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Kaiser Permanente-Target partnership further shakes up primary care

Kaiser Permanente clinicians will now staff clinics at three San Diego-area Target stores, the two companies announced this weekend, with a fourth opening Dec. 6.

5 ways to boost your bottom line in 2015

Last week's top story, "Practices' top financial challenges of 2014 turned out to be a hotter headline than I'd predicted. Perhaps the popularity of that story speaks to the adage...

Can adding a PA instantly boost your bottom line?

At a time when many practices must do more with less, some experts say that adding one or more physician assistants (PA) to your payroll can help make practice access--and revenue--more abundant, according to an article from HCPLive.

Despite a stabilizing malpractice environment, experts say tort reform doesn't work

The current medical malpractice environment has grown slightly less treacherous for doctors over the past seven to 10 years, with payouts falling and premiums remaining relatively flat, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But this stabilization of the market has not been due to traditional liability reforms such as those capping damages or scrutinizing qualifications of expert witnesses.

Doctors missing swath of diabetes diagnoses, study suggests

The number of American patients with diabetes topped 21 million in 2010, according to an April study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, but new research published in the same journal suggests that as many as three in 10 cases currently go undiagnosed.

High deductibles scaring patients away from care

For several years now, rising out-of-pocket health costs have caused some patients to forego needed care. A recent study from the Commonwealth Fund confirms that not only are patients cutting back on care due to cost, but also their misunderstanding of insurance coverage leads many to forego preventive care unnecessarily.

3 ways to avoid losing patients to follow up

From a legal and ethical standpoint, physicians must keep patients from missing recommended follow-up care. But while it's not realistic for practices to track down every no-show or noncompliant patient, there are strategies that can reduce the likelihood of a patient's dangerous health condition remaining unaddressed, according to a post from the New York Times.

Could a patient compensation system replace malpractice claims?

A new study suggests that a state-administered patient compensation system could take the place of the current adversarial medical malpractice tort system and save money at the same time.

Simple ways to impress (or annoy) your patients

It's the height of fall in New England, otherwise known as time to make the doctors' office circuit for non-work-related purposes. And when I interact with physician practices, on behalf of...

4 easy-to-miss social media safeguards for physician offices

While the potential benefits of social media in healthcare are vast, so too are the consequences for physicians or organizations whose representatives don't post carefully, according to a post on OncLive.

Practices' top financial challenges of 2014

Financial challenges continue to plague physician practices, as indicated by the latest survey from Medical Economics, which sheds light on the trends currently affecting physician incomes and office balance sheets.

4 simple rules for productive practice meetings

Meetings are a critical way to keep communication flowing throughout your organization, but such sessions run a high risk of feeling like a chore or waste of time to attendees. Here are four tips from Physician's Money Digest. to keep your meetings productive 

Why he hasn't retired: Doctor comments on a half-century of practice

At a time of sagging physician morale and increased retirements, not all doctors are ready to hang up the stethoscope. Bernard Portnoy, M.D, an 86-year-old practicing pediatrician in New Bedford, Massachusetts, is an example of a doctor who has seen the practice of medicine evolve drastically over the course of a long career. But despite all of the changes in the healthcare delivery system over the past 60 years, SouthCoast Today reports that Portnoy's job and passion has stayed fundamentally the same: to care for patients.

Case study: Intermountain Healthcare shares lessons in achieving Triple Aim

For today's primary care practices, the holy grail of delivering personalized, patient-centered care is actually three-fold. And while learning several lessons along the way, Intermountain Healthcare has achieved these goals, according to an article from H&HN.

CMS stands by physician EHR use to report chronic care management

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule, released Oct. 31, has slightly loosened its proposal of requiring physicians to use electronic health records to be reimbursed for chronic care management.

3 ways to make teamwork a reality rather than illusion

Healthcare buzzwords come and go, but if the collective comments of nearly every leader I've spoken to over the past year or more are any indication, the notion of team-based care is here to...

Experts call for streamlining EHR systems, regulations

Electronic health records--and the programs designed to promote adoption--make life more, not less onerous for doctors, according to a pair of recent reports from FierceEMR.

Strategies to promote better office communication, teamwork

Much of the discussion during last week's Medical Group Management Association's annual conference surrounded the idea of teamwork. All kinds of teams exist (or should) in healthcare: physician-administrator, physician-patient, administrator-staff and physician-staff. A major common denominator among all of these types of teams, according to presenters, is communication.

How price transparency may complicate medical decision-making

Despite the benefits of increasing healthcare price transparency for patients, putting cost information in front of clinicians may introduce ethical challenges in ensuring patients get appropriate care, according to a post from Forbes.

Ebola risk in the office: Promoting precaution, sparing panic

When it comes to handling risks related to the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, medical offices have to walk a fine line between taking appropriate precautions and perpetuating excessive fear.