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The problem of martyrdom in medicine
The problem of martyrdom in medicineDoctors, like everyone else, are human. It’s time that we not only acknowledge that to ourselves, but to the world.
You had better be savvy with your coding
You had better be savvy with your codingWith the change in payment focusing on quality medicine instead of the old-fashioned fee for service, providers better be savvy with their coding or they will lose out on the money needed to run their practices.
Everyone wins when physicians put patients firstIt certainly doesn’t sound like a radical notion, but the idea of putting patients first is creating something of a revolution in healthcare that is lowering costs while delivering high-quality care to millions of Americans.
The destruction of markets in healthcare
The destruction of markets in healthcareMany hold the belief that markets do not work in healthcare.
How did Medicare become the highest paying carrier?
How did Medicare become the highest paying carrier?I hope the new administration can focus on the overall improvement of population health as the goal while it evaluates the healthcare agenda.
Physicians Should Just Say ‘No’ to MACRA
Physicians Should Just Say ‘No’ to MACRAI can't recall the exact moment I crossed over from believer in today's version of the healthcare quality movement to skeptic.
Here is the PCP crisis solution and it's simple
Here is the PCP crisis solution and it's simpleThere is a primary care crisis in the United States. We know it because patients only get 8-12 minutes with their primary care physician (PCP) who interrupts them within about 18 seconds and never fully listens to them. Patients are sent for tests, given a prescription or referred to the specialist even though the PCP could—with more time—have figured out the problem without a test, prescription or referral.
How physicians can make smarter education deductions
How physicians can make smarter education deductionsMost physicians are familiar with the necessity of Continuing Medical Education (CPE), although many ignore the impact of education on the medical practice’s employees -- one of the major assets of any practice.
The danger of waiving co-insuranceDespite warnings being issued frequently during the years since 1998, and despite the discussion of this issue during any Medicare training you might attend, there are still healthcare businesses that believe they can get by with waiving co-pays without a policy requiring a hardship evaluation.
Insurance companies can be lousy advocatesA critique of the role of an insurance company, payer, exchange or entitlement program