Medical Improv: A New Way to Improve Communication

Welcome to the emerging field of Medical Improv!

Medical Improv: A New Way to Improve Communication

(With 15 activities you can teach STAT!)

Written by Beth Boynton, RN, MS and edited by Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN

Medical ImprovMedical Improv is an exciting new teaching tool! Its experiential activities hold great promise for persistent challenges we face in healthcare by promoting the ‘soft’ skills involved in emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration, and leadership.  The author’s combined expertise in nursing, communication, organizational development, and improvisation provide a powerful opportunity for positive change!

This train-the-trainer resource is designed to help educators teach the “soft” skills that healthcare professionals need to positively impact patient safety, patient experience, workforce health, and the efficient use of resources. Because these skills are not intellectual, they require a non-traditional approach that fosters new behaviors. Medical Improv is a fun and effective strategy.

There are 3 parts to the book. Part I, explains what Medical Improv is and why we need it. Part II, focuses on how to facilitate successful Medical Improv sessions. Part III, covers step-by-step instructions for teaching 15 fundamental activities with chapters that focus on skills associated with emotional intelligence and communication, teamwork, and leadership.

-This is the first Medical Improv train-the-trainer book for nurses and other healthcare educators!

-You do NOT need experience in improv or a background in theater to teach these fundamental activities.

-Applied improvisers will find it helpful for teaching classes in the healthcare sector.

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Medical Improv Kindle Edition Up!

Happy Nurses Week! 

A new tool is available to help with tough issues!

Medical Improv:  A New Way to Improve Communication! (with 15 activities you can teach STAT!)

Now available on Kindle! (Look for FREE trial!)

Great reviews to check out on Amazon!

Written by Beth Boynton, RN, MS

Edited by Anne Lewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA

Foreword by Candace Campbell, DNP, RN, CNL, FNAP

And if you prefer a hard copy….

Save $20 through eStore only

Discount Code: ZVT3BSRT

Offer good through Nurses’ Week!  (Ends 5/14/2017)

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How To Manage Medical Billing for DME?

by Ronnie Hastings

The demographic trends ahead in the DME industry are encouraging. The preferences for convenience among patients are increasing with time. The consumers of medical service now are more proactive than ever before. Personalization is the buzzword today and it is precisely for this reason preference for home healthcare is on the rise.

The DME market is also favored by the increase in the number of insured population. The aging population number is also on the rise. The use of durable medical equipment is also rising sharply with the use of new technology that is making it all the more desirable. Even if we take into account the present complexities in the federal environment, the DME market is expected to grow in the next five years and reach $60 billion. The CAGR will be around 5.3% and the opportunities for investment will be lucrative.

Surging costs in prior authorization: A worry area in DME claims

The Master List of 135 items that has already been flagged for unnecessary utilization is subject to a comprehensive process of prior authorization. Ideally, the DMEPOS items will stay same for the next 10 years unless it is removed while prices fall under the payment threshold.

The CMS anticipates that costs will be worth $150 million with prior authorization till 2025. The prior auth costs annually stand at a whopping $31 billion. In fact, transparency of provider service prices and repeal of ACA implies that DME providers will have to focus more on effective revenue cycle management. Understanding the claims adjudication mandates and quality denial management metrics will be a top priority.

A top class medical billing partner that specializes in handling DME billing by employing the right checks and balances will be hugely beneficial. Consistency in practice management efforts should be a top priority that will ultimately lay down a strong foundation for improved reimbursements.

Prominent Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Company that builds you financial credibility

DME providers will need an actionable plan from a quality medical billing company that provides end to end revenue cycle management support. Many providers face challenges by lacking the proficiency in handling multiple billing platforms. Efficient resources that understand the directives of the payers in respect to claims adjudication are going to be important.

The company should be able to reduce billing costs, improve collections by implementing excellent account management techniques and finally increase payables with consistency. A quality company that works as a perfect operational extension and seamlessly associates itself will be laying down a string roadmap.

Bio: Ronnie Hastings is an experienced professional and is an expert in major operational and business development responsibilities related to medical billing and revenue cycle management. He is also a prolific writer and discusses major trends across US healthcare industry.


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