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Why physician burnout happens and what we can do to prevent it
Why physician burnout happens and what we can do to prevent itThere’s no doubt about it: Physician burnout is real and it affects an alarming number of us across the nation. While physicians focus on their patients, the practice environment is filled with invisible stresses that weigh on physicians and cause burnout.
Why it might be hard to find a medical marijuana doctor
Why it might be hard to find a medical marijuana doctorMany doctors have a difficult time with marijuana as medication, and consider doctors who prescribe it as second-class citizens.
The truth about why the U.S. can’t control healthcare costs
The truth about why the U.S. can’t control healthcare costsUntil we create a system that rewards investment in wellness and healthcare dollars not spent, there is reason to fear that the negative effects of healthcare excesses will continue to be borne by households, businesses, and governments.
Doctors being held back from intellectual creativity a disservice to patients
Doctors being held back from intellectual creativity a disservice to patientsWe've had so much major medical advances in the first half of the 19th century, but physicians are severely being held back from continuing that success.
Better quality will equal better pay for physicians
Better quality will equal better pay for physiciansTying doctor's pay to the quality of the care rendered is called “incentive alignment,” and it is critical to achieving value and to properly balance healthcare’s cost, quality and access.
Top 3 warnings to medical providers from the fall of retail
Top 3 warnings to medical providers from the fall of retailThis is a call to action for all doctors. Practice owners are now facing many of the challenges small retailers in America faced not too long ago. Consumer demand has shifted the landscape in favor of larger product selection with online access. Doctors are being forced to adapt to the new rules of the game or get left behind.
How social media connects older adult patients
How social media connects older adult patientsAs older adults adopt social media physicians and caregivers can utilize this as a way to improve communication and connectedness with older adults reduce some of the loneliness and social isolation experienced by this population.
Top 3 tips for successful patient engagement
Top 3 tips for successful patient engagementThe most effective care happens when patient engagement is central to the process, not just a check mark on a box related to a business decision or government mandate.
Physicians abused, ignored and silenced no more
Physicians abused, ignored and silenced no moreToday, we stand in solidarity against the causes of physician suicide. We must shine a light on the causes and either force them to change or make them irrelevant.
Primary care physicians double down on vaccine rates
Primary care physicians double down on vaccine ratesThey’re miracles of modern medicine—vaccines that have seen the virtual eradication of diseases like polio, diphtheria and measles in the United States, and complete eradication of small pox around the world.