Recent Posts by Wendy Bartlett

7 Barriers to Value-Based Care and How to Overcome Them

The shift from volume-based care to value-based care has completely transformed the healthcare industry. Value-based care is a form of healthcare reimbursement based on quality and clinical outcomes, as opposed to the number of services provided.

Rather than following the traditional fee-for-service payment model, healthcare practices now strive to focus on overall quality of care, patient satisfaction, and health outcomes. These “fee-for-performance” payment models are slowly but surely raising quality standards, improving patient outcomes, and reimagining care delivery across the board—but for providers, adapting the way they serve patients is easier said than done.

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How to Get a NextGen Certification

Each year, countless healthcare professionals pursue NextGen certifications in one or more of the electronic health record (EHR) vendor’s solutions. Earning a NextGen certification is a great way to demonstrate your proficiency in using their solutions, work more efficiently, and better serve your patients. 

Whether you’re considering becoming a NextGen Certified Professional (NCP) yourself or it was recommended by your employer, chances are you have questions about the following:

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How to Use Data to Improve Patient Outcomes

Healthcare practices and providers have access to more data today than ever before. Real-time data housed in electronic health records (EHRs) and software with robust reporting capabilities has changed how we approach patient care in numerous ways, from helping identify vulnerable, high-risk individuals, to operating more efficiently and proactively managing the health of populations.

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How Your EHR Is (Negatively) Impacting Patient Care

Electronic health records (EHRs) are an integral component in today’s healthcare industry, offering numerous benefits to practices, providers, and patients alike. Even though patients don’t directly interact with the EHR their provider uses, it can still have a profound impact on their care quality, health outcomes, and overall experience with your practice—for better or for worse.

Using an EHR that’s not effectively designed to support patient care can have several potentially negative implications. It’s up to you to ensure your EHR’s impact is positive as opposed to a deterrent to delivering top-quality care. Here’s how EHRs can negatively impact patient care and what your practice can do to take action.

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Looking Beyond COVID-19: What’s Next for Patient Engagement?

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed many aspects of the healthcare industry, including how care is delivered, how technology is used, and everything in between. Now as we begin looking beyond the pandemic, healthcare leaders must determine what these changes mean for the future of patient engagement and how practices should take note over the next year to prepare for what’s to come. 

What’s next for patient engagement in a post-COVID-19 era? Here’s our take:

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8 Activities to Boost Engagement at Assisted Living Communities

Engagement is both beneficial and essential for the 800,000+ U.S. residents in assisted living communities. Research has revealed a number of mental and physical health benefits for assisted living residents who engage in social activities, form strong interpersonal connections, and remain as actively involved as possible in their own care.

However, residents living in assisted living communities may struggle to stay engaged—especially now, as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps loved ones away. Let’s discuss the importance of engagement for assisted living residents, as well as different activities you can use to boost it during the pandemic and beyond.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Practice’s Medical Billing and Payment Process

Medical billing: It’s probably not your favorite part of your job, but getting it right is essential to keep your doors open and continue delivering quality care for your patients. In this article, we’ll share tips for improving your healthcare practice’s medical billing process for greater efficiency, transparency, and profitability.

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How to Increase Telehealth Use for Your Elderly Patients

COVID-19 has completely changed the way of the world, introducing unprecedented challenges and equally novel solutions. One such example is telehealth, which has gained rapid momentum over the course of the pandemic. In fact, healthcare leaders are predicting that 20-30 percent of all medical care will be delivered digitally from now on, even after the global health crisis is finally a thing of the past. 

Shifting from in-person to telehealth visits was an adjustment for nearly everyone from patients to providers, but the learning curve is the most significant for elderly adults, who are the least likely to be comfortable using new technology. Let’s talk about how to increase telehealth use for your healthcare practice’s elderly patients.

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4 Strategies Pediatric Clinics Can Use to Increase Patient Retention

Getting patients in the door initially is only the first step when it comes to running a successful healthcare practice. For many, the true challenge lies in delivering top-quality care that keeps patients coming back, especially amid the ever-evolving expectations of the modern healthcare consumer.

With that said, pediatric clinics can forge stronger patient relationships and ensure greater patient retention by adopting the following strategies.

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4 Solutions Your EHR's Patient Portal Should Offer

Electronic health records (EHRs) arm healthcare practices with a method to digitally document and track the care they provide. 

However, in more recent years, EHR providers have started adapting their software and looking for ways to incorporate patient engagement tools that enhance their product offering and deliver greater support to patients. Despite their newfound focus on patient engagement, many EHR vendors miss the mark when it comes to actually engaging patients. This can ultimately result in healthcare practices like yours, that may be concerned with failing to meet modern consumer expectations, switching EHRs to provide their patients with a better, more user-friendly digital experience.

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