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.

May 17, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
With recognition that "the path through accountable care is unknown," IDC Health Insights has launched a new Accountable Care Maturity Model, designed to help healthcare organizations gauge their own status and make strategic decisions for funding business and IT initiatives.
May 16, 2013 | Amanda Guerrero - Contributing Writer
3 ways physician practices can empower staff
How do you engage employees and get them to feel committed to your practice? You do this by making sure that they are challenged, that they feel valued, and their role within your practice is important. Here are a few tips you can use to increase empowerment among your staff.
May 15, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
How BI can break the cycle of healthcare's Groundhog Day
To ensure that your organization or practice is capturing and implementing the best data out there, Health IT Summit panelists proffered the following tips and tricks to navigating through challenges and coming out on top by wielding proper business intelligence.
May 14, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
OIG strengthens authority on exclusions
The Office of Inspector General has the authority to exclude from participation in Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs persons who "have engaged in fraud or abuse and to impose civil money penalties (CMPs) for certain misconduct related to federal healthcare programs....
May 14, 2013 | David S. Brooks - Vice President, Client Services,
David Brooks
[Sponsored Content] Today’s practice manager is responsible for an effective marketing strategy, especially involving the website and (more importantly) the dozens of social media platforms that patients use to find doctors. To help you make good decisions about your web marketing programs, here...
May 13, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Double down on EHR and PQRS incentives
If you treat Medicare patients and bill for Part B services on the Physician Fee Schedule, you may be eligible for two incentive programs offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
May 13, 2013 | Xavier E. Martinez
Patient access to EHRs: How much is too much?
A recent Harris Interactive survey shows that 82 percent of physicians want patients to be active in their healthcare through electronic health records, but only 31 percent believe patients should have full access to their EHR record. Although there are clear benefits to providing patients access...
May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
How dates of service will affect ICD-10 coding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explains how you would handle submission of a claim in October 2014 for a service you provided in September 2014.
May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Complete testing urged for hepatitis C patients
Many people who test positive on an initial hepatitis C test are not receiving the necessary follow-up testing to determine if their body has cleared the virus or if they are still infected, according to Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). May 19...
May 08, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In his session at the Health IT Summit in Boston on May 7, Larry Garber, MD, outlined these steps as imperative to achieving success with any EHR system, drawing upon experience and even the institution of marriage to cement for practice managers a meaningful strategy into an EHR future.