Practice management, time management, medical office manager topics, medical practice issues, medical office staff, administrative burdens

Perseverance Through Change: Practice Manager Ashton Ardila's Journey

Posted by Nancy Clements on Mar 16, 2021 3:41:30 PM

Your Family Doktors, a 25-year-old family practice in Webster, TX, faced many operational challenges over the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic sent healthcare into a tailspin. Office Manager Ashton Ardila, CMOM, CMIS, shared some of the hurdles and frustrations her team faced, and how the practice has persevered.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, medical office certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, medical office staff, administrative burdens

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

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Sep 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

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

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