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

Phishing Emails Are a Huge Cybersecurity Risk

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jan 23, 2020 3:58:34 PM

Medical information is the number one prime target when it comes to cybersecurity hacks, FBI Computer Scientist Thomas Ervin at Practice Management Institute’s National Conference for Medical Office Professionals in December. A single click on a phishing email can turn a machine into a “slave,” as termed in the cybersecurity industry. Phishing email incidents are not new and have increased more than 200 percent. It has become so prevalent that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Division has set up a website to report phishing emails. Ervin, FBI Special Agent Raymond Martinez, and Cybersecurity Expert Richard Avery delivered an eye-opening demonstration to show how easy it can be for your personal and work data to be compromised by a hacker. Cybercriminals target all types of organizations and these experts warned that healthcare entities need to be especially vigilant.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, medical practice issues, medical fraud, medical identity theft, HIPAA compliance

How to Successfully Recruit and Select Qualified Healthcare Professionals for Your Medical Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Oct 3, 2019 1:04:27 PM

With patients to serve and open positions to fill recruiting qualified, caring healthcare professionals for your medical practice can be time consuming, overwhelming, and challenging. Learn how you can draw top talent and keep abreast of cutting-edge technology and new techniques with skilled, trained and knowledgeable employees. 

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Topics: Practice management, medical office staff, staff recruiting

HIPAA Compliance Checklists You Need Now to Safeguard Your Medical Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Sep 15, 2019 5:41:22 PM

Is your medical practice following current HIPAA compliance guidelines? Keeping track of current regulations is challenging and time consuming. But disregard for mandatory patient privacy laws can bring costly violations, fines, and penalties if a breach occurs. The following checklists outline important steps that organizations must take to secure Protected Health Information (PHI). Keep these checklists on hand to help keep your practice compliant.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical office staff, financial management, HIPAA compliance, HIPAA

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

Provider Time Management—7 Techniques for the Medical Office Manager

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 22, 2019 11:38:37 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

Managing Time: What Is Important vs Urgent?

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 16, 2019 3:15:18 PM

To be effective time administrators, concentration must be focused on what is important rather than what is urgent.

Learning to concentrate on the important reduces crises mode and urgency addictions. The important eventually becomes urgent, so the strategy is to act on the important before it becomes urgent. 

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

The Most Common HIPAA Compliant Transactions

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 15, 2019 5:50:23 PM

In today’s medical practice HIPAA regulations provide both guidance and compliance standards for all financial and administrative procedures involved when it comes to protected health information (PHI). With patient privacy on the line these standards cover all key transactions in which organizations collect, handle, and store their information. Complying with these standards will protect the medical practice against theft and violations along with helping to ensure their patient information is secure.

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

Protecting Patient Information w/ HIPAA Electronic Security Standards

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 11, 2019 4:55:48 PM

HIPAA Compliance can be a complex issue. Especially with advancements in technology and the rising prominence of social media and online reviews. However, there is a degree of solace in knowing that you are not alone in your quest to successfully navigate HIPAA requirements. Medical office managers across the country must be able to effectively understand the federal regulations that deal with protected health information (PHI).

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Topics: Practice management, medical office compliance, HIPAA compliance, HIPAA

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

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

7 Key Steps for Better Budget Planning in the Medical Office

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jul 17, 2019 12:01:59 PM

Managing the day-to-day finances and budgetary needs of a busy medical office is a huge responsibility. Medical office managers should have formal training in accounting and financial best practices like cost analyses, financial reports, and financial forecasts. Managing the budget is a major undertaking but learning this one skill will set you up for success in other areas of financial management.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, medical office manager topics, budget planning, financial management