Monthly Archives: February 2016

Reduce No-Shows With a Patient Appointment Reminder System

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Estimates suggest that practices lose up to 14% of their annual income due to missed appointments, or “patient no-shows,” every year.  Patients who fail to arrive at their scheduled appointment reduce practice revenues and place an unneeded burden on admin staff.

A patient appointment reminder system can improve no-show rates and increase a practice’s overall profitability and efficiency. In fact, a 2010 study in the American Journal of Medicine found that the no-show rate dropped by 10% when an appointment reminder system was in place. Moreover, studies investigating no-show rates from a patient’s perspective found that many times, they just do not understand the scheduling system. These and other studies underscore the importance of selecting an effective electronic medical record (EMR) that includes evidence-based patient appointment scheduling software.

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Join 1st Providers Choice at AAPM’s 32nd Annual Meeting

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1st Providers Choice is excited to announce that we will be attending the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s (AAPM) 32nd Annual Meeting. We look forward to joining over 1,000 pain medicine professionals this year in the beautiful Palm Springs, California.

This year, pain medicine professionals will hear from renowned speakers and have the opportunity to earn up to 34.5 continuing education credits. Educational sessions will cover ultrasonography and medication management, and primary care providers will have the chance to attend a special program called Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain. The exhibit hall will be full of hustle and bustle as well, packed with over 160 scientific posters and 100 vendors.

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Join 1st Providers Choice at the Sleep Medicine Trends 2016

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1st Providers Choice is proud to announce that we are attending the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s (AASM) Sleep Trends 2016 conference! We look forward to joining over 400 sleep medicine professionals at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

This year promises to be unlike any before. The AASM will be unveiling their pediatric medicine education track and the debuting their interactive simulation labs for attendees. Participants will have the opportunity to earn 19.5 continued education credits while hearing from experts in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep disorders. The exhibit hall will also be full of excitement and bustling with leading sleep medicine vendors.

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Streamlining Workflow with Multi-Specialty EMR Software

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Multi-specialty group practices are comprised of healthcare providers from a variety of backgrounds and expertise. Following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more primary care offices are integrating with mental health centers to offer a more holistic treatment approach.

While multi-specialty practices like this are known to improve patient satisfaction and enhance interprofessional collaboration, they also make choosing an appropriate electronic medical record system (EMR) difficult.

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5 Ways a Patient Portal Can Help Your Practice Grow

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There is a demand in the healthcare industry for practices to keep up with the on-the-go lifestyles of their patients while simultaneously communicating the importance of making time for their health. Many healthcare organizations have turned to a patient portal, which is a secure online environment that allows patients to access their medical records and contact with their healthcare providers.

Below we highlight five benefits that both patients and practices can get from using a patient portal:

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