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READER TIPS

New referrals come from a visit, a folder, and chocolate cookies

When a new manager took over the office of a Miami gastroenterology practice, the office had just lost two physicians and needed to…


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COMPLIANCE

Manage your medical office’s holiday party liability risks

You may be hosting a big holiday party for your employees this December. And, like many medical offices do, you may be serving…


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READER TIPS

A clean office is a healthy and profitable office

Patients lose faith in an office when they see clutter and dusty plastic plants and dirt in the corners…


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READER TIPS

In Florida, a wheel of fortune ends the not-my-job syndrome

A Florida manager has turned around the “that’s-not-my-job” syndrome with a wheel of fortune that gets spun once a month and…


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READER TIPS

A four-day week improves quality of life as well as revenues for Florida office

Four days on with Fridays “sort of ” off is terrific, says the practice manager of a five-physician, 28-staff medical office in…


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SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Over 168,000 healthcare workers use illicit drugs, warns Novus Medical Detox Center

A new study out of Australia revealed that, on average, 37 healthcare professionals die each year from drug overdoses. Meanwhile, U.S. government surveys found that…


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RISK MANAGEMENT

$900 million in false billing results in charges against medical practices throughout the U.S.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell have announced an…


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YOUR CAREER

Health IT offers career growth opportunities, according to new survey

The first of its kind survey about health IT professionals—an evolving field that links information technology, communications, and health care to improve the quality and safety of patient care—addresses new data correlating education and…


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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Paid sick leave: what medical practices need to know

Currently, there is no federal law that requires private sector employers, including medical practices, to provide paid or unpaid sick leave, explains a new report from XpertHR, an online service for HR professionals from Reed Business Information.
Without federal legislation in place, however, several states and local jurisdictions have taken matters into their own hands by creating their own paid sick leave laws to protect employees who may otherwise be forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay and, in some cases, their jobs…

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MANAGING THE OFFICE

Electronic cigarettes: why your practice needs a “vaping” policy now

Your employment policies address cigarettes, and so you think you have the smoking issue covered. Well, think again. Electronic cigarettes have created new challenges for employers.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, first became available in the United States in 2006 and have grown in popularity. Designed to look like cigarettes, they are battery-powered devices, usually made of plastic or metal, that convert liquid nicotine into a mist, or…

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