Top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2017 For the fourth consecutive year, Medical Economics reveals its list of obstacles physicians will face in the coming year and, more importantly, how to overcome them. Physician predictions for 2017 Physicians from across the nation look into the future to predict what the coming year might bring for healthcare. Key considerations for implementing a chronic care management program December 12, 2016 By Eric Levin Care for chronically ill patients represents the most expensive segment of Medicare, with more than 93% of spending going to those with multiple chronic conditions. Why behavioral health is the new frontier in primary care December 10, 2016 By Ken Terry Adjusting to value-based models, practices seek ways of integrating mental health providers Scrambling to make a meaningful connection December 10, 2016 By Stephen Walston It’s more difficult than ever to connect with patients. One physician explains why its worth the effort. Tips for sharing performance pay with practice staff December 10, 2016 By Lisa A. Eramo MA With value-based reimbursement coming, its time to consider how and when to share the rewards with employees How physicians can choose the right financial adviser December 07, 2016 By Jeanette Hurt Many physicians are overconfident when it comes to their finances, and Joel Greenwald, MD, a former internal medicine physician who has spent the last 16 years working as a certified financial planner (CFP) for physicians and dentists, admits he was one of them. Loans v. leases: which is better for private practice equipment? December 05, 2016 By George Thomas Jr To take on a lease or take out a loan? For many small business owners, that really is the question. Especially for those in the medical field, it’s a tough choice between leasing expensive new equipment or financing it with a loan. Tips for practices to best deal with new overtime pay rules Department of Labor changes this year are causing many healthcare businesses to reevaluate overtime requirements. Should doctors extend their practice hours? November 28, 2016 By Milly Dawson In a world in which consumers book travel, shop and attend school all day, any day of the year, consumer demand for easier access to medical care can come as no surprise.