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Patient visits can be more effective if much of the information gathering is done ahead of time.
Working differently can be the key to greater access and satisfaction for both you and your patients.
Seeing patients with dementia in a group setting can streamline visits and help provide support for caregivers and families.
And you thought just being a doctor was hard.
This practice-based research project highlights key sources of inefficiency in primary care and real-world suggestions for how to improve.
If it isn't thoughtfully applied, the team model may have unintended consequences.
Physicians can maximize their time - and their practice's income - by delegating more documentation tasks to well-trained staff.
What stands in the way of your practice achieving its goal?
Partnering with local groups that work with seniors can help you meet the special needs of older patients.
A health education specialist (HES) is a clinic staff member who can fill many roles now demanded in modern medical practices. In the authors' practice, the HES serves as both a health educator, encouraging patients toward more healthy behavior, and a health coach, helping patients choose and achieve defined health goals. These roles also include assisting physicians during Medicare annual wellness visits and coaching co-visits. The HES also can monitor care quality and oversee practice improvement initiatives, such as transitioning to a medical home model. Using non-medical personnel for HES positions, practices can still reap benefits from their specialized training while not having to remove nursing personnel from their increasingly important primary care responsibilities.