Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Manual helps small practices with new delivery models
A new chapter in an AMA "how-to" manual for physicians offers strategies for small physician practices to succeed in new payment and delivery models.
Physicians who wish to remain in private practice can discover ways to become part of larger clinically integrated organizations to facilitate more effective care coordination among the physicians in their community. The chapter outlines steps for success in the evolving health care environment, including standardizing the practice and using data to make practice improvements.
The chapter also explains how to develop a business strategy for a clinically integrated organization, build interest among other physicians, and evaluate legal and business structures for the organization.
Other chapters in the manual provide advice on topics ranging from accountable care organization governance to partnerships with hospitals and health insurers.
Automating the practice can increase profit and efficiency
A free daylong workshop July 23 in Fairfax, Va., will show physicians how to leverage new advances in information exchange that can ramp up practice performance and profitability.
Presented by the AMA, the Medical Group Management Association and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, the workshop features sessions on such timely topics as automating the claims revenue cycle, improving efficiency through practice management software and getting started with e-billing. Industry experts also will explain how recent regulatory changes can benefit the physician practice.
Learn more about the workshop and register.
Physicians can connect with their peers about this topic and others by joining the AMA's Paperless Practice Group (AMA login required), an online community of physicians, practice staff and others who are committed to practice efficiencies. The AMA also offers a series of archived webinars and toolkits on using electronic health care transactions to simplify the claims management process.