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 06, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Adapting to meaningful use
One of the biggest challenges of meaningful use is getting acclimated to the change in workflow, according to Mike Jordan, MD, of East Lake Pediatrics P.A. in Trinity, Fla. Even though the practice has been using an EMR since 2004, staff still had to adjust to how they were using the technology to...
May 02, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
What you should know about EHR incentive audits
Elizabeth Holland, director of the HIT Initiatives Group within CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services, shares details about pre- and post-payment audits currently underway and expected to impact between 5 and 10 percent of eligible providers who have attested for meaningful use.
May 01, 2013 | Samantha McCollough - Marketing Manager at iDatix
EHRs and mobility: Getting it right from the start
The key to successful EHR and mobile adoption is that it is done through the right approach. Read on for three essentials to getting started on a positive track.
April 30, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Aligning with vendors on ICD-10 readiness
In an electronic update issued April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offered the following list of questions that will assist you in assessing your vendor's capabilities in preparation for the ICD-10 transition. The agency also provided tips for keeping communications open...
April 30, 2013 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
Mitigating the inevitable EHR productivity dip
Even though EHR systems, when properly selected and deployed, will inevitably drive up physician productivity over time, research shows that productivity does decline for a while after implementation. The key to surviving it is to take steps to mitigate that decline and keep it as brief as possible...
April 29, 2013 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
When it comes to privacy and data security, healthcare entities face tremendous exposure to regulatory violations and monetary damages. William Tanenbaum, partner at New York-based technology law firm Kaye Scholer LLP, offers 6 recommendations that can help ensure better data security.
April 25, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
How to report for MU if you switch EHR vendors
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your meaningful use status if you were to change EHR vendors? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the EHR Incentive Programs, has an answer for you.
April 25, 2013 | Stephen Snyder - President of MTBC
3 tips for getting your PHR to stick
Although patients want online access to their records and the features that come with PHRs, getting patients to actually adopt the technology and use it in a meaningful way takes upfront planning. The good news is that it is possible. Here are three tips for your practice to consider when...
April 25, 2013 | Andrew Pashman - Director of Business Development, VitalHealth Software
Getting ready for emerging care models
There are a number of things physician practices can be doing right now to prepare to participate in value-based care delivery models. Preparation falls into three areas: people, processes and technology. This article will focus on the foundational technology layer or "table stakes"...
April 23, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
How an EHR helps with practice efficiency
At East Lake Pediatrics in Trinity, Fla., the practice's electronic health record streamlines operations in a number of areas. From providing fast access to patient charts to preventing duplication and unnecessary visits, here's how the practice's EHR keeps patients and staff happy.

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