Medical practice management (MPM) software solutions let medical professionals and partners offload many of the tedious tasks that are a necessary part of medical practice ownership.
Instead of wasting time micromanaging front-end procedures, these applications give you the ability to focus on your patients, knowing that your practice's management functions are being funneled through a centralized and automated system.
However, many medical practices fail to fully leverage available technology. While a few practices still rely on non-electronic management processes, many others continue to use outdated technology. Although MPM software has been around for a while, it has advanced in leaps and bounds. Today's solutions are much more than a simple patient scheduling resource – they are fully-integrated applications that provide real-time access to vital information about the practice and your patients.
As a medical provider/practice partner, you are acutely aware of the need to give your practice every possible advantage. Here are just a handful of the benefits of medical practice management software that will help you justify the investment.
- Improved efficiency. Medical practices are fast-paced, fluid working environments. Waiting rooms full of patients stretch your staff's ability to perform at peak levels. MPM software gives your staff a standardized process that is designed to maintain performance and efficiency at all times. A quality MPM application also lets management monitor front-end performance for early troubleshooting.
- Billing & payment. Medical office management software applications have features that streamline billing and payment processes. It's not difficult to find a solution that verifies insurance eligibility when the patient makes the appointment. From there, the system generates electronic bills and identifies claim errors that can hold up payment. Paper claims submitted to insurers take an average of 30 to 60 days for payment, while e-claims generated by an MPM application receive payment in 10 to 14 days.
- Compliance. Security, billing and other requirements that are mandated by HIPAA are a breeze when you implement a medical practice management solution. Your new system should be able to quickly bring you into full compliance on every front.
- Staff & patient satisfaction. Staff and patients appreciate MPM software packages because they simplify the healthcare experience. Once they have adapted to the new system, your practice's employees will enjoy the benefit of predictable and standardized processes. At the same time, your patients will enjoy the fact that their physician has instant access to their medical data and is free to focus on their healthcare needs.