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Time saver: Break these 3 bad email habits

Improving office efficiency is a frequent theme in FiercePracticeManagement. Email is a big example of a time-saving tool that can easily become a drag on productivity for physicians and employees alike. To make better use of the time docs spend handling electronic communications, consider the following tips about what not to do from Harvard Business Review.

Current ACA challenge: Understanding contracts

Only months into Affordable Care Act implementation, one of the biggest remaining challenges for physician practices is understanding contracts with new health exchange plans, noted consultant Mary Pat Whaley in a recent Manage My Practice blog post.

3 health cost-of-care resources in the works

While health cost transparency advocates make progress in supporting the ethics of factoring patient costs into shared medical decision making, significant logistical challenges remain in putting the idea into practice, according to an article published in the Boston Globe.

3 trends fueling retail clinic expansion

Retail health clinics are a new healthcare delivery trend quickly picking up steam across the country, the Washington Post reports

Hard outcomes data prove patient relationships matter

A new research review published in Plos One supports the idea that patient outcomes improve when their physicians receive training in communication techniques, such as motivational interviewing, shared decision-making, patient-centered care, empathic care or cultural competence.

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