Financial challenges continue to plague physician practices, as indicated by the latest survey from Medical Economics, which sheds light on the trends currently affecting physician incomes and office balance sheets.
Last week's top story, "Practices' top financial challenges of 2014 turned out to be a hotter headline than I'd predicted. Perhaps the popularity of that story speaks to the adage that bad news travels fast. Or maybe its appeal is in helping practices recognize they are far from alone in their struggles.
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