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The Affordable Care Act's Sunshine Rule has gone into effect, requiring pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to report any payments or transfers of value to physicians and practices. Physicians will need to take steps to familiarize themselves with the rule, prepare for the release of these reports to patients, and make sure inaccuracies don't go uncorrected and put them in a bad light.
The article provides an overview of the state of family medicine, including key metrics such as Match rates, compensation, hours worked and practice arrangement.
Referring to a 1903 book on medical practice management, the author argues that physicians faced challenges 100 years ago that are startlingly similar to today's problems -- threats to primary care, inadequate income, scheming lawyers and more.
Good luck getting paid for those chips and sandwiches at the time of service.
The author explains 14 practice measures that can be used to gauge practice performance against established benchmarks as a starting point for practice improvement efforts.
What good old days? You're $1.35 an hour better off today.
The author reports the results of an AAFP survey of 730 members conducted to see what factors separated the high earners ($160,000 or more) from the low earners ($100,000 or less). The strongest influence was number of patient visits.
The article summarizes key findings from Task Force Six of the Future of Family Medicine project.
The law has made significant structural and procedural changes in the Medicare appeals process. This article outlines those changes.
This article identifies and defines the key terms contained in most physicians' employment contracts.