Time Management Tips for the Medical Office Manager: Delegation

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Sep 23, 2019 11:52:41 AM

If you are managing a small- to medium-sized provider office, then you’re painfully familiar with the daily struggle to keep everything and everyone in line. These broad responsibilities probably include things like managing the patient-payer mix, staffing, provider schedules, patient relations, and accounting. It’s not easy; our hats are off to you!

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

Medical Office Know-how—5 Ways to Improve Patient Collections

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Sep 4, 2019 5:28:18 PM

With rising costs in today’s medical practice, it’s becoming more important than ever to receive timely payments from patients. With the high costs associated with printing and mailing statements, and lingering late and missing patient payments, it’s enough to send the medical office budget into deficit. Though collecting insurance company payments is the lifeblood of all medical facilities, out-of-pocket patient expenses such as deductibles, copays, and coinsurance amounts can’t be dismissed. They can add up quickly in lost revenue if stricter collection procedures aren’t in place. 

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

10 Ways to Reduce Overhead in the Medical Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Sep 3, 2019 9:26:46 AM

Medical practice overhead is a growing concern for many practices that are looking to thrive and simultaneously maintain quality patient care. In today’s medical practice, overhead is directly related to patient volume, collections, and its general structure. These ongoing administrative and clinical expenses are necessary for the business to function but can have a negative impact on the practice’s revenue.

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

2 Everyday Situations to Apply Time Management - An Ebook Excerpt

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM

An excerpt from the new ebook: The Medical Office Manager's Guide to Time Management 

Key tips, best practices, insights—we've shared a number of ways to better manage your medical practice. But if you're looking for guidance in getting better at time management, all in one place, you'll want to download the latest ebook on The Medical Office Manager's Guide to Time Management. Not only does this guide provide you with educational and informative gems, it also shares how to help put all of this great knowledge into practice. 

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

How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Medical Office

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 8, 2019 1:18:16 PM

Sexual harassment can be a tremendous liability in the workplace if not addressed properly. In a medical office environment it can have disastrous effects on both employee retention and patient care. Addressing the issue and implementing protocol to handle claims is essential. Creating an environment where employees can work without being harassed is fundamental. Making employees feel comfortable and ensuring that they are aware that they can report an incident-free of retaliation are key roles for the medical office manager.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical practice issues, medical office staff, sexual harassment

Identifying Medicare Overpayments and How to Resolve Them

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 1, 2019 4:22:44 PM

In a busy medical practice, the risk of error runs high. This is a dangerous assertion when you consider that mistakes in a medical record can negatively impact a patient’s health. Mistakes made repeatedly in medical claims may flag your practice for an audit and, if overpayments are found, can result in huge fines and penalties from the government.

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Topics: Practice management, PMI Certification, cmom certification, medical practice issues, medical fraud, medical billing, medicare

Emergency Preparedness: Addressing and Preventing Violence in the Workplace

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jul 11, 2019 6:00:18 PM

Every year nearly 2 million American workers are exposed to violence in the workplace. Astonishing as it sounds, experts say it’s just a fraction of the cases that take place; many incidents are never reported. The propensity for violence in the workplace has escalated in recent years, and notably in healthcare. From verbal abuse to physical violence, harassment, intimidation, and even homicide, healthcare and social service workers face threats to their safety at a more frequent rate than other professions.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, medical office, medical office manager topics, medical practice issues, medical office staff, workplace violence, emergency preparedness

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

7 Compliance Issues Medical Office Managers Must Navigate to Protect Their Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 12, 2019 12:02:06 PM

Maintaining compliance in a medical office is one of the most significant challenges that office managers face. With new regulations coming down the pipe, new employees to train, and policies to implement, it can be unnerving to stay on top of it all. To avoid healthcare fraud and abuse in the practice, the medical office manager must be knowledgeable and current with compliance laws and be equipped to manage issues when they arise.

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Topics: Practice management, PMI Certification, medical office manager topics, cmom certification, medical office compliance, medical practice issues