Best Practices

Distinct from our daily news coverage, Best Practices articles on PhysBizTech provide actionable advice on the business of running your practice. This page serves as your go-to source for all of our Best Practices content, chronologically arranged with the most recent articles at the top. You can sign up for our weekly Best Practices e-newsletter by clicking here.

June 21, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Familiar clinical concepts should ease ICD-10 transition
Clinicians already document a patient's chart with more information than an ICD-9 code can capture, an update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pointed out. Here's why you should review your most often-used ICD-9 codes.
June 20, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Do you test seniors for HIV?
Risk of HIV infection does not diminish with age, according to the Department of Health & Human Services. In fact, in 2011, there were over 2,000 newly reported cases of HIV among individuals aged 60 and over. Medicare beneficiaries are covered for preventive services such as screening for HIV...
June 20, 2013 | MedAxiom
Megatrends: Where healthcare is headed
Joel Sauer, vice president of consulting at MedAxiom Consulting, travels to healthcare organizations throughout North America, guiding them on how the changes in the healthcare environment will affect their ability to serve patients, while remaining profitable. Here, he shares eight overarching...
June 19, 2013 | Richard Pizzi - Editorial Director
Monitor revenue to strengthen your bottom line
Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG), which operates in the highly competitive Dallas-Ft. Worth healthcare marketplace, follows five metrics it considers critical to physician revenue performance. Read on to learn the metrics THPG uses to track how its revenue cycle is working.
June 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Leading with the heart, head and hands
Barbara Trautlein, PhD, author of "Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks," offers a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of three leadership styles and provides a coaching suggestion for each.
June 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS' Rob Anthony answers questions on payment adjustments
Medicare eligible professionals who do not demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to a payment adjustment beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Rob Anthony, CMS' deputy director of the HIT Initiatives Group, explains what you should know about payment adjustments...
June 14, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
For many conditions, bias exists as a prominent symptom, whether it comes from within and/or all around. With lung cancer patients in particular, the effect and affect of biases seem especially strong, an assertion given even more bulk by the latest findings from The Lung Cancer Project.
June 14, 2013 | David S. Brooks - Vice President, Client Services,
David Brooks
[Sponsored Content] Every practice owner who's tried Google AdWords has heard a horror story about someone spending thousands of dollars and getting nothing. The fact is that pay-per-click (PPC) marketing is extremely expensive only if you do it wrong. Here are six important concepts to follow...
June 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
New FAQs address ICD-10 billing concerns
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted new entries on its FAQ website regarding the submission of ICD-10 claims around the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. The FAQs update previous information, according to CMS, and explain how to split claims for services that span the transition...
June 13, 2013 | MedAxiom
Practice integration: 'No obstacles in our way'
Paul Freier, MD, FACC, explains that his 15-physician cardiology practice sets its own daily work schedule two years after integration with Adventist Health Midwest System. "I think, for the most part, this is the model," he observes.