Staff huddles: Easier said than done

The early morning staff huddle intended to make practices more patient-centered by preparing for each patient's upcoming visit isn't exactly working out as planned.

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...

Payments to NPs, PAs outpace physicians

The industry increasingly is calling upon nonphysician practitioners (NPP) such as physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) to help expand healthcare access and optimize physician efficiency. And according to Medicare billing records, NPPs have certainly stepped up to the plate.

3 alternatives to live medical interpreters

It's a priority for Sunrise Community Health in Northern Colorado, which serves a large Spanish-speaking population, to provide care for patients in the language they're most comfortable, as it is for other medical groups in the community, according to the Greeley Tribune.

AAFP: Pay primary care docs to consult hospitalists

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is calling upon major insurers to revisit how they reimburse for primary care physicians consulting with hospitalists caring for their patients, AAFP News reported.

Quality measures still represent a sliver of how doctors are paid

Despite the Affordable Care Act's push toward value-based care, bundled or incentive payments still make up only a portion of how doctors are paid, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Medical residents happy with work, but will the honeymoon last?

The nation's next generation of physicians--current residents--are remarkably satisfied in terms of compensation, work-life balance and career choices, according to Medscape's 2015 Residents Salary & Debt Report. But it remains to be seen whether residents' happiness will carry over into their careers as practicing physicians.

Medical marijuana poses dilemma for docs

Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states and counting, but physician attitudes toward the idea of pot as medicine remain mixed.

Population health, end-of-life lessons from Pioneer ACO Atrius Health

In this exclusive interview, Atrius Health VP Emily Brower discusses two key lessons the Pioneer accountable care organization has learned since its involvement in the Medicare shared savings initiative: Why its vital to embrace population health management and the importance of end-of-life care discussions with patients. 

Small medical groups attracting private equity firms

While private equity firms have held interest in hospitals for a couple of years, only recently are they beginning to target physician practices. Investment activity is picking up in Texas, in particular, because so many of the state's physicians still practice solo, according to the Texas Tribune.

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...

Ask pain patients about alternative therapies

Most chronic pain sufferers have tried alternative therapies such as acupuncture or chiropractic care, but more than a third didn't tell their medical doctors about it, according to a survey of more than 6,000 patients treated for chronic pain at Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

5 ways the physician-recruiting scene is shifting

Family physicians ranked first among Merritt Hawkins' most requested recruiting assignments from April 2014 to March 2015--keeping these primary care physicians in top demand for nine years running, according to the firm's latest recruiting survey. But ongoing changes in the healthcare environment contributed to some less predictable results.

Study: Physicians should talk to one another about delivering bad news

When it comes to giving patients bad news, there is no take-home message about the right way to do so--just acknowledgment that such physician-patient interactions are incredibly complex, Teresa Gilewski, M.D., from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, told Medscape Medical News in response to new research on the topic.

Get ready for new payment and delivery systems

It's no secret the healthcare industry is in the midst of a transformation, as more practices consider new delivery and payment models to help achieve the Triple Aim of improved care, better population health and lower costs. What's less certain are the particular changes practices should make to adapt.

4 steps to improve patients' health literacy

Healthcare providers must take four immediate steps to improve their patients' health literacy and make sure patients understand the health information and instructions they receive, according to a new article in the American Family Physician

What you need to know about the evolving retail health market

In this special report, FiercePracticeManagement takes a look at the evolution of retail clinics, the consumer's role in the market and what the future holds for retail health.

How to use social media to enhance customer service

Out of all the industries included in Twitter's customer service data, tweets aimed at healthcare organizations grew by the highest percentage (132 percent) between March 2013 and February 2015. What's more, Facebook and Twitter are no longer just marketing tools, but an extension of businesses' customer relationship management.

Proposed rule clarifies disclosure regs for physician-owned hospitals

A new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would modify current Stark Law regulations for physician-owned hospitals.

Online ratings enter the operating room

Online physician ratings have reached new heights, with the launch of two new sites that will allow consumers to evaluate and compare surgeons based on never-before-available information on complications rates and patient outcomes.