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Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP

Thomas has been a physician for more than 25 years. He is board certified in family medicine, completing his family medicine residency and earning the honorary degree of fellow, granted by the American Board of Family Medicine (AAFP). Thomas has been a teacher and mentor of medical students and residents for more than a quarter century and served as an assistant family medicine residency director for more than a decade.

Recent Posts

4 Ways Physicians Can Reduce Task Time on EHRs

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Dec 16, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Technology can have many benefits. It can shorten the time spent on tasks, make finding information easier and make communication easier.

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Cardiothoracic Surgeons Love Their Jobs: Here’s What They Had to Say

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Dec 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Think back to an unforgettable experience in your life. Maybe it was that time you ate one of the most delicious dinners you’ve ever had. Maybe it was a concert where the arena was full of energy and excitement. Maybe it was simply a perfect cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop that brightened your day.

What made that experience so special? Whether it was the chef who prepared your meal, the band members who put on a show or the barista who made your drink, every one of these people loved their jobs — and it showed.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Beating Surgeon Burnout: Advice From Your Peers

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Oct 10, 2016 6:30:00 AM

“Doctors and other health workers pay dearly for the relentless stress of patient care, a plight compounded by mounting bureaucracy and accelerating change in the healthcare industry,” Dr. Mark Greenawald concluded after tragically losing one of his ob-gyn patients during childbirth, and being unable to successfully process the grief from the experience.

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Topics: Clinical Trends, CABG Surgery

What Physicians and Hospital Administrators Should Know About MACRA

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Oct 3, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Healthcare payment reform is coming. As healthcare delivery is shifting from a fee-for-service model to a value-based model, Medicare is changing the way it will reimburse physicians.

The result is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and it’s slated to go into effect on January 1, 2017.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

How Do You Rate the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? These Docs Gave it an F

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Sep 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Since its inception six years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received lots of feedback. Regardless of political opinions, physicians have voiced their thoughts on the law, praising it for improving access to healthcare but saying it has negatively affected their practices.

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Topics: Hospital Administration, Clinical Trends

CMS Star Ratings: 3 Things to Know

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Sep 21, 2016 6:30:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings and with it came a slew of questions and comments.

CMS says its ratings system is designed to help individuals, their family members and caregivers compare hospitals “in an easily understandable way.”

Here are three things you should know about the latest CMS Star Ratings.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

How Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule Could Affect Hospitals

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Aug 17, 2016 6:30:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently released its 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Proposed Rule.

Beginning in FY 2017, the proposed rule will result in a 1.6 percent increase — of approximately $5.1 billion compared to FY 2016 — in payment for hospitals paid under OPPS.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

How Working Locum Tenens can Reduce Surgeon Burnout

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Aug 10, 2016 6:30:00 AM

You struggle to get yourself to the hospital for your shift. You’re not as engaged with patients and your peers as you once were. You might even find yourself dealing with feelings of anxiety and depression. You’re likely suffering from burnout, and like over half of your colleagues, you’re not alone.

Over 50 percent of surgeons report feelings of burnout. Researchers also found that rates of burnout among surgeons increased between 2013 and 2016, with female surgeons experiencing burnout more often than their male colleagues.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

Ways to Reduce Dialysis Nurse Burnout

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Aug 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Twelve-hour shifts, sleep deprivation, skeleton staffing, and difficult patients. For nurses, these working conditions come with the profession. However, being on the front lines of patient care can have deleterious effects for those providing care.

Nurse retention and burnout plague many hospitals and health systems, but nowhere is the issue more prevalent than among dialysis nurses. One in three dialysis nurses in the United States experiences burnout. That’s because these nurses are usually more overworked, underpaid and, at times, undervalued than their peers in different specialties, says Francyne N. Rosenstock, vice president of Business Development and Marketing for Renal Reserve. 

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Topics: Hemodialysis

The Latest on Obamacare Funding and Healthcare Policies

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Jul 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Many low-income Affordable Care Act patients will be seeing higher co-pays and deductibles at hospitals and doctor’s offices if the May 2016 decision by federal Judge Rosemary Collyer stands.

But the ruling doesn’t just affect the finances of patients: Your hospital could take a hit, too. Here’s what you need to know about the latest happenings with Obamacare funding and other healthcare policies:

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Topics: Hospital Administration