The patient-centered medical home: Keys to overcoming obstacles to success

The industry holds high hopes for the patient-centered medical home model, but some adopters have struggled to achieve its triple aim of improved care experience, improved population health and reduced cost of care. FiercePracticeManagement spoke with leaders of the PCMH movement to learn best practices to tip the scales in favor of success. 

More proof physician social skills matter

There is a positive association between a physician's emotional intelligence quotient and more compassionate and empathetic patient care, according to a Forbes article which examined 500 independent studies conducted in 2010. 

MGMA: 4 management areas in which better performers excel

There are common traits among better-performing medical practices, according to data from the Medical Group Management Association released at this year's annual meeting in Las Vegas

MGMA14: Look through the windshield rather than rear view mirror

As I shared last week, I'm reporting on this year's Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) annual meeting from the other side of the country. While I can't say that I miss the long...

The business case for innovating communications in healthcare

In an exclusive interview, M. Bridget Duffy, M.D., chief medical officer at Vocera Communications in San Francisco, discusses why the healthcare industry's recent focus on patient satisfaction and HCAHPS scores don't go deeply enough into repairing the core breakdowns in the way organizations help patients heal.

MGMA Washington update: Not much good news, but resources abound

FiercePracticeManagement talks to Jeb Shepard, senior government affairs representative of the Medical Group Management Association, about the highlights of this year's Washington Update at the MGMA annual conference.



Interoperability challenges plague most ACOs

Although accountable care organizations (ACOs) were designed in part to improve care by sharing data through various sources, lack of interoperability remains an ironic yet significant challenge, according to a survey from Premier and the eHealth Initiative.

MGMA awards offer lessons on winning big, even outside of Vegas

This week, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recognized several of its members for excellence in medical practice management with a series of awards. The recipients' achievements...

Physician rankings "game changing" for selection process

Just in time for open enrollment, physician rating database Healthgrades will launch a new version of its website Monday, USA Today reported.

CDC urges stronger Ebola precautions for physician offices

A false alarm with a patient suspected to have Ebola at a Massachusetts medical practice last week prompted an outcry for more guidance as to how offices should respond to the threat, the Boston Globe reported.

Joan Rivers' death renews scrutiny of office-based surgeries

The recent high-profile death of Joan Rivers after an outpatient endoscopy procedure has brought more attention to safety concerns at surgical centers and other ambulatory settings, though it's an issue that has been on regulators' radar for some time, according to an article from Crain's New York Business.

Practice tip: 3 ways to break out of workday ruts

Chances are that no matter how passionate your clinical, administrative and support teams are about the work they do every day for your practice, they're vulnerable to getting stuck in the...

Physicians warming to Affordable Care Act

After much initial backlash to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), physicians are beginning to rate the law and some of its components more favorably, according to a new survey from the Medicus Firm physician search consultancy.

Access to psychiatric care severely limited in major cities

Despite a recent movement to increase primary care physicians' ability to identify mental-health problems in their patients, many may struggle to get their patients access to psychiatric care, according to a study published online today by Psychiatric Services.

Misinformation, cost anxiety persist among privately insured

With insured patients' out-of-pocket costs on the rise, nearly one-fifth of privately insured Americans admittedly avoided seeing a doctor for an illness or injury over the past year, according to new research conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

ACA's long-term impact on malpractice rates unknown

Medical malpractice premiums in several specialties have declined slightly or stayed flat over the past year, according to Medical Liability Monitor's annual rate survey. Overall, 65 percent of liability insurance rates remained steady nationwide, with obstetrician/gynecologists, internists and general surgeons experiencing decreases for the seventh straight year, reported Medscape Medical News.

Is a trial merger a smart step?

Medical practice insiders often compare a group merger to a marriage--meaning it takes compatibility, trust, communication and work to succeed. Two practices in the Louisville, Kentucky area are pretty sure they have what it takes, but will take the unusual step of actually "living together" before making their union official, according to an article from Louisville Business First.

3 reasons retail clinics aren't right for healthcare

The retail clinic business has grown rapidly over the past several years, driven by a combination of factors such as the physician shortage, lower prices and better cost transparency

EHRs can pay for themselves in under a year, study finds

Primary care clinics eventually see a return on investments they make in electronic health record (EHR) systems, but only after an average of 10 months, according to the study by researchers at Montreal's McGill University, published in JMIR Medical Informatics

HR tip: Harness the power of self-awareness

It's not uncommon for healthcare organizations to use personality tests or other predictive screening tools to determine whether a candidate truly possesses the mindset they want among...