Let’s face it — we’re all a little bit afraid of change and uncertainty. With a number of new regulations in the pipeline that will impact medical practices, many physicians are uneasy, perhaps rightly so. The most recent ruling establishes October 2014 as the deadline for ICD-10 compliance. The ICD-10 diagnosis code set will replace ICD-9, and expand the number of codes from 17,000 to approximately 141,000. With this announcement, many physicians and medical personnel are bracing themselves for what they fear is a complex labyrinth of documentation. Please take a look at our short animated video, “Big Challenges for Medical Practices” and review the findings from our national survey, “Attitudes Toward the Transition to ICD-10 and ANSI-5010.” We’d like [cont...]
(REUTERS) A divided Supreme Court upheld most of the Obama administration’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ruling that the law’s penalty for those who ignore a mandate to carry health insurance counted as a tax and was authorized under Congress’s power to raise and collect taxes. The federal-state Medicaid program was found unconstitutional, however, with the Court ruling that the federal government cannot impose sanctions on states’ existing Medicaid funding if the states decline to participate in the Medicaid expansion. The law was designed to bring health insurance to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans and to slow down increasing medical costs. How will this judgment impact the nation’s 691,000 physicians?* Today, we asked physicians around [cont...]
Having a video for your medical practice’s Facebook, blog or website is a great marketing tool! A video is a cost effective way to make your practice more well-known and build credibility. Following these easy instructions, you can create a simple and fun two-minute video for your practice using an iPad 2 and Apple’s iMovie App. In fact, the following instructional video was made using the same tools by our own video producer, Suban Dey. There are three parts necessary for complete video— (1) an interview, (2) short clips or pictures and (3) music. For the interview, rehearse three to four questions and answers that capture what you’re trying to communicate to your viewers. Decide which parts of the Q&A [cont...]
In a medical office building, it is important to both meet practical needs and make patients comfortable. Join us as we go on-site to Palmetto Health Council in Palmetto, GA where we learn from Jeffrey K. Griffin, a LEED certified architect at JKG Collaborative that specializes in health care facilities. Learn architectural qualities you can add when designing and building your new practice or what you can do to improve an existing practice. We’ll also discuss the importance of sustainability, trends in products and features, and learn what to avoid. Video Transcript: Lyndsey: Hi, I’m Lyndsey Coates and welcome to Nuesoft Technologies’ Medical Podcast Series. I’m here with Jeffrey Griffin of JKG Collaborative. It’s an architectural firm in Virginia [cont...]
Doctors decide to practice medicine for various reasons; maybe they experienced something as a child or they really just want to help people. But another major reason physicians practice medicine to earn a living and participate in, what is hopefully, a money-making business. The education of running a business, however, is not something taught in medical school. Any doctor about to start a practice, or join one, needs to have a basic knowledge in contracts, insurance and making money. Top selling author, Steven M. Hacker MD, discusses the business side of owning a practice and provides insight into what doctors should be on the lookout for before making the leap into a private practice. To watch the podcast in short segments click here. [cont...]
Let’s face it. There is a lot of competition in the practice management and EHR software field. One thing (among many) that sets Nuesoft apart from other vendors is that we are Mac compatible. There are very few vendors that can say that, making it a distinguishing characteristic. Currently, more than 75% of physicians have adopted iOS (iphone and ipad) devices which are Mac products. It stands to reason that with this adoption doctors are realizing the ease-of-use and simplicity Apple products offer, and may begin to use them more in their practices to streamline scheduling and billing. After hearing from lots of physicians that use Mac systems in their offices, Katie Matlack with Software Advice, a software comparison and [cont...]
Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the U.S., and is estimated to have the largest job growth by 2018. Check out these statistics about the healthcare industry. 14.3 million healthcare jobs for wage and salary workers. 50 percent of the fastest growing occupations are healthcare related. 43 percent of health-related jobs are in ambulatory care. Part-time workers made up about 20 percent of the healthcare workforce as a whole. Over the past 12 months, health care employment has grown by 299,000. *All statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Hiring an employee with a questionable or criminal background could be the worst nightmare for any medical practice, but some practice managers may not be taking all of the necessary steps to prevent this or other human resources mistakes. Nuesoft’s August podcast, “Reducing Liability and Improving Employee Satisfaction Through Strong HR Policies” explores some of the downsides of not having buttoned up hiring and HR processes, and offers tips for medical offices to avoid negligent hiring litigation and otherwise improve HR practices. According to Denise Algire, a consultant with Risk Navigation Group and the podcast’s featured speaker, when it comes to hiring, practices may not be as diligent as they need to be about screening providers and other potential employees. [cont...]
I recently wrote a guest post for Scrubs & Suits about how a physician can use Facebook and Google Places to promote his or her small practice. Scrubs & Suits is a new “independent destination for ALL healthcare industry professionals to connect, teach, learn and discuss issues we face in our careers.” Thanks to Angela from ScrubsandSuits for the opportunity and for reviewing the post! Read the full article here or below.
The Internet has become more than a place to merely search for the latest news story or write on your friend’s Facebook page; it has become a trusted destination for consumers to find health information. A recent Pew Research study shows that 80 percent of Internet-users are searching for health information online, making it the third most popular activity behind e-mail and use of search engines. It is important, now more than ever, to ensure that your practice has an online presence. “Creating an online presence for your practice is going to help you get found by consumers that are actively searching for information,” said Mike Volpe, chief marketing officer at Hubspot Inbound Marketing. “You will begin to be [cont...]