Digital Identity and Online Reputation

Digital Identity and Online Reputation

Did you know you are on the web?  You, yes you dear clinician are on the web. You might say, “Yes, I have a website” or “Of course, I’m on Facebook.”  However, consider this…there is information about you online that you did not put there.

As a medical and healthcare professional you should be very concerned.

There is a plethora of physician and healthcare provider rating sites online. They pull data – all of our data from the NPI registry and licensing agencies (all public information) and place your information on their site. [Read more...]

Barbara on BlogTalkRadio


Rebecca Morehead, the Practice Manager Strategist  has invited me to be on her show Practice Manager Solutions to discuss NP Practice.  The show is live and you’ll have the opportunity to call in. Details below:

When: Wednesday April 9, 2014, 4:30pm Eastern

If you can’t make it, or you miss the show for some reason, you’ll be able to access the replay at the link above.


Medicare to hold claims


The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule stipulated a negative update to the MPFS that was to be effective January 1, 2014. That reduction was averted for three months with the passage of the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013, which provided for a 0.5 percent update for services paid under the MPFS through March 31, 2014.

CMS is hopeful that there will be congressional action to prevent the negative update from taking effect on April 1, 2014. CMS has instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors to hold claims containing services paid under the MPFS for the first 10 business days of April (i.e., through April 14, 2014). This hold would only affect MPFS claims with The hold should have minimal impact on provider cash flow, because under current law, clean electronic claims are not paid any sooner than 14 calendar days (29 days for paper claims) after the date of receipt. All claims for services delivered on or before March 31, 2014, will be processed and paid under normal procedures, regardless of any Congressional actions.

[Infographic] Mobile Devices and Physicians

This data was pulled from a survey  with primary care physicians.  However, I wonder what this looks like for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants  and other clinicians.  Are we similar? Share below how you use mobile devices in your work and everyday life.



ICD10 Training from CMS

ICD10 on  NPBusiness.orgRoad to 10: ICD-10 Training Webinar Series

As the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 compliance date approaches, CMS continues to work in collaboration with providers and other industry stakeholders to help prepare for the transition. CMS is hosting a series of ICD-10 Training Webinars that will focus on ICD-10 basics, key preparation steps for a successful transition, billing, and clinical documentation concepts.  Don’t miss Clinical Documentation on 3/18/2014. [Read more...]

Nurse Practitioners and Meaningful Use – Webinar

Nurse Practitioners and Meaningful Use

On Wednesday March 26th, 2014 from 4:30-6pm EDT to hear leaders from the field, ONC, and CMS discuss Nurse Practitioners’ Role in MU. ONC’s Deputy National Coordinator Judy Murphy, RN, will be joined by CMS’ Medicaid HIT Team to introduce this important topic. ONC Health IT Fellow Bambi McQuade-Jones, DNP, will share her experiences and perspective on how health IT helps her improve her practice. The goal is to identify tangible, actionable ways nurse practitioners can leverage meaningful use in their practice.

  • What: How Nurse Practitioners can Make Meaningful Use Meaningful
  • Who: Judy Murphy, RN, Deputy National Coordinator, ONC,  CMS’ Medicaid HIT Team, Bambi-McQuade Jones, DNP, Boone County Clinic CEO
  • When: Wednesday March 26th from 4:30-6pm EDT
  • Call-In: 888-455-8510 code 8084016
  • Webex: Webex password: MU2014

Please pass this on to interested parties, particularly Nurse Practitioners.


Will You Be in Business After October 1, 2014?

Will You Be In Business after October 1, 2014? www.npbuisness.orgMany small practices are expected to go out of business with the changes in ICD10. Why?

October 1, 2014 ushers in the largest change many of us have seen in medical billing and coding as the US adopts ICD10.  The changes are sweeping. According to the CDC, there are almost 19 times as many procedure codes in ICD10 as ICD9 and almost 5 times as many diagnosis codes.  These new codes require changes to your EMR, billing platform, payers coding edits and more…including greater specificity in documentation on the part of the clinician.

With a major change such as this, there are bound to be hiccups and the predictions are not nice.  The biggest issue I keep hearing about that affects practice owners is to expect delays in payment.  Major payers, including Medicare are predicting delays of up to 4-6 months.  Bottom line…expect a major cash flow crunch. [Read more...]

FTC: Expanded Practice is good


In many states, Nurse Practitioners and other Advance Practice Nurses are facing opposition as they attempt to change legislation to support the October 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, “The Future of Nursing”which recommends that nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Now the Federal Trade Commission has issues a policy paper stating: [Read more...]

AANP Elections: Meet Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP on www.NPBusiness.ORGAANP elections are coming up and we’ve got some great candidates. If you are a member, I urge you to get involved. Make sure you cast your votes!

This is Cindy Cooke who is running for President-Elect. Take a listen to what she has to say.


I am running for AANP President Elect and I am asking for your vote. AANP published the “Meet the Candidates” last week for AANP members to get to know the candidates up for election in March.

I would like to tell you the reasons I feel I am the best choice for AANP President Elect. My clinical experience as an FNP for 15 years in primary care has increased my passion for patients and the high quality care they deserve. The past 11 years I have been privileged to provide primary care for active duty and retired military personnel and their families on the front line of the health of those who give so much. [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Use Google+ for Your Practice

Google Plus for NPs and PAs www.NPBusiness.ORG

No other social media site has experienced such rapid growth in such a short period of time as Google+. Google+ is a bit new to social media world, only being established in December 2011. Yet, within a few short years, its population had increased so much that as of October 2013, there are 300 million monthly active users. Google+ is still growing and its population is predicted to double especially since YouTube comments are now integrated into Google+.

Google+ is different from other social media sites because it provides everything the other popular sites provide, yet offers new ways for users to engage, with popular applications such as “HangOuts” and “Circles.”
Furthermore, their special approach to business pages allows companies to interact and share information in a way that hasn’t been done before. If you still haven’t created a Google+ business page for your company, consider the following 5 reasons why you should: [Read more...]