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A direct primary care physician's answers to top concerns about model [Q&A]

Despite physicians' growing interest in contracting directly with patients, such alternative practice models continue to face some harsh criticism. For a direct primary care physician's take on some key points of controversy, FiercePracticeManagement spoke with Jeffrey S. Gold, M.D., founder of one of the first DPC practices in Massachusetts.

Don't wait to ask patients what matters

The notion of distilling what matters and arriving at goals to preserve it has come up frequently in discussions about end-of-life care. And when patients perceive their lives as being appreciably shorter, they become much more interested in their state of being than what they could be doing. But what about patients who don't have a foreseeable finality to their conditions? What about people living with chronic or degenerative illnesses that even the best of modern medicine can't substantially alleviate? How are doctors to help people with many years ahead full of things they could be doing, despite the physical and emotional barriers in the way?

What it takes to develop rapport in a hurry

It's of little surprise that a recent spotlight story we ran about the trouble with 15-minute office visits hit a big nerve with readers. And a separate post about one of the many offshoots of...

Happy Thanksgiving!

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, FiercePracticeManagement will not publish tomorrow. We will resume publication on Friday....

Why 2016 will be pivotal in practices' transition to value-based care [Interview]

The past year has been full of changes that will affect physician practices for years to come. For insights into what will matter most to practices in 2016, we turned to Reid Blackwelder, M.D., immediate past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In an exclusive interview with FiercePracticeManagement, Blackwelder shared his thoughts on the impact of the shift to value-based care in general and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act in particular.

3 reasons doctors struggle with change--and why we should be patient

Now that FiercePracticeManagement is a daily publication, we're offering you five times the advice to make your jobs easier and do them better. Along with that comes quintuple the volume of...

Why mid-life is the time to start talking about the end

I'm about halfway through reading Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande, M.D. It's requiring that I pace myself, for emotional reasons. My parents are in their...

Here's your first issue of FPM Daily!

Dear Readers: Beginning today, FiercePracticeManagement will be hitting your inboxes every weekday with the latest and most relevant practice management news, trends and analysis you need to make...

5-times-fiercer: FiercePracticeManagement Daily launches next week!

The holidays aren't quite upon us, but I'm happy to announce an early and exciting gift for you. Beginning next Monday, FiercePracticeManagement will expand from a weekly to a daily...

3 ways to mentor practice management newcomers

As you know, I spent most of last week in Nashville attending the Medical Group Management Association's annual conference. This must have been roughly my 10th MGMA meeting, and it met all of my...