Physicians Practice App Helps Physicians Prepare for Effects of Affordable Care Act Digital issue for iPad offers advice to help medical practices ready for changes resulting from January 2014 implementation

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US today announced that Physicians Practice, the award-winning practice management resource for physicians and medical office staff, released the third digital issue of its free iPad application. This issue includes a multitude of tips from peers and practice management experts to help practices prepare for changes in the delivery of healthcare, resulting from the January 2014 implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

According to UBM Medica's 2013 Great American Physician Survey, sponsered by Kareo, six in ten physicians rated health reform as "extremely important" in their lives. Yet the same study revealed that nearly 60 percent of those surveyed had done nothing to prepare for the changes that are expected to take effect in just a few months. In an effort to help physicians and their staff take steps to prepare for any potential effects of the ACA, the latest digital issue of the Physicians Practice tablet app includes a "Healthcare Reform Toolkit" with tips on ACA-related topics such as bundled payments, Medicare and Medicaid, Accountable Care Organizations, Health Insurance Exchanges, and Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

The third issue also contains exclusive data from the aforementioned Great American Physician Survey that delves into physicians' opinions on everything from health reform and politics, to their personal and professional lives. Other features of the September 2013 issue include:

  • Tips to help practices increase their revenue by avoiding common coding mistakes and speeding up the collections process
  • A comparison guide to help physicians choose the best tablet for use in their practice
  • Multi-media features such as videos, podcasts and infographics that allow readers to further explore topics of interest

"While results from the Great American Physician Survey revealed that doctors are generally happy, there are still aspects of practicing medicine that continue to frustrate," said Keith L. Martin, executive editor at UBM Medica US.  "We hope that physicians and their staff will turn to all three issues of the tablet app for guidance and inspiration as challenges arise." 

For nearly 25 years, Physicians Practice has provided practical advice on the business of medicine through a variety of mediums including print, digital, and live events. The tablet app was launched in April 2013 and combines Physicians Practice's practical advice with interactive features such as podcasts, videos, and personalized checklists.

This is the third and final issue of the Physicians Practice tablet app planned for 2013. For more information, visit the App Store.

About UBM Medica US

Addressing today's healthcare information needs, UBM Medica US, delivers strategic, integrated communications solutions and comprehensive reach -- online, in print, live conferences and via custom programs. Improving the effectiveness of healthcare through information and education, UBM Medica US provides unbiased clinical, practical, and business information for physicians, providers, payers, and patients around the world. Through journals, magazines, websites, online communities, drug databases, digital events, and other valuable resources, UBM Medica US also delivers comprehensive communication solutions for the pharmaceutical and related industries. Websites include CancerNetwork.com, ConsultantLive.com, DiagnosticImaging.com, RheumatologyNetwork.com, OBGYN.net, PhysiciansPractice.com, PsychiatricTimes.com and SearchMedica.com. UBM Medica US is part of UBM Connect – which provides marketing services across a number of communities, the largest of which are healthcare, medical device design and advanced manufacturing. UBM Connect also includes UBM Studios, the global leader in interactive digital environments. UBM Connect is a UBM plc company. For more information, visit www.UBMMedicaUS.com.

About UBM plc

UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications company.  We help businesses do business, bringing the world's buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content.  Our 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news.

Media contact:
Amy Erdman
Vice President, Marketing
203-523-7041
amy.erdman@ubm.com

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