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The Sentinel: April 2019

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Don't Just Assume...Or You May End Up As a Defendant

Closed Claim Review  |  Kathleen W. Smith, JD

Bear with me, but I presume you are familiar with the colorful colloquial saying about what happens to us when we assume. (If not, just Google it. I will spare you the quote itself, in an effort to maintain some level of decorum.) Despite this “advice,” we make assumptions daily. We assume that ev...

Potential Risks and Pitfalls of EHR Systems - Part II

Risk Topics  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

In Part I last month, we discussed the potential risks and pitfall of EHR systems relative to digital assists and inconsistent processes. In this month’s article, we will examine additional concerns unique to EHR systems that could create potential risks for the provider including the audit trail and al...

Spring Cleaning: Seven Strategies for Your Practice

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The spring offers a chance to shake off the winter blues – and get started on an improvement initiative for your practice. Make a commitment to focus on one area in your practice. Select a task, create a workgroup, pledge to meet once or twice a month, maintain a written agenda, and document an action p...

Transparency Revealed: How to Make Payments More Transparent to Patients

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

Medical practices and price transparency haven’t exactly gone hand in hand in the past. With complex reimbursement systems and the real need to focus on other tasks, practices have not always been up front with patients when it comes to revealing the payment due until long after the service is rendered....

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