Population health's impact on private practice May 10, 2016By Nicole LewisManaging populations presents challenges to small practices that require innovation and careful planning.
In this issue
USPSTF doing a disservice to physicians and patientssome of The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations cause confusion among patients and physicians and lull them into a complacent attitude toward preventive care. The population health challengeFee-for-service medicine is on the way out. That may be hard to believe if most of your income still comes from such payments, which reward physicians for the volume of services they provide. But it’s clear that payers are increasingly emphasizing reimbursement methods that reward value, rather than volume—and that that transition is accelerating. MOC is crazy and unfair
May 10, 2016Recertification is all the buzz in the latest edition of Your Voice.
How to prevent malpractice lawsuits due to EHR errors May 10, 2016By Aine CrytsThe rise of electronic health records that don’t always work well can lead to liability risks if managed incorrectly. How to capturing chronic care revenue with an IT infrastructure May 10, 2016By David RathsWhen Curtis Story, MD, a solo primary care physician in Port Charlotte, Florida, first heard that Medicare would begin paying physicians for offering patients chronic care management (CCM), he was optimistic that the additional revenue would bolster his practice for work it was already doing. But more than a year later, he has yet to bill for CCM. How to understand medical necessity and how it controls physician paymentA lot of the questions and answers I see in Coding Insights involve “medical necessity.” Who defines this? How does this directly impact payments? Physician-assisted suicide up for debate May 10, 2016By John N. FrankWhat role should physicians have in states where assisted suicide is allowed? Do you need malpractice tail coverage? May 10, 2016By Erik LeanderIn today’s evolving healthcare system, physicians are changing practice settings more often than ever. Government, payers working to streamline quality measures May 10, 2016By Joseph BurnsIn the average medical practice, the burden on physicians to meet differing quality measurement standards set by payers is substantial. Commercial health plans, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and state Medicaid managed care plans all have different metrics for evaluating quality care. How to choose the best physician disability insurance policy May 10, 2016By Richard ReichPhysicians are some of the hardest working individuals in the country. Years of rigorous training culminate in long hours at the practice. Even physicians can overlook the importance of protecting their ability to earn a living. When something as trivial as a sprained wrist can prevent a doctor from completing their daily tasks, disability insurance becomes a real consideration. Surviving the transition from independent physician to employed May 10, 2016By Janet ColwellEmployees give up some control but gain freedom from paperwork along with new career opportunities