The financial shape of a practice is just one of several important considerations.
Primary care specialists saw an increase of 3.2%, similar to the 3.6% increase in 2015.
Most of the errors were made on handwritten prescriptions.
Partnering with another organization may provide multiple benefits, including support for participating in new value-based agreements, infrastructure to comply with regulations and access to the capital needed to fund technological investments and growth.
Shopping around for less expensive medications and buying used medical supplies and equipment can boost the bottom line.
Physician burnout often is caused by the breakdown of at least 1 of 6 areas of work life, including workload, control, rewards, community, fairness, and values conflicts.
The most common manifestation was disrespectful treatment by nursing or other support staff.
Emergency departments were more likely to serve higher numbers of uninsured, black, and Hispanic patients, the researchers said.
In addition to the pay gap, female physicians may leave the medical practice to take on additional work at home.
Providers need to analyze which procedures and services constitute a large portion of their practice.
Evaluating Physician Practice Options in the Shifting Health Care Landscape Part 1
Specialists need to determine the kind of payers they have and the kind of payers they want.
Readmissions did not vary with physician age, while costs of care were slightly higher among older physicians.
Market share for brand-name drugs decreased at hospitals with sales restrictions, while market share for generics increased, the researchers found.
Medical groups may need to address such issues as claims denials and failure to obtain prior authorization.
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