Physician productivity

Nov-Dec 2007 Issue
Baumol's Disease [Opinion]

Baumol's cost disease is an economic phenomenon in which labor-intensive industries tend to experience little or no increase in productivity over time despite advances in technology. This means that the cost of primary care medicine will continue to rise so long as patient-physician interaction remains the basis of medical practice.

Jul-Aug 2000 Issue
High-Volume Practice: Are There Trade-Offs? [Improving Patient Care]

The article, part of a series based on research from the Direct Observation of Primary Care Study, will the effects of high-volume practice on patient care.

May 2002 Issue
A Productivity Primer [Salaried FP]

The author describes the different ways physician productivity is currently being measured and how those measurements are being used.

Sep 2002 Issue
How Many Staff Members Do You Need? [Feature]

The article shows physicians how they can determine their optimum staffing levels by comparing their practices to industry benchmarks.

May 1998 Issue
Using Qualitative Self-Evaluation in Rating Physician Performance [Feature]

This article describes how one group practice developed a performance evaluation process that incorporates physician self-evaluation, and it presents lessons learned from the practice's experience.

July/August 2011 Issue
Why Did Your Productivity Decrease When We Hired You? [Feature]

The article offers several explanations, some not obvious, for the drop in productivity that physicians often experience when moving from independent to employed practice. It goes on to suggest ways of dealing with the issues involved and maintaining or regaining productivity.

September/October 2012 Issue
Rationing Time [Opinion]

The author describes how physicians are often forced by circumstance to ration their time, and he calls for an open discussion of the ethical issues involved as well as greater advocacy for primary care resources.

Nov-Dec 2004 Issue
Why It's Time to Purchase an Electronic Health Record System [Feature]

The author, who led his group's EMR selection committee, describes changes in the market, in EMRs, and in health care that make this the right time for all practices to seriously consider purchasing an EMR system.

Apr 1999 Issue
When Practice Styles Clash [Editor's Page]

Introduces Gillette article in this issue; invites readers to respond.

Apr 1999 Issue
Reducing Delays and Waiting Times With Open-Office Scheduling [Feature]

This article will outline the process one clinic used to implement open-access scheduling, which frees up time on physicians' schedules each day to allow for same-day appointments.

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