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8 tips for avoiding employee handbook crises
8 tips for avoiding employee handbook crisesCan your employee handbook get you in trouble?
Will insurers’ doubts be Obamacare’s unraveling?
Will insurers’ doubts be Obamacare’s unraveling?UnitedHealthcare has generated more conversation about the challenges with the Exchange Products and that has certainly helped their stock price.
Administrative costs are killing U.S. healthcare
Administrative costs are killing U.S. healthcareThe United States faces an unenviable paradox: the healthcare sector is an important source of job growth and economic output, but healthcare costs—now comprising nearly one fifth of economic output—are dramatically higher than those in other developed nations, and continue to rise.
Primary care must be the mental health medical home
Primary care must be the mental health medical homeAs a primary care physician, my responsibility to my patients goes beyond just caring for their physical well-being. My obligation—professional and ethical—is to treat the whole person and that means attending to their mental health as well.
How to identify and treat frailty in older adults
How to identify and treat frailty in older adultsThe U.S. healthcare system is struggling to address the healthcare needs of country’s growing elderly population, which increases by one person every eight seconds.
What will a malware breach cost a physician practice?
What will a malware breach cost a physician practice?If you think that you have not had a data breach in your business, you are an ostrich with your head in the sand.
Can PACE be the answer to the scarce lack of geriatricians in the U.S.?
Can PACE be the answer to the scarce lack of geriatricians in the U.S.?The math is easy. The numbers of older adults in the United States continues to increase, while the number of physicians entering training programs for geriatric fellowships is decreasing.
Primary care best equipped to improve patient behaviorsA troubling new study about the “unhealthy behaviors” of millions of Americans documented a reality that has increasingly become all too familiar to me and the 209,000 other primary care physicians in the United States—more than 25 million adults have at least three behaviors that inevitably lead to poor health.
Managed care is the best way to reform healthcare
Managed care is the best way to reform healthcarePaying for poor outcomes is unhealthy for patients and just poor business.
Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing for doctors
Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing for doctorsChange is usually good, and change can save a medical institution, no matter how big or small.