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3 truths about making tough decisions

Decision-making is exhausting. Whether partnering with patients to make medical choices or making business decisions for your practice, the best answer is rarely obvious. There are almost always...

4 ways to use dress rehearsals in your practice

Last week, we talked about the value of critiquing our own performance, both individually and as a group. I use this tactic in my non-professional life, too, reviewing the mental game footage of the...

How honest reflection fuels performance

How often do you walk out of an exam room, a meeting with your board of directors or interaction with an employee and take the time to ask yourself, "How could that have gone better?"...

Two physician-patient relationship factors that transcend time

Almost every business, regardless of the industry, is about relationships. It doesn't matter whether the business is making widgets or washing cars; our society depends on people helping one...

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.