Recommendations Developed on Gender Equity in Medicine

The American College of Physicians has released a position paper advocating for gender equity in pay and leave policies. The ACP also advocates for routine assessment of physician compensation arrangements for all organizations employing physicians, and examination of barriers to career advancement.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 PRACTICE NEWS
Recent Years Saw Increase in Burden of Prior Authorization

According to the AMA, 86% of physicians report an increase in PA burdens over the past five years, with 51% reporting a significant increase. Practices complete an average of 29.1 PA requests per physician per week, consuming an average of 14.6 hours.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 PRACTICE NEWS
Most Doctors’ Offices Don’t Offer Flexibility for Uninsured

Most physician offices don't offer up-front payment flexibility or low-income discounts to uninsured people, research in Health Affairs finds. For the study, trained auditors called primary care offices in 10 states, pretending to be uninsured patients and seeking appointments and payment arrangements. About 80% received appointments, provided they could pay the full cash amount. Fewer than one in seven callers received appointments for which they could make a payment arrangement. The average appointment price was $160.

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Patients Cite Top Reasons for Not Showing Up

Aside from forgetfulness and logistics, the top three reasons patients don't show up are: 1. Emotions: Anxiety or fear of bad news. 2. Perceived disrespect of patient's time or intelligence. 3. Scheduling confusion: A misplaced sense that not coming will relieve the clinic.

Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

Changes can be implemented to help reduce physician frustration with electronic health records (EHRs), according to an article in Medical Economics. To help physicians be more efficient and to reduce frustration, practices should provide individualized optimization training to personalize EHR settings by physician and specialty.

Online Doc Reviews Don’t Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys

Online physician reviews do not reflect patient satisfaction surveys (PSSs), according to a study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers compared industry-vetted PSSs such as the Press Ganey (PG) PSS between physicians with and without negative reviews and found no correlation, suggesting the need for improved online rating systems.

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 PRACTICE NEWS