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Creating No-Show Policies that Won’t Spook your Patients

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Halloween is coming, and while many are fretting over ghosts and goblins, medical offices are stressing over their biggest fear – no-shows! Missed appointments are a huge problem among all medical practices. From wasted time to loss of revenue, no-shows can throw the best planned day into turmoil. Studies show that even the best practices […]

Seven Tricks to Get Patients to Engage with Your Patient Portal

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Patient portals are an excellent way to share and exchange important information with patients in a safe and convenient manner. In theory, patient portals are great – if you can get your patients to utilize them. The first hurdle is getting patients to go through the process of registering! Keep reading for seven tricks to […]

Using Pain Awareness Month to Understand and Treat Arthritis Pain

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September is Pain Awareness Month and coping with pain can be one of the most difficult parts of living with arthritis. One of the most effective things we can do is teach patients to take their pain into their own hands. Educating them and helping them recognize what causes their pain will help them figure […]

Seven Ways to Attract New Patients to Your Practice

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While it’s important to maintain a relationship with your existing patients, it’s just as important to grow your practice with new patients. Regardless of what you have been told, promoting your practice and gaining new patients doesn’t have to be costly and time-consuming. Here are seven ways to attract new patients to your practice. Get […]

Five Tips for Keeping your Email Content Fresh

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The everyday management of a medical practice is time consuming. With all the responsibilities, who has time for emails? Emails may seem like a small detail, but with the pressures of a busy office, it’s essential that we make the most of our patient communication. Automating your messages keeps you connected and makes things easier, […]

Six Steps to an Excellent Team at Your Rheumatology Practice

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A quality team is key to any successful medical practice, but in rheumatology, it is essential. Whether you have a small practice or a huge clinic, implementing a few simple strategies will keep your office running smoothly and efficiently. Follow these six steps to create an excellent team at your rheumatology practice. Set a good […]

Three Tips for Maximizing your Rheumatology Clinic’s Social Media

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There is no denying that today’s fast-paced society loves being online. And while too much of anything can be a bad thing, the public’s affinity for social media isn’t always negative. Americans spend a lot of time connecting with people and businesses on social media, so utilize this and make it work for your practice. […]

Six Ways to Reduce No-Shows at Your Practice

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Missed appointments are a huge issue among all medical practices. From wasted time to loss of revenue, no-shows can throw the best planned day into a tailspin. While it’s impossible to eliminate no-shows completely, there are many ways they can be reduced. Keep reading for six ways to reduce no-shows at your practice. Utilize multiple […]

Five Ideas for Handling Employee Summer Vacation Requests

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Summer is officially here, and everyone wants to escape to a beach and listen to the waves crash upon the shore. But if all your employees act on this impulse at once, there will be no one around to manage your medical office. Handling employee summer vacation requests can be overwhelming, but with some set […]

4 Ways to Communicate with Patients Between Visits

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Connecting with patients should be a top priority for any medical practice. Communication is critical to providing a high level of quality care and establishing a strong patient-doctor relationship. As our society changes so do our patients and their needs. Today they are searching for better relationships and more open communication with their healthcare providers. […]

5 Ways to Thank Your Employees and Patients

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We all know it’s polite to use our manners, but many times the best of intentions can get lost in the chaos of a busy medical office. While a quick but heartfelt “thank you” may not seem important, employees and patients who feel unappreciated will start looking elsewhere for work and treatment. Unfortunately, frustrated employees […]

Five Ideas for Fixing Common Billing Errors

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Medical billing errors not only waste a lot of time, but will delay payments and raise red flags. While that’s the bad news, the good news is that many of these billing errors can be avoided. Here are five ideas for fixing common billing errors. Confirm patient information. Incorrect patient information is one of the […]

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