Online health information is driving change in the ways patients interact with their doctors, producing both positive and negative results, according to an article at the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Running a medical practice is hard work. And with various forms of healthcare consolidation potentially affecting virtually any practice, managers are under pressure to not just keep their jobs amid new governance but also to help such ventures succeed. To make the most of opportunities for their practices and careers, practice managers must pay special attention to honing certain skill sets.
The Affordable Care Act still isn't winning the favor of all doctors in its fifth year, but more are at least willing to give it a passing grade, according to new data from the Medicus Firm.
Information provided by doctors in the media has contributed to some difficult conversations with patients, according to Benjamin Mazer, a third-year student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York.
Patient demand for easy electronic access to their healthcare providers continues to rise, but practices have more work to do in adopting communications technologies and engaging people in using them.
Despite the prevalence of overweight and weight-related disease in the United States, "most healthcare providers recoil when they think about counseling patients about obesity," according to Scott Kahan, M.D., medical director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance.
Information blocking, an "underappreciated" problem that has come to the forefront only in recent months, was the target of recent criticism from the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Online reviews play an expanding role in how patients choose healthcare providers, a trend that makes many physicians uneasy for various reasons. Particularly troubling is how one or two negative comments about a physician or practice with a low number of reviews can easily skew results.
Four major medical organizations have echoed the American Medical Association's plea for a two-year grace period that would allow physicians to transition to the new coding system without penalty.
Despite providers' enthusiasm for the potential to get paid for non-face-to-face care-coordination activities, participation in formal chronic care management (CCM) has thus far proven to be too cumbersome for many to be worthwhile.
A new poll from Kaiser Family Foundation showed that 52 percent of primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants reported that they dislike the law, compared to 48 percent who said the opposite.
Going to the doctor's office can be a stressful experience for patients who are overweight, thus compromising the physician-patient relationship and increasing the odds that heavy patients will avoid the very care that could help address or prevent weight-related disease.
In its most recent in a series of warnings addressing physician issues, the Office of Inspector General released a new fraud alert this month regarding physician compensation arrangements that could violate anti-kickback regulations if payments do not reflect fair market value.
When physicians see patients in their office for a particular issue, how soon should patients come back for a follow-up visit? Arriving at such a time frame has more to do with the art than science of medicine, contends a recent commentary in the Washington Post, which also examines how cost factors into visit frequency.
The American Medical Association has voted in favor of the creation of a process to screen and assess the competency of aging physicians', according to an announcement from last week's annual meeting.
About 15 million people will receive healthcare via telemedicine this year, according to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Although most of these virtual visits will take place between patients and specialists, the nonprofit ATA expects 450,000 of them to be for primary care.
Physicians' path to re-entry after a prolonged break from practicing hasn't gotten much smoother amid a growing workforce shortage in primary care, according to an article from Kaiser Health News.