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Closed Claim Review  |  Stephanie C. Hatchett, JD

Tommy Waddell,* a 55 year-old truck driver, finally sought care from neurosurgeon Andrew Lewis when his back pain became disabling. Waddell’s history included spinal stenosis, prior disc surgery, DVTs (for which he took warfarin), diabetes, obesity, and other health issues. Physical therapy provided lit...

Prevent Physician Burnout Part 2: 8 Ways to Lower Practice Stress and Get Home Sooner

Physician Interest  |  Dike Drummond, MD

In Article One of this three-part series, we discussed the causes, effects, and pathophysiology of burnout. If you have not read that article, it is important you do so. The tools that follow are more effective if you understand the fundamental blind spots and conditioning of our medical education.  In ...

Hiring the Best Candidate

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

A single bad hire can cost you more than $50,000 according to a CareerBuilder survey. If you have a position open, take the opportunity to hire right – the first time. Consider these proven techniques to get the best candidate for your practice. Listen. While it’s difficult to schedule multiple r...

Seven Percent on the Line for Practices in 2019 for 2021 Payments

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The federal government's Quality Payment Program (QPP) is now in its third year, although 2019 is the initial annum for the program's payment adjustments. For those of you who achieved perfect performance in 2017, your current Medicare remittances should reflect a 1.88% boost; a decline of 4% is the reality f...

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