HIPAA on the Social Network—What Consumers Need to Know

Posted By Mary Butler Without a doubt, patient privacy rights have improved in recent years. In the 1950s and 60s, and even well into the 1980s,...

Vaccination Programs: Giving Medical Practices a Shot in the Arm

With flu season fast-approaching, now is a perfect time for physicians' practices to evaluate their vaccination offerings. In spite of the fact that the...

Physicians Survey Sheds Light on EHR Implementation Anxieties

In addition to being overworked and financially overextended, physicians are concerned about the effect EHRs will have on the care they provide patients, a...

The Impact of RACs on Your Medical Practice

Please sit down — this will not be an easy article to digest, no matter how carefully I parse my words. Life under the...

Telemedicine: How It Can Work for Your Medical Practice

As a child, I never dreamed I would be able to communicate with a person several thousand miles away while looking at their face...

Using Positive Patient Reviews on Your Medical Practice Website

An online search for "reputation management" yields 62 million results, including a dozen paid ads for services.The paid ads on Google point to the...

Health Literacy Needs a Place in Physicians’ Practices

I was invited to sit in on a presentation by Mark Dumoff, an expert on patient communication and health literacy, to the chief medical...

Negotiating the Sale of Your Medical Practice

The sale of physician practices to hospitals continues at a steady pace. For those physicians currently considering an offer to acquire their medical practice...

The Physician House Call: A Lost Art?

As my day started today, a quick glance at the schedule showed that I would very likely be getting home late yet once again....

Mass. Tries ‘Open, Transparent’ Approach to Malpractice Claims

A new Massachusetts law could be setting the stage for future reforms regarding how you disclose and perhaps even apologize for medical errors. The law,...

Understanding Fair Market Value: A Guide for Physicians

Last week, I detailed recent case law regarding medical practice leases and avoiding big trouble from the federal government. Now let's look at what...

NPR on Asset Protection: Bad Advice for Doctors

NPR’s Planet Money team recently aired a report titled “They Won’t Tell You Their Names But They’ll Help You Hide Your Money,” featuring an...

Personal Health Record Usage and Medical Practices

Patients say they want transparency and instant access to their healthcare information, yet most remain on the sidelines when it comes to using these...

Customer Service in your Medical Practice: Attitude Is Everything

There truly may not be enough words in the English language to sum up the importance of attitude at your medical practice. It is...

Healthcare Change: This Time, It’s Real

In the 15 years I've been covering the healthcare business, one question has vexed me more than any other:Why can't healthcare be more like...