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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.