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More physicians reach "boiling point," seek help for impairment

Physician health programs across the country have been busier in recent years treating doctors for problems such as substance abuse, impairment, physical illness and burnout. In part, the increase is due to an effect similar to global warming, Steven Adelman, M.D., a psychiatrist, addiction medicine physician, and director of Massachusetts Physician Health Services, told Medscape.

How practices can enhance revenue with EHRs

Struggling to reap a return on your electronic health record investment? Focus on improved billing of ancillary procedures, Michael Howley, Ph.D., a certified physician assistant and associate clinical professor in the department of marketing at Drexel University, told FierceEMR in an exclusive interview.

How to recharge when you can't get a break: Take one

Have you ever caught yourself lamenting to a friend, "It's been a long week," and realized it's only Tuesday? This winter vortex, which is actually more like a black hole, is...

Survey: Most practices to implement chronic care management within a year

Despite lingering challenges, most providers plan to take advantage of Medicare's new code for chronic care management (CCM), according to preliminary results of a survey conducted by population health technology developer Kryptiq.

Divorce study suggests female physicians need more work-life support

The idea that physicians, as a profession, are at higher risk for divorce may be misguided, according to a study published last week in The BMJ.

4 ways to better serve aging patients

It can be a challenge to treat elderly patients with complex needs and few physicians have specialized training in geriatrics. But the baby boomers are coming. By 2030, the over-65 population will be triple the size it was in 1980, according to a Medscape article that examines ways in which the industry has thus far underserved older patients.

3 communication strategies to prevent lawsuits

When patients are upset, the best way you can prevent their dissatisfaction from escalating into a lawsuit is to communicate with empathy, according to experts.

State of independence: How practices survive in a challenging healthcare climate

In this special report, FiercePracticeManagement explores some of the ways independent practices innovate their business models in order to thrive in today's healthcare environment.

Two key steps toward population health management

Population health management is one of those concepts that everyone is talking about, but hospital and physician leaders often don't know how to define it, wrote Kent Bottles, M.D., a professor at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health.

5 truths about physician practice management

Wow. There is no other word for my newfound perspective on what practice managers actually do. Just wow. Last week, I spent about three hours behind the scenes at a mid-sized independent primary...

Network confusion can lead to angry patients, practice headaches

Finding out whether a physician is in a patient's insurance network is more complicated than meets the eye, leaving practices to sort out the confusion following an unexpected bill for high out-of-network rates, according to an article from Kaiser Health News.

How to work with patients to improve high-deductible collections

There's no question: High deductibles change the landscape in which physician practices provide care. Though the challenges are vast when it comes to educating patients, training employees and updating policies to keep collections strong in the era of consumer-directed care, a recent article from Medical Economics offers several strategies to ease the strain.

Concierge firms may scrutinize docs more carefully following $8.5 million malpractice verdict

Concierge firms that contract with doctors to provide healthcare can be held legally liable for those physicians' actions, according to a recent court decision reported by Kaiser Health News. Last week, a Florida jury returned an $8.5 million malpractice verdict against MDVIP, a decision believed to be the first against any concierge management firm.

Are your electronic devices HIPAA compliant? Most practices aren't sure

In the aftermath of the recent Anthem hack compromising information of 80 million customers, mainstream newspapers, such as the Denver Post, warn the public that the doctor's office may be "the most dangerous place for identity fraud."

Don't blame patients for unnecessary care

Despite the commonly held notion that patient demand drives doctors to perform unnecessary tests and procedures, new research indicates this may not be the case at all.

You may not know it all, but you are an expert

If you ask me, being well-versed in your own challenges, goals and lessons learned in hindsight makes each and every one of you an expert. 

Study: Patients think more highly of docs who dress up

It may seem superficial, but physicians' attire has a measurable effect on patient perception of their knowledge, caring, professionalism and trustworthiness, according to a study published in BMJ Open.

Competition pushes physicians to overprescribe antibiotics, researchers say

While the growing problem of antibiotic resistance threatens lives and economies worldwide, prescription rates are higher in U.S. regions that are more physician-dense, particularly in areas where retail and other walk-in clinics drive competition among ambulatory providers for patients, according to a post in the Conversation.

Current efforts to improve end-of-life care, planning not enough

More than half--60.3 percent--of doctors and nurses polled for a recent study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine reported that they had not been formally trained in how to discuss goals of care with dying patients and their families.

Not keen on any one alternative practice model? Try a mix-and-match approach

Once a physician makes the decision to break the "traditional practice" mold, there is virtually no limit to the ways he or she can customize the ensuing business. And while low morale and burnout seem to be afflicting more and more providers who stick with the status quo, more success stories appear to emerge from clinicians willing to mix and match elements of various new and alternative practice models into a structure that works for them.