Online patient communities are dramatically changing how patients engage with the healthcare community. In fact, more than 40% of patients say that information found via social media affects the way they deal with their health.
Keeping primary care practices open for more hours, particularly on nights and weekends, reduces patient visits to emergency departments for non-life threatening issues, according to a recent study published in PLOS Medicine.
Physicians have long expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of time and money it takes to deal with insurance companies, but the alternative, going insurance-free, may seem a risky, problematic model of operation that could send patients fleeing from their practice—something no physician wants to happen.
The Medical Economics Physicians Report published earlier this year took an exclusive look at the financial state of primary care practices in the United States, including asking physicians if they received a secondary income outside their practice or employer.
But how does a physician, with a full-time practice, for example, become an expert witness, staff extra shifts in urgent care or work in telemedicine?