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What will the end of the SGR bring, besides more acronyms?

What do we know so far about Medicare's replacement for the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015? 

Lowest-paid docs would still choose medicine, but in different specialties

Both primary care physicians (PCP) and specialists have enjoyed modest compensation increases over the past few years, according to Medscape's 2015 Physician Compensation Report. In particular, the average compensation for specialists is $284,000, with PCPs earning $195,000. 

 

3 social media shortcuts for physicians

One of physicians' most common objections to participating in social media is the amount of time it may require, on top of their already overburdened schedules. But having an online presence doesn't have to be all-consuming to have a positive impact on your practice, according to social media expert Kevin Pho, M.D., in the Spring 2015 edition of Physician Family Magazine.

 

Is Maintenance of Certification as burdensome as critics claim?

When the American Board of Internal Medicine adopted the new maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements in early 2014, many physicians balked vocally. Today, the criticism has yet to subside, with some physicians alleging that the burden of taking the exam every two years instead of 10 costs them not just money but also time with patients, according to an article from the Longview Daily News.

3 steps to productive physician-patient dialogue

Sometimes the best a primary care physician can do for a patient is simply to have a conversation, according to an opinion piece in MedPage Today by Andy Lazrismm, M.D.

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