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

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 22, 2021 2:51:28 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 certification course. 

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

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

4 Reasons Why It’s Time to Get a CMOM Certification

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 26, 2021 4:18:01 PM

As the pandemic fades, medical practices are adapting to a different work climate post-pandemic. You could say the “next normal” is far from normalcy as medical office managers struggle to hire and retain employees and continue to work through ongoing challenges like getting patients back to receive services, managing a reduction in cash flow, and watching for post-pandemic reimbursement and business process revisions.

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

Tips for Better Revenue Cycle Management in a Medical Office

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 12, 2021 6:44:51 PM

How would you characterize the success of your medical office? Is it a steady flow of patients, low denials, providers that take an active role in the business, a great clinical and administrative team? How about the financial health of the practice? It’s hard to guide the ship in the right direction when you are too busy plugging holes in the galley.

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Topics: Practice management, Practice cash flow, medical practice issues, financial management

How to Negotiate Payer Contracts: Expert Insights for Your Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on May 10, 2021 6:22:38 PM

Contract review is a delicate dance but doing your homework and negotiating for a better deal helps to achieve a better outcome, says healthcare attorney, Heidi Kocher, JD, MBA, CHC, of DC-based Law Firm, Liles Parker. Before you start the negotiation process, here are a few things to consider.

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Topics: Practice management, contract negotiation, payer contract, carrier contract, value proposition, carrier contract guidelines, Heidi Kocher, medical practice benchmarking

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

Telehealth a Lifeline for Medical Practices: Proceed with Caution Say Experts

Posted by Nancy Clements on Apr 14, 2021 11:30:00 AM

Pay careful attention to the latest reimbursement, compliance guidelines, and waivers as you integrate telehealth into patient care, experts warn. As the newness wears off, denials could start rolling in if you aren't watching the updates closely. 

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Topics: Practice management, Practice cash flow, medical office compliance, medical practice issues, medical billing

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

Practice Transformation Coach Debbie Rozanski Shares Tips to Beat Stress & Gain Confidence

Posted by Nancy Clements on Mar 25, 2021 11:01:16 AM

When demands at work leave you overwhelmed or exhausted, knowing where to turn for support is important before stress builds and spreads into other areas of your life. Relief starts with giving up some control, said Practice Transformation Coach Debbie Rozanski.

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

Consolidating Debt in a Medical Office

Posted by Rodney Brand on Sep 16, 2020 8:30:00 AM

When the economy is strong, the retail industry experiences growth. However, that extra consumer cash does not always flow into the medical industry. That is because for most consumers, budgeting for healthcare is lower priority, and high deductibles put cost of care out of reach for many Americans. Consumers are more reserved when it comes to healthcare, often seeking the least expensive approach to care.

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Topics: Practice management, Practice debt, Practice cash flow

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

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