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6 steps to better physician-administrator cooperation

In today's healthcare environment, good physician-administrator cooperation is essential to the future of the industry, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

ICD-10 delay: How docs can capitalize

Healthcare providers--and practice managers, in particular--would be wise to take advantage of the most recent ICD-10 delay, not by shifting their focus to other projects, but instead shoring up potential areas of weakness, according to family physician Stephen Spain.

VA benefits offices changed dates, destroyed documents to meet productivity goal

Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities weren't the only ones trying to dupe the system. The Veterans Benefits Administration changed dates on claims to make them appear new, manipulated data and destroyed thousands of claims documents to meet production goals, according to testimony at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing Monday night.

Practice tip: 5 ways to renew your morning huddle

To start your day right, practice management experts often recommend gathering your team for a five-minute morning huddle. This strategy can build morale and help the practice run more smoothly. However, as with any routine, this exercise runs the risk of growing stale. To make this time worthwhile, here are five ideas to freshen things up.

3 ways to streamline prior authorizations

Administrative tasks burden today's physicians more than ever before. Obtaining prior authorizations for tests and treatments from payers is one of the leading productivity zappers, an activity which the nation's physicians spend 868.4 million hours per year, according to a recent article from  Medical Economics.

New programs aim to cut costs by increasing primary care physicians pay

Despite their central role in maintaining patients' overall health, primary care physicians have traditionally been on the low end of the pay scale compared to specialists. But programs driven by the Affordable Care Act have offered doctors the opportunity to up to double their pay if they keep patients healthy,  MedCity News  reported. And according to participants, the trend reversal has resulted in more than enough savings to fund the physicians' extra income.

Rising expenses force PCPs to shrink practices

While debate continues about whether independent practices will exist in the future, it's clear that many solo physicians contend with vast challenges. A recent  artic le  from the  Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily  relays the story of Ripley Hollister, M.D., a primary care physician who says rising expenses and falling expenses forced him to shrink his practice.

Why 'systems engineering' is crucial to healthcare delivery transformation

A report published in May by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology calls on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to transform healthcare nationally by engineering a "robust" health information infrastructure. Following up on that report, researchers from the National Quality Forum in the District of Columbia who helped pen the document have outlined and dissected the report's recommendations.

NP autonomy expands in Kentucky

Nurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky can prescribe routine medications without a doctor's involvement starting this week--if they completed a four-year collaboration with a doctor,  Kaiser Health News  reported.

Relationships top predictor of patient loyalty

With payer networks narrowing and patients' out-of-pocket expenses rising, patient loyalty isn't what it was. But while many variables go into a patient's decision of whether to stick with a healthcare provider, research compiled by  Medscape  indicates strong relationships are critical to patient retention.