business

Practice management software focus of new online resource

The AMA and the Medical Group Management Assn. are collaborating on the website.

By Pamela Lewis Dolan — Posted Aug. 13, 2010

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

The American Medical Association has partnered with the Medical Group Management Assn. to develop an online tool kit to help physician practices chose the right practice management system.

The online tool, available to both AMA and MGMA members, will provide physicians with a five-step guide to practice management software selection; a checklist of software features and functionalities to determine actual needs; and a sample request for proposals practices can use when communicating with potential software vendors.

The AMA says many practices are now facing either the purchase of a new system or the upgrade of an existing system to participate in the government's Medicare and Medicaid incentive program aimed at promoting "meaningful use" of electronic medical records.

The incentive plans require the electronic submission of claims and other business functions, for which practices will need a practice management system integrated with their EMR. Many EMR vendors are now bundling practice management systems into their systems.

"The AMA is pleased to offer physicians guidance to make this transition smoother," said AMA President Cecil Wilson, MD, in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, health plans are converting to streamlined claims processes that rely on automation. Many also are preparing for the conversion to ICD-10. "The last piece of the puzzle is to ensure that the [practice management] software can take full advantage of those opportunities," said William J. Jessee, MD, MGMA president and CEO.

Later in 2010, the tool kit will add an online directory, in which practice management software vendors can list their software options, and the features and functionalities included in each option (link).

Back to top


ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE


Featured
Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story


Read story

Goodbye

American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story


Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story


Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story


Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story


Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story


Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story


Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story