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James F. Sweeney
Here's how to tackle the challenges of care coordination
Virtually all primary care physicians engage in coordinated care to some degree, but the extra emphasis placed on it now by healthcare policymakers, along with new reimbursement models and reporting requirements, has primary care doctors looking for ways to improve how they coordinate care.
MACRA plays blame game when patients don't adhere
How MACRA punishes physicians when patients don’t adhere
How to succeed under MIPS
With major changes coming to Medicare this year, doctors must decide now how to tackle payment reform
Where is the future of primary care headed?
While the transition may be rocky, primary care physicians are poised to take a leading role as care models change
Physicians dissatisfied with patient satisfaction surveys
Patient feedback is important, but becomes problematic when linked to pay, doctors say.
Balancing doctor egos and errors
When should physicians say they are sorry? When should they stay quiet? There’s a time and place for both.
Tips for physicians who also need to be consumer advocates
Patients are on the hook for more of their healthcare costs, prompting calls for doctors to get involved.
Shared decision making unites physicians, patients
Why engaging patients in the process is key to succeeding under value-based care.
Are educated patients good for medicine?
Dr. Google often dispenses advice before appointments—here’s how to handle being the second opinion.
Fighting for higher payer rates is worth the effort
Michael Barron, MD, decided it made more sense to quit than fight. After months of wrangling with UnitedHealthcare over inaccurate payments, the University City, Missouri, family physician did not renew his contract with the insurance company last year.