PRACTICE NEWS
Practices Should Be Aware of Correct Way to Fire Employees
 

Physicians should be aware of the correct protocol for, as well as the laws involved in, firing employees, according to a report published in Medical Economics. The article suggests compiling an employee handbook, which details practice policies and includes a section on termination. Expectations should be laid out clearly from the beginning.


Thu, 03 May 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
‘Show and Tell' in Medical Billing
 

Two recent Department of Justice settlements, one with a physical therapy practice and another with a laboratory testing company, highlight the importance of basic billing rules: 1. The provider listed on the claim must perform the service; 2. Lab tests performed must be reasonable and necessary according to current guidelines.


Fri, 27 Apr 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE
Medicare Requiring Hospitals to Post Prices Online
 

U.S. hospitals will have to post their standard prices online and make it easier for patients to access their electronic medical records by 2021. Currently, hospitals must make their prices public, but the new rule requires the information to be posted online in a format that can be easily processed by computers.


Thu, 26 Apr 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE
Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits
 

According to a research letter in JAMA Oncology, patients prefer physicians who engage in face-to-face clinic visits versus physicians who use examination room computers. Study participants watched video vignettes of physicians in face-to-face and computer visits and rated physicians higher for compassion, communication skills and professionalism in the face-to-face visits.


Tue, 24 Apr 2018 PRACTICE NEWS
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