In the era of health reform, your practice is more directly affected by patients' behavior than ever before. This means that even if you prescribe all the right treatment and give top-notch advice, you may still face penalties if your patients don't follow through with the steps they need to take (i.e., complying with your instructions) to make good outcomes possible
Unlike past years when physicians' concerns focused mostly on scenarios that might occur in an evolving U.S. health system, 2014 will call for doctors to address the new realities of practicing medicine under the Affordable Care Act.
While elements of uncertainty still exist--including the fate of the sustainable growth rate, how patient panels will shift under enrollment in health exchanges, and the long-term success of new practice and payment models, to name a few--practices can count on entering a period of increased market flux.. Read the full commentary...
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While large organizations, such as WESTMED Medical Group in New York have reported the most success in forming accountable care organizations, a handful of small family practices in Nebraska are confident that they won't just benefit financially from their ACOs, but will gain more satisfaction in the way they practice as well.
More than 15 percent of your current patients are "not very likely" to recommend your practice or physicians to others, thus putting them at "high risk" for taking their healthcare needs elsewhere, according to an analysis from Press Ganey.
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is urging the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to conduct full end-to-end testing of ICD-10 to prevent cash-flow problems for physician practices.
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Even in tough financial times, marketing your practice is still a worthwhile investment. This job is so important, in fact, that some experts recommend practices add a full-time marketer, at a salary of $40,000-$50,000 plus benefits, to their payrolls, according to a post from Physicians Practice.
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Allowing patients access to physicians' electronic notes is becoming more popular, and is influencing the content of the notes themselves, according to a new op-ed article in the New England Journal of Medicine.