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Top Impacts on Physician Productivity

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As a physician, your time is valuable, and vast amounts of it are required to build strong, trusting relationships with patients. But most physicians are constantly performing a balancing act between patient care and the mounting demands of an increasingly complicated healthcare system — and when one side gets too heavy, your productivity inevitably suffers a major dip.

Acclimating to newer technology combined with the multiple pitfalls of physician burnout equal extra weight guaranteed to throw off even the most seasoned healthcare professional. If you pile on the negative impact to your earnings, the equilibrium of your practice becomes significantly compromised. Here we look at what affects physician productivity, and some solutions for righting the scales.

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The Future of Medicine: Artificial Intelligence, Physicians and Patients

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Doctors worry that artificial intelligence (AI) will replace physicians and surgeons. Visions of robots performing surgery, doing routine checkups and coordinating care without humans are common imaginings of the future with AI. But new and developing technologies are instead showing us a future that has AI and humans working side by side, giving us more reasons than not to welcome AI in the healthcare field.  

According to a study from The New England Journal of Medicine, we are facing a whopping global shortage of 4.3 million doctors and nurses. Poorer countries feel this scarcity more acutely while countries like the United States suffer more in terms of rising healthcare costs and less doctor-to-patient contact. AI technologies promise not only to respond to the growing gap, but also help the more human aspects of health care thrive in considerable ways.

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Which Locum Tenens Setting is Right for Me?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Nov 15, 2017 8:05:00 AM

In the 1970s, locum tenens was born as a solution to provide physicians to rural medical clinics in the Western United States. What began as a solution for a region soon evolved into a national and international way for hospitals and other medical providers to receive staffing assistance.

But the benefits of locum tenens go beyond the facility. Working locum tenens has several benefits for you, too.

Maybe you’ve just finished your residency. Maybe you’re looking for something new in a different location. Or maybe you’re considering shifting to part-time work and want to know your options.

Locum tenens can give you the change you’ve been seeking. But as there are many clinical settings, so too are there many locum tenens opportunities. Here’s what you should consider about each setting.

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Topics: locum tenens

Common Causes of Medical Malpractice Suits Against Surgical Residents

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Nov 13, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Patients file medical malpractice lawsuits against physicians for several reasons: failure to diagnose a condition, injury during treatment, failure to treat a condition, poor documentation and medical errors.

A recent study published in JAMA Surgery found surgical and junior residents are particularly vulnerable to these lawsuit filings. During a 10-year period, 87 malpractice cases involving surgical trainees were identified by Westlaw, an online legal research database containing legal records from across the United States

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Topics: malpractice

Ways Dialysis Providers Can Defuse Patient Conflict

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Nov 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As a dialysis provider, you know that healthcare settings and patient conflict go hand in hand. But unresolved patient conflict creates more stress for your staff, decreases productivity and teamwork and harms your clinic’s ability to safely deliver top-quality dialysis care.

Despite these consequences, providers often shy away from confronting challenges with patients because conflict is almost always uncomfortable. Experts call this avoidance a lack of “conflict competence,” and cite it as a major reason for dysfunctional dialysis units.   

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Topics: Hemodialysis, patient communication

Profile of Excellence: Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Former CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Nov 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Delos Marshall "Toby" Cosgrove was born in 1940 in Watertown, New York. His father was a lawyer and his mother, a flamboyant “Auntie Mame”-type character. Both imbued in their son the need to contribute. After seeing photographs of surgery in a neighbor’s cottage on Lake Ontario, an 8-year-old Cosgrove decided that he wanted to become a surgeon.

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Kidney Care News to Know

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Nov 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Don E. Williamson Named COO of American Renal Associates

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Profile of Excellence: Dr. W. Gerald Austen

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 30, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Chief of Surgery Mass General Hospital; 69th AATS President (1988-1989)

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Profile of Excellence: Dr. Joseph S. Coselli

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Oct 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A born and bred Houstonian, Dr. Joseph S. Coselli graduated from a Jesuit high school in Houston and headed for Notre Dame University intent on following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a lawyer. That plan changed during the summer between the freshman and sophomore years at college when he had the opportunity to work for Dr. Denton Cooley as part of his “pump” team. There, in the early glory days of cardiothoracic surgery when surgeons were performing as many as 25 to 30 “on pump” cases a day, it just clicked and he knew what he wanted to become — a cardiothoracic surgeon.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic

7 Ways Physicians can Retain Patients

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Oct 23, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Every new patient that walks through the door is a win for your practice — but that may be the easiest part. Retaining patients is all about providing strong customer service. So often, physicians skip over this important aspect of business in the name of good medicine or even getting paid. But when you do, your patients are more likely to go online and Google another physician. Below are seven tips for securing patients for the long-term, and possibly attracting some new ones along the way.

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