Physician practices run on tight schedules, and patients are feeling the crunch. According to a poll of 3,000 patients in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany conducted by voice-recognition software company Nuance Communications Inc., 40 percent of patients say they feel rushed during physician visits.
Today, more than ever, running any type of healthcare organization is an all-hands-on-deck enterprise. Building a strong crew isn't easy. You need clinicians and employees who are not just highly skilled, compassionate and reliable, but who also fit the culture of your practice.
Although physician groups criticized legislators for taking recess before voting on a proposed repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, chances are good that the Senate will follow the House's lead and approve HR 1470 within the next two weeks, Medical Economics reported.
Despite opposition from its start five years ago, some fears related to the Affordable Care Act have failed to materialize. For example, the 16.4 million Americans who gained private health insurance over the past years did not flood physician office waiting rooms nearly to the extent anticipated.
Practices drawn to the convenience of working with just one laboratory should think twice before entering exclusive arrangements, according to an advisory opinion issued this month by the Office of Inspector General.
Long wait times in medical offices have been a consistent source of patient dissatisfaction for years, but the trend may be beginning to reverse, according to a survey from Vitals.com. The healthcare review website's sixth annual Physician Wait Time Report revealed that the average time patients spend stewing in waiting rooms has dropped by a minute over the past 12 months.
Despite the promise of lower costs and better care that value-based payment systems bring, medical providers need more help transitioning to these alternative payment models, according to a new study conducted by Rand Corp. on behalf of the American Medical Association.
Giving patients bad news is difficult. And when that bad news happens to be an Alzheimer's diagnosis, it's so challenging that most doctors avoid doing it, according to report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer's Association.
Important ingredients that are often missing in meetings, according to a recent post from Harvard Business Review, include leaders' ability to demonstrate empathy and emotional control. These concepts apply to one-on-one interactions, too, as described in a recent post for Physicians Practice.
While there is no guarantee it will pass, there is hope that lawmakers' latest proposal to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula will succeed. As with past attempts to do away with the formula, the $210 billion price tag, only $70 billion of which would be offset, is the key hurdle that may prevent Congress from passing the legislation, according to FierceHealthFinance.
Although chronic disease represents the leading cause of death in the U.S., 40 percent of all premature death is due to behaviors amenable to change, noted authors of an article published in The American Journal of Medicine.
Retail clinics entered the healthcare marketplace over a decade ago, but physician offices' strategy surrounding them continues to be a work in progress, according to an article from Medscape Today.
Americans' cries for health price transparency are growing louder, but their search for cost data remains mostly elusive, according to a report from Public Agenda.
There are critical questions missing when many physicians interview patients, according to an article in the Washington Post by family physician Mitch Kaminski, M.D. They are: "What are your goals for your care?" and "How can I help you?" he wrote.
Some of the most powerful weapons in the battle against chronic disease have to do with lifestyle, yet physicians often struggle to get patients to follow through on advice to eat well and exercise. Emerging partnerships between physician practices and fitness centers aim to help solve this conundrum, according to an article from the State.
It's difficult for practices to ensure patients' medication adherence as patients often fail to fill or take prescriptions as directed for several reasons, with physicians often learning of the problem after a consequence occurs. But some practices have had success with in-office pharmacies.
Patients perceive physicians wjp bear better news as more compassionate and even more trustworthy than those who tell patients less optimistic news in an empathetic way, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology.
Small physician practices often don't have the same resources as larger organizations to formalize patient safety initiatives, but that doesn't mean they should ignore the risks. Much guidance is available to healthcare organizations in how to reduce problems such as falls and infections, and a recent Urology Times article highlights advice that is most practical for physician offices.