Debra Beaulieu-Volk

Biography for Debra Beaulieu-Volk

Debra Beaulieu-Volk, editor of FiercePracticeManagement, is responsible for getting the latest physician practice news, analysis and trends practice leaders need into their inboxes daily. She has been part of the Fierce team since 2010 and a staff writer for the Massachusetts Medical Society, the oldest continuously operating medical society in the United States and publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine, since 2011. Deb is also an avid long-distance runner with an eye toward the Boston Marathon. In other endurance events, she tries her best to keep up with her two children, who are 13 months apart in age but often get mistaken for twins. Deb works remotely from Boston, Mass., and can be reached at You can also follow @PracticeMgt on Twitter or find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Debra Beaulieu-Volk

The Quadruple Aim: Why providers must put the fourth target first

Several years ago, I was living in one of the so-called better parts of a city somewhat notorious for its miscreants. It didn't take long for the effects of crime and desperation to seep into...

3 reasons doctors veer from evidence-based medicine

Physicians may strive to practice evidence-based medicine, but doing so consistently is easier said than done, according to a commentary by Terry Brenneman, M.D., in Physicians Practice.

Concierge practice less about money, more about quality of life

There are several reasons physicians are drawn to alternative practice models, such as direct pay and concierge medicine. For Doug Pitman, M.D., the most meaningful benefit of switching to concierge care was the ability to restore balance to his life, according to a commentary in MD Magazine.

More urologists stand by PSA testing

The most recent guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend against routine testing for prostate-specific antigen, but the level to which this advice is followed may vary by physician type, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Overprescribing doc sentenced 30 years to life in prision

Setting a new precedent for the punishment of inappropriate painkiller prescribing, Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, D.O., has been convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, according to the Associated Press.

Women physicians celebrated, but still lack full support

It's been 167 years since Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Today, with the ranks of female physicians inching closer to 50 percent, practices are recognizing the benefits of a gender-diverse workforce, according to an article from The (Kansas) Morning Sun. Nonetheless, not all female physicians are satisfied that the culture of medicine has truly supported women doctors, particularly with regard to motherhood, according to a post from the KevinMD blog.

Tips to tighten your revenue cycle

Your practice's revenue cycle--collecting the full amounts owed in a timely manner--can mean the difference between keeping the doors open and shuttering them for good, a predicament Nicholas Greco, former practice manager for a solo, psychiatric practice based in Gurnee, Illinois, knows all too well. To catch business-threatening problems in your practice before it's too late, consider the following advice.

Doc groups support cost-saving telehealth proposal

Three Medicaid reimbursement policy changes for telehealth and remote patient monitoring would save the federal government $1.8 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report by consultancy Avalere Health. 

Words can hurt: Doctors must change the language of addiction

If the stigma surrounding addiction is one of the biggest obstacles to addressing it, the medical lexicon surrounding substance use disorders must also shift away from terminology that connotes blame and shame, according to an article from The Boston Globe.

Make speed dating a part of your practice marketing plan

When many of today's patients are looking for a doctor, they head to online review sites in search of the right match for their needs and a physician's expertise, insurance contracts and personality. Some medical practices are offering patients an even better opportunity to get to know their doctors, with in-person "speed dating."