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Quest for compliance: 3 ways practices can help patients do the right thing

I could have dreamt it, but am nearly positive I could hear the surgical team chatting for a few moments of my 90-minute wrist surgery earlier this year. I had a nerve block preventing any feeling...

3 ways physicians can balance work and relationships

About a week ago, I bought the first bicycle I have owned in almost 20 years. And it wasn't because I'm known for my grace on wheels. Mostly, I decided to start riding because it's an...

How integrated technology can drive private practice success

Over the past few years, there are few trends that have affected the world of practice management more than hospital employment. The numbers are substantial, with some reports predicting that up to...

3 AMA solutions to big physician problems: Will they work?

Several topics that we've discussed frequently in FiercePracticeManagement made their way onto the agenda at the American Medical Association's annual meeting this week.

3 lessons medical practices can take from Valvoline

First off, I'm not suggesting in any way that "drive thru" medical care would be beneficial for anyone. But as with retail clinics and other types of disruptive innovations, there are reasons these businesses succeed.

Celebrating 5 years of FiercePracticeManagement!

On this day in 2010, the first iPads had gone on sale and Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" was the top song on the radio. Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act had just become law, the Sustainable Growth Rate was still wreaking havoc and I was compiling the first-ever issue of FiercePracticeManagement.

Work-life balance: A skill, not a privilege

According to Randi Zuckerberg, executive, entrepreneur and sister of billionaire Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a smattering of nonstop days doesn't necessarily spell doom for work-life balance.

3 more rules for effective (less confrontational) communication

A few weeks ago, I offered three suggestions for effective communication. The next three may sound obvious but can require a bit more conscious effort than some of us realize.

Physician-to-physician advice on how to conduct end-of-life talks

For insight into how one primary care physician addresses end-of-life planning and advance directives with his patients, I spoke with Craig M. Wax, D.O. (pictured), a family physician in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, host of Your Health Matters on Rowan Radio and frequent speaker for physician and public audiences.

Patient experience tip: Forget customer service and show sincerity

It's been seven weeks since my odyssey to heal a badly fractured wrist began, and I'm happy to report that it's just about over. Through this journey, I've made stops to numerous...