practice improvement

Pediatrician compensation: Are you earning enough?Readers of Contemporary Pediatrics will be pleased to know that according to Merritt-Hawkins, one of the nation’s leading physician search firms, the average starting salary offered to recruit pediatricians rose from $195,000 in 2015 to $224,000 in 2016, a 15% increase. You may be curious how your current compensation as well as your compensation model compares with that of your colleagues. More importantly, there may be ways for you to earn more—or avoid a painful pay cut if your patient visits are dwindling.
Prior authorization and decision trees: Roots of my frustrationUrologist Henry Rosevear, MD, thinks it may be time to bring patients into the prior authorization process.
Pediatric call centers fast-track urgent careThe first call center was introduced in 1988 as a uniquely pediatric innovation. This month’s article presents a brief history of call centers, discusses their advantages, and describes how they will improve patient care.
AUA 2017: A small-town plumber’s 10 can’t-miss sessionsIn preparation for the AUA annual meeting in May, urologist Henry Rosevear, MD, shares the 10 sessions he’s looking forward to the most.
Improve your practice: Medical practice websitesPractice websites are a valuable tool to attract new parents to your practice, and they can offer a wide variety of indispensable information that can reduce your staff’s workload.
5 zones of your practice that need TLCTrue success comes from consistently giving attention to every part of the practice, not focusing all of your attention on one area at a time.
POC influenza testing: State of the artWith the introduction of point-of-care (POC) molecular assays, pediatricians can diagnosis influenza A and B during the office visit with sensitivity and specificity comparable to reference assays.
Watercooler wisdom: Patient satisfactionMy clinic is restructuring its physician compensation model, which has led to much consternation among my colleagues.
Disruptive technology and pediatric practiceEvery few years I like to speculate about the future of medical technology as well as the future of pediatric practice. Both, you see, are very much intertwined, and in my view the future of pediatric practice looks very good indeed.
Make pediatric practice great again!I began the January 2016 Peds v2.0 article “Expediting medical documentation” by stating that my “theme” for this year’s articles is the “retaking” of pediatric practice for ourselves and our patients. I continue this discussion by borrowing a slogan from one of our presidential candidates, in the hopes that pediatricians can be motivated to implement needed reforms that will make practices more efficient, improve the care we provide to patients, and enhance the lives of pediatric providers.