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Frustrated by inconsistent care coordination? ACP offers help

The American College of Physicians (ACP) this week released a toolkit to help improve communication and coordination between primary care and subspecialist physicians. As an observer, it's...

6 HIPAA best practices you're probably not following

If you think breaches are the only issue you have to worry about regarding HIPAA enforcement, you're wrong, according to David M. Vaughn of Vaughn & Associates, LLC, in Louisiana. Vaughn...

3 ways to optimize performance of working moms at your practice

Tomorrow is my son's seventh birthday and I'm baking his cake as I type. Not many occupations lend themselves to this level of multitasking. But as a mom who spent many years working in an...

Social media bugaboo: How to handle grief and memorial in the Internet age

When FiercePracticeManagement launched in 2010, healthcare social media was in its infancy. The major questions surrounding websites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and the like were, "What are they? Why should I use them? How do I use them?"

3 simple steps to help save your practice

Running a medical practice is not for the faint of heart. With mounting regulations and flat reimbursements, closure is a real possibility for many small practices. Marc D. Halley, MBA, president and chief executive officer of Ohio-based Halley Consulting Group, should know. With more than 20 years of experience in the physician-practice industry, Halley's expertise comes not just from his work as a consultant, but as someone who's been in your shoes.

Ditch the script: What doctors can learn from improv

When I think collectively about the doctor's visits I've ever had, I'd say 10 percent of the time I've spent in exam rooms involved some sort of physical doctoring--examinations,...

Virtual connections: How to relate to patients online and in person

Last week's column focused on some of the ways healthcare has changed since the days of Marcus Welby, M.D. This week's issue of FiercePracticeManagement has a similar theme with many stories...

Marcus Welby didn't know everything: What to appreciate about healthcare today

In all the time I've been writing about physician practice management, one refrain I've heard countless times is that "the days of Marcus Welby are long gone." And considering the...

Direct lab results don't diminish docs' role in care

This morning, out of simple curiosity, I logged on to my primary care office's patient portal to check the results of the routine lab work I had done a month ago. Because I use this service so...

10 ways practices can improve the patient experience

No matter how wonderful of an experience you provide to patients, chances are there's still room for improvement. That's not just my opinion as a bystander, but a clear finding of a recent...