For patients living with chronic illness, palliative care may be a viable option to help improve their quality of life. However, raising the subject can often be difficult and uncomfortable. Approaching the discussion with empathy and compassion can ...
Denial management isn't always easy for a growing private practice. You may think you're doing everything possible to submit clean, accurate claims to payers, yet denials still persist. How can you implement systems to prevent denials while also improving your appeals strategy? How can you help patients who are upset after an initial denial? These tips should help bridge the gap between what's best for your practice's administrative policies and what's best for your patient base.
We've been talking about the physician shortage in the United States for nearly a decade now, but the problem is becoming more acute as the overall population ages faster than we can train doctors. By 2025, we will likely have a provider shortage of anywhere from 46,000 to 90,000 physicians, according to a report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC. The degree of the shortage is projected to vary by specialty, with surgical specialists experiencing the biggest lack of professionals. The shortage burdens providers trying to fit more patients into the same amount of time, causing burnout for physicians and longer wait times for patients.
After a long week, you arrive home on Friday night excited for the weekend ahead, but maybe you're also feeling fatigued. The cumulative stress of caring for patients is catching up to you. Of course, as a trained physician, you know the cure: you drink a lot of water, eat a small dinner of veggies and lean proteins, and then go to bed. You wake up ready to take on the weekend.
Just like with apps in general, the use of mobile health (mHealth apps is a rising technological trend. Just look at the figures: There are more than 100,000 health apps offered by Apple and Android, according to mobile market research firm Research2Guidance. The firm also estimates that 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users worldwide will have downloaded mobile health apps of some kind by 2018.
Telemedicine is a burgeoning, integral component of health care that's supported by the American Medical Association. It is formally defined by the American Telemedicine Association as "the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications" through "a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smartphones, wireless tools, and other forms of telecommunications technology."
Have you taken the time to think about ICD-10 lately? While your eyes may automatically glaze over at such a prospect -- not to mention the fact that your practice is probably seriously busy at the moment -- it's important that your record keeping is up to date with current standards.