The connection between high levels of patient satisfaction and the highest levels of quality care has not been proven. Patients may explicitly request tests, referrals and medication that they do not need and that will not help them or be cost effective, and be disappointed if they don’t get them.
More hospitals today are competing for patients using retail strategies, such as offering flat-rate, easy-to-compare bundled pricing, finds a new PwC report.
As a result, physicians with high fees may find themselves shut out of hospital contracts. And that means less patient volume and less revenue.
Most medical practices welcome the major federal holidays and the opportunity for the entire staff to take a day off. A day when the doors are locked, however, is also a day that generates no income for the practice. It begs the question: Should the practice pay its employees a day’s wages for the holiday?
There is a primary care crisis in the United States. We know it because patients only get 8-12 minutes with their primary care physician (PCP) who interrupts them within about 18 seconds and never fully listens to them. Patients are sent for tests, given a prescription or referred to the specialist even though the PCP could—with more time—have figured out the problem without a test, prescription or referral.
Many doctors emerge from their medical training with little knowledge of what and how they are paid. It seems counterintuitive that, after such extensive education, physicians still need to learn about something so fundamental that will affect the rest of their professional lives.