Physician

Tips for doctors who negotiate reimbursement rates with insurance companies

Originally published in HCPLive.com

by Ed Rabinowitz

When it comes to negotiating fees with health plans, practices and physicians have more leverage than they realize. The problem, says John Schmitt, a managed care expert with EthosPartners Healthcare Management Group, is that practices often don’t even try. “Groups negotiate an agreement with a payor and then, for whatever reason, just fi le it away. Most medical groups do not have a good, proactive …

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Is the Haiti earthquake media coverage impeding rescue crews and supplies?

Originally published in MedPage Today

by Bjoern Kils

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti’s Porte-au-Prince at 4:53pm on January 12, 2010.

Just 20 hours later, CNN’s Anderson Cooper was updating the AC360 blog from the Dominican Republic, while making his way to an airfield to board a United Nations helicopter to take him and his crew into Haiti.

While the media plays a central …

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Haiti relief effort may be too late to help the earthquake victims

Originally posted in MedPage Today

by Michael Smith, MedPage Today North American Correspondent

Two days after a powerful earthquake shattered Haiti’s capital city, relief workers are finding it tough to provide needed medical care, coordination for the efforts is lacking, and time is running out for those trapped in the rubble.

“The window they talk about is 48 to 72 hours,” said Irwin …

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Why the Haiti health crisis will be worse than Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath

Originally published in MedPage Today

by Michael Smith, MedPage Today North American Correspondent

The powerful earthquake that hammered Haiti Tuesday afternoon has created a medical nightmare, those familiar with the country say.

“I can’t even imagine the kind of horror we’re going to see in the next two to three weeks,” said Steven Williams, MD, an internist at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh …

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The Haiti earthquake damage to hospitals and health care infrastructure

Originally published in MedPage Today

by Michael Smith, MedPage Today North American Correspondent

The powerful earthquake that hammered Haiti Tuesday afternoon has left healthcare in the impoverished Caribbean nation in even worse shape than before.

Several hospitals have been seriously damaged and others are swamped by casualties from the magnitude 7.0 quake.

“We are seeing wave after wave of vehicles coming from the Port-au-Prince …

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Poll: Could your next patient be a mystery shopper?

Many companies turn to “mystery shoppers” to improve customer service, but should they be used in health care?

An increasing number of hospitals are hiring people to fake symptoms and go to doctors’ offices or the emergency department to assess the friendliness of the administrative staff or the interpersonal skills of the physician. In Maryland, for instance, federal money is even being used to pay mystery shoppers to secretly check …

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Doctors owe their patients some fiduciary responsibility

Originally published in HCPLive.com

by Jeff Brown, MD

Fiduciary responsibility is the obligation for people entrusted with financial affairs to act in their client’s best interest, theoretically being both transparent in their dealings and accountable for them. Typically, this applies to CPAs, lawyers, financial advisers and the like. Would that it were also true for our legislators, but that’s a story for another day. To the point, physicians do not usually think …

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How doctors and nurses can exhibit disruptive behavior

Originally posted in HCPLive.com

by Lisa Schulmeister, RN, MN

“Behavior problems” were reported by 97% of 2,124 nurses and physicians responding to a survey conducted by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE).

The most common behaviors included degrading comments (reported by 85.5%), yelling (73.3%), cursing, inappropriate joking, and refusing to work with one another. The ACPE found that in some instances, nurses …

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A cockpit checklist to improve patient safety

Originally published in MedPage Today

by Chris Emery, MedPage Today Contributing Writer

Medical teams should take a lesson from airplane crews, a new study concludes.

Medical personnel who used procedural checklists modeled after preflight checklists used by airplane crews were more likely to report safety-related incidents and feel empowered to address safety issues, according to an online report in the Dec. 21 …

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