Strong physician-patient relationships promote better outcomes, which increasingly will affect practices' bottom lines in the transition to value-based care. Nonetheless, practice leadership can inadvertently undermine physicians' ability to connect with patients by putting too much emphasis on productivity and satisfaction scores and not enough on helping doctors build relationships. Here are three ways employers can help promote patients' trust in their physicians and therefore doctors' effectiveness, according to a recent post from Becker's Hospital Review.
If your EHR isn't meeting your practice's long-term needs, here is what you should know before shopping around for a new vendor, according to a recent article from Physicians Practice.
Family Medicine for America's Health's Health is Primary campaign today announced a collaboration with CVS Health to increase coordination of care between primary care providers and retail pharmacies and clinics, including CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic. In an exclusive interview with FiercePracticeManagement, Glen Stream, M.D., president and board chair of FMAHealth, discussed the role of primary care offices in making such partnerships work.
Now that FiercePracticeManagement is a daily publication, we're offering you five times the advice to make your jobs easier and do them better. Along with that comes quintuple the volume of suggestions that you change.
Knowing the weight of the word change, we might lighten it up as "update," "evolve," "revisit" or "adopt." Or we may try to imply enthusiasm with terms such as "innovate" and "reinvent."
But whether we're talking about redecorating your waiting room or conducting patient visits through a computer, change is change. And for physicians, simply saying, "This is great. Here's why. Try it," isn't going to be terribly effective, Colin Furness, Ph.D., an epidemiologist with Infonaut Inc. and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, told me during an exclusive interview.
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Two of the men Pamela Wible, M.D., a family practice physician, dated in medical school took their own lives. Eight physicians in her small town committed suicide. Writ large, physician suicide is a public health issue: More than one million patients lose their physicians each year because those physicians take their own lives. In a recent interview with Christine Sinsky, M.D., from the American Medical Association, posted on the KevinMD blog, Wible offered several steps the medical community can take to help prevent additional physician suicides.
While medicine clearly requires a high intellect and vast clinical and technical knowledge, emotional intelligence plays a critical role in how effectively physicians communicate and establish relationships with patients, Alan H. Rosenstein, M.D., an internist, educator and consultant in healthcare management, said during a Nov. 17 webinar reported by Becker's Hospital Review.
You've seen the same patients year in and year out, and you've given them the same round of warnings and advice every year, but you can't seem to get them to do anything about it. Increased emphasis on how your patients can improve their lives rather than dire warnings about why they ought to change course could be a deceptively simple way to improve the odds of success, according to an article at PennLive.
Although physicians can't solve the problem of firearm violence, they can be part of the solution, according to a Boston-based emergency physician, who spoke to Medscape Medical News following a presentation on the subject at the American Public Health Association 2015 Annual Meeting.
Off-label prescribing is a common practice for physicians, particularly when treating some of their sickest patients for whom other remedies have failed, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal. But the incidence of side effects also rises sharply when drugs are given to patients for other than their intended purposes, new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed, spurring a call for physicians to monitor their off-label prescribing more closely.
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Consumer engagement is more talk than reality, but there are actions that can be taken to fix that, according to a paper from Mathematica Policy Research published in eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).