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Issue #4 - December 28, 2012

Practice Management Tips and Resources

In Hurricane Sandy's Wake, Thoughts About EHR Disaster Security

An argument in favor of electronic health records is the conversion of vulnerable paper-based data to on-line information, which can be better protected from the elements. That is, until hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, when disaster preparedness proved paramount for providers whose practices were damaged by wind and water.

As part of adopting a new electronic health record (EHR) system, take time to develop a disaster plan should wind, water, fire, or electrical failure compromise your system. The plan should not only consider all anticipated possibilities, it should consider the unlikely, experts advise.

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What Type of ACO Are You?

There are several delivery systems that can evolve into accountable care organizations (ACO). If your practice is looking to take advantage of this new health delivery, cost saving, and revenue model, you ought to know what they are.

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When Social Media Becomes a Social Piranha

Word of mouth has always been a highly effective form of advertisement, and social media has increased its effectiveness exponentially. This is great news if the word is good, but what if the word is bad? Before the Internet, a dissatisfied patient might have voiced his opinion of you to just a few people. Today, one dissatisfied patient can spread the word to millions in a matter of seconds. Justified or not, should you rebuke a defamatory statement about you posted online?

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In This Issue
EHR Disaster Security
What Type of ACO?
Social Media

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