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Beware of drowning patients in paperwork

When it comes to the amount of paperwork and red tape now involved in healthcare, patients don't like it any more than physicians do.

10 facts about female physicians

Almost always when we talk about physicians (within FiercePracticeManagement and in general), we mean the profession as a whole. Yet about one-third of the physicians in the United States are...

Tallying the cost of cancer care: Complicated but necessary

High-deductible health plans have driven up patients' financial responsibility for care across the board; but when it comes to cancer treatment involving astronomically expensive drugs, financial distress is devastating. Also referred to as 'financial toxicity,' this is a side effect many experts argue should become part of the doctor-patient conversation when determining a course of care.

Primary care model brings docs, specialists to the workplace, improves patient experience

Scott Shreeve, M.D., aims to transform primary care delivery with a streamlined approach that brings healthcare to the workplace.

Medical marijuana can be risky business for docs

Medical marijuana is now a legal treatment option in several parts of the country, but physicians who are certified to prescribe it need to make sure to follow the rules, which vary in particulars and enforcement by state.

New med school curriculums emphasize communication, teamwork

The University of Michigan Medical School is one of many schools around the country that has phased out the model used for the past century to make way for greater emphasis on skills such as teamwork and communication, according to an article from Kaiser Health News.

House calls make a comeback--with an IT twist

As pressure mounts for physicians to manage patients' chronic conditions out of the hospital, the house call has re-emerged as a way to complement office-based care. Unlike doctors' black bags of the 1950s, however, today's tools of the trade rely heavily on health information technology.

Professional growth: Why capability is king

Career paths, for most, are anything but straight. We may hit bumps when least expected--and even more surprisingly--discover opportunities in the aftermath of a hard landing. Sometimes the tracks...

3 tactics to preempt payer headaches

A physician practice's revenue cycle is rarely seamless, largely due to the challenges of managing different and ever-changing rules and idiosyncrasies of various payers. To improve your odds of getting paid, Physicians Practice offers these three tips. 

Health coaches help practices win at chronic care, study shows

With primary care physicians under ever-increasing pressure to engage patients in proactively managing their own health, medical assistants trained as health coaches may offer a cost-effective approach that pleases patients and fellow clinicians alike, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Why practices should welcome nonphysician provider expansion

Despite the controversy surrounding the expansion of the roles of advanced-practice registered nurses and nurse practitioners in many states, there are plenty of reasons to welcome this latest shift in the healthcare landscape, according to Healthcare Finance.

Addiction medicine faces 'severe workforce crisis'

While physicians, lawmakers and others work to curb the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, medical professionals trained to treat underlying substance use disorders are in short supply. And in the short term, federal laws, such as the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and Affordable Care Act, which offer insurance coverage for addiction medicine to millions more than ever before, may exacerbate the problem, according to a post from Stateline.

Survey reveals most physician-friendly states of 2015

South Carolina, Minnesota and Texas secured the top three respective states to practice, while Oregon, New Jersey and Rhode Island rounded out the bottom, according to a new WalletHub survey, which used 12 metrics to measure physicians' opportunity, competition and work environment by state.

Should physicians measure loneliness as a vital sign?

Elderly patients who suffer from chronic loneliness attend significantly more medical appointments than those who report a more secure sense of companionship, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health. These findings suggest that chronic loneliness is a significant public health concern among elders.

How health IT can support patient-physician rapport

Physician practices run on tight schedules, and patients are feeling the crunch. According to a poll of 3,000 patients in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany conducted by voice-recognition software company Nuance Communications Inc., 40 percent of patients say they feel rushed during physician visits.

3 practice-retention strategies borrowed from hospitals

Today, more than ever, running any type of healthcare organization is an all-hands-on-deck enterprise. Building a strong crew isn't easy. You need clinicians and employees who are not just highly skilled, compassionate and reliable, but who also fit the culture of your practice.

SGR repeal likely, but not a cure-all for physician challenges

Although physician groups criticized legislators for taking recess before voting on a proposed repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, chances are good that the Senate will follow the House's lead and approve HR 1470 within the next two weeks, Medical Economics reported.

Report: Physician practices not hit by ACA access crisis

Despite opposition from its start five years ago, some fears related to the Affordable Care Act have failed to materialize. For example, the 16.4 million Americans who gained private health insurance over the past years did not flood physician office waiting rooms nearly to the extent anticipated. 

OIG warns against exclusive laboratory-physician practice deals

Practices drawn to the convenience of working with just one laboratory should think twice before entering exclusive arrangements, according to an advisory opinion issued this month by the Office of Inspector General.

As care access improves, patient wait times go down

Long wait times in medical offices have been a consistent source of patient dissatisfaction for years, but the trend may be beginning to reverse, according to a survey from Vitals.com. The healthcare review website's sixth annual Physician Wait Time Report revealed that the average time patients spend stewing in waiting rooms has dropped by a minute over the past 12 months.