Time saver: Break these 3 bad email habits

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.

Current ACA challenge: Understanding contracts

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.

3 health cost-of-care resources in the works

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.

3 trends fueling retail clinic expansion

Retail health clinics are a new healthcare delivery trend quickly picking up steam across the country, the Washington Post reports

Hard outcomes data prove patient relationships matter

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.

Frustrated by inconsistent care coordination? ACP offers help

The American College of Physicians (ACP) this week released a toolkit to help improve communication and coordination between primary care and subspecialist physicians. As an observer, it's...

Team-building dos and don'ts for physicians

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.

RAND: ACA may drive malpractice claims up 5%

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.

'Traditional' practice gets more diverse

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.

3 questions docs must ask before adding NPPs

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).

'Everybody wins' with medical scribes

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

6 HIPAA best practices you're probably not following

If you think breaches are the only issue you have to worry about regarding HIPAA enforcement, you're wrong, according to David M. Vaughn of Vaughn & Associates, LLC, in Louisiana. Vaughn...

New resource in works for perioperative surgical home

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.

Anonymous, phony online reviews leave docs vulnerable

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.

What's the story? Branding Hurley Medical Center

Guest post by Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D., former marketing, branding and culture change senior vp at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich. I have had several requests to share my experiences as interim...

Study: 'White coat' hypertension may alter treatment decisions

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.

3 ways to maximize face time with patients

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.

Senate OKs yet another SGR patch, ICD-10 delay

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.

Physician burnout reaches fever pitch

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.

Docs who drop insurance take on big business risks

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.