Dealing with Workers’ Compensation (WC) cases as an orthopedist can be a major challenge. Because orthopedists are considered specialists, most Workers’ Compensation cases don’t come straight to you—first, the injured worker has to go to their primary care physician or another treating doctor who then refers the worker to you.
EHR implementation is fairly important for orthopaedic practices throughout the country. Without a successful EHR implementation project plan, orthopaedic clinics may find that their EHR software goes underutilized, wasting both the money spent on EHR adoption and the potential return on investment (ROI) that the software can generate when used appropriately.
Physician stress and burnout is a critical issue for many orthopaedic clinics. In fact, according to a study featured in the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), “Of the 1,792 physician respondents (43% response rate), 26% reported burnout.” This means that more than one in four care providers is experiencing stress on a level that may drive them to retire early or look for a new career. So, naturally, there are numerous “physician burnout resources” being created to help address the issue.
Patient check in is one of the most important processes in any clinic’s workflow. However, many orthopaedic clinics struggle to master their patient intake process. When patients show up, they fill out a long and complicated patient sign in sheet—then they wait for that information to be copied and filed by the front desk staff before they can see their physician.
Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software are supposed to make managing patient data faster, easier, and more accurate than the old hardcopy records systems medical practices used to rely on. However, many orthopaedic surgeons and practice managers seem to have problems with EHR systems—running into recurring issues that cause delays and impact the quality of care that they can provide their patients. This is part of the reason why organizations such as Software Advice created their EHR Buyer’s Guide to help healthcare facilities choose the right EHR system for their needs.
The 2019 Louisiana Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting (or LOA 2019) is just around the corner, and Phoenix Ortho will be there once again to showcase our orthopaedic-specific Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. This annual meeting of Louisiana-based orthopaedic surgeons, clinic managers, and other industry experts represents a great opportunity to gather, share information, and learn about exciting new orthopaedic technologies and solutions.
In orthopaedic surgery, the global period can be an important consideration for the billing of services. For those who are wondering “What is the global period?” it is, as noted by the Office of Workers’ Compensation, “a period of time starting with a surgical procedure and ending some period of time after the procedure.”
Topics: Orthopaedic EHR
Having easy access to patient information is crucial in the healthcare industry. If healthcare providers do not have information about recent patient interactions, they may end up scheduling redundant tests or prescribing new medications that react badly with the patient’s existing medications that were prescribed by other specialists.