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How providers can address the rural healthcare crisis

Rural healthcare providers are at a crossroads. Faced with the same problems as the rest of the industry as it transitions from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, rural providers must also contend with a shortage of healthcare workers and fewer resources to adapt to newer consumer and regulatory demands.

Retail clinics offer wake-up call for primary care practices

Traditional primary care practices (PCPs) ought to pay close attention to retailers such as Walgreens, RiteAid, CVS Health and Target. Their success, argues a blog post from healthcare consultancy The Advisory Board Company, should serve as a wakeup call that practices will need to up their service game in order to compete.

 

Specialist referrals: Best practices to limit liability

Physicians' referrals to specialists have at least doubled over the past decade or so, but that trend isn't necessarily problematic, according to an article from Medical Economics

Oncologists can't afford to stay independent

While the healthcare-consolidation trend has accelerated across specialties since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, oncologists in private practice face particularly intense pressure to sell or become otherwise affiliated with hospitals, according to an article from the New York Times.

Digital physician-patient communication: Do the pros really outweigh the cons?

Despite acknowledgement that digital communication is increasingly becoming a standard feature of the healthcare landscape, and often with meaningful benefits, a Quartz column by Esther Choo, M.D., an emergency physician and assistant professor at Warren Alpert Medical School, explored the downsides of e-health for patients and physicians.

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