'Medical improv' helps doctor-patient communication

A resident has taken her interest in improvisation from the comedic theater to the hospital room, according to Crain's Cleveland Business.

Shared decision-making: 4 lessons learned

Physicians can learn some lessons in shared decision-making from the care one oncologist provided a patient with terminal metastatic cancer, writes Peter Ubel, M.D., a physician and behavioral scientist at Duke University, in a commentary in Forbes.

Honest feedback can improve the patient experience

Patients are looking for a doctor who's competent, caring and attentive, writes Greg A. Hood, M.D., an internist in Lexington, Kentucky, in Medscape. His challenge to doctors: Serve your patients well, or another doctor will.

Survey offers a peek at the state of primary care practice finances

Average salaries among primary care practitioners generally showed a modestly positive trend, while sentiments about the overall state of practice finances remained largely in line with those expressed in previous years, according to an article released by Medical Economics.

As urgent care grows, the new twist is specialty clinics, franchises

As it grows, urgent care is evolving with the latest twists involving specialty clinics, franchises, and hospitals and health insurance companies getting into the action, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.

Challenges and opportunities for rural providers in new CPC+ initiative

The government's new Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Plus initiative presents both challenges and opportunities for rural providers, writes Janelle Ali-Dinar, Ph.D., a rural healthcare expert, on RACMonitor.

5 time-management tips for busy docs

Rushing between 15-minute patient appointments all day, doctors are also bombarded with messages from patients. It's hard to prioritize and get everything done, but you have to make time for you...

For better health, docs must talk to patients about exercise

While only about a quarter of American men and a third of American women are at a healthy weight, physicians talk to their patients about the need for exercise in only about 9 percent of office visits, according to Edward M. Phillips, M.D., and Helen Durkin, J.D., in an article in Medical Economics.

Medical practice creates 'bump list' to get sick patients in to see a doctor

Medical practices are commonly faced with two problems: trying to squeeze sick patients in to see a doctor right away and no-shows who never make it to their scheduled appointment. Now a New York City medical practice is hoping to take those two problems and create a solution for patients who need to be seen for illnesses that might send them to a retail or urgent care clinic instead of the primary care doctor's office for treatment.

Changes to proposed MACRA rule offer little relief for small practices

Adjustments to the proposed rule for value-based payment models encompassed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act have not done enough to even the playing field for smaller practices, according to an article in Medscape.

CMS' Andy Slavitt: New payment systems should provide relief to docs

Speaking at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston this week, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, acknowledged that regulators have over-burdened physicians but was hopeful new value-based payment systems being developed will better align payments with clinical practice, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Maximize staff members' licenses and abilities

One more way to ensure your medical practice is running efficiently is to maximize staff members' licenses and abilities, says Auren Weinberg, M.D., in an article on Physicians Practice.

How a care delivery redesign keeps seniors home--and out of the hospital

Time at home--not the hospital--is a high priority for elderly patients in London. That goal inspired the redesign of their care system--and the end result shows the potential for a patient-defined outcome to drive the necessary collaboration to integrate care, writes Caroline Sayer, M.D., a primary care doctor, in a blog post for NEJM Catalyst.

Speak out, don't ignore racism, medical student says

When Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam wrote about how she experienced racism as a medical student, she got two reactions: people who told her to grow a thicker skin and those who had empathy and advice.


CMS adds flexibility, reduces quality reporting burden in MACRA rule proposal

In a conference call announcing its proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services emphasized its desire to work in partnership with physicians in order to craft a flexible payment model that promotes quality care without placing undue burdens on practices or practitioners.

CMS releases MACRA rule proposal

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a proposed rule tackling the initial implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Harvard studies the way to happiness and health

There's more to good health than the absence of illness, and to that end, the Harvard School of Public Health has established a new Center for Health and Happiness, according to The Atlantic.

Why young docs must be smart with their money

For young doctors who have labored through overnight shifts during residency, the promise of a lucrative career as a doctor looms large. But given all the medical education debt--with interest likely accruing since graduation--it's best to live well within your means, according to a recent Medscape article.

3 steps to get patients to change bad health behaviors

What a difference a year made for one of his patients, writes Adam Licurse, M.D., assistant medical director at Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization, in a blog post for NEJM Catalyst.

The EHR: Uniting physicians and patients in common frustration

"The third person in the exam room," is how one former practicing physician describes the electronic health record (EHR)--one that gets in the middle of the doctor-patient relationship....