Urology Practice Management - April 2014, Vol 3, No 2

The uncertainty of the current healthcare environment has become a cause of undue stress. Although stress can have a positive im­-pact on individuals and organizations, it most often wields a negative effect. According to the American Institute of Stress (www.stress.org/workplace-stress/), up to 60% of absenteeism in the workplace has been attributed to stress. Read More ›

Testosterone is commonly prescribed for men suffering from hypogonadism. While most men produce testosterone naturally, their production often declines with age, leading to symptoms of fatigue, loss of appetite, and reduced sex drive. Read More ›

As medical practices planned for International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 and the im-­plementation of new diagnostic codes on October 1, 2014, practice administrators took steps to ensure that physicians and staff would be prepared. With the clock ticking down, staff had been signing up for training seminars, bringing experts onsite, and allowing extra coding time in the schedule, all to be sure that new codes would be entered accurately into patient claims beginning October 1. Read More ›

As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, managers and administrators of urology practices have a constant they can rely on. For 14 years, the Practice Managers’ Network (PMN), a resource offered through the American Uro­logical Association (AUA), has offered support to management teams across its spectrum of membership. Read More ›

We see a number of changes phy­sicians might make to improve their financial security, but 1 item is usually beyond their control: the 401(k) plan. Un­less you are self-employed, there is practically nothing you can do about your 401(k)’s underwhelming investment options, ridiculously low con­­tri­­­bution limits, or perverse tax consequences. Read More ›

According to the Medical Group Management A­s­sociation, only 35% of providers appeal denied claims. Often, we think of denials as issues of medical necessity, but denials often occur for a variety of reasons: incorrect information, correct information but in the wrong format, missed filing deadlines, or information sent to the wrong payer altogether. Read More ›

Peyronie’s disease, also known as curvature of the penis or chronic inflammation of the tunica albuginea, is the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections. This condition may prevent a man from having sex or may cause erectile dysfunction.2 The curvature associated with Peyronie’s disease may worsen over time. Read More ›

As the clocked ticked down to midnight on March 31, many Americans rushed to enroll in health in­surance plans made available to them through the Afford­able Care Act (ACA). Ap­proxi­mately 4.2 million people had selected a Market-place plan as of March 1, 2014, less than half of the 8.8 million who have been deemed eligible, and 60% of the 7 million people the Congress­ional Budget Office projected for this timeframe. Read More ›

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