Medicine is a messy industry, literally, but that doesn’t mean your office has to be in a constant state of disarray. Most doctors learned long ago that the more organized their offices, the better outcomes they can make for their patients.
One of the best ways to keep a private practice in order is to do away with paper files and conduct business through a medical management system. Of course, this begs the question: Which system do you choose?
Software for medical practices comes in all shapes and colors, with different benefits and different downsides. Before you invest in one management system, you need two things: A list of features your office desperately needs and a qualified health administrator to keep it in order.
Then, you will know which of the following best management systems is right for you.
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1. NextGen Practice Management
Consistently ranked near the top in lists for medical information technology, NextGen Healthcare’s Practice Management is among the best of the best. Totally scalable, the system works just as well for one physician as it does 150 or more. What sets this program above the rest is its consistency and real-time accuracy. For example, its WorkLog Manager tells each staff member what to do at what time in the day, preventing disorganized and non-dynamic to-do lists.
2. GE Centricity Group Management 4.0
Like all things GE, Centricity Group Management is attractive and easy-to-use for staff and patients alike. Practices using this management tool can grant patients access to a special user portal that contains pre-arrival tips, scheduling, and other useful information necessary for a successful visit.
The front desk staff also appreciates the secure information exchange and access to referrals and insurance eligibility checks. There are too many brilliant features to list here, but GE only continues to improve its practice management system.
3. Athena Collector
Based in the cloud, the Athena Collector is proud to be the top medical billing system. Practices that make the switch usually see a 12 percent increase in their collections and a 35 percent reduction in the time payments spend in accounts receivable. This is thanks to many innovations in the program, particularly the Billing Rules Engine, which learns from industry-leading payer rules to collect money faster.
4. eClinical Works Practice Management
This practice manager does it all and it can do it all for solo practices and huge health networks alike. eClinical Works Practice Management has features that help physicians and their staff manage scheduling, billing, and information storage nearly hands-free. The system will automatically verify patient insurance eligibility, submit claims, verify physician schedules (across several locations) and more. When used by a qualified health administrator, this system can make doctor’s office dreams a reality.
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5. McKesson Horizon Practice Plus
Best for hospitals but applicable in larger practices, Horizon Practice Plus from McKesson is particularly adept at managing vast amounts of patient data. Its master person index boasts advanced search features and restrictions on errors and duplicate entries. Plus, the open architecture allows health centers to integrate other McKesson healthcare software, like Horizon Ambulatory Care.
6. Allscripts PM
Inarguably one of the most frustrating aspects of healthcare is the ever-changing rules and regulations regarding treatment and patient care. Allscripts PM takes away a significant amount of compliancy-related pain.
Up-to-date on the latest best practices, the system secures patient information fully with features like limiting access to financial information; securing access to data by location, schedule, and provider; and monitoring maintenance on the server, systems, and office services. Even better, Allscripts takes in information regarding staff preferences to create an optimal workflow.
7. Epic Practice Management System
With a name like Epic, this practice manager must be great and it is. First and foremost, Epic ensures that the program is intuitive for everyone in the office, from managers to physicians to IT staff. The system provides instructions for tasks, checks and double-checks entries for potential conflicts, and contains a search tool to ensure patients have access to the rooms, equipment, and clinicians they need to get healthy.
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Epic also offers a billing option, called Resolute Professional Billing, that have been shown to increase patient satisfaction and decrease accounts receivable days all paperlessly.