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Lawyering Up: Why an Attorney Should Eye that Employment Contract

When it’s time to accept a new position, you better have a lawyer who specializes in physician contracts on your side before you sign on the dotted line. Unless you are planning on spending your entire career in solo practice, you will have to negotiate an employment agreement. The wording of your contract may well...
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Internists Talk About MACRA’s Major Impact

Panel discussion included advice about what physicians could be doing now to prepare for the new system.  The American College of Physicians (ACP) convened a panel today to talk about how the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the new payment systems in the law will impact physicians and patients. ...
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Making the Grade

patient satisfaction With Medicare reimbursement now tied to consumer ratings, many institutions are focusing on the patient experience — and patient-physician communication in particular. Can you afford an additional 132 seconds to provide better care? Most patients can convey their relevant clinical information in 150 seconds. Yet studies have shown that physicians interrupt their patients after 18...
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Mississippi: The Best State for Doctors?

According to WalletHub, Mississippi tops the list as the best state for doctors. Closely followed by Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota. The worst state for docs? The District of Columbia, with New York, Rhode Island, and Maryland close behind. To make these comparisons, WalletHub’s analysts compared all the states across 11 key metrics with data...
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Clinical Empathy: A Neglected Force for Improving Care

When clinicians learn techniques that foster communication with patients, the results can be greater compliance, improved outcomes — and even increased physician satisfaction.  Many physicians consider this the hardest procedure to master in order to treat patients successfully: empathy, with its essential component, communication. “People think that there is a hard part of medicine and...
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Peer Review

Without referrals, many endocrinology practices simply would not exist. Knowing the ins and outs of navigating the referral landscape is vital to ensuring your own practice’s successful future. Referrals from other physicians play an important part in the successful endocrinology practice. From patient recruitment through quality control, and even as a measure of prestige, they...