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18
Dec

The Single Largest Source of HIPAA Breaches in 2013: Personal Electronic Devices

“The loss of PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices), whether maliciously, or unintentionally, created the single largest source of HIPAA breaches in 2013.”

We are fortunate to live in a world of portable convenience. Our personal schedule syncs with our work schedule which syncs with our phones. At the same time, we have access to our email from phones, tablets, and laptops. And how easy has texting made our work lives? Running late in surgery? Simply text your assistant that Mary’s surgery is running longer than expected and that you’ll be delayed getting back to the office.
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16
Dec

Qualify For Section 179 Tax Credit by Purchasing patientNOW Before Year’s End

By purchasing patientNOW software before the end of the year, you’re eligible to RECEIVE A $500,000 CREDIT ON YOUR TAXES! Call us today at 888-644-2987 to learn more.

Updated Dec 17, 2014 –  H.R. 5771 (the Tax Extenders Bill) passed by the House on Dec 3, 2014 was voted on and passed by the Senate on Dec 16, 2014 retroactively expanding the Section 179 deduction limits thru 12/31/2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE> Only this 2014 tax year will be covered by this measure – therefore it is a good business decision for many to buy/finance equipment immediately to make the December 31, 2014 cutoff for the write-off provisions.

Repeat, this new provision does NOT cover tax year 2015, the law covers tax year 2014 only

Keep up with the Bill that reinstates the limit on Section 179 to $500,000 as well as reinstates 50% Bonus Depreciation: H.R. 5771: Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (aka Tax Extenders Bill)

Technically, the bill is a one-year, retroactive extension of the tax breaks, even though it only lasts through the end of the month. This site will be updated to reflect these changes shortly.

16
Dec

Connecticut Law Changes Requirements for Medical Spas

A law effective on October 1, 2014, requires that all medical spas employ – either on staff or by contracting for services – a physician, physician’s assistant (PA) or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). It also mandates that at least one of those medical professionals perform an initial physical assessment of every med-spa client before any procedure is performed. For more information, click the article here.

With the new law, medical spas will need to look at their patient workflow, and add precautions and standard operating procedures to safeguard themselves.

Having a proper medical records and practice management system in place will also be paramount. Here are some things to consider if you are instituting a new EMR system into your medical spa:
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10
Dec

A Portion Of December Sales To Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation

We’re donating a portion of our December sales to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation to support one of our very own who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer!
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12
Sep

3 Ways an EMR Can Improve Your Practice

How EMR Can Improve Your Practice
Making sure your practice runs smoothly can be a challenge when you are using folders full of paper documents to maintain patient records or outdated software programs to handle billing and scheduling tasks. Making the switch to a paperless office by digitizing patient records and implementing a document management system for easy sharing of photos and other media can help to streamline many day-to-day activities — and also reduce overall costs.

Here are three ways an EMR, or electronic medical records system, can improve your practice:

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4
Sep

Plastic Surgery Center Return on Investment

Busy Plastic Surgery Center Finds Great Return on Investment with PatientNOW

Before we even began our office renovations, we decided to transition from a problematic Practice Management software and purchase PatientNOW. Our decision was to make this comprehensive aesthetic software the digital foundation for our practice since it is intuitive and easy to use.

All of our staff was required to participate on the personal on-line staff training modules provided by PatientNOW. And when we were ready to “Go-Live” Haley Wierima, PatientNOW’s Director of Training, was at our practice to make sure the implementation went seamlessly. My fear of this being a difficult transition turned out to be a fairly painless process at our practice.

When we were ready to initiate additional functionality we didn’t need to purchase a new module since their
pricing is all inclusive. So we paid to have Haley come to our office again which turned out to be one of the best investments we could make. And their free monthly training webinars have challenged us to use more and
more of all that PatientNOW offers.

In doing a phased implementation of PatientNOW we have been able to put into practice various portions
of this comprehensive solution in bite sized pieces. PatientNOW’s training staff has worked with us, at our
pace, so that we are now beginning to get a great return for our investment.

About PatientNOW

PatientNOW is the one EMR and Practice Management solution with patient acquisition and retention (PAR) that provides everything you need for your Dermatology, Plastic Surgery or Aesthetic Practice. From initial contact through delivery of services and beyond, PatientNOW tracks and documents every step. It automates patient follow-up, offers a handy patient portal, and simplifies appointment scheduling, encounter notes, clinical data entry and access, photo archiving and management, e-prescribing, lab orders, patient surveys, price quotes, invoices, gift cards, and birthday and procedure reminders. Increase your revenue and run your practice more efficiently.

PatientNOW offers a complete Certified EMR, allowing you to receive reimbursement up to $39,000. We guide you through the whole process.

For more information, please contact us at 888-644-2987 or visit our website.

4
Sep

Dermatologist Saves Keystrokes and Cash with PatientNOW

Dermatology Practice Saves Time and Money with PatientNOW Electronic Health Records System

When opening her own practice in 2012, Encinitas, California-based dermatologist Heidi Gilchrist, M.D., chose PatientNOW for several bottom-line reasons.

Part of PatientNOW’s appeal stemmed from its affordability. Compared to an electronic health record (EHR) package considered the Cadillac of the industry, she says, PatientNOW cost 2/3 less. “For a solo private practice, that’s much more feasible.”

PatientNOW also came highly recommended by a colleague, Dr. Gilchrist reports. Furthermore, the group practice that she left had begun installing a competitor’s EHR system, and she was “not fond of it – mainly because it didn’t allow free text.” For progress notes and other documents, she explains, the system offered a drop-down menu of predetermined phrasing that resulted in robotic-sounding notes.

“Those notes look bad when you send them to other doctors. And they made every patient sound the same, so that when patients returned, I couldn’t remember who they were.”

Moreover, she says that the number of mouse manipulations required to enter the prefabricated verbiage into templates sandbagged her productivity.

“Every time I remove my hand from the keyboard, I slow down. Every time I have to use the mouse, I slow down. It’s much faster if I can work mainly from the keyboard,” entering unique verbiage of her own creation, such as “Mr. Smith presented with a bump on the knee…. We removed it today. And by the way, he has 3 grandchildren who play lacrosse.”

Templates customized by PatientNOW for her practice help as well. For example, “If I’m going to treat a wart, I pick out a ‘progress note for a wart’ template and describe exactly what I did.” Additionally, PatientNOW provides custom text plug-ins for verbiage that doesn’t vary from one wart case to the next– such as postsurgical care instructions. “That way, I don’t have to type it every single time.”

Regarding the new patient portal Dr. Gilchrist says, “Remote completion of the patients’ demographics, insurance information, and consent forms alone has cut my front desk staff’s work for a new patient to almost zero. This has markedly decreased patients’ perception of time wasted waiting while my staff entered their data. Plus, it makes my practice seem very modern and efficient to new patients.”

Similarly, a patient portal allows patients to enter their demographic information, insurance details and consent forms from home. Previously, the practice could not gather this information until patients arrived. Then they would fill out paper forms that staff members had to type into patient records.

With PatientNOW, “We can e-mail any new patient a secure link. They can go to the portal, create a username and password, and enter their own information” such as allergies, medical history and what concern prompted their call. “Having patients type in this information themselves saves us a ton of time.” The patient portal also allows the practice to satisfy Medicare’s requirements for online accessibility with minimal hassle (her practice is 75% medical, 25% aesthetic).

When the patient arrives for the appointment, staff members check him or her in, and the appointment proceeds as usual, but with a staff member entering data such as blood pressure, height and weight readings into PatientNOW in real time.

After examining the patient and making treatment recommendations, Dr. Gilchrist says, “I go back to my office and create a superbill electronically. In the ‘problem list’ section of PatientNOW, I make a running list of the patient’s problems for myself. Then I write the patient a progress note,” which is where the custom templates and free text come in handy.

Additionally, the system allows her to prescribe electronically. “I also record whether I give patients any handouts about sunscreens, foot care or other topics. I then put the patient in the treatment pathway,” which automatically sets up return appointment reminders based on the patient’s condition. For example, “Patients with melanoma must come back in 6 months.” As that time approaches, PatientNOW generates a prompt for staff members to schedule return appointments with such patients.

As for other functions, she says, “My staff likes the PatientNOW scheduling software. It works well. We can color code the schedule based on which patient is coming in for what reason.”

For retail sales, “I track my inventory with PatientNOW. It has a little pop-up window that tells us, ‘you have 2 units left. It’s time to reorder.’”

Dr. Gilchrist also creates patient invoices and collects payments through PatientNOW. “And at the end of the day, I can print a summary sheet – that’s how I balance my business. I make sure that all the money that came into PatientNOW matches the actual cash, checks and credit card slips in the office.”

She even uses PatientNOW to generate a list of patient names and e-mail addresses to which she sends monthly newsletters. Regarding periodic EHR upgrades, “PatientNOW does that for me. They’ll log on overnight. The next morning, everything is upgraded. It all goes smoothly, and I don’t have to do anything.”

For such reasons, says Dr. Gilchrist, “I’m very happy with PatientNOW. It’s very comprehensive.”

About PatientNOW

PatientNOW is the one EMR and Practice Management solution with patient acquisition and retention (PAR) that provides everything you need for your Dermatology, Plastic Surgery or Aesthetic Practice. From initial contact through delivery of services and beyond, PatientNOW tracks and documents every step. It automates patient follow-up, offers a handy patient portal, and simplifies appointment scheduling, encounter notes, clinical data entry and access, photo archiving and management, e-prescribing, lab orders, patient surveys, price quotes, invoices, gift cards, and birthday and procedure reminders. Increase your revenue and run your practice more efficiently.

PatientNOW offers a complete Certified EMR, allowing you to receive reimbursement up to $39,000. We guide you through the whole process.

For more information, please contact us at 888-644-2987 or visit our website.

26
Aug

Great Return on Investment for Plastic Surgery Office

Practice Management Software & ROI ROI Improved at Plastic Surgery Office

Before we even began our office renovations, we decided to transition from a problematic Practice Management software and purchase PatientNOW. Our decision was to make this comprehensive aesthetic software the digital foundation for our practice since it is intuitive and easy to use. All our staff was required to participate on the personal on-line staff training modules provided by PatientNOW. And when we were ready to “Go-Live” Haley Wierima, PatientNOW’s Director of Training, was at our practice to make sure the implementation went seamlessly. My fear of this being a difficult transition turned out to be a fairly painless process at our practice. When we were ready to initiate additional functionality we didn’t need to purchase a new module since their pricing is all inclusive. So we paid to have Haley come to our office again which turned out to be one of the best investments we could make. And their free monthly training webinars have challenged us to use more and more of all that PatientNOW offers.

PatientNOWS inventory feature calculates cost per surgery, improving margins

In doing a phased implementation of PatientNOW we have been able to put into practice various portions of this comprehensive solution in bite sized pieces. PatientNOW’s training staff has worked with us, at our pace, so that we are now beginning to get a great return for our investment. Roxanne Durkin Plastic Surgery   Roxanne Engel Durkin, PhD Director of Operations Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery Vero Beach, FL www.oceandriveplasticsurgery.com

17
Jul

Book Offer

Subliminally ExposedHave you ever wondered how competing practices are able to charge a higher rate for certain procedures than what you are charging?

Dr. Steven H. Dayan’s new book, Subliminally Exposed, describes why patients pay higher rates based on perceived value of service.

PatientNOW understands the importance of increasing your practice revenue and we would like to show you how we can help.

Allow us to have 30 minutes of your time for a web meeting and I will send you a complimentary copy of the New York Times Bestseller, Subliminally Exposed.

Subliminally Exposed becomes a New York Times Best Seller making it’s debut at #9.

 

2
Jun

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