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The article, “3 Pain Points Affecting Small Practice Healthcare Revenue Cycle” by
Jacqueline Belliveau states,
“While working in a small practice allows providers to really understand their patients and their community’s healthcare needs, it can also create unique healthcare revenue cycle management challenges.
Small practices come with several advantages. Some providers prefer the close relationship of working with just a couple other physicians versus a multitude of providers in a hospital.
In addition, providers in small practices can get to know their patients on a more personal level, potentially leading to better care management compared to larger organizations.
A 2014 Health Affairs study found that practices with one to two physicians had 33 percent fewer admissions versus practices of 10 to 19 physicians. The smaller practice group also reported 27 percent fewer preventable admissions.
Researchers concluded that the close relationship between patients, physicians, and staff in smaller practices may have boosted the practices’ scores. Patients may have had an easier time reaching a provider by phone or being seen the same day.”
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