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Congress continues down the yellow brick fantasy road with MACRA
Congress continues down the yellow brick fantasy road with MACRAWhile Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupting federal and state governments because of deep structural flaws, our Congress refuses to address these flaws and to learn from its past mistakes.
Is MACRA legal?
Is MACRA legal?MACRA, with all of its distractions and fool’s errands, not only interferes with the way we practice, but threatens our compensation if we don’t get with the program.
5 tips for tactfully combatting negative patient reviews
5 tips for tactfully combatting negative patient reviewsThe troubling reality is that review sites like Yelp and Healthgrades often attract patients who are more likely to air grievances, rather than praise. In other words, it’s a near certainty that every physician and medical practice will encounter a fair share of negative patient reviews.
Keeping seniors healthy and out of institutions
Keeping seniors healthy and out of institutionsIt’s well-established that older adults want to live in their own homes in the community.
Which presidential candidate has earned the vote of telehealth providers?
Which presidential candidate has earned the vote of telehealth providers?With jobs being such a hot-button issue in the 2016 presidential race, it is only natural some telehealth providers wonder how the shifting political landscape may impact their career outlook.
Why are medical bills so hard to understand?
Why are medical bills so hard to understand?It’s come to this: healthcare entities have so successfully bamboozled American consumers with their wacky bills and lack of pricing transparency, compounded with robbing middle-class Paul to pay uninsured Peter, that a chirpy contest for entrepreneurs—yes, a call for people to start an entire business to decode medical bills—is the best chance the American people have.
We need to solve the family doctor shortage for an aging America
We need to solve the family doctor shortage for an aging AmericaAre we prepared to meet the healthcare needs of an aging America? The answer, experts agree, is no.
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.