November 29th 2023
Physician details her journey from sustaining career-ending injury to insurance advocate.
September 27th 2023
Discover how advocacy can impact your clinical work and ultimately patient care.
September 26th 2023
Sometimes, the best job for you is the one you create.
September 25th 2023
On the 'Negotiations' episode of RWO: The Podcast, Dr. Lisa Nijm joins Drs. Nicole Bajic and Grayson Armstrong to discuss personal experiences with contract negotiation.
September 24th 2023
Corneal wound burn is a critical, yet often overlooked, complication in cataract surgery. Recognizing early signs is crucial.
Profiling: Defining the link between quality, cost of care
Health insurance payers are rating their providers by the efficiency of the care delivered, and are beginning to steer patients to the most cost-effective care providers. However, cost-effectiveness does not always equate to high quality, and there are a number of potential problems inherent in the insurance companies' methodologies that make this a disturbing trend for physicians.
The new rules for personal finances
The upheaval in our current economy is changing the ground rules for skillful handling of personal finances. Some of the time-honored methods for building and maintaining a secure financial future for you and your family need to be modified while today's unpredictable financial crisis runs its course. Here are seven tips from the experts that will help you to come out on top once the financial storm has abated.
Real-time messaging connects eye-care practices to patients
San Francisco-A practice-to-patient communication service from Smile Reminder helps vision-care providers communicate directly with patients by automatically sending text or e-mail messages.
Surgical instrument continuing education programs launched
San Francisco-Bausch & Lomb Storz Ophthalmic Instruments recently launched two new continuing education programs available at www.StorzOphthalmicCE.com. Participants will receive contact hours approved by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution Inc., the International Association for Healthcare Central Service Material Management, and the Texas Nurses Association.
Ways to reduce the pressure (of the recession on your practice, that is)
San Francisco-If you had a very ill patient, you would examine his or her vital signs frequently. The same holds true when the "patient" is the U.S. economy, said John B. Pinto, of the ophthalmic practice management consulting firm J. Pinto & Associates.
iScience launches Web site for surgeons
iScience Interventional has launched a new surgeon support Web site, called iForum, that can be viewed at www.iforummd.com, according to a release issued by the company.
CareCredit lowers interest rate on payment plan
In a response to the current economic woes plaguing the United States, CareCredit has reduced the interest rate on its 24-month, no-interest plan by 50% through the end of this month, said the company in a prepared statement.
Electronic prescribing Medicare bonus in '09
Physicians can receive a 2% bonus for e-prescribing and participating in the Physician's Quality Reporting Initiative, adding up to a potential 4% bonus to participating doctors in 2009. This year, program participation is not mandatory, but in 2012, physicians will be penalized –1% for not e-prescribing.
Recovery audit contractor's focus on low-hanging fruit may turn to specialties
Federal regulators have judged the first phase of the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program a success, but the controversial plan promises potential headaches for physicians as it goes forward. In response to the initial success, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in October its plan to expand the program to a dozen new states in the first quarter of 2009. By January 2010, all 50 states will be in RAC's crosshairs.
Eye-care position receives new classification
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology announced in a prepared statement that it has received approval for a separate occupational classification, ophthalmic medical technician, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor's 2010 Standard Occupational Classification committee.
Implementing an electronic prescribing system
This is the personal experience of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) implementation presented by Cindy Maddox, MD, FACS, director of glaucoma services and vice chairwoman at the New England Eye Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston and member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's health policy committee.
Eye-care position receives new classification in occupational listing
The Standard Occupational Classification listing encompasses all three levels of JCAHPO certification: certified ophthalmic assistant, certified ophthalmic technician, and certified ophthalmic medical technologist, the organization said.
Pfizer to disclose compensation of U.S. health-care professionals, others
Pfizer will disclose publicly its compensation of U.S. health-care professionals for consulting, speaking engagements, and clinical trials by early next year on the company’s Web site, according to a prepared statement from the company.
Use technology to improve your contact lens practice
Contact lens practices are probably feeling the effects of more and more patients simply taking their prescriptions and buying their lenses on the Internet. But, if contact lens fitting is a valuable service that you offer and you want to improve your productivity and profitability, then you might want to make a few changes. Using the Internet to send email updates to patients, ordering supplies online, and giving patients the option to purchase on your Web store will make a big difference in your practice.
Category III codes provide key to new technologies
Ophthalmologists are well acquainted with the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), but many ophthalmologists are only familiar with CPT's "Category I" codes. It is important for ophthalmologists to understand code Category III, since many eye-care services have appeared or will appear in this category.
Talents do not always transfer to other areas
Everyone is given a special talent, which, if developed, can allow them to perform their talent really well. This explains why there are great singers, superb artists or musicians, and gifted mechanics, to name a few professions. Those talents often are limited to that particular setting, however; they are not always transferable into another area.
Competitive acquisition program had a good premise but plan halted
After 2 years, the federal government's voluntary Competitive Acquisition Program has been put on hold as of January.
Take stock: Where have we been, and where are we going?
This is the time of year that my administrator asks me: "So, where are we going in the new year? What I have finally come to learn is that instead of asking, "Where are we going?" it is more valuable to ask, "Where have we been?"
Retina Tool: Strategic plans help retina practice
Amid adding partners, opening new offices, and managing unprecedented growth, Mid Atlantic Retina turned to a consulting firm (Advantage Administration Inc.) to develop a strategic plan for the ensuing years.
Micromanaging or delegating: Which is better for the business?
Most physicians micromanage when a problem occurs in the office, instantly analyzing the issue and announcing the changes they want colleagues and staff to make. However, employees on the front line in factories, doctors' offices, etc., have more information, and often can come up with better solutions than the "all-knowing" manager. Delegation helps employees learn from the problem-solving experience, and that makes them more valuable.
Let the government bail you out
The recent developments in 2008 have left many of us with less wealth than we had just a year ago. The purpose of this article is to highlight a few tactics for regaining some of your lost wealth.
Dissatisfied LASIK patients can be handled, prevented by using honed communication skills
Skillful physician-patient communication is paramount to successful prevention and management of dissatisfied LASIK patients.
Post-LASIK quality of life to undergo FDA trial
A national prospective study is being planned to evaluate post-LASIK quality of life outcomes in a clinical setting. The trial is being coordinated by representatives from the FDA, the National Eye Institute (NEI), the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and it will be executed in accordance with the rules governing FDA and NEI clinical trials.
Projecting optimism in the ophthalmology practice while acknowledging reality
Some speculate that the current economic crisis is a result of financial institutions' misplaced optimism and trust in their companies. Ophthalmologists, who run practices, departments, divisions, etc., have to strike the right balance between sharing and recognizing the realities of whatever problems organizations face, and express the confidence that they can be overcome if the right things are done.
New specialty research site launched
Vision Research Center (VRC), an online research site where experts in the ophthalmic community and patients can share their experiences and opinions concerning technology and therapies, has launched, according to a prepared statement.
Web site launched for those who have cataracts
Alcon Inc. has launched an online educational resource for people who have cataracts, and their caregivers.
Medicare Part D open enrollment continues through Dec. 31
Open enrollment for Medicare Part D drug plans began Nov. 15 and will continue through Dec. 31.
Choosing the right state of mind for the practice
In the workplace, employee relations can be improved by giving and receiving positive strokes, having adult-to-adult transactions more often, and getting rid of unproductive competitiveness.
Analysis: Did you see this coming?
We're to the point that medical care for our children is a discretionary item, less of a priority than digital cable. Blurry vision from a cataract is something that can be dealt with next year or whenever the economy sorts itself out. While it may be impossible to peer into the future, it increasingly appears that accessing medical care may not be the recession-proof priority for Americans that it has been in the past.
Beyond intelligence, look for potential employees with 'wanna' when hiring
Once you get employees to realize that their success or failure ultimately is up to them, the pressure is off you as a manager. The pressure is squarely in the place it needs to be: on the employees. Your only job then becomes augmenting their growth with the tools they need to be the hardest-working technicians you ever will have.
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