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Burnout grows among physicians

The number of burned-out physicians is on the rise, with nearly half of American doctors reporting a loss of enthusiasm for work, feelings of cynicism and a low sense of personal accomplishment, according to a new survey from Medscape.

Disaster plans are a moving target: 4 areas to update

As of this morning, the snow in Boston has stopped, the travel ban has been lifted and the kids have another full day off from school. With snow totals of up to two-and-a-half feet, Blizzard 2015...

Feds: 50 percent of FFS payments tied to quality initiatives by 2018

As part of its mission to reduce unnecessary care while improving patient outcomes, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it will dramatically reform how it pays providers for treating Medicare patients in the coming years.

Narrow networks top barrier to cancer-care referrals

Sixty percent of physicians have difficulty referring their patients for appropriate cancer care, with such challenges correlating significantly with decreased professional satisfaction, according to a study published in Cancer.

Patient engagement key to doing more with less

Today's physician practices are more burdened with administrative, technological and regulatory challenges than ever--all in the midst of dramatic reimbursement changes and a physician shortage. But adding human resources--which already comprise 56 percent of healthcare providers' costs--isn't the best way to accomplish less with more, according to a recent article for Medical Economics.

Nontraditional medical offices hit the road, meet different reactions

When the going gets tough, choices get even tougher for independent physicians. But not all physicians struggling to maintain private practices have stuck with the options that have come to comprise today's standard menu: Go big, go concierge or get out.

3 tips providers can learn from retail clinics

It's no secret that retail clinics change the way consumers think about and receive healthcare, but according to a recent Physicians Practice article, they should also alter the way providers operate.

Massachusetts hospital org to pay $1.77 million to settle kickback allegations

The administrative arm of a Massachusetts hospital will pay $1.77 million to settle allegations it paid grants to physician members in exchange for referrals--a violation of the state antikickback statute.

Will concierge medicine become mainstream?

Concierge medicine has come a long way from its controversial beginnings. The often insurance-free model may even become mainstream for certain populations in the coming years, predicted Forbes columnist Russ Alan Prince.

Is your physician practice reliable? (Hint: It's a yes or no question)

Of all of the qualities that are important to me with a medical office, an employer or a friend, reliability (and its cousin, trustworthiness) rank near the top. But while most people understand the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" concept as it pertains to honesty, individuals and organizations often underrate consistency as a prerequisite to reliability.

CMS promises to overhaul Open Payments database

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has vowed to learn from the mistakes it made in its first round of publishing data about financial relationships between providers and healthcare manufacturing companies to improve the fairness and accuracy of information in its next round of disclosures,  Law360 reported.

Physicians under investigation need compassion, support

Physicians being investigated by a licensing body should be treated with respect and compassion, with an approach that supports physician health, Michael F. Myers, M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City, said in a recent article for Medscape Medical News.

Lawsuit alleges oncologists prolonged chemotherapy to pad bills

Reimbursement for oncology services has grown challenging in recent years, but while many cancer doctors have opted to forego independent practice, others have been accused of far more nefarious tactics to maintain financial stability.

Health-cost burden easing for many U.S. patients

For the first time in more than a decade, U.S. adults are reporting a decline in financial strain related to their medical bills, according to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund.

4 online healthcare marketing mistakes and how to fix them

While the nuances of online marketing can be complicated and sometimes require outside expertise, practices can correct many common mistakes themselves.  

How to quantify the value of annual physicals?

As the days of Marcus Welby-style healthcare fade further into the past, so too should the 100-year-old practice of conducting the annual physical, wrote oncologist and health policy expert Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., in a column for the New York Times. The argument against this yearly visit for most patients is not new, and is based on data showing that checkups don't help patients live any longer. A newer twist on this established debate, however, has to do with cost.

Healthcare consolidation forces physicians to make tough choices

Healthcare consolidation may be picking up more than ever, but that doesn't mean being part of a large group works out for every physician. On the coast of Maine, for example, nearly 90 percent of practicing physicians are being managed under medical groups such as Appledore Medical Group, Core Physicians in Exeter and Wentworth Health Partners in Dover; but for various reasons, many physicians who join such organizations opt not to stay, according to an article from Seacoastonline.com.

Despite controversy, Sunshine Act backers look to expand law's reach

Requiring healthcare providers to disclose their financial relationships with healthcare manufacturing companies has been a step in the right direction for transparency, but the information has to cover more types of providers and be put in better context in order to improve the quality of care and stem spiraling healthcare costs.

 

How to make the most out of employee mistakes

People make mistakes. In life, in business, it happens. The ways in which managers and organizations respond to employee errors, however, are as varied as the types of mistakes there are to make. A...

Consumer Reports releases latest round of patient feedback

Consumer Reports has released its latest round of ratings for physician offices, this time using survey response data from more than 52,000 patients throughout California to rate practices on how well they communicate with patients, offer timely care and service, coordinate patient care, help patients stay healthy and provide helpful office staff.