North Louisiana’s Premier Management Firm
For Small Physician Practices, Small Hospitals
And Small Healthcare Organizations


One call to SMSO can save you time and worry with proven Turnkey Solutions custom developed for your practice specific needs.

handsignbx_shadowabout_SMSO_shadowSpecialty Management Services of Ouachita, LLC, works with small physician practices, small hospitals, and small healthcare organizations (such as imaging centers and ASCs) to develop operational and financial stability. This customized service allows small facilities to focus on what is most important—patient care. Clients benefit from the firm’s expertise in top business models, productivity, and the implementation of government quality and incentive programs.

Our firm is led by CEO & President Linda S. Holyfield and CFO & Senior Vice President Terri Hicks, each of whom have spent decades shaping and improving healthcare solutions in northeast Louisiana.



  • Practice & Facility Management
  • Staff Structure & Workflow Efficiencies
  • Privacy & Security of Health Information
  • Billing & Revenue Cycle Management
  • IT Systems, Including Meaningful Use

SMSO Testimonials

What Our Clients are Saying About Us

  • “With the aid of SMSO we have completed the transition in a smooth and very successful manner. The SMSO services were comprehensive and your staff was very professional, and most importantly competent. What seemed to be a daunting task was in fact a very seamless transition once we had the assistance of SMSO.”
    Dr. John Cooksey, M.D.
  • “SMSO was lifesaving for us, both in our hospital and in our clinics. They led us down the path we needed. Their staff facilitated the installation of our new IT system and walked us through the necessary paperwork to meet meaningful use. SMSO gave us the easy transition we needed, and one we would not have had without their help.”
    Evalyn Ormond, CEO of Union General Hospital in Farmerville, LA

We Offer More Than Just Claims Management.

Revenue Cycle Management

Do you want to strategically improve all aspects of your revenue cycle from beginning to end? In today’s environment with declining reimbursement and rising costs, it’s critical to manage the revenue cycle process effectively from start to finish.

As administrative hassles and other hurdles to getting paid continue to rise, Specialty Management Services of Ouachita can identify financial opportunities, allowing you and your practice to focus on patient care.

SMSO understands that each organization faces unique challenges. Our staff members are trained to develop processes that will improve the efficacy of your facility's daily operations. With our experienced team of professional billing staff we can show you how to save time, cut costs, and recover accurate reimbursements.

Partner with a Team of Medical Coding Services Professionals

Medical Coding Service

We offer Medical Coding Services to help you optimize your reimbursement and enhance your productivity. SMSO offers services to help maximize workflow, enhance productivity, improve revenue, realize cost savings and increase compliance.

We are absolutely committed to consistently providing our clients with nothing less than the finest medical record coding support available. We provide fully compliant coding, with industry leading turnaround time and accuracy, while ensuring optimal reimbursement.

Every practice can benefit from medical coding services. Your practice’s coding strategy most likely fits within one of two categories; either you are losing money on reimbursements because you are undercoding or you are putting yourself at risk for an audit by overcoding.

Tired of Looking for the Right IT Support for your Private Practice

Medical IT Support

Specialty Management Services of Ouachita provides superior physician medical office technology services and hardware support, simplifying processes and saving practices money through all aspects of your medical office support systems.

SMSO can provide advice on technologies to support your practice. From the application server that serves up your practice management software to the workstations that support daily operations, we can provide the highest level of troubleshooting and support for all practice needs. In addition, we can secure systems from outside access to protect your practice and patient information.

In today's practice environment, Internet and Email are an integral part of daily operations. Don't wait until a virus or worm disrupts your practice and causes costly computer operating system damage. SMSO provides expert recommendations on the latest business level anti-virus protection and encryption.

SMSO has the Education and Tools to Help you Attest for Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use

The Stage 2 Meaningful Use rule was adopted as part of a series of regulations implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Under that law, doctors, healthcare professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt and meaningfully use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.

The HITECH Act also imposes Medicare payment penalties on providers who don’t meet meaningful use standards by the year 2015.

ICD-10 Training for Transition and Implementation

ICD-10 transition

The healthcare industry is preparing for monumental changes as it transitions toward implementing the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, also known as ICD-10.

ICD-10 transition services help prevent revenue loss and cash flow slow down.

As a result of coding and transaction standard changes, physicians and healthcare executives will need to address several business issues in order to adhere to new code set and minimize any disruption of care services.