Amid evidence that better care-coordination means improved outcomes, and fewer mistakes and costly hospitalizations, the Obama administration issued a policy change whereby the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Sericies will pay physicians a monthly fee to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries with two or more chronic conditions, the New York Times reported.
Sometimes in my role as messenger, I relay practice management advice I don't entirely agree with. This week, I shared one physician's rather rigid stance on employee time theft, which essentially amounted to zero tolerance for staff members' personal use of the Internet or cell phones during work time.
While I understand not wanting distracted or unproductive employees (and the specific policy was not included in the article), the tone of the statement, "Using office time for personal texting and Web surfing is theft" struck me as harsh..
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Physicians, frustrated with the higher burden and lower payoff (financial and emotional) of practicing medicine in the United States, seek to take control and make changes to increase their professional satisfaction, according to the latest snapshot provided by Physicians Practice's fifth annual Great American Physician Survey.
Physician turnover stayed at a steady 6.8 percent over the past two years, but the number of doctors that retired from practicing increased drastically, reaching its highest-ever rate of 18 percent in 2013, according to the ninth annual Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association and Cejka Search.
Worried that your employees spend too much time slacking off? Institute clear policies that spell out exactly how you expect staff to spend office time and what activities are prohibited, advised Joseph S. Eastern, M.D., a New Jersey–based dermatologist, Oncologypractice.com reported.
Despite the benefits of "disclose, apology and offer" programs as a faster, less costly alternative to malpractice litigation, physicians in states with DA&O laws must still report payouts made on their behalf to the National Practitioner Data Bank, Medscape Medical News reported.
With 4,000 to 8,000 fee-based practices so far, concierge practices continue to gain in popularity throughout the country. And as more physicians look to profit from the model, one of the movement's leaders, MDVIP, is under fire for what some competitors argue is an unfair monopoly in several U.S. cities, including Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta and Houston, the Boston Globe reported.
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