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The case for a better breakroom

Interested in making your physicians and employees more productive, more loyal to your practice and less stressed? Redesigning your breakroom may elicit bigger changes than you'd think, according to Healthcare Design Magazine

How social media can extend the care experience

While shared medical appointments offer patients with like conditions the ability to support and learn from one another in person, emerging social media platforms can offer similar benefits from a distance. What's more, medical practices that embrace this trend can achieve better patient engagement while delivering a strong marketing message, according to an article from Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.

Shared medical appointments show promise in primary care

Thus far, much of the research surrounding shared medical appointments (SMAs) involved specialties dealing with chronic conditions such as diabetes. SMAs may have a promising place in primary care, particularly as part of the patient-centered medical home, according to a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Ending bad work relationships is a team responsibility

When it comes to dysfunctional work dynamics, any single member of the team has the power to change behaviors for the better. That's the silver lining of an otherwise gloomy study published recently in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Physicians balk at recertification requirements

Although board certification was once a lifelong credential, obligations mount for physicians to maintain their certifications throughout their careers. And according to a recent article from Kaiser Health News, many physicians consider emerging recertification requirements to be not just onerous, but worthless in terms of improving the way they practice medicine

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