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Most women don't talk about breast cancer risks with docs, despite concerns

Most women (65 percent) don't discuss their personal risk for certain cancers or proper screening techniques with their doctors, according to a new study.

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.

Physicians: Boost patient compliance by starting cost conversation

The average annual health cost for a family of four in the United States has now reached $24,671, according to the latest Milliman Medical Index. That's a 6.3 percent increase over the past year, and the annual cost for a typical family has nearly tripled since 2001.

3 ways to keep doctors and managers on the same page

To ensure physician practice success, practice managers don't just need to engage and motivate employees; they must also win the trust of their physicians. While many of the principles of sound communication apply universally, the nuances of physician-manager relationships are unique.

Hospital employment: Are policies needed to protect physicians?

While the appeal of not having to run a business continues to attract more physicians, various groups urge policymakers to help ensure that hospital contracts don't put employed doctors or their patients at an unfair disadvantage.

Experts urge physicians to stay on course with Meaningful Use 2

Are electronic health records worth the effort and expense of adoption for small practices? And for those who've already implemented EHRs, is attesting to Meaningful Use, Stage 2, worthwhile when physicians already have so many other regulatory burdens on their plates? For many physicians, going electronic has yet to fulfill its promise of better streamlining and coordinating care.

Patient mentorship programs offer healthcare win-win

Peer support and formal mentorship programs don't just benefit healthcare employees, but they can also help patients manage their health. Although clinicians once resisted the idea of directing patients to peer mentors--who they feared might give flawed medical advice or undermine their roles--the era of patient-centered care has ushered in numerous programs that aim to pair patients facing similar medical challenges, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal.

HIMSS Davies Award winner smashes EHR stereotypes

If you think practice size or generational issues are an impediment to successful adoption of electronic health records (EHR), a four-physician practice run by a 65-year-old geriatrician may give you...

The top 3 reasons patients visit retail clinics

Whether retail health is a threat or an asset to primary care providers, there's no question it's a game changer. The good news is that most patients do not regard retail clinics as a substitute for regular primary care, according to a survey from Kalorama Information, but the health needs that do drive patients to use convenience clinics should cause traditional practices concern.

How docs should respond to patients who want to hit 'record'

There are several valid reasons a patient or family member may wish to take an audio recording of a medical visit, but many doctors are uncomfortable with being on the record in this manner. A recent article from the Washington Post discusses both sides of the issue, as well as how physicians can navigate the risks associated with either allowing or not allowing patients to record visits.

 

Comprehensive primary care saves money, but is it better?

When primary care providers offer more comprehensive care, it cuts costs for both the health system and individual patients, while reducing hospitalizations, according to research published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

What to do if your office is subject to a fraud investigation

Since the 2009 formation of a partnership between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services dubbed "HEAT"--the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team--raids on medical practices are a regular occurrence, and several large-scale "nationwide takedowns" have resulted in coordinated, simultaneous office raids from coast to coast. 

3 ways physicians can curb painkiller abuse

If there is any silver lining to the opioid abuse crisis, it's the way it's inspired creative solutions to address the problem. Here are three techniques that most physicians can adapt to serve their own patients' unique needs while reducing the risk of prescription drug abuse and dependence.

Train practice employees to spot a cyberscam

​With cyberattacks now the leading cause of healthcare data breaches, according to a new study from the Ponemon Institute, practices of all sizes must train employees on how to protect sensitive information. 

Second-year Pioneer ACO results 'encouraging'

Accountable care organizations aligned with Medicare's Pioneer ACO program saw smaller increases in Medicare spending compared to general Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in the Pioneer program's second year, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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.

6 steps to keep cash from walking away

When the subject of embezzlement at physician practices comes up, often the focus is on elaborate schemes, misused credit or forgery. But while major cases tend to make headlines--such as the $1 million theft chronicled in a recent article from community newspaper Highlands Today--lax cash-handling policies are far more widespread and can put virtually any practice at risk.

Concentrated concierge practices: Too much of a good thing?

Concierge medicine, while growing modestly overall, is becoming more predominant in certain pockets of the country. But despite reports that the model produces high satisfaction for all involved, a high concentration of retainer-based practices represents challenges for patients and physicians.

Physicians, non-physicians provide similar heart care quality

Patients with cardiovascular disease receive comparable primary care when treated by physicians or non-physicians, yet there's room for both types of clinicians to improve respectively and in teams, according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

3 tips for getting along with Dr. Google

Though they need to better engage patients in their health, physicians often struggle to help patients use medical information they may obtain online in a productive way.