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James F. Sweeney
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.
The art of the deal: How to negotiate employment contracts
When husband and wife Mark Christensen, MD, and Heidi Christensen, MD, decided to leave their practices in Redlands, California, for a smaller practice out of state, they knew it was going to get complicated.
Massachusetts doctors try apologizing for errors
Doctors in Massachusetts are being asked to apologize for medical errors as part of a plan to improve the state's malpractice system.