Interoperability challenges plague most ACOs

Although accountable care organizations (ACOs) were designed in part to improve care by sharing data through various sources, lack of interoperability remains an ironic yet significant challenge, according to a survey from Premier and the eHealth Initiative.

MGMA awards offer lessons on winning big, even outside of Vegas

This week, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recognized several of its members for excellence in medical practice management with a series of awards. The recipients' achievements...

Physician rankings "game changing" for selection process

Just in time for open enrollment, physician rating database Healthgrades will launch a new version of its website Monday, USA Today reported.

CDC urges stronger Ebola precautions for physician offices

A false alarm with a patient suspected to have Ebola at a Massachusetts medical practice last week prompted an outcry for more guidance as to how offices should respond to the threat, the Boston Globe reported.

Joan Rivers' death renews scrutiny of office-based surgeries

The recent high-profile death of Joan Rivers after an outpatient endoscopy procedure has brought more attention to safety concerns at surgical centers and other ambulatory settings, though it's an issue that has been on regulators' radar for some time, according to an article from Crain's New York Business.

Practice tip: 3 ways to break out of workday ruts

Chances are that no matter how passionate your clinical, administrative and support teams are about the work they do every day for your practice, they're vulnerable to getting stuck in the...

Physicians warming to Affordable Care Act

After much initial backlash to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), physicians are beginning to rate the law and some of its components more favorably, according to a new survey from the Medicus Firm physician search consultancy.

Access to psychiatric care severely limited in major cities

Despite a recent movement to increase primary care physicians' ability to identify mental-health problems in their patients, many may struggle to get their patients access to psychiatric care, according to a study published online today by Psychiatric Services.

Misinformation, cost anxiety persist among privately insured

With insured patients' out-of-pocket costs on the rise, nearly one-fifth of privately insured Americans admittedly avoided seeing a doctor for an illness or injury over the past year, according to new research conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

ACA's long-term impact on malpractice rates unknown

Medical malpractice premiums in several specialties have declined slightly or stayed flat over the past year, according to Medical Liability Monitor's annual rate survey. Overall, 65 percent of liability insurance rates remained steady nationwide, with obstetrician/gynecologists, internists and general surgeons experiencing decreases for the seventh straight year, reported Medscape Medical News.

Is a trial merger a smart step?

Medical practice insiders often compare a group merger to a marriage--meaning it takes compatibility, trust, communication and work to succeed. Two practices in the Louisville, Kentucky area are pretty sure they have what it takes, but will take the unusual step of actually "living together" before making their union official, according to an article from Louisville Business First.

3 reasons retail clinics aren't right for healthcare

The retail clinic business has grown rapidly over the past several years, driven by a combination of factors such as the physician shortage, lower prices and better cost transparency

EHRs can pay for themselves in under a year, study finds

Primary care clinics eventually see a return on investments they make in electronic health record (EHR) systems, but only after an average of 10 months, according to the study by researchers at Montreal's McGill University, published in JMIR Medical Informatics

HR tip: Harness the power of self-awareness

It's not uncommon for healthcare organizations to use personality tests or other predictive screening tools to determine whether a candidate truly possesses the mindset they want among...

Beware of 'decision fatigue' leading to inappropriate prescription

Physicians are just as human as their patients, and potentially more vulnerable to making lower-quality decisions--particularly regarding inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions--as the day wears on. The phenomenon known as "decision fatigue" could be a major contributor to the dangerous rise in antibiotic resistance in the United States and beyond, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Ebola in the U.S.: Review office game plan for handling infectious disease

Reported cases of infectious diseases ranging from measles to Ebola are on the rise in the United States, and medical practices must follow established protocols when handling cases and suspected cases. 

Best path to physician re-entry is to not let skills lapse

Physicians leaving or taking a break from medicine amid the stresses of today's healthcare environment should make a plan to keep their qualifications current  in case they have a future change of heart. Although a multitude of physician re-entry programs exist, many physicians experience difficulty in navigating their way back to practice, according to an article from MedPage Today.

Female physicians more persuasive, study suggests

Patients are more likely to agree on the appropriateness of their physicians' advice on nutrition, exercise or weight loss if their doctors are female, according to a study published in Family Practice.

New AMA initiatives target physician health

No matter their specialty, physicians see one extremely important patient every day: the one they greet in the mirror. This was the takeaway message from this year's International Conference on Physician Health, according to Robert M. Wah, M.D., president of the American Medical Association.

CMS report suggests a bright yet tough road for ACOs

Three additional ACOs left the Pioneer program this month, leaving just over half of the original 32 participants