In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.
The findings echo recent reports about the growing importance of online reviews and the need for providers to keep track of their web presence and reputation. Doctors are trying tactics like same-day appointment scheduling to appeal to patients’ need for flexibility and convenience.
Whether you’re hiring a physician or a non-physician provider, odds are you’ll spend a great deal of time (and probably money, too) attracting the right clinician candidate to your practice. If that new hire ultimately doesn’t work out, your practice will face the costs of going back to square one—as well as lost revenue while that job remains unfilled. Effective onboarding can help ensure your new hire knows what is expected and become productive more quickly. Yet despite the high stakes involved, getting new hires off to a good start often gets much less attention than recruiting does.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt seen news stories or read articles about the opioid epidemic facing our country. We’ve categorized a few of the latest updates on the topic below.
Starting on September 21, 2018, a new federal law requires all credit reporting agencies to provide individuals with the ability to freeze their credit report – easily and free of charge – to protect themselves against identity theft. Congress passed this law in response to the massive Equifax data breach that came to light in 2017. The process takes just a few minutes online or on the phone for each of the three major credit reporting agencies. You will either create or be given a PIN to temporarily lift or fully remove the freeze in the future.
An email-based approach to care coordination can improve patient outcomes and lead to better provider satisfaction, according to a new study.