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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 […]

How to Optimize Patient Scheduling

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Patient scheduling may seem like a simple process, but there is often an expertise that is required to ensure patients are scheduled efficiently. Effective scheduling has a significant impact on a physician’s day, a patient’s care and a practice’s operation. A medical practice can be unpredictable and there will be things that are out of […]

Five Ideas for Preparing your Patients for Treatment

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Getting ready for different treatments can be a major source of anxiety for many patients. Making sure your patients are relaxed and comfortable will make them happier and in the end, will make your job easier. Happy and relaxed patients lead to a superior practice and a good bottom line. Here are five ideas for […]

Four Tips for Taking the Pain Out of Requesting Online Reviews

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Today, online reviews play a huge part in how patients choose their doctors. Online reviews are easy to access, convenient to use and perceived as unbiased by the majority of potential patients. Studies show that nearly 80 percent of patients read online reviews before choosing their provider. Unfortunately, nudging patients to share their opinion of […]

Six Tips for Spring Cleaning your Medical Facility

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Spring is in the air, and so is the mess that winter left behind. Now is the perfect time to purge, organize and deep clean. Let the season of new beginnings be the motivation to kick start a fresh new feel in your office. Not only will your office look and smell fresh, you’ll feel […]

How to Handle Patient Complaints

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It is impossible to make everyone happy all the time, and complaints are bound to happen within the medical field as often as in any other service industry. Disgruntled patients come with the territory and while you cannot eliminate potential issues completely, you can handle them in a way that benefits everyone. Follow these six […]

7 Ways to Decrease Patient Wait Times

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Wait times are a small part of each patient’s overall experience, but can be a huge concern the longer they last. Eliminating wait times completely is an unfortunate impossibility, but luckily there are effective strategies for reducing them. Here are seven ways to help decrease patient wait times, without compromising the quality of care. Gather […]

  • As a speaker at the first ad hoc meeting of rheumatology practice managers gathered in a single small room at its infancy a decade ago, I’m amazed to see how NORM has blossomed into a high energy organization of depth and professional meetings with parallel break-out symposia between plenary sessions. NORM has truly come of age. This is where the “business” of rheumatology gets learned. The ”guildmanship” for rheumatology practice management is now strong.- Paul H. Caldron, DO, FACP, FACR, MBA, Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates
  • In a time of demanding changes in the management of medical practices in the US, NORM has been a lifesaver to the community of Rheumatology practices.  NORM has allowed our practice to stay ahead of the many demands of CMS and others payors and has ensured that our practice remains cognizant of new issues that arise in HIPPA compliance, human resources and medical billing to name a few. Sending our Practice Manager to NORM's conferences has been cost-effective and beneficial to our practice because she returns to our office with an abundance of information that otherwise would have taken months to compile. Every Rheumatology practice that wishes to stay on top of emerging issues in practice management should consider sending a member of their staff to NORM's conference.- Michael S. Rosen M.D., Chester County Rheumatology PC
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