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Female docs still earn less than male colleagues

If a recent survey of female physicians is anything to go by, neurologists and family medicine physicians really love their jobs. Seventy-three percent of the former and 71 percent of the latter would choose medicine again, according to a recent physician compensation report published by Medscape.

Doctors called on to handle in-flight medical emergencies

When she became a doctor, Elisabeth Poorman, M.D., knew she would never think about flying in the same way.

Compensation for primary care doctors outpaced specialties in 2015

It quite literally paid off to be a primary care doctor in 2015, according to a new salary survey from the Medical Group Management Association.

How one independent physician practice survives and thrives in today's healthcare environment [Q&A]

In this FiercePracticeManagement exclusive, Mark Miller, M.D., explains how he's overcome obstacles that stand in the way of practices staying independent and offers advice on how other solo practitioners can do the same.

 

Nurse practitioners' role growing in evolving healthcare landscape

The role of the nurse practitioner has grown increasingly important in the provision of high-quality, patient-centric, team-based care. Indeed, NPs now make up approximately one-third of the workforce in primary care settings, according to American Association of Nurse Practitioners President Cindy Cooke.

Physician leaders still have an opportunity to shape MACRA implementation

Medicare's plans for a new physician payment system offers doctors a better alternative to the widely unpopular sustainable growth formula, but physician leaders need to speak up in order to help shape the proposed law into a more effective vehicle for payment reform, write two health policy experts in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Physician groups oppose VA plan to expand nurse practice authority

Some physician groups oppose the Department of Veteran Affairs' proposed rule to give advanced practice registered nurses expanded practice authority, citing concerns about a lack of clinical oversight from physicians.

Illegal opioids, overprescribing are major causes of epidemic, doctors survey finds

When asked what they think is the reason behind the country's opioid epidemic, physicians in a recent survey cited two leading causes: easy access to illegal opioids and overprescribing by physicians.

 

What you need to know about running an all-cash practice

While running an all-cash practice--or one that doesn't accept health insurance--allows doctors to charge what they're worth, physicians must balance that benefit against the harsh reality that they can't treat patients on Medicaid, writes Ashley Maltz, M.D., an integrative medicine physician, in a KevinMD.com blog post

In pilot study, Hawaii insurer will try new provider payment model

The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), the state's largest insurer, is about to change how doctors are paid, Kathleen Kozak, M.D., an internal medicine physician, writes at Honolulu Civil Beat.

Despite gloomy predictions, ICD-10 implementation was smooth for most practices

More than seven months after the implementation of ICD-10, most physician practices reported a smooth transition to the new coding system, a survey by PracticeSuite found. 

Medicine is a calling, not a job, says Denver Health Medical Center doc

Population health standards of care and quality metrics are of no help to patients or doctors, argues Abraham Nussbaum, M.D., a psychiatrist at Denver Health Medical Center, in a Q&A published by Kaiser Health News.

5 ways family physicians can help curb rising suicide rate

With the suicide rate in the United States reaching a 30-year high, family physicians need to take steps to help patients with mental illness and those at risk for suicide, writes Kyle Jones, M.D., in a perspective piece for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Little chance of losing personal assets to malpractice suits

The odds of a physician losing his or her personal assets in a malpractice suit are vanishingly low, but the fear of losing it all stubbornly persists, according to Medscape Business of Medicine.

Physician satisfaction: What docs can learn from composer John Williams

John Williams is a beloved man in Boston. The former conductor of the Boston Pops for 14 seasons, Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history,...

Doctors seek opioid alternatives for post-surgery pain control

Rotator-cuff surgery is one of the most painful procedures for patients to recover from, making it a testing ground for alternatives to opioid painkillers for controlling patient pain, according to The Wall Street Journal.

OpenNotes may strengthen patient-doctor relationships

Transparency via the OpenNotes initiative, which allows a patient to read their doctor's notes, is creating stronger patient-physician relationships, new research shows. 

Aggressive medical care: Docs, patients struggle with end-of-life decisions

When it comes to end-of-life decisions, it's often unclear whether doctors or patients should have the final say. The philosophical, legal, ethical and economic impacts of these challenging decisions about the type of care patients receive when they are near the end of their lives puts doctors in the hot seat, reports Medscape.

Racism can flip the power dynamics between physician and patient

In the usual physician-patient encounter, it's the doctor who has the power. But that can all change when the physician is at the receiving end of a racist rant from a patient, writes J. Nwando Olayiwola, M.D., in a reflection piece in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Where retail clinics fit into the healthcare value equation

Retail clinics have grown in popularity with patients, and that demand may hold benefits for the healthcare system overall, according to a blog post on Health Affairs.