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Social Media Medical Compliance Tips

Physicians and practitioners understand communication is the key in maintaining a good relationship with their patients. Honest, sincere, dialogue has always been a precursor to successful management of health. Recent studies show that when a patient opens up and talks to their doctor, they have a better perception about themselves and the issues they may be facing. The question remains, how can we open different channels of communication and still…
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How to Stop Herding Cats and Start Gearing Up for ICD-10

Save the Date! ICD-10 goes live on October 1st, 2013, 2014, 2015! The third time's the charm! Now that there's a new compliance date, you may be wondering what's next.  This is the time to take action and start testing not only your claim files, your whole process.  A large focus has been placed on the changes coders will be facing, but coders are only as good as the information…
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Breast Cancer Awareness: Exposing the Myths and Uncovering the Facts

As you may be aware, breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women and 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Until the mid to late 1960s there was no specific test for breast cancer. Although x-rays were discovered in 1895, it was in 1956 that Robert Egan, a radiologist, developed a special film technique. The first mammogram machine was…
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Digital Communication Poses Possible Security Risks & How You Can Protect Your Practice

Microsoft's Southeast headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., hosted an InfraGard seminar where former Whitehouse CIO, Theresa Payton gave some interesting statistics. New forms of Malware are found ever 90seconds (most re-engineered) and anti-virus programs only catch a third of them. Two-thirds of breaches are due to human error with ninety percent of them coming from clicking on a bad link. Although these stats are chilling, the recent increase of hackings has…
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Physician Rating Websites Influence Patient Acquisitions

Patients are increasingly researching doctors, the question is: are they finding your practice, or your competition’s? “It’s important that when patients go to search for a service or procedure online, that your practice comes up,” explains Katie Robbins, Director of Marketing for Charlotte Radiology at the May 2014 Radiology Summit. If and when these patients see your practice online, are they viewing positive or negative information? With sites like RateMDs.com,…
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Electronic Health Records: 5 Things You Should Know

Healthcare reforms, government incentives and Meaningful Use are just a subset of the driving factors nudging healthcare providers to adopt electronic health records at astounding rates. Here are 5 things you should know while researching, vetting and considering a new EHR or a migration to a new EHR platform. 1. Sustainability. The most important factor to consider when selecting an EHR for your practice is the viability of the platform…
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Social Engagement for the Medical Industry

In this ever changing landscape of social media, the medical world is seeing the benefits of using social media as a marketing tool. Many physician groups are using Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to grow their practice and earn patient referrals. From the small country doctor, to large hospital groups, the use of social media is becoming a powerful way to engage patients. So what is social media and how can…
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