Do you know what ICD-10-CM eye-related diagnosis codes were added, deleted, or modified for fiscal year 2021? Is your ophthalmology and optometry EHR and practice management software ready for 2021 ICD-10 updates?
Patient portals have been around for years. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many eye care providers realize how important this technology is to move patient care forward in an ever-increasing digital healthcare and telehealth and telemedicine environment.
It doesn’t matter if you're a new optometry practice or an established one—you always need to grow your patient base. Being proactive is the best way to get more patients. All it takes is a little marketing.
During the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19) healthcare crisis, many eye care practices have temporarily closed or reduced office hours and are only providing urgent and emergent procedures. To protect the health of employees and patients, practices are transitioning to using optometry telehealth (remote non-clinical) and telemedicine (remote clinical) services to connect with and provide remote care to patients.
You’re an optometrist or ophthalmologist, but your patients are—simply put—people. They might be stay-at-home parents, managers, students, CEOs, retirees, or any other profession that has nothing to do with contacts and cataracts. Your patients don’t know what you know, and they don’t speak the eye care professional’s lingo.
Ransomware reached a crisis level in 2019, according to Emsisoft, and Forescout recently predicted an increase in cyber attacks. The American Medical Collection Agency data breach impacted more than 25 million patients, leading to numerous investigations and lawsuits.
Why have so many eye care professionals adopted optometry EHR software? Because optometry practice management and EHR software have the power to transform the patient care experience. EHR software can also lower your productivity or frustrate you to no end if you choose an inefficient product.
Marketing your eye care practice may frequently take a backseat to other operational and patient care initiatives. For a practice to be successful long-term, marketing is an investment that must be made.
Providing great patient care is the mission of your eye care practice. However, your optometry and ophthalmology practice is also a business—and you need to keep that business alive by achieving revenue goals. Heard of EHR data mining? It’s a term worth knowing if you want to grow your eye care business.
Treating hundreds of patients each week is the norm for Dr. Greg Caldwell, who is one of four optometrists at a large eye care group practice in Pennsylvania. As their optometry practice continued to grow, paper charts and records caused daily inefficiencies for him, his staff, and colleagues.