by Pam Zubeck
Doctors aren't only healers these days. They must be negotiators with insurance companies, businessmen and personnel managers.
To mark Doctors Day on March 30, the El Paso County Medical Society announces a web site powered by Medical Voyce to provide a host of tools to help physicians run their businesses and practice medicine.
“The technologies and web-based resources available through the new site allow health care providers to run their practices with efficiency in an ever tightening atmosphere,” Carol Walker, the society's executive vice president, says in a news release. The site outlines legislative issues and requirements, plus a doctor-requested online referral tool tied to a growing physician directory.
“This new, directory-linked e-mail system allows me to securely send a referral with the click of a mouse instead of writing time-consuming letters or looking up colleagues in the phone book,” Dr. Jeffrey Moody, the group's president and a practicing urologist in Colorado Springs, says in the release.
The public will also have access to a potential patient segment of the directory, providing information on doctors to help them make informed choices about visiting a physician, including philosophy, training and insurance accepted.
Powering the group's site is the growing Medical Voyce portal, which expands the tools and offerings.
Current health care changes such as the upcoming 21% cut in Medicare reimbursements effect how doctors must run their businesses. “This is a changing business and our doctor’s need the support of the business community to run their offices so they can focus on medicine and their patients,” Medical Voyce CEO Dirk Hobbs says.