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The Math of Medicare and Medicaid Access:...

Economics isn’t always simple. But at its basic level, it’s not a hard concept to grasp. It is the relationship between supply and demand. Supply is how much something is available in the market. Demand is how much it’s wanted...

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(Opargo Optimization) Readiness, Set, Grow!

The time to get the most accurate assessment of your health is not when you crawl into the doctor’s office with a sore throat, sinus infection, and chronic headache. The time to get the most accurate assessment of your health...

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Opargo | A Scheduler's Nightmare

Do You Have “A Scheduler’s Nightmare” to...

There’s a lot more to healthcare scheduling than making sure patient A sees doctor B at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. Add to the mix multiple doctors, practicing different disciplines, with competing schedules, at multiple sites, performing varied procedures, with limited...

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From the Chalkboard to the Board Room

The idea for Opargo first came about from a conversation with my co-founder, Dr. Aaron Lloyd, who sat next to me during the entire Executive MBA program at SMU’s Cox School of Business. He had a problem: He was working...

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Peopling with Purpose: Making the Most of...

Anyone who’s had the challenge of performing fix-up projects around the house — like replacing your kitchen sink — knows that there’s a perfectly sized wrench that works a lot more effectively than a screwdriver and a hammer every time....

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Healthcare: Old and Cold but Not Down...

Healthcare is so jacked up. I'm telling you, the fact that the fax machine is still alive and working is only because of healthcare. I’m honestly amazed at how behind the business side of this industry is from a technology...

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Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics: Jump Aboard or Get Left...

I read in a Wall Street Journal article that the Wisconsin Supreme Court is using algorithms that claim to predict criminal behavior and tendencies in the sentencing phase of trials. That’s right, judges can now use data, trends, and criminal histories as...

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Finding the Right AIM with Your Practice...

Legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky once claimed that he missed 100 percent of the shots he never took. That’s great advice on persistence from one of the most prolific scorers in hockey history. But Gretzky didn’t shoot the puck every...

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Fair and Equal Patient Referral Distribution: Why...

After delivering my first few presentations of Opargo, I came to a profound observation: Doctors are all about being fair and equal – and they can count! In the competitive world of specialty practices, there’s a great deal of sensitivity...

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Yield Management

Yield Management to the Rescue: The American...

Yield management isn’t just another cool buzz word you hear thrown around at business strategy meetings. It may be the most important principle that can be used by data and inventory-dependent companies in today’s world of constant change and information...

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Executive Sponsorship

The one thing you can count on in today’s fast-paced, technology driven world is change. Charles Darwin got it right when he stated, “it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one...

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Wave Scheduling Woes: Inherent Problems and the Human Factor

Wave Scheduling Woes: Inherent Problems and the...

It’s been practiced consistently since the early 1980s as a solution for increased patient volume and the need to make practices more efficient. Wave scheduling, where physicians schedule multiple appointments at the top of the hour and then see patients...