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Have you ever caught yourself lamenting to a friend, "It's been a long week," and realized it's only Tuesday? This winter vortex, which is actually more like a black hole, is having that effect on me. The snow days. The sick days. (Both theoretical terms for both writers and mothers, by the way.) The endlessness of it all. They're taking a toll--not just on me, but on almost everyone around.
If you're a practice afflicted by this polar nonsense, you can relate directly. More patients may call to reschedule appointments than your physicians have slots to accommodate. Employees' cars won't start. Folks who do find a way to show up are moody.
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Struggling to reap a return on your electronic health record investment? Focus on improved billing of ancillary procedures, Michael Howley, Ph.D., a certified physician assistant and associate clinical professor in the department of marketing at Drexel University, told FierceEMR in an exclusive interview.
Despite lingering challenges, most providers plan to take advantage of Medicare's new code for chronic care management (CCM), according to preliminary results of a survey conducted by population health technology developer Kryptiq.
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