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Posts Tagged ‘ family physicians ’

How the American Medical Association Represses Family Medicine

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December 10, 2017

In a very unique study, researchers have tabulated how often family physicians provide patient care that is not covered with a CPT code. This is a little complex, for the non-physicians and even for many physicians to grasp, so I will provide a little more background first. CPT stands for Current...
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The High Costs of Hospitalists

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October 9, 2017

Hospitalists, doctors who only see patients in the hospital, almost always in a shift work model, are the fastest growing “specialty” in medicine, from nothing about 15 years ago to about 50,000 today. There were some studies that I won’t review much here that showed some benefits from hospitalists compared to...
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Ways to Improve Family Physician Quality – Measure Other Aspects of Primary Care Capacity Associated With Better Outcomes

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July 9, 2017

In our recent paper criticizing how industrial Quality Improvement has been misapplied to primary care, we didn’t just complain, we made suggestions for a better way forward. This was under the assumption that regulators and payers will continue to insist on some kind of numeric reporting of outcomes by physicians or...
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Ways to Improve Family Physician Quality – Measure When Physicians Do Not Order Tests or Treatments

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June 29, 2017

In our recent paper criticizing how industrial Quality Improvement has been misapplied to primary care, we didn’t just complain, we made suggestions for a better way forward. This was under the assumption that regulators and payers will continue to insist on some kind of numeric reporting of outcomes by physicians or...
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Ways to Improve Family Medicine Quality – Target Ranges without Absolute Goals

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June 18, 2017

In our recent paper criticizing how industrial Quality Improvement has been misapplied to primary care, we didn’t just complain, we made suggestions for a better way forward. This was under the assumption that regulators and payers will continue to insist on some kind of numeric reporting of outcomes by physicians or...
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Ways to Improve Family Medicine Quality – Shared Decision Making

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June 7, 2017

In our recent paper criticizing how industrial Quality Improvement has been misapplied to primary care, we didn’t just complain, we made suggestions for a better way forward. This was under the assumption that regulators and payers will continue to insist on some kind of numeric reporting of outcomes by physicians or...
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Industrial QI Does Not Work in Primary Care

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March 15, 2017

Traditional industrial QI does not work in primary care. A recent publication brilliantly makes this case on both theoretical and practical levels ;-). On a theoretical level, primary care is best thought of as a complex adaptive system, not a simple linear mechanical system. Think of complex adaptive systems as kind...
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Primary Care Physicians are the Most Cost Conscious

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November 18, 2016

A recent survey of physicians asked several questions about prescribing practices. The primary report was that only primary care physicians cited costs as one of the most important considerations in their prescribing habits. Out of 10 factors, all of the ologists ranked cost as the sixth or less most important consideration. Pulmonologists...
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Family Physician Payment – A Lesson from Switzerland

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June 27, 2016

There was a nice opinion piece in JAMA Internal Medicine recently where the primary author talked about moving from the U.S. to Switzerland and his experience in both systems. Primary care physicians are allowed to bill based on time there. This includes travel time, phone work, and documentation time. What a concept!...
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Retail Clinics Increase Costs

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March 13, 2016

A study in the latest Health Affairs took a snapshot of utilization and costs associated with retail clinics. These are the small clinics located in Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreen’s and the like. They were touted by proponents as low-cost options for primary care. They are usually staffed by nurse practitioners or physician assistants....
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