Improving office efficiency is a frequent theme in FiercePracticeManagement. Email is a big example of a time-saving tool that can easily become a drag on productivity for physicians and employees alike. To make better use of the time docs spend handling electronic communications, consider the following tips about what not to do from Harvard Business Review.
Only months into Affordable Care Act implementation, one of the biggest remaining challenges for physician practices is understanding contracts with new health exchange plans, noted consultant Mary Pat Whaley in a recent Manage My Practice blog post.
While health cost transparency advocates make progress in supporting the ethics of factoring patient costs into shared medical decision making, significant logistical challenges remain in putting the idea into practice, according to an article published in the Boston Globe.
Retail health clinics are a new healthcare delivery trend quickly picking up steam across the country, the Washington Post reports
A new research review published in Plos One supports the idea that patient outcomes improve when their physicians receive training in communication techniques, such as motivational interviewing, shared decision-making, patient-centered care, empathic care or cultural competence.
Even if your medical office employs a manager or administrator, physicians play a strong role in the non-clinical side of the practice--and thinking otherwise is a big mistake, Judy Capko, consultant and founder of Capko & Morgan, a practice-management consulting firm in San Francisco, recently told Physicians Practice.
The increased number of insured patients under the Affordable Care Act could result in an accompanying 5 percent rise in malpractice claims, according to a new RAND Corperation study. In turn, physicians could see their liability premiums go up as well.
Facing more competition from retail and urgent care centers than ever, doctors increasingly offer more diverse services not typically found in the traditional private practice, from cosmetic procedures to urgent care, according to an article from the News-Star.
In line with predictions, physician practices use more nonphysician practitioners such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to a new report from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
In an era where doctors spend hours a day filling out forms, scheduling patients, searching for data and coordinating care to improve quality and lower costs, medical scribes could be the key to freeing doctors to spend more time treating and interacting with patients, according to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) announced this week plans for a new learning collaborative for its Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) care model. ASA revealed that it chose Premier, Inc., to lead the project's development, according to an announcement.
As more patients make decisions regarding primary care and surgical procedures based on information available on the Internet and online reviews, doctors and hospitals are at a higher risk of losing credibility and business by phony and anonymous negative reviews, according to BuzzFeed contributor Jake Rossen.
Physicians have known about the "white coat hypertension" phenomenon for decades, but new research suggests that patient nervousness in the office may be dramatic enough to falsely diagnose some patients with high blood pressure, the New York Times reported. The implications of elevated blood-pressure readings affect treatment decisions as well as practices' tracking of quality metrics under systems of pay-for-performance.
For many physicians, patient panels grow longer while visit lengths shrink. This reality not only causes serious physician stress, it also compromises the patient relationship and even lead physicians to miss important clues about their patients' health.
Despite physician opposition, the Senate on Monday approved a temporary patch to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula that will prevent deep Medicare payment cuts for another year and also delays the implementation of ICD-10 to October 2015 at the earliest.
Rampant professional burnout drives more doctors to sell their practices, slash their patient panels or retire early, according to an article from the Washington Post. The problem is particularly acute in primary care, where physicians manage patients' comprehensive needs, yet get as little as 11 minutes to spend with each of them.
Like many physicians who switched to cash practice, brothers Jonathan Izbicki, D.O. and Harry Izbicki, D.O., experience a rosy view of life without insurance hassles, U.S. News & World Report reported.