A bi-weekly newsletter from your physician organization
Friday, Aug. 13, 2021
Many resources available to help practices close gaps in care
Closing gaps in care takes consistent work but the efforts can help improve patient care and quality metrics. The Physician Alliance offers many resources to assist member practices with this important work.

A gaps in care plan should include:

  • HEDIS gaps in care reports generated through a practice's electronic medical record and through TPA's disease registry, Wellcentive.
  • running reports using metrics on a tracking tool (provided by your practice resource team (PRT) member)
  • reminder letters to patients listing screenings and tests that are due; follow up with patients via phone calls, texts, emails
  • utilizing patient portals for additional reminders
  • a copy of worked reports and lists in your patient centered medical home binder, along with the tracking tool to go over at PRT visit

A Gaps in Care Toolkit is available for members that includes a letter template to send to patients, tip sheet for closing gaps, patient education flyers focused on a variety of quality measures, social media graphics to promote cancer screenings, diabetes management, retinal eye exams and other services, and more.

Keep your team informed
The summer issue of The Physician Alliance's quarterly newsletter, The Pulse, is now available for reading. Hot topics include tips to improve childhood vaccination rates, transitional care management coding, patient-centered medical home capabilities for advance care planning and more. Check out the issue here.

Past newsletter issues are always available on TPA's website, as well as education videos and more helpful resources.

Staff from TPA member practices are all welcome to receive TPA's e-newsletters, education updates and other electronic updates. To add staff to the distribution list, contact thephysicianalliance@thephysicianalliance.org with name, email and title.
3 items a practice website needs to increase user engagement
Physician practice websites are a valuable resource for patients and healthcare providers, but how to create an effective one? There are three necessary components for an effective practice website.
 
Personalized Content:
People have a lot of options available for getting information. Increase user engagement by ensuring a website is updated with the latest content. Stale information on a practice website should be updated with timely and personalized content. Share information on services, providers, accepted insurance plans, patient forms and other content relevant to the practice. Make sure practice contact information and location are also posted on the website.
 
To get precise messages across in the medical field, don't recycle old content or provide anything that doesn't add value! Personalized content helps readers feel like they can trust the expert.
 
Security:
Practice websites need to have a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. The SSL is a digital security protocol that encrypts the connection between the site server and end user. Information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, or other sensitive data are encrypted during transmission from the user to the practice website. This is the simplest way to build trust with users and should be the very first step when creating a website.
 
Search Engine Optimized Keywords:
With constant changes in Google algorithms, it's important to make sure that a practice’s website is optimized for success! One way to accomplish this is by using search engine optimized (SEO) ranking keywords. Identify what words people are searching for with regards to services and then place the words very strategically throughout the website content. This will help the website rank higher in searches than the competition.
 
Websites are an essential marketing tool for any healthcare provider and serve as an important avenue of communication. Now is the time to explore what an updated website can do for a physician’s reputation and practice.
 
Source: 4MJ Social, an Affiliate Partner of The Physician Alliance, specializes in medical digital marketing strategies and branding. Contact Bobby Dimovski at bdimovski@4mjsocial.com to update your website, learn about reputation management and other marketing services. Click to learn more about this partner.
Back to school savings available to practice staff
With most school districts returning to in-person education, parents are getting ready to spend more money per student for school supplies. With much on the ever-growing to-do list, The Physician Alliance’s Affiliate Partners program makes the task of back-to-school shopping easier – Office Depot offers special savings to TPA members, including all practice staff. 

Access discounts office supplies and services by clicking on this registration link. Once registered for the program, members enjoy savings up to 55% off small business and back-to-school items, including:

  • 20%-55% off classroom essentials for all grades, teacher supplies, snacks and more
  • 10% off top performing laptops, desktop computers, flash drives, monitors, mice and keyboards
  • Up to 10% off everything else in the store every time you shop

Shop now by ordering online and get back to school shopping off the check list.

Prefer to shop in the store? Text TPACard to 844.446.6358 to get the store purchasing discount card on your phone or download the discount card to print. Use the card at check out and your discounts will come off and show on your receipt! 

MORE SAVINGS! Reduce the spread of germs with this special offer:
While shopping for school, stock up on practice supplies. Don't miss the special offer on Germ Attack antibacterial gel hand sanitizer:

  • Gallon size with pump for only $7.50 (item# 8407685) or
  • Case of 4 with pump for $30 (item# 7744651)
 
This special sanitizer offer ends Sept. 25 or until supplies last. Place your order online or contact Alexis Sultenfuss via email or (855) 337-6811 x12734.
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Ways you can save
Featured Affiliate Partner: PAYROLL SERVICES: DynamicHR offers a single source for a practice's payroll processing, human resource management, workers compensation and medical benefits offerings. TPA members receive preferred pricing, including a SUMMER SPECIAL: New clients receive TWO months of FREE administrative fees with payroll services started by 9/30/21.

Learn more about this partner.