Physician practices see post-ACA revenue growth

Physicians have experienced revenue growth in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Surprisingly, the effect was more pronounces among states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility

Survey reveals what the best, worst states to practice share in common

For nearly a decade, Physicians Practice has ranked the best states to practice, using an algorithm that weighs factors including cost of living, physician density, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita, malpractice paid loss and reimbursement compared to the cost to treat patients.

Opioid summit experts: Treat addiction as a chronic disease

Over the past few years I've written a great deal about the epidemic of opioid addiction, and a whole lot about providing care for chronic disease. But it wasn't until I attended a unique...

Care scarce for opioid-addicted pregnant women

Adults who become addicted to prescription painkillers aren't always the only patients their doctors must consider. Women who are pregnant and addicted risk having babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and other substance-related complications, and often have difficulty obtaining proper care for themselves or their unborn children, according to a report from MedPage Today.


Hospital employment here to stay, but not all independent docs give up practices

Although healthcare trends often ebb and flow, hospital employment is one that appears to not just have staying power, but keeps growing--despite some fierce opposition.

Aging population poses threats and opportunities to practices

The U.S. population is aging, making Medicare beneficiaries an increasingly prevalent part of practices' patient panels. This trend poses both challenges and opportunities for all medical providers.

Transgender patients need more access to competent, compassionate care

Routine aspects of medical care such as filling out forms and finding the restroom aren't so straightforward for patients who are transgender. Taking steps to make practices more lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)–friendly don't just make patients feel more welcome, but also could mean the difference between people getting or skipping needed care, according to a story from NPR.

Physician leaders have their work cut out in reducing unnecessary care

Most physician leaders--92 percent--back the importance of reducing unnecessary care that is not evidence-based, according to a survey conducted by the American Association for Physician Leadership and the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis.

Now is the time to prioritize employee well-being

Do your practice's employees have a strong sense of purpose, financial security, physical capability, social support and contentedness with their community? If they're not thriving in all of these areas, they are far from alone, according to new research from Gallup. 

5 reasons to make peace with ICD-10

I think it was about a year ago that my children came home from school, and something or a series of somethings triggered one of our worst collective blowout-meltdowns of all time. I don't...

Membership models appeal to nearly half of PCPs, survey finds

Citing frustrations with third-party payers and inadequate time to spend with patients, nearly half (46 percent) of primary care physicians who participated in a recent survey said they would consider transitioning to direct pay, concierge or other membership models in the next three years.


MGMA: Practices' technology costs, NPP use on the rise

The cost of doing business is on the rise for medical practices nationwide, with much of that expense being driven by the need to adopt new technologies, according to the Medical Group Management Association's (MGMA) 2015 Cost and Revenue Survey.

"Challenges remain" for Massachusetts practice environment

Bay State doctors lag behind the rest of the country in terms of salary and other factors that make up their overall practice environment, according to the 2015 Physician Practice Environment Index, released by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Another chronic care management challenge: Achieving ROI

More than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries suffer from two or more chronic conditions, which often require more time and resources to manage than most physicians say they have, according to a new report from SmartCCM.

3 skills most docs learn on the job

While medical school curriculums are beginning to make changes to better prepare physicians for the realities of healthcare today, practicing physicians are left to their own devices to hone several of these skills.

More upfront payment needed to maintain PCMHs, study says

Despite the long-term cost savings that may be associated with providing care through a patient-centered medical home, payment systems aren't currently adequate to cover the upfront costs for small practices to transform, according to new research published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Internal medicine board joins groups looking to overhaul MOC process

Less than a week after the American Board of Anesthesiology announced that it would replace its 10-year maintenance of certification exam with continuous online testing next year, the American Board of Internal Medicine has revealed the possibility of similar plans, Medscape Medical News reported.

AMGA calls for better tools to help players succeed with risk-based contracts

Value-based care may be the wave of the future, but physicians need help from insurers and policymakers in making the transition a success, Chet Speed, vice president of public policy for the American Medical Group Association said in a recent announcement.


Why the Affordable Care Act is not the new Y2K

Experts predicted a flood of patients to sweep over physician practice waiting rooms as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We recommended offices take every measure to expand access and...

Female physicians say leadership enhances their satisfaction

Despite the added commitment and pressure leadership positions may entail, female physicians who serve in top roles such as medical director, practice owner or committee leader report higher satisfaction in their professional and personal lives than non-leaders, according to Medscape's 2015 Women as Physician Leaders report.