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Make sure your practice is taking advantage of one of the best tax breaks available to medical businesses today.
Protecting yourself from fraud and embezzlement has never been more important to the health of your medical practice. In recent years, the uncertain economy and rapid advancements in technology have led seasoned criminals and first-time embezzlers to find new opportunities to commit fraud.
Your practice should have an annual “People Practices” check-up.
As the April opening of University Hospital’s Sky Tower heralds the end of its nearly decade-long Capital Improvement Program, University Health System is positioned to lead south Texas into the new healthcare era.
An elder abuse prevention and intervention initiative now underway in San Antonio will provide area physicians with a toolkit to help them and their clinical staffs identify potential elder abuse victims.
Metabolic syndrome (MetS), defined by a group of symptoms that together raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and stroke, is becoming a health issue of increasing concern. MetS is tied closely to body weight, so as we see the rate of obesity rising, this syndrome is becoming more and more common. The American Heart Association estimates that 35 percent of U.S. adults have MetS.
Doctors are parents’ most trusted source of vaccine-safety information, and physicians say they’re spending more time during well-child visits educating parents about vaccines and addressing concerns. With the evolution of vaccinations, smallpox has been eradicated, and polio has substantially decreased worldwide. No other medical intervention has done more to save lives and improve quality of life.
As I wrote in a previous article concerning the HIPAA-mandated 5010 claims format, one of the primary reasons for the new format was to support ICD-10 codes. As my team and I work to make sure our products are ready to assist with the transition, much of what I read is negative and can be downright daunting. In fact, it is fairly difficult to find any “glass-half-full” view on the ICD-10 transition.
By now, you have heard of ICD-10 and know it is coming. You know it will affect not only your practice but our overall healthcare delivery system, too. Within this final period of preparations, I have had the opportunity to attend several ICD-10 seminars and training sessions geared toward preparing practices for implementation. With this article, I would like to explore ICD-10 from a practice administrator perspective and take a look at specific focus areas.
If you ask, many people will tell you they are not afraid of dying so much as afraid of outliving their resources. No one looks forward to the time when they can no longer care for themselves. When that time comes, the ability to live the best life possible will depend on preparations made today. We can work toward the best outcomes by exercising, eating right, staying mentally fit and financially preparing.
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Health literacy can save lives, save money and improve health. Many argue that healthcare reform cannot be successful without efforts to address health literacy, defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”
To say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare,” if you prefer) has had a troubled start and continues to deal with myriad problems and confusion would be an understatement. 
I have 10-year-old identical twin girls, Sarah and Kate. They look alike, sound alike and have very similar personalities. When I make my grocery list each week, Kate approaches me and says, “Mom, can you get dried bananas for me?”
Increased collaboration between states and federal government organizations is leading to more charges against physicians for their alleged participation in healthcare fraud.
In 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) sponsored a survey on physician financial preparedness. It should come as no surprise that the No. 1 financial concern irrespective of age, gender and specialty was retirement savings. How could it not be?
You have created your dream team — finally. You are scoring runs and winning games; players are getting along; and you see a real future. Then, out of nowhere, your shortstop decides to become a free agent and signs with your rival, and your catcher decides he wants to travel the world. Really?
In less than three years, CHRISTUS Westover Hills Orthopaedics has built a robust program founded upon expeditious evaluation and carefully designed treatment protocols.
The move to value-based purchasing is driving physicians to improve the quality of their results to maximize reimbursement by Medicare and other insurers. Many physicians assume that effective practice management is the key to running a successful practice.