An open letter to the next president October 10, 2016By Keith L. MartinWhile the closest we got to healthcare during the campaign was the fate of the Affordable Care Act—and perhaps your own personal health—physicians (nearly one million strong at last count) are facing a number of serious issues as you prepare to take the oath and move into the White House.
In this issue
Your Voice: JAMA study doesn't give doctors enough credit
October 10, 2016Prescribing decisions, physician burnout, tort reform and PQRS are among the hot topics of this edition of Your Voice.
5 questions every physician must ask their financial adviser October 10, 2016By Daniel B. WrenneOdds are your current adviser is doing good work, but are they doing the best work for you? Trump vs. Hillary: The election's impact on physiciansHealthcare in the United States is truly at a crossroads with practice overhead costs rising, physician compensation falling and many
independent practices pondering their futures amid multiplying mandates. Independent practices seek care coordination strategies October 10, 2016By Nicole LewisPhysician collaboration is difficult for small practices under today’s payment models, but its importance is growing. Why you should pay attention to contract boilerplate languageThe last pages of your new employment contract contain a number of provisions, typically described as“boilerplate,”that no one discusses. Here’s what that fine print covers. Divided Congress comes together to fight opioid abuse October 10, 2016By John Frankoctors groups are applauding newly-approved national legislation to fight opioid abuse while calling for more funds to implement many of the bill’s programs. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) passed both houses of Congress in July after Democrats backed off their demands that higher levels of funding be included in the bill. New financial model may provide future for home visits October 10, 2016By Janet ColwellA payment model experiment could make house calls an opportunity again for primary care physicians . How to balance telemedicine advances with ethics October 10, 2016By Mary K. PrattTreating patients remotely requires the same diligence as face-to-face encounters, experts say. EHR reality check
October 10, 2016This is normal...right?
Observation codes: When to use initial vs subsequent October 10, 2016By Renee DowlingQ: We are a private practice that has several physicians who follow their patients in the hospital. There are times that the patient is in observation, and they are called to help decide whether to admit them or not. Should our physicians bill initial and subsequent observation codes for these visits?