MPUC 2018 Post-conference Wrap-up


The 2018 MacPractice User Conference is a wrap! For those of you that missed it, or perhaps want to relive it or share the experience of the event with colleagues, we’ve curated a few of our favorite memories in this blog post. We want to thank everyone who attended this year. All of our excellent speakers, sponsors, attendees, and event organizers added to the community surrounding the event and made it the incredible success that it was.




You may know that the terms “EHR” and “EMR” mean electronic healthcare record and electronic medical record, respectively, but what do they really mean? As practice management and clinical software has evolved into full clinical and practice management platforms, many have used the terms interchangeably to mean the software they use to provide patient care. MacPractice also offers Abilities by these names, as well as EDR for Electronic Dental Records. For the purpose of this post, we will discuss the terms in their broad definitions, rather than the specific functions of either MacPractice Abilities. 

During the 1990s, healthcare software began to become a more prominent part of owning a practice or being a healthcare provider of any type. Technology improved with it, and added new opportunities to enhance patient care, billing, patient communication, ePrescribing, and even general office management tasks.


You Can't Afford Free Practice Management Software


Given the number of software vendors on the market, you might be tempted to try a free healthcare software product or free practice management option. Consider this  – you can’t afford it!

When it comes to the privacy and security of your patients’ health records, you need encrypted, fully HIPAA compliant software that can ideally also improve the way you run your practice and bill for reimbursement. Your patients deserve better than free software to store their most personal health information.


Simplicity, Quality, and Compatibility with MacPractice


At MacPractice, we understand that your software is not and should never be your first priority. Our philosophy is “Simplicity in Practice” because you deserve to “simply practice.” Healthcare software needs to be designed to be simple, yet robust. Many healthcare professionals find that efficient technology can enhance patient care rather than hinder from it. Practice Management and clinical software that truly supports patient care will aim to balance the complexity of your work. It should offer simplicity, quality, and compatibility. 


Reminder: Submit to Medicare's MIPS Quality Payment Program by March 31


Medicare’s MIPS Quality Payment Program Submission now open! Submit by March 31!

If you participated in Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (also known as MACRA or MIPS) last year, the Quality Payment Program website is now open for submission of your 2017 data. You have until March 31, 2018 to submit your data for the three sections of MIPS. 


Empower Your Practice at the MacPractice User Conference


The MacPractice User Conference offers many benefits unique to each member of the office staff. Each of our conference sessions is packed with insights and tips for productivity, efficiency, and happier patients and staff! If you want to learn how to increase productivity in your role within the office, join us at MPUC in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 19-20, 2018.

Plug In and Energize with MacPractice Trainers and Consultants


Data Encryption and HIPAA


Recent events have made it imperative for practices to take note of cybersecurity weaknesses in their current practice software. If not, doctors and office managers put their patients at risk, are liable for steep legal consequences, and jeopardize the future of their careers. Here’s what every doctor and office manager absolutely need to know about securing electronic protected health information (ePHI).

Unless you’re a hacker, a spy or have worked for the government, data encryption is not on the top of your mind. Unfortunately, as the world becomes more digital each day, it is virtually impossible not to have your personal information spread around the World Wide Web in some way. Think about it, your credit card company, your bank, and your doctor have enough of your valuable personal information sitting on their computers or traveling over the Internet for your identity to be stolen by a hacker.


Choosing the Right EHR Software


Choosing the right healthcare software to invest in is difficult. There are hundreds of features, capabilities, and issues providers must keep in mind when comparing the value between different software products. Software vendors are often quick to point out all of a product’s pros and none of its cons, so independent assessments of quality and value are incredibly useful for prospective clients. Unbiased reviews can provide objective references with comparison points to rank products.

For example, a recent report from Independent Clinicians Report compares software using several criteria:


Now Open: MIPS Quality Payment Program Submission


If you participated in Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (also known as MACRA or MIPS) last year, the Quality Payment Program website is now open for submission of your 2017 data. You have until March 31, 2018 to submit your data for the three sections of MIPS. 

Once you’re able to log in to the site to submit your data, MacPractice’s Government Programs team is happy to answer any questions you have about the submission process. We’re also happy to attest for you (with you via a shared screen) for a small fee. 


Macs Save Doctors Thousands Per Year


Macs cost less than PCs, not more. IT consultants whose expertise is Windows, and Windows software developers, have misled doctors to accept for years that Macs cost more than PCs. And while a Mac may cost a little more than a PC to acquire, the Total Cost of Ownership (price plus support and maintenance over 4 years minus residual value) is the true cost of a Mac or PC in business. IBM, one of the largest enterprise computer users in the world supporting 500,000+, and the largest user of Macs supporting more than 100,000, set the record straight once and for all.

In October 2016 Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace-as-a-Service IBM, reported to the JAMF National User Conference the statistical findings of the Mac@IBM team who over 17 months enabled and supported 90,000 IBMers who preferred Macs. IBM's goal, set in 2015, is to change their IT culture of enforcing versus enabling. The change required IBM to, "give users the device they want, manage those devices in a modern way, and drive self-sufficiency in the environment."


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