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.
The idea of spending more quiet time conversin g with patients versus darting through checklists seems to be catching on. In fact, an entire movement known as "slow medicine" has gained physician devotees from various career stages, NPR rep orted.
If the average patient's ability to understand medical information is poor, the U.S. public's comprehension of the current healthcare/insurance system is in dire need of improvement.
It's officially fall. And if we didn't feel so already, the earlier and earlier sunset reminds us that there are hardly enough hours in a day to accomplish everything on our lists. For me, with work and home life all jumbled under one roof, some days I need to put all of my energy into achieving the bare minimum (i.e., meeting the day's deadlines and keeping the kids in one piece).
I'm not sure if I love it or hate it when this happens, but today's issue of FiercePracticeManagement is an example of one that includes more discussion points than clear-cut advice. Many questions raised by these stories surround the idea of influence--identifying it, disclosing it and attempting to control it.
How much should patients know about their physicians? Transparency should go further than some doctors say is necessary, Leana Wen, M.D., founder of the Who's My Doctor blog, to ld the Boston Globe.
Summer is finally here! But in the midst of trading backpacks for beach bags, many of us engage in another late-June tradition: scrutinizing report cards. I don't know about you, but the items schools measure and "grades" to achieve changed a lot since I rode a yellow bus. My generation's "M" for "meritorious" is now a "4" for "independently applying skills with accuracy." Elementary student "citizenship" is now comprised of several elements, such as, "Contributes to a positive learning environment."
Physicians can cite several reasons to not discuss costs of treatment with patients. The information may not be readily available, for example, or doctors may not have time during office visits to provide financial counseling.
This week, one of our top stories focused on an important topic for all workplaces, including medical practices: Embracing generational differences without stereotyping. Here, prompted by a post by...
For office-based physicians, "patient experience" is no longer just a buzz word. Pilot programs already exist in which physician survey scores impact their compensation; and by 2017 Medicare's value-based modifier program will affect all participating providers, noted Meryl Luallin, a consultant and professional mystery patient with the SullivanLuallin Group, at this year's Medical Group Management Association conference in San Diego. She not only advised on how physicians can focus their efforts to boost their scores, but also explained how to correct three common mistakes: