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How physicians can take charge, protect autonomy and put patients first
How physicians can take charge, protect autonomy and put patients firstHealthcare’s transition to value-based payments is ratcheting up the pressure on independent medical practices battling for survival, and data is the ammunition they need to have any chance of winning.
The man behind MOC defends the program against critics
The man behind MOC defends the program against critics“Patients respect certification a lot more than reviews on Yelp,” says ABIM president in an exclusive interview.
Insurance merger risks to physicians
Insurance merger risks to physiciansIf you have been following the articles regarding the mergers of Anthem with Cigna and Aetna with Humana, you know there is much speculation by all the experts about whether the deals will ever finish.
What insurers leaving Obamacare exchange means for physicians
What insurers leaving Obamacare exchange means for physiciansRecent analysis by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. reveals that many insurers are losing money in ACA individual markets, with aggregate year over year losses more than doubling, and with post-tax margins between –9% and –12%. Losses like these resulted in UnitedHealth Group leaving the California ACA market after only one year.
DOJ files suit to block two mega-mergers of health plan giants
DOJ files suit to block two mega-mergers of health plan giantsWhat will it mean to doctors that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit July 21 in District Court to block two mergers involving health plan giants?
White doctors earn more money than black physicians, study finds
White doctors earn more money than black physicians, study findsThe disparity in pay between blacks and whites has been well documented over the years, with sociologists imputing everything from systemic discrimination to differences in education and employment expectations for the inequality in paychecks.
Texas doctors band together to fight for independenceWhen physician groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area started to feel the pressure of value-based contracts, they realized quickly that banding together was the best way to maintain autonomy while staying competitive in a changing market.
Understanding liability as an attending physicianWith more and more hospitals in recent years evolving their own employees into attending physician roles, this appellate decision clarifies the parameters of everyone’s responsibilities—and the need for specificity in determining duties and protocols when a private attending physician is in charge.
Internist fed up with Trump organizes protest at RNC
Internist fed up with Trump organizes protest at RNCWhen Bryan Hambley, MD, decided to attend a Donald Trump rally earlier this year, he had no idea it would lead to forming an anti-Trump physicians group and a protest march at this year’s Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland. But that’s where Hambley finds himself as the convention gets underway.
Discussing drug cost with patients may be awkward, but it’s vital
Discussing drug cost with patients may be awkward, but it’s vitalWith the ever-growing armamentarium of new therapies available today, a conversation about prescription drug costs with patients is rapidly becoming a reality for every physician.