Archive for month: September, 2017

The Benefits of Cool Roofs for your Commercial Building

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Whether you need a new one or are considering an upgrade, there are many things to consider when choosing a new roof.

One thing you’ll want to be sure to consider is a cool roof, which is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a typical roof. The best part is nearly any type of building can benefit from a cool roof.

Cool roofs use material that is designed to absorb less heat Just as wearing light-colored clothing can help keep you cool on a sunny day. They can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles.

Standard roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more in the summer months, but a cool roof could stay up to 50°F cooler under the same conditions.

Benefits of Cool Roofs

It can be difficult to understand how a roof can influence energy costs. On average, the roof is exposed to the sun for 12 hours a day. During these 12 hours, the roof is absorbing nearly all of the heat from the sun.

This happens even when the temperatures outside may not be very high. The sun is still producing solar heat, and the roof is absorbing it like a sponge.

Cool roofs can save money several ways, including energy savings, incentives and extended roof lifetime. A cool roof can benefit a commercial building, their property owner, and the environment by:

  1. Reducing energy consumption costs significantly
  2. Decreasing roof temperature, which may extend roof service life.
  3. Helping to reduce local air temperatures.
  4. Contributing to lower the peak electricity demand, which can help reduce power outages.
  5. Reducing power plant emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and mercury.
  6. Decreasing cooling energy use in buildings.

The Schoppman Difference

When you select Schoppman Company as your General Contractor, we make it a point to present energy saving systems during the design development phase of the project.  We will present options and estimated duration for “payback” of the initial investment.

We take the time to stay current with new energy saving systems which continue to develop as technology allows.

Besides saving money, it’s good for the environment.

Provided by Steve Sperling of Schoppman Company, Inc.,
(770-564-3462 or

Specialty practices way behind on MACRA readiness, survey shows

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macraSurvey shows few are making key investments, changes required for move to value-based care.

By: Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor, Healthcare Finance News.

A new survey from technology provider Integra Connect has found that a majority of specialty physicians have yet to make the necessary organizational, IT, or service investments to achieve success under MACRA success.

Integra Connect, which provides services for value-based specialty care, conducted the survey among attendees of the company’s June meeting in Atlanta. The respondents’ practices represented about 800 physicians, 58 percent of which were from oncology practices and 42 percent were from urology

For starters, 100 percent of survey respondents admitted they have not yet fully grasped MACRA’s impact on their practices. The most common description – selected by 71 percent of respondents – was, “I am learning but have a way to go.”

MACRA, officially the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, was signed in 2015 to convert physician reimbursement to value-based healthcare system based on performance, replacing the fee-for-service model.

But while 56 percent said their goal is to deliver cost savings under MACRA “through practice transformation to avoid unnecessary hospital stays and ER use,” roughly two-thirds are either not prepared at all to do so or are taking a “do-it-yourself” approach, which will likely limit their existing resources and tools.

When drilling down into specific challenges, respondents listed the three top barriers to succeeding in MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System: having the right people/skills, understanding the requirements, and making the cultural shift required to assume accountability for patients.

However, specialty practices acknowledged that investments in consulting services, new care coordination resources, and new EHRs could help conquer those challenges as. In fact, 51 percent of respondents said they don’t believe their EHR can handle value-based care, including alternative payment models like the Oncology Care Model, MIPS, and other bundled-payment programs.

When it comes to EHRs and other technological upgrades, money is an issue, as 62 percent of respondents either don’t know how, or have no plans, to fund these investments, the survey found.

“To maximize clinical and financial returns under MACRA, these practices will need a combination of comprehensive technology designed for their needs, process improvements and dramatic cultural change with new skillsets such as care management and navigation at the core,” Charles Saunders, CEO of Integra Connect, said in a statement.

Bernie Monegain contributed to this report.

Article submitted  by Stephen Bradley, First Citizens Bank

Practice Manager of the Month

Categories: Practice Manager of the Month

EveCarterEve Carter
Practice Manager, West Atlanta Pediatrics

Eve Carter has been the Practice Manager at West Atlanta Pediatrics for 23 years. The group has two locations; one in Lithia Springs and the other in Dallas, Georgia.  The practice consists of four doctors, two mid-levels, and 32 employees.  During nursing school, Eve worked with a general practitioner where she obtained early experience with billing and insurance along with nursing.  She had to be a quick study, as there was a lot of on the job learning.  After nursing school, Eve worked as a pediatric nurse at Wellstar Hospital.  She had a few changes in and out of the hospital before she started employment at West Atlanta Pediatrics; first as a nurse, and shortly thereafter after she got involved in administrative tasks, ending up with the role of Practice Manager.

While Eve misses the nursing part of her job, she likes that she’s more of a mom role than a boss.  With two locations, the staff rotates and now has an office manager in each location.  Eve enjoys coming to work because she’s coming to work with friends.  She is friends with each employee/doctor, and they enjoy a family type atmosphere. All of this leads to a pleasant environment and low turnover.

Eve states that it’s important to foster a family environment to be successful and help people feel happy.  West Atlanta Pediatrics tries to have out of office functions to get to know each other outside the workplace.  They have a summer function, holiday parties, and sometimes go on trips together.  The other factor that Eve finds important in her role as Practice Manager is to have high expectations, and to be sure that those expectations have been communicated. While there is a need to be empathic to situations as they arise, the work still needs to be done and setting expectations and goals allows the office to run smoothly.  Lindsey Ransom, M.D., one of the pediatricians at West Atlanta Pediatrics stated, “As a trusted leader in our office, Eve runs the practice as a well-oiled machine, but treats each employee like family.  Her dynamic and positive demeanor inspires us all to be better at our jobs.”

Some of the best advice that Eve received in her years of nursing is from that first general practitioner’s office where she was employed. She watched the doctor and staff work smoothly because they were knowledgeable and efficient.  She watched and listened how they dealt with patients with kindness, and acted kindly but firmly with providers. The phrase that sticks with her is that everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time, so not to get intimidated.  The pleasant demeanor kept stress levels down and kept everything moving.

Eve has started to have more time away from work.  With that time, she and her husband enjoy travelling.  They have a second home in Montreat, NC where they spend a lot of time and help to take care of aging relatives as well as checking in on their kids and grandkids.  They recently travelled to Belize where they split their time between the jungle and beach.  The enjoyed the jungle adventure more.

Eve Carter was nominated by Chris Jann of Medicus Solutions (IT).  She started working with Chris in 2008 when they switched to Allscripts EMR.  Chris Jann and Medicus were recommended to them, and she said that his company has done a wonderful job. She had little computer knowledge at the time, and Medicus really helped. Eve knows that as a Practice Manager she has many things to worry about so it’s best not to get overwhelmed about IT.  It’s important to her that they will take care of HIPAA, privacy policies, keep them compliant, and get anything resolved quickly.

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