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Using Medical Chaperones to Create a Safer Patient Experience

May 15, 2019

The healthcare setting often involves sensitive and intimate exams that present challenges other businesses don’t face. Medical chaperones can help provide a level of comfort for patients and may help ensure the best possible experience for patients and providers alike. In so doing, the likelihood of a sexual misconduct allegation based on a misunderstanding is greatly reduced.1

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Filed under: Special Report, Practice Manager, Physician, Patient Experience

The Impact of EHR Burdens on Physician Burnout

April 11, 2019

Physician burnout is associated with two-fold increased odds for unsafe care, unprofessional behaviors, and low patient satisfaction according to one study.1 Another study concludes that electronic health records (EHR) are a leading factor in physician burnout due to the increased clerical burden and reduced efficiency associated with them.2 Like many other healthcare issues, preventing physician burnout is cheaper and safer than managing the downstream consequences. In this special report, the Risk Management team at NORCAL offer strategies to address stress caused by EHRs.

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Filed under: Special Report, Practice Manager, Physician, Physician Burnout, Electronic Health Records (EHR) Burdens, Professional Wellness

5 Strategies to Encourage Positive Online Physician Ratings

April 1, 2019

Patients are leaning heavily on physician reviews to help them select a physician.1 Recent developments also suggest that these reviews may one day affect physician availability in payer networks.2 As important as these reviews are—and may become—it helps to understand what they actually say and what your practice can do about them. This special report describes the nature of these reviews and offers strategies for encouraging positive ones to help you maintain a positive online reputation.

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Filed under: Digital Practice, Special Report, Practice Manager, Physician, Physician Ratings, Reputation Management, Public Relations & Communication

HIPAA Violations You May Not Have Thought of and How to Prevent Them

March 6, 2019

While the news is full of high-profile HIPAA breach cases and assessments of multi-million-dollar fines, smaller practices are not immune. They often succumb to the same types of error and bad judgment that affect larger providers. Fortunately, by following a few sensible guidelines, even smaller practices can safeguard themselves against the improper disclosure of protected health information (PHI) that leads to a HIPAA breach.

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Filed under: Patient Privacy, Confidentiality & HIPAA, Article, Practice Manager, Public Relations & Communication

The Increasing Importance of Patient Experience for Medical Practices

February 8, 2019

Patient experience—“the sum of all interactions, shaped by an organization’s culture, that influence patient perceptions across the continuum of care”1—is playing an increasingly significant role in the business success of medical practices. The impact is felt throughout the practice: online physician ratings, reimbursement levels, patient acquisition, and patient retention. In light of this, practices should consider ways to enhance the overall experience that patients have with their practices.

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Filed under: Article, Practice Manager, Physician Ratings, Patient Experience
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