Revisit the Top 16 Go Practice Blog Posts of 2016

Each year, I love to look back and pick the best blog posts of the year to share again. It’s a great way to get a quick recap on the hot topics of the past year as well as some of the best tips and tricks shared. Here are the picks for 2016!

  1. 5 Tips to Manage Patient Statements More Effectively: As the portion of A/R owed by patients grows, statements are playing a more important role in getting paid. Learn how to make the most of them to get paid faster.
  2. Independent Providers and Staff Share Thoughts on MACRA: Kareo surveyed independent practices about MACRA and found that most want to participate but still aren’t sure how or what the impact will be.
  3. What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Your Independent Practice?: As the election ended, the whole industry began considering what a Trump presidency would mean for healthcare. Kareo expert, Dr. Tom Giannulli weighed in with his thoughts.
  4. MACRA Final Rule – Is Your Practice Ready?: Industry expert and blogger, John Lynn, explained the impact of MACRA on small practices just weeks after the final rule came out.
  5. Practice Marketing Tip: How to Manage Reviews on Yelp: One of the most common concerns we hear about practice marketing is managing Yelp. Many providers and staff worry about getting positive reviews and mitigating negative ones. John Kim shares his tips for managing Yelp.
  6. Important ICD-10 Specialty Changes Coming as Code Freeze Ends: On October 1, 2017 the ICD-10 code freeze ended and many updates were made to ICD-10. This post shared some of the specifics for the most impacted specialties.
  7. ICD-10 Grace Period Coming to End: Along with the end of the code freeze, the one-year grace period that gave providers some flexibility with Medicare claims came to end. As of October 1, providers needed to be sure they coded to the highest specificity for ICD-10 to get paid.
  8. Infographic Looks at ROI of Patient Engagement: Kareo reviewed data from many sources to compile an infographic that shows where providers can tap into real financial returns with patient engagement strategies.
  9. Telehealth Software Can Impact Your Bottom Line: As telehealth use grows, many practices are trying to figure out if it makes sense to add it a service. This blog looks at how telehealth can have a positive impact on your practice.
  10. 10 Tips to Manage EHR Task Overload: More physicians are saying they feel the pressure of all the requirements placed on them by payers and the government. Many say EHRs are just one more burden. But there are many ways to mitigate the challenges and get more benefits from your EHR.
  11. Protect Your Practice Against Ransomware: In recent years cyberattacks on healthcare organizations have grown. Find out how to protect your practice from ransomware.
  12. Get Ready to Return Medicare Overpayments if You Find Them: As of March 14, 2016 physicians must report and repay Medicare overpayments within 60 days of identifying them. Practices are on the hook for all overpayments that they identify within six years of when the overpayment is received. Get some simple steps on finding those overpayments and returning them so you can stay compliant.
  13. Commercial Payers & Value-Based Reimbursement: MACRA has set a clear path for government payers towards more value-based reimbursement. This is just the next step in a series of programs over the past few years. Commercial payers have been on the same path and many plan to continue to grow these programs.
  14. New OCR Guidelines Remind Practices to Follow HIPAA: Guidelines released in 2016 help providers understand how to be HIPAA compliant and ensure they serve patients well.
  15. Are Your Practice’s Insurance Claims “Squeaky Clean”?: If you have been struggling with clean claims then this blog post is a good one to start the year off right. Follow these steps to clean up your claims and get paid faster and more accurately.
  16. An Ounce of Prevention for the Deductible Reset: Does it seem like your practice reception area transforms from Grand Central Station to Old West ghost town in the span of a few days from December to January? The deductible reset has many practices scrambling to serve patients eager to be seen before December 31—and scrambling to find patients to serve after January 1. Here are strategies you can use every year to keep patients coming in after the New Year.

Be on the lookout for more great tips and updates on Go Practice in 2017.

About the Author

Lea writes educational articles to help medical practices improve their businesses. In addition to Kareo, Lea has written for Medical Manager Health Systems, WebMD...

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