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SAFEGUARD INITIATES HEALTHCARE REFORM SURVEY OF MEDICAL COMMUNITY

 FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Safeguard Business Systems Inc., the nation's leading provider of accounting and office efficiency systems for small businesses, has initiated a comprehensive survey with groups of doctors and medical office managers across the nation. The survey includes a series of questions on proposed national healthcare reform and the future of their practices.
 The Safeguard Confidential Healthcare Opinion Survey currently is being conducted through personal interviews with a sampling of more than 80,000 of Safeguard's healthcare clients throughout the United States.
 "The purpose is to identify and summarize the key aspects of how healthcare practice management is being affected by the rapid changes of marketplace pressures and policy reform. The findings will be summarized and disseminated for physicians, industry agencies and publications," Safeguard Director of Strategic Development Ross Mason said.
 "Physicians and their staffs are also being asked how they see their practice changing as a result of the healthcare reforms," said Mason. He pointed out that early responses have included:
 -- More time and attention devoted to regulations and insurance
 company policies;
 -- Devoting a greater than 50 percent share toward HMO patients; and
 -- Seeing a greater variety of patients due to universal coverage.
 Some commented that managed care has increased paperwork and phone time and complained that there is no uniformity in delivery of care.
 Another question asked about problems conforming with OSHA regulations. Respondents replied:
 -- Lack of employee awareness and conformation of guidelines;
 -- The problem of medical waste;
 -- Lack of room in the office; and
 -- Redundant paperwork; expenses; recordkeeping; and lack of
 training.
 When asked how their office could be more efficient, respondents reported:
 -- Through the use of computers;
 -- Through the use of electronic billing; and
 -- Linking multiple practices by computer.
 When asked where they saw their practice in three to five years, some saw their practice expanding, adding more physician assistants, nurses and doctors; others believed they would be consolidating their practice with another group; or going to work for HMOs or hospital networks. Many felt they would be much more dependent on the role and decisions of the federal government. Mason said that a summary of further findings from this detailed healthcare survey will be available in the first quarter of 1994.
 Safeguard has served small businesses and professionals for more than 35 years, offering office efficiency solutions which include: manual recordkeeping systems, computer software and forms, automated payroll services and records management. The company has over 850 independent distributors and associates in the United States, providing personal service as the needs of small businesses, such as healthcare practitioners, evolve.
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